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Destin Live Entertainment in March

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Entertainment options abound this month in Destin. If you’re lucky enough to be in town, there are plenty of events and activities to keep you entertained. Because of all the options for music and food, locals and spring breakers won’t be bored.


Music lovers have plenty of options to get their fix during March.  Several area restaurants and bars have live music, so enthusiasts should be able find something to that appeals to them seven nights a week.  This month, Hog’s Breath features some regular musicians such as Jason Findley, Cole Jordan, Austin Jennings, and Jordan Ballantyne, as well as special appearances from The Rhino Jockey’s and Roshambo.

music cadillac willy in destinAlthough local band, Cadillac Willy performs in several area venues, in March you’ll find them most often at Funky Blues Shack. Over the years, they’ve been recognized for their talent in many ways including Best Dance Band, Best Jam Band and Best Keyboardist. This energetic band was influenced by classic bands such as Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Grateful Dead, but also enjoys playing in the style of James Brown. Occasionally, they have even been known to break out in rap jams. Find out more here:

Another popular place for live entertainment is at AJ’s Club Bemini.  From 5-8 you’ll enjoy sounds of Beach, Reggae and Pop music, while a guest band and dj’s play from 9:00 p.m.-2:00 am.  Although music lovers of all ages are welcome until 9:00. After that, guests must be 21 and over to stay.

Also, check out the Boat House Oyster Bar, also located in Destin harbor. Today alone, they have three different live music events! Kelly Byrd kicks it off at noon, followed by Rusty Hammerstrom at 4:00 p.m. and Gunner at 8:00.

Finally, for country music fans, Fort Walton Beach’s The Block is the place to be this Friday, March 15th. Artist Mark Chesnutt will Rock The Block with his tunes praised by the likes of George Strait and George Jones. Get your tickets now for $25

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Speaking of The Block, tickle your funnybone at their Comedy Zone every Saturday night. Each week you’ll see two different comedians who tour nationally. Many of these comedians have appeared on HBO and Comedy Central. Doors open at 6pm, seating at 7pm and the comedy begins around 8:15pm.

leprachaun St Patricks day destinSt. Patrick’s Day:

Don’t miss the Pub Crawl Saturday, March 16th. Participating pubs include Fokker’s Pub, The Block, Salty Duck, Giovanni’s One89, and Coasters. Each location has food and drink specials. If you visit every participating location, you are eligible to win awesome door prizes or even the Grand Prize. Return your completed card to The Block by 9:45 for the Big giveaway. Luck o’ the Irish to ya!

Stay tuned later this week for more about Destin St.Patrick’s Day fun!

Where to Stay:

Remember Sandnsol vacation rental when booking your stay in Destin. Our oceanfront 3 bedroom 3 bathroom condo in the heart of Destin has amazing views! Always save by booking direct:

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BookDirect Vacation Rentals

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Book direct vacation rentals is the key to saving big money . Today is the 2nd annual Guest Education #BookDirect day. I’m here to explain how to find, book safely and save on outrageous travelers fees.

Before rushing off to book your next oceanfront vacation through one of the large travel sites, there are some important things to consider:

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WHY BookDirect:

First and foremost is your pocket book. Travelers Bookdirect at for our Lowest Rate Guarantee.  By booking direct through vacation rental owners, you avoid extra fees. Service Fees on major travel sites like VRBO and Air B&B range from 3%-20%! I’m not talking about a few dollars, in many cases it is hundreds of dollars of cold hard cash. Cash you work hard to earn. Cash you use to enhance your trip. Instead of paying those fees, rent that jet ski, parasail over the emerald green waters, or enjoy a romantic dinner at a fancy restaurant!

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Secondly, communication between the owner and guest is open and direct before you book.  You can ask any number of questions you have before you commit to book. Oftentimes owners can accommodate special requests. There’s no pressure to instant book. 

Another benefit of booking directly with an owner is the personal knowledge and attention you receive from them. Owners have a unique understanding and knowledge of the property and surrounding area. Access insider tips, videos, bucket list activities and numerous pictures on individual property websites.

Finally, did you know that many of the best vacation rentals, including Sandnsol, aren’t event listed on the major sites anymore? Because of the horrible business practices and cost of using the big sites, many rentals with the highest demand can no longer be found on the major booking sites.

HOW to #BookDirect: 

*Social Media *No fee regional vacation rental sites *Branded property websites

Since the fees on major booking sites have increased exponentially, owners have taken to social media to advertise their spaces.  Facebook is a great place to start, just search for your destination. For example, Destin has multiple groups where owners list properties and guests search for them.  Destin Florida Vacation Rentals is one of my favorites.

Because of frustration with the bigs, numerous new listing sites are modeled after the “old VRBO”.  Emerald Coast By Owner (ECBYO), Houfy, Vacation Soup and Alabama Vacation owners are just a few of the no-fee sites gaining traction. They allow owners and guests to communicate before they commit, and do not charge exorbitant fees to travelers or owners.

More and more owners are investing time and money in branding. They create websites for their individually named vacation rentals. If you find a named rental, search to see if it has its own website. This is where you will find all the insider information, extra pictures and the best rates. Call or email through their branded site.

Just yesterday, one of my repeat guests saved over $500 for a one week rental!  She did this by booking our oceanfront condo directly rather than using our property manager!

You work hard for your vacation, cut out the middle-man and book direct.

Here are some tips on avoiding scams while booking direct.

Search for the property and compare contact information 
CONTACT Owners THROUGH THE LINK THEY PROVIDE, their own property website or no-fee listing site (NO LINK, NO DEAL.)
🚫DON’T DEAL IN Social Media PRIVATE MESSAGES. This is where 99.9% of scams happen. 
🚫BE EXTREMELY CAUTIOUS W/ PAYPAL (no protection with Paypal Family and Friends)
🚫Don’t wire money
Just Say No! No to hidden fees, no to pressure, no to limited communication.
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