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Top 3 Reasons to Vacation in the Emerald Coast in September

September is one of the best times to plan a vacation to the Emerald Coast! Relax and unwind on the white-sand beaches as you admire the beauty of the clear emerald waters of the Gulf. If you’re looking for something exciting to do, you’re in luck. September has great weather to enjoy the outdoors, as well as a number of fun events for you to attend! Find out all the reasons you should vacation in the Emerald Coast in September:

1. Fun Things to Do

Some might think that since summer is coming to an end the fun is too, but that’s not the case in the Emerald Coast. September brings about a world of things to do in the area. Here are some of the best:

Go to the Beach – You’ll definitely want to make sure to spend some time on the beach when you visit during September. The sun still shines, and the water is still warm enough to play in! Whether you are building a sandcastle, splashing around in the waves or sunbathing on the shore, you’ll have an amazing time. For those looking for more of a thrill, rent a jet ski to hit the waves!

Play Golf – There is nothing quite like playing a round of golf in September, and the Emerald Coast has some of the best golf courses on the Florida Panhandle! September weather is perfect for spending time on the course because you won’t have to worry about the heat affecting your game! Many of our vacation rentals put you right next to the top golf courses in the area that are challenging, yet fun. For the ultimate golf getaway, we recommend staying in the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, which has 72 holes of golf, a swimming pool and hot tubs, a 98-slip marina with jet ski and kayak rentals, and so much more!  

Go Shopping – There is never a bad time for shopping, but September is one of the best! Since less people plan beach vacations in September, that means there will be less crowds at the shops. You can find exactly what you need without having to wait in line for hours to to buy it. The Emerald Coast is home to many unique stores and boutiques, as well as shopping malls and open-air complexes! Go-to places for shopping include Destin Commons, the Grand Boulevard and the Silver Sands Premium Outlets.

2. Events

There is always something going on in the Emerald Coast in September. There is everything from art shows, to live music, to festivals! Here are some popular events in the area:

Hispanic Fest –Hispanic Fest is an annual festival that features live music, food from several Latin nations and more than 75 vendors, an art gallery, dance contests and more! The event is located in the Emerald Coast Convention Center and strives to bring the overall community together to share the richness of the Hispanic/Latin American culture. All proceeds from the event benefit United for a Food Cause Inc’s annual Christmas event for needy children. This year’s event is Sept. 9 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Schooners Lobster Festival & Tournament – You don’t want to miss the 29th Annual Lobster Festival & Tournament at Schooners! It is the largest 7-day lobster festival and tournament in the southeast and features a sand sculpting contest, huge local lobsters on weigh-in scales, fresh lobster prepared in every way you can imagine, and more. Lobster divers compete in a variety of categories like Spiny Lobster and Big 6. The event draws in lobster fans divers and fans from all over the southeast and will be held from Sept. 17 through Sept. 23 at Schooners, The Last Local Beach Club, in Panama City Beach.

Bubbly Baytowne – The Village of Baytowne Wharf welcomes all champagne lovers on Sept. 20 for a special event, Bubbly Baytowne. From 5 to 7 p.m., visitors can sip and shop through the streets of the Village. There will be a variety of retail merchants offering a selection of premium champagnes that you can try for free! If you’re interested in this event, you’ll be happy to know we have a number of vacation rentals that put you within walking distance to the Village.

3. Less Crowded

Another great reason to vacation in the Emerald Coast in September is because there are less crowds! Since most children have headed back to school, families have already taken their summer vacations. That means you don’t have to worry about the beach being overcrowded or fighting over a pool chair! There will also be less wait times at popular restaurants and shorter lines at shops and attractions.

Where to Stay

When you visit the Emerald Coast, there is no better place to stay than our vacation rentals. We have a variety of rentals available to accommodate all types of guests. During September, we’re offering two specials that help you save money on your vacation! With our first special, when you stay 3 nights you’ll get the 4th night free, and with our other special, you’ll get 15% off a 3-night stay! Both of these specials are available from Sept. 4 through Oct. 5. When you save more on your vacation rental, you’ll be able to spend more on fun things to do in the area!


You will love taking a vacation to the Emerald Coast in September! Browse all our vacation rentals and start planning your trip.

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