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Book Your 2021 Family Reunion

Family Reunions in Destin & Gulf Shores Looking forward to reuniting with family at the beach this year? We are, too! There has never been a better time to start planning, either. Our big beach homes are typically some of the first ones that book for spring and summer this time of year, so you'll want to start planning now to secure your spot on the sand. If you have a large family that will require a lot of space, we recommend booking at Cottages by the Bay and Caribe Retreat for family reunions in Destin & Gulf Shores. [...]

2021-01-11T11:37:00-06:00January 11th, 2021|Gulf Coast Blog, Travel|

Travel More in 2021

Five Reasons to Travel More in 2021 We can already tell that 2021 is gearing up to be the year of travel. We're pulling our suitcases out of storage, dusting off our flip flops, and stocking up on the sunscreen. You probably don't need any persuading when it comes to booking your beach vacation rental this year, but if you do, we're sharing five reasons to travel more in 2021. 1. Make up for lost time together If you're like us, you sadly missed out on getting to see loved ones last year. We're hoping [...]

2021-01-08T16:47:58-06:00January 8th, 2021|Gulf Coast Blog, Travel|

Your 2021 Travel Guide

How to Plan a Beach Vacation ~ Southern Vacation Rentals There are just three days left in 2020! We are looking forward to putting this year behind us and welcoming the next one. Goodbye 2020, hello 2021! For us, 2021 means the promise of more time together. More time for travel; more time with loved ones; more time catching up on the things we missed out on. And yes - more time planning a beach vacation! We are feeling optimistic about what's to come in 2021, and hope you are too. If you missed out on some of your [...]

2020-12-29T11:16:40-06:00December 28th, 2020|Gulf Coast Blog, Travel|

A Recipe for Health and Prosperity

Our Favorite Recipe for Black-Eyed Pea Salsa ~ Southern Vacation Rentals Have you ever wondered why we eat black-eyed peas on New Year's Day? Folklore says that, if eaten on New Year's Day, black-eyed peas bring about health and prosperity in the new year. We don't know about you, but after 2020, we could all use a little health and prosperity! It's also said that you should eat one black-eyed pea for every day of the year. Could you stomach 365 black-eyed peas? In an effort to make black-eyed peas a little more exciting this year, we're sharing our [...]

2020-12-29T14:39:20-06:00December 21st, 2020|Food, Gulf Coast Blog|

Run into 20201

Our Favorite Runs in Pensacola Beach, Perdido Key, and Gulf Shores ~ Southern Vacation Rentals We don't know about you, but we are ready to run into 2021 - literally! Some of our favorite runs in Pensacola Beach, Perdido Key, and Gulf Shores are slated for 2021, and we couldn't be more excited. If you're staying with us in the late winter and the spring, we encourage you to participate in these annual events. From scenic beach views to running for a good cause, there are a number of reasons to sign up! Throw your sneakers in your beach [...]

2020-12-18T16:03:08-06:00December 18th, 2020|Adventure, Gulf Coast Blog|

Ring in 2021 at the Beach

New Year's Eve on Pensacola Beach ~ Southern Vacation Rentals Only 20 days left of 2020! It only seems fitting that we should start planning our New Year's Eve celebrations, right? We are ready to leave 2020 behind us and looking forward to bluer skies (and bluer water!) in 2021. And, what better place to celebrate New Year's Eve than on Pensacola Beach? This tranquil island town offers the best of both worlds: a relaxing beach feel with close proximity to a lively downtown scene. We know that it takes a little longer than usual to get downtown right [...]

2020-12-11T16:42:56-06:00December 11th, 2020|Gulf Coast Blog, Travel|

Calling Spring Brides in Destin

Our Favorite Wedding Accommodations in Destin ~ Southern Vacation Rentals Calling all Destin spring brides! Are you looking for wedding accommodations in Destin? Let our Cottages by the Bay be the answer. These eight beautiful vacation homes in Destin are the perfect place to host your family and guests, especially if you're saying "I do" at the Destin Bay House. With a location just across the street from the Bay House and close to many other area activities, you won't find a better place to stay than at the Cottages. Each Cottage sleeps anywhere from [...]

2020-12-08T14:05:49-06:00December 8th, 2020|Gulf Coast Blog, Travel|

Summer on Alabama’s Coast

Summer Vacation in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach ~ Southern Vacation Rentals Earlier this week, we shared some of our tips on planning your spring break in Panama City Beach. But, we know that some of you are starting to think about summer as well, so we wanted to share our secrets about planning the best summer vacation in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. A summer on Alabama's coast is one of the best ways to spend summer, in our opinon, and we know you are sure to have a great time. Whether you come for a full week [...]

2020-12-04T16:39:53-06:00December 4th, 2020|Adventure, Gulf Coast Blog|

The Countdown to Warm Weather

Spring Break in Panama City Beach ~ Southern Vacation Rentals It's the first real cold snap of the year, and we're already finding ourselves dreaming about warm weather again. Fortunately, spring break will be here before we know it. The water begins to warm up, the sunshine is plentiful, and flip-flops are back in our beach bags. Not to mention, many of our favorite area activities begin to open up as well. If you've never been here in the springtime, then you'll definitely want to experience spring break in Panama City Beach. This family-friendly destination is packed with activities [...]

2020-12-04T15:06:08-06:00November 30th, 2020|Adventure, Gulf Coast Blog|

DIY Christmas Ornament

DIY Christmas Ornament ~ Southern Vacation Rentals For us, getting new Christmas ornaments for the tree is one of the most exciting parts of decorating. Of course, we love our ornaments that are passed down through the family, but adding a new ornament to the tree each year feels exciting. If you had an exceptionally memorable beach vacation this year, carry it into the holidays! Add a custom-framed photo from the beach to your tree this year. Our DIY Christmas ornament is easy to assemble and only requires a few extra tools. Luckily, you can easily find these at [...]

2020-11-23T16:44:30-06:00November 23rd, 2020|Gulf Coast Blog, Travel|