Emerald Coasting – Sea Turtles on the Beaches of the Emerald Coast

I arrived at Okaloosa Island’s Public Beach Access #7 at 9 a.m., quickly grabbing my camera and hurrying to the beach. A crowd had already formed on the sugar-sand, lined up behind ticker-tape and creating a large “V” out into the Gulf of Mexico. We were waiting for the sea turtles. Read the rest here!

Emerald Coasting – Fishing along the Emerald Coast

Destin is known as the Luckiest Fishing Village, a designation that Shawn Purvis came to believe first-hand while on vacation here. While out paddle boarding the crystal clear flats of Choctawhatchee Bay, Shawn spied a school of tailing Redfish. Fishing rod in hand he cast ahead of the school – so as not to spook…

Emerald Coasting – Nat Geo Highlights an Emerald Coast Itinerary

For decades, National Geographic has been the hallmark of travel and adventure, with multiple publications and media outlets around the world. This summer, they have highlighted a shoreline itinerary along the Emerald Coast! Read the rest on the Emerald Coast website!

Emerald Coasting – The Release of Norma Jean and Gerdy

It was a beautiful morning in Henderson Beach State Park. The sand was bright white, and the water shone many shades of emerald green. A crowd had formed two lines extending into the Gulf, ready for the release of two turtles rescued and cared for by the Gulfarium. Everyone was buzzing with excitement, a low…

Emerald Coasting – Learning to Scuba Dive on the Emerald Coast

I had always wanted to learn to dive. I knew from photographs, from documentaries, from my friends and family that the underwater world boasted gorgeous landscapes complete with rainbow-colored fish, intricately shaped corals, and larger marine life like sea turtles and dolphins. I had brushed the surfaces of these aquatic environments through snorkeling, but I…

Emerald Coasting – Bird Banding on the Emerald Coast

The Emerald Coast is a bird hotspot, especially for species that depend on the Gulf for survival. Scan the skies for Brown Pelicans, terns, and gulls, or look along the beach for shorebirds running along the surf; birds are everywhere. In the summer and fall, over a dozen species can be spotted on any given…

Emerald Coasting – Scuba Diving at Destin’s East Jetty

I couldn’t wait. After spending hours completing an online course and two days in the pool, I was ready to scuba dive in open water. Scuba Tech instructors were leading the dive, and taking us out to East Jetty in Destin. After weeks of enjoying the above-water environment along the Emerald Coast, I felt so…