Generations of families have been enjoying great vacations at our fine Ocean Reef properties along the shimmering shoreline beside the luminescent jewel-toned gulf since 1982. We provide gracious vacation rentals in Destin, Miramar Beach, picturesque coastal villages along Scenic 30A, and Panama City Beach. Quite a few of them are located in privileged exclusively gated residential communities like the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, the Destiny neighborhoods, and Seascape Resort. They include everything from beachfront mansions to cute cottages to luxurious condominiums. The award-winning pure white crystalline shoreline and glowing emerald-hued waters provide a heavenly setting for family vacations as well as a wonderful destination for beach reunions among friends. Besides the bright, beautiful beach, abundant amenities include swimming pools, bubbling hot tubs, access to championship golf courses, tennis courts, and enchanting destinations like Sandestin's Village of Baytowne Wharf or Destin's crown jewel of HarborWalk Village.
The nation's love for fun times at the beach is evidenced by popular songs about them, which have become a mainstay of American culture. Many like to listen to them even when they are not at the beach since these songs remind them of happy, carefree memories. Even better is turning them on while experiencing the idyllic lifestyle provided here while staying at one of our wonderful properties.
The following are the top twelve most popular beach songs, based on YouTube views:
Not surprisingly, two of them are by the iconic Beach Boys. A little known fact is that this group played on location here with much fanfare when the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort had their Grand Opening back in the 1970s. These two songs include "Good Vibrations" and "Surfin USA."
The Beach Boys - Good Vibrations (30M Views)
Good Vibrations was released way back in 1967. It is about the kind of romance that can be inspired by the beach with the lyrics, "I love the colorful clothes she wears and the way the sunlight plays upon her hair. I hear the sound of a gentle word on the wind that lifts her perfume through the air. I'm pickin' up good vibrations!"
The Beach Boys - Surfin USA (36M Views)
Surfin USA played "If everybody had an ocean across the USA, then everybody'd be surfing like California. You'd see them wearing their baggies, Huarache sandals too, a bushy bushy blonde hairdo, Surfin USA." Although the waves here around Destin are not the giants of the Pacific, you can still ride the waves here when storms far offshore create heights up to ten feet tall. Certainly, the water temperatures are much warmer here than in the frigid Pacific, and the powdery shores are sugary white.
Katy Perry - California Gurls (609M Views)
Katy Perry's song California Gurls (the most viewed on our list ot top beach songs) sounds like she was singing about The Emerald Coast singing, "I know a place where the grass is really greener. Warm, wet n wild. There must be something in the water." Actually, there is something in the gulf waters here which is microscopic natural green plankton that reflects up in the sun from the white sugary bottom. This creates the glowing jewel-toned colors that give our coast its name.
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Rupert Holmes - Escape (76M Views)
The Escape song by Rupert Holmes, also known as the Pina Colada song, stirs up passion for good times with "Yes I like Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain. I'm not much into health food, I am into champagne." This melody is quite appropriate since this tropical drink is right up there with margaritas and daiquiris when spending time at the beach. However, you probably won't get caught in the rain since this is the "Sunshine State" after all!
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Blake Shelton - Some Beach (32M Views)
Blake Shelton sang Some Beach, which said, "Somewhere there's a big umbrella casting shade over an empty chair. Palm trees are growing, and warm breezes blowing. I picture myself right there on a beach somewhere." Our guests don't have to "picture it"; they can experience it firsthand.
Weezer - Island in the Sun (37M Views)
Weezer gave us Island in the Sun, which played "On an island in the sun we'll be playing and having fun, and it makes me feel so fine I can't control my mind" This song is also appropriate because Destin and Miramar Beach are on a peninsula that resembles a tropical island paradise. The open waters of the gorgeous gulf span as far as one can see into the southern horizon while the wide expanse of Choctawhatchee Bay on the north is three to five miles across to the mainland. Also, you may not be able to "control your mind" here because this idyllic setting provides heavenly bliss!
Otis Redding - The Dock on the Bay (89M Views)
Speaking of the bay, the old Otis Redding song The Dock on the Bay (YouTube's 2nd Most Viewed Beach Song) comes to mind with "Sittin' in the morning sun, I'll be sittin' when the evening comes. Watching the ships roll in, then watching them roll away again. Watching the tide roll away. I'm just sittin' on the dock of the bay" You can have the same experience at the charming Village of Baytowne Wharf in Sandestin. Besides great restaurants, lively bars, outdoor concerts, and fun festivals, this delightful village features a long wharf that extends far out into the bay. Sunsets here are spectacular during the summer months since the golden orb sinks right into the western waters over the bay. Although you won't see a lot of ships here, it has a marina with lavish yachts and a big boat that features sunset dinner cruise adventures with special reduced rates provided to Ocean Reef Resorts guests.
Kenny Chesney - When the Sun Goes Down (32M Views)
Kenny Chesney gave us When the Sun Goes Down, singing, "Cause when the sun goes down, we'll be groovin'. When the sun goes down, we'll be feelin' alright. When the sun goes down over the water, everything gets hotter when the sun goes down." Besides sunsets over the beautiful bay during the summer months, the sun goes down in majestic fashion right into the glorious gulf during the winter months. It is a magnificent sight to behold and is very romantic.
Sheryl Crow - Soak Up the Sun (33M Views)
Sheryl Crow, who owns a second home along Scenic 30A, advises everyone to Soak Up the Sun, letting everyone know, "I'm gonna soak up the sun. I'm gonna tell everyone to lighten up." That is easy to do here since it is such a happy place. However, be sure to wear your sunglasses since they are not just a fashion statement but a necessity here due to the sun's brilliant bright reflection on the sugar-white sand!
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Zac Brown - Knee Deep Feat Jimmy Buffett (49M Views)
A song about the beach wouldn't be complete without a song tribute to Jimmy Buffet sung by the Zac Brown Band called Knee Deep. The lyrics say it all with "Got the blue sky breeze blowing wind through my hair. The only worry in the world is the tide going to reach my chair. Sunrise, there's a fire in the sky. Never been so happy. Never felt so high. And I might have found my own kind of paradise." Since our shoreline is so diverse, you may also find your "own kind of paradise" in happening Destin, at a gated beach resort, in a picture-perfect coastal village along Scenic 30A, or rollicking Panama City Beach.
Zac Brown - Toes (52M Views)
Zac Brown also sang Toes which describes his laid-back beach experience with "I got my toes in the water, ass in the sand. Not a worry in the world, a cold beer in my hand. Life is good today, life is good today." We are assuming that the cold beer in hand would be one of the fine light ales that are crafted right here in Destin and Grayton Beach.
The Drifters - Under the Boardwalk (35M Views)
One of the oldest beach songs around is still very popular today, called Under the Boardwalk. It plays "Under the boardwalk, we'll be havin' some fun. Under the Boardwalk, people are walking above. Under the boardwalk, we'll be fallin' in love. Under the boardwalk." You may experience the same thing at Pier Park in Panama City Beach, which is anchored by one of the longest boardwalk piers on the Gulf of Mexico. For a nominal fee, you may go here to see the sparkling scenery and try your luck fishing. Pier Park also features loads of specialty shops, restaurants with bars that play live music, family amusements, outdoor concerts, fun festivals throughout the year, and exciting seasonal firework celebrations.
Now that you know the current most popular beach songs, select your favorite vacation getaway spot where you may play them while enjoying your own special time at the beautiful beach. Our state-of-the-art Ocean Reef Resorts website will display multiple vivid images of each property, a detailed description, a bird's eye view of individual locations, seasonal rental rates, and calendar dates available to make a reservation. Enjoy your own wonderfully melodic magical times at the beach!
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