Wintertime Fun on Florida’s Emerald Coast

Have you ever considered coming on down to the Gulf Coast in the Winter months? If not, you may want to do just that, because you could be missing out on an undiscovered adventure right here in the beautiful Panhandle of Florida.

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Starter: Rates for Harmony Beach Vacation rentals are exceptionally low in the Winter months. We offer shorter stays, or longer stays in the wintertime. You could come down for a quick little weekend getaway to the beach, or stay for a month or even for 4 months, and really try it out, be a local. We’re certain that you will absolutely love feeling the locals’ vibe. Although, a weekend beach getaway is equally top for our list of great ideas. What an adventure, “just going to the beach, be back home by Monday”! Either way, you may be wondering, once I get there, what will I do at the Beach… in the Winter? The great news is that the Winters here are mild and there is plenty of sunshine to enjoy for beach walks, fishing, paddleboarding, boating excursions, and all that exciting beach fun that you can expect here on the Emerald Coast, but for those occasional cold snaps, please see more winter fun ideas below.

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We’ve got several beautiful homes that offer amazing views of the Gulf of Mexico. Grab a cup of hot cocoa, coffee, or tea and sit on your private balcony while enjoying the waves coming in. You will not be disappointed if you take in a beautiful winter sunrise or sunset. These are glorious sights full of blasting colors of red, orange, and purple, and they will be happening all winter long, what a show!


Also, when you book your stay, ask us about amenities. Several of our condos, townhouses, and private homes offer wonderfully warm heated pools. Many of our condo communities offer large hot tubs, heated pools, fitness rooms, tennis courts, shuffleboard, and onsite spas, restaurants, and more. You could literally spend your entire vacation at one of these resorts and have the most fun packed vacation ever without even having to leave the resort! Of course, we know you’re going to want to venture out and see what all the area has to offer, so here goes.


Shop at one of our beautifully designed outdoor malls! The Silver Sands Outlet Mall, just west of Sandestin, is a fun place to enjoy a day of shopping, and name brand stores offer great discounts on merchandise all winter long! Starbucks is onsite for refueling yourself with a burst of caffeine energy so you won’t tire out, and there are many great restaurants at this location too, like Cheeseburger in Paradise, Ciao Bella, Mrs. Fields Cookies, Carrabba’s and many more here and nearby.  Just a few miles to the west, The Destin Commons Outdoor Mall offers specialty shops, as well as some of the expected big name stores you’d expect at a great mall. This beautiful center offers an AMC movie theater, and several great eateries! Starbucks here too, just FYI. Candy shops, a build-a-bear workshop, and a super cool choo choo make this an ideal place for kids’ fun, oh not even to mention the huge playground area situated right in the middle of all the action. This is a real treat for everyone in the fam. Even the outdoorsperson, because there is a large Bass Pro Shop too, and do not forget the great photo op here. The ginormous great white shark just outside the Bass Pro Shop entrance is a must do pic!


More shopping fun can be found at Grand Boulevard, it’s near the Silver Sands Outlet, so it’s like a twofer, you may as well check them both out, you’ll thank yourself on the ride back to your condo. You’ll have a nice cargo full of great deals and fabulous finds!


You’ve got to go to the Pier Park in Panama City Beach where this outdoor mall offers one of the most unique shopping experiences you can have. You can see the ocean from the entrance to the facility, so it’s like you’re shopping at the beach, sort of. You’ll know when you go. This location also offers excellent dining options, like Margaritaville, the Back Porch, and Pompano Joe’s. Select from these and other great choices like real southern BBQ, German Food& Beer, Kilwin’s Ice Cream, Dave& Busters, and a nice selection of Asian cuisine! It’s really a smorgasbord of endless selection for any casual to elegant cravings! This fun place offers a mini amusement park and a Grand 16 theater, as well as many other activities for family fun. You can bring all in your group because there is something for everyone, even did we mention(?), the beach, it’s just across the road.


The Village of Baytowne Wharf! This great entertainment extravaganza offers something for everyone! Enjoy strolling along the waterfront trail between the Marina and the Village and find a beautiful tree house to venture up into and take in an elevated view of the Choctawhatchee Bay and Marina. Enjoy sitting by the fireplace set up outside the Marina Bar & Grill, all while watching your favorite teams on the huge outdoor big screen. Delicious food& drinks are available at your request from the friendly staff at the Marina Grill. It’s a fabulous way to spend an afternoon or evening. The Village offers many unique shopping and dining options along the Bay. Free live music is a regular happening here! Ice-skating is another fun activity, and in December, there are free ice-skating performances by professional ice skaters! There is always something fun to see, or a delicious bite to eat at the Village. You could spend an entire day just taking it all in. Bike rentals and water bikes are available. What a great way to take in the sights!


Sunset Cruises! See dolphins enjoying the surf while you’re aboard one of the many great options for water excursions! Book a dolphin cruise in the late afternoon and you’ll get an amazing view of a gorgeous Sunset over the water! Snacks and drinks are available to cruisers on most cruises.


Ever dream of having a bonfire on the beach? This can so happen for you! Whether you prefer to DIY and get a legal permit from the South Walton Fire District, or leave it to the pros and completely chillax as they cater to your every whim, you decide and it’s going to be an evening of warm, toasty memories that are sure to last a lifetime!


Enjoy some great biking or hiking without all the sweating! We’ve got several trails just waiting for you to explore and winter may just be the very best time of year to do this! The weather is mild in the winter so you could rent a bike from us (We offer super low rates for our guests!) and you could pedal on down the scenic coastal paths that run up and down 30A or Scenic Gulf Drive and you can be completely comfortable cruising in the wonderful warm weather. Prefer to 10 toe it? The beach is ideal for a walk, it’s kind of known for that. How about a hike? Did you know that our area has several gorgeous parks with hiking paths, both paved and wild?! That’s right. You can see and feel what Florida nature is, up close and personal.


Come have fun with us this winter! Whether you prefer to stay in and enjoy the Ocean view from your condo, swim in a heated pool, take a sunny beach walk, go on a fishing trip, dolphin cruise, dance to live music, go ice skating, cycle, hike, eat up some delicious meals, shop, or pretty much anything else you can think of, we’ve got you completely covered here and we can guarantee that you will have a blast of winter fun in the Florida Sun!


See you this Winter at the Beach!