The Christmas holidays are arriving soon, which means New Year's Eve is not far behind. Many of our esteemed guests make a traditional visit the Emerald Coast this time of year to celebrate fun festivities during this special celebratory season. There are plenty of activities available at this thrilling time of the year especially for New Year's. Ocean Reef Resorts offers a number of distinctive, outstanding private vacation rentals in Destin, Miramar Beach and down along Scenic 30A in South Walton. These wonderful properties include everything from beach front mansions to cozy cottages and a wide assortment of condominiums located in luxury towers that soar above the glistening gulf. It is also the perfect time of year to visit since rates are at “off season” lows with considerable savings that offer great values. Two of the best New Year's Eve celebrations will be held at The Village of Baytowne Wharf in the prestigious exclusively gated resort destination at sensational Sandestin Resort as well as at Harborwalk Village in dazzling Destin!
Village of Baytowne Wharf
There will be plenty of fun for both adults and children alike at the Village of Baytowne Wharf. This noveau version of New Orleans was completed in recent years and has become a favorite destination among our guests. The charming architecture resembles the French Quarter that was its inspiration but here it was competed with Disneyesque Floridian flair towards cleanliness, safety and perfection. Sandestin itself straddles 2,400 acres of lushly landscaped grounds from the glistening gulf to the expansive bay and we represent vactation rental properties throughout the resort. Baytowne Wharf is on the shores of Choctawhatchee Bay and provides a picturesque place with photo ops galore. The village is nestled around a lovely lagoon with arching pedestrian bridges that connect each side. A long wharf shoots out into the bay near the Sandestin Marina. The French colonial architecture is enchanting and incorporates wonderful restaurants, specialty shops and rollicking bars that feature live musical entertainment. The village also has lots of activities for the kids. At this magical time of year Christmas lights abound with the vivid visual adornment of buildings, twinkling trees and sparkling shrubbery. Every New Year's Eve a fantastic fireworks display is shot off over the lagoon musically choreographed to piped-in music from the Events Plaza which is located on the Village Green. There is plenty to do beforehand however with a Zip Line that soars across the lagoon, a multilevel “Obstacle Course Tower” with ropes, ladders along with nets and even an Ice Skating Rink during the winter season. Other fun pursuits include an old fashioned carousel, a trampoline, the Blast Arcade, a Laser Maze and an Adventure Zone. Restaurants here serve everything from burgers and pizzas to fine gourmet entrees, so there is literally something for everyone. There are a number of fun bars that include live musical entertainment of all kinds. A Dance Nightclub known as John Werner's Village Door is located here where you can enjoy live musical entertainment and enjoy dancing under a giant vibrantly lighted crystal disco ball to all your old favorites. This two story bar has been voted “Best Place to Dance” by the readers of both the Emerald Coast (EC) and Destin Magazines.
This New Year’s Eve from 6:00 till 8:00 pm there will be special Kid’s activities including face painting set up around the village green followed by an early fireworks show at 8:15. Afterwards it’s all about the adults. The first of three live musical concerts will be held at the outdoor Events Plaza after the first fireworks show. After 10:00 pm youth under the age of 21 must be accompanied by an adult if in attendance. The main fireworks extravaganza will be at Midnight and the “Time of Your Life” Band will be playing until 1:00 AM.
Harborwalk Village is also fairly new and was created in a Disney-like style to provide a charming rendition of an Americana town on the waterfront. This “village” was completed along the docks to offer fine dining, retail venues and musical entertainment. Ocean Reef Resorts offers many fine private vacation rentals nearby including all types of luxurious condominiums and beautiful beach homes. This location tantalizes taste buds for seafood since you can watch the boats unload their catch of fish on the docks almost daily. Waterfront restaurants offer vivid views of the gorgeous gulf, emerald green harbor as well as the beautiful bay beyond the bridge. Most specialize in seafood but there are some tasty “turf type” offerings as well. Harborwalk Village is located on the Destin Marina near the bridge that spans over East Pass and connects the open gulf to Choctawhatchee Bay. This prominent position below The Emerald Grande provides spectacular sunset views over water throughout the year. It has become an unofficial town center for Destin since it has the marina as its hub along with all of the restaurants, retail shops, galleries and amusements that have been added. Bombardments of spectacular fireworks fill the skies for Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and especially on New Year's Eve. This awesome sensational pyrotechnic display is choreographed to music while a colorful rainbow of images is mirrored in the water below. Boatloads of party goers join in on the fun and anchor out in the water beside the bridge. They blow their horns in a loud festive salute after the celebration of the firework’s Grand Finale. This year Harborwalk Village is hosting a New Years Eve Street Party with outdoor bands playing across the boardwalk including a Tribute Band to “Journey” known as “Departure.” Live bands will be playing indoors into the wee hours of the morning at the iconic giant Tiki Hut roofed AJ’s Oyster Bar, Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville, Harry T’s Lighthouse, the Coyote Ugly Saloon and McGuire’s. The fireworks extravaganzas will kick off at 8:00 pm with the main event occurring at Midnight which will coincide with a lighted ball drop to count down the last seconds of 2016.
Make your plans now to ring in a happy new year in style down here in Destin at your favorite beach “home away from home!” Our website will show you multiple images of each vacation rental, individual descriptions, lists of property amenities, calendar availability, information about our exciting complimentary Reef Rewards freebies and the low seasonal rates. Why not make this year’s trip down a special New Years reunion with family and friends? It would be a great way to celebrate and there’s still time to plan it out - but do so soon! Be safe, have fun and enjoy your time here! Happy 2017!