Emerald Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc.

CVB
Hotels48
Convention center6,039 sq. m
Guest rooms13,000
Guest rooms at 1 hotel150 guest rooms
Special event venues20
Average room rate
Restaurants300
Daily food cost
Occupancy rate
Tax rate11%

Emerald Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc.

CVB

Destin | Ft. Walton Beach | Okaloosa Island

Imagine walking out of your meeting and being transported to paradise. Feel the gentle breeze pat you on the back for a job well-done, as you look out at our 24-miles of pristine coastline. Come discover Destin, Ft. Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island. Members of your group will enjoy beachfront accommodations, fishing charters, dolphin cruising, jet skiing, parasailing, kayaking, paddleboarding and family water and adventure parks. Other experiences to be had include championship golfing, world class shopping, tranquil spas, historical museums, a variety of natural parks with scenic landscapes and native wildlife, local festivals and fresh Gulf-to-Table, waterfront dining. Find out why the Emerald Coast is the perfect destination for your meeting, incentive group, sporting event, or tour group.

Need Dates

  • 11/15/201805/01/2019
  • 08/01/201905/01/2020
  • 08/01/202005/01/2021

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Getting Here

Destin - Ft. Walton Beach Airport (VPS) is an award winning airport that accommodates passengers from around the world with over 50 non-stop flights daily to major hubs making it both domestic and international connections easy. In addition, new nonstop flights are being added from new cities on an ongoing basis with low fares and regional carriers - be sure to check availability from your preferred airport. FlyVPS.com

Distance from Airport

  • Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport(VPS)

    17.7 km from City Center

Nearby


Local Attractions

Jet Ski

Recreation
Plan your next Emerald Coast adventure via TripShock!
Destin, FL, US 32541

Destin Commons

Shopping
Since it's opening in 2003, this 500,000 square foot, pet-friendly shopping center has set the standard as the premiere open-air lifestyle center offering the best in shopping, dining and entertainment in the destination.
4100 Legendary Dr
Destin, FL, US 32541

Parasailing

Recreation
Embark on a parasailing adventure!
HarborWalk Village
Destin, FL, US 32541

Okaloosa Island Boardwalk

Nightlife
Year after year, the Boardwalk has been a popular Okaloosa Island destination for friends and families alike. With its ideal location on the Gulf of Mexico, convenient parking and wide range of activities, it's the perfect place to make magical memories. Discover beachfront shopping, savor various flavors of cuisine and take in the incredible views of the Gulf.
1450 Miracle Strip Pkwy
Ft. Walton Beach, FL, US 32548

Charter Fishing

Recreation
Destin has been known for decades as the "World's Luckiest Fishing Village" because its position on the Gulf of Mexico places it closest to the 100-Fathom Curve. Here, the sea shelf drops abruptly to depths as low as 600 feet where deep-sea species like red snapper, grouper, amberjack, king mackerel, sailfish and blue marlin can be found. So, whether you're an avid angler or still have questions about how to bait a hook, our experienced guides are here to ensure a stress-free, memorable experience. Your charter will supply the rod and reel, cold storage for the fish and your fishing license. They'll even clean your catch for you! From there, you can have one of the local participating "You catch it, we'll cook it" restaurants prepare it for you or you can have it packaged, frozen and sent home.
Destin, FL, US 32541

Downtown Ft. Walton Beach

Shopping
Downtown Fort Walton Beach offers local flavor and southern hospitality. Home to a number of unique owner operated boutique style stores, restaurants, bars, coffee shops and wellness centers, this unique and historical venue also includes the Heritage Park & Cultural Center, the Northwest Florida Ballet Academy, the Ft. Walton Beach Library, the Ft. Walton Beach Chamber and the Ft. Walton Beach Landing Park. So if you are looking to discover something great that the entire family can enjoy, come see us Downtown!
Miracle Strip Pkwy
Ft. Walton Beach, FL, US 32548

HarborWalk Village

Shopping
Host to the Destin Seafood Festival and Destin Fishing Rodeo, HarborWalk Village is home to the largest fishing fleet in the nation as well as fishing charters and dolphin cruises, water excursions, a variety specialty shops, entertainment, and various waterfront restaurants which make the location a popular gathering place for locals and visitors alike.
10 Harbor Blvd
Destin, FL, US 32541

Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park

Park
Open since 1955, Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park is the world's oldest operating live marine show and aquarium. Come and enjoy four live marine shows, Alligator Alley, and other marine animal and tropical bird exhibits. A unique meeting venue is also located inside the aquarium viewing room.
1010 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE
Ft. Walton Beach, FL, US 32548

Convention Centers

  • Emerald Coast Convention Center (ECCC)

    ECCC has meeting and event space to accommodate a variety of events including meetings, conferences, trade shows, sporting functions, concerts, banquets, weddings, charity events, festivals and much more...

    • Exhibit Space2,964 sq. m
      Total Meeting Space2,388 sq. m

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Seasonality

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High Season
May 21 – Aug 1
Shoulder Season
Aug 2 – Dec 31
Low Season
Jan 1 – Apr 30

Additional Information

The Emerald Coast Convention Center (ECCC) is ideally situated on Okaloosa Island just steps away from the Choctawhatchee Bay and our renowned sugar-white beaches where the sand famously squeaks under foot and reflects in the water giving it that vibrant emerald green appearance. Approximately 13,000 accommodations are available within the destination with the ECCC being conveniently located within walking distance of many of the beachfront properties, waterfront dining, public beach parks, the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, the Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier and Wild Willy's Adventure Park. Downtown Ft. Walton Beach is located nearby and includes the Heritage Cultural Park & Museum, shopping, dining and nightlife as well. Discover what it means to find your adventure in between meetings by hosting your next event at the ECCC.

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