Friday, June 13, 2014

Miramar Beach, FL – A Coastal Community Where Classic Meets Modern in Perfect Harmony

If you long for days gone by and the classic coastal enclaves and beaches of your childhood, we’ve got great news for you – Though rare, such places still exist. Down a scenic beach road, nestled between Destin and Scenic Highway 30A lies the captivating community of Miramar Beach. Here, you will find traditional beachfront homes and beachside resorts among the surf shops, fabulous restaurants, meandering pathways, and scenic vistas of the area.

Underneath its nostalgic charm, you’ll discover ultra-modern amenities and activities that are ideal for family fun such as jet skiing, parasailing and endless shopping opportunities, including one of the nation’s largest designer outlet centers. Whether traveling with the family or simply enjoying a romantic getaway for two, Miramar Beach offers something for everyone.

Sugar white sands and emerald green waters are just a moment away, wrapping the entire area in enchanting beauty and allowing for a wide variety of beach adventures.

Our Miramar Beach rental homes offer the best of the best, making this memorable locale the perfect place to escape for the vacation of a lifetime. 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

5 Extravagant Vacation Home Pools You Don't Want to Miss

There’s no better way to spend a warm, sunny day on the Emerald Coast than at the beach - unless you have the opportunity to make a splash in one of these amazing private pools, that is.

The beautifully designed pool area at the Tuscan “Villa Fiore” in Seagrove Beach is the ultimate in escape to luxury and leisure. This jetted pool is both covered and screened featuring a gorgeous waterfall that trickles down from the second floor balcony.

This dazzling pool at the stunning “WahooYahoo” in Destin features attractive tile accents, an elegant water feature flowing from the hot tub in the pool, a swim up bar and a tanning shelf. You could almost spend your entire stay in the pool and patio area!

The pool and courtyard area at 40 WatchTower Lane in WaterSound is truly a work of art. The exquisite water feature adds an element of allure to this fabulous jetted pool.

Lavish and expansive outdoor space reigns supreme at “Falling Waters” in Seagove Beach, and the pool area is no exception. With a lovely rock grotto and two waterfalls, leaving the patio area at this luxurious home can prove quite the challenge!

The expansive 7 Sand Hill in picturesque WaterColor features a charming back yard patio area with pool and hot tub. Beautiful tile accents and comfortable patio loungers give this pool a certain panache that won’t go unnoticed. 

Friday, June 6, 2014

Dune Allen Beach, FL - A Natural Beauty

Just west of Blue Mountain Beach, is 30-A’s western-most community, Dune Allen, a place where lake and beach unite in perfect harmony. For those who seek scenery, this cozy community simply cannot be beat. The raw, natural and serene ambiance of this locale draws photographers, birdwatchers, fishermen and nature lovers from around the world, all with unique coastal adventures in mind.

Dune Allen Beach

Coastal dune lakes are a geographical rarity – an ecosystem found only in a handful of places worldwide, including South Walton. Dune Allen alone is home to three of the area’s seventeen coastal dune lakes: Lake Allen, Stallworth Lake, and Oyster Lake. These waterways have the highest occurrences of rare wildlife species in the state, some of which are found nowhere else in the world. These enchanting lakes bring a heightened sense of pristine beauty and ecological balance to this stunning little beach community, making pinpointing your favorite place to take in a spectacular sunset nearly impossible.

Sunset at Oyster Lake - Dune Allen

When you’re ready to get out and enjoy the great outdoors, remember that Dune Allen also boasts an abundance of walking trails and plenty of beach access points.  In addition to all this, Topsail Hill Preserve State Park offers  a wide variety of natural resources including 3.2 miles of secluded, white sand beaches with majestic dunes over 25 feet tall. Although boats are not permitted at the park, fishing from the shoreline yields bass, bream, panfish and catfish.

Blazing Star at Topsail Preserve State Park

Just to make for a well-rounded getaway, this coastal community also houses funky boutique shops, as well as some of 30-A’s most notable restaurants including casual, seafood-focused eateries to have you coming back again and again.

Gulf Place

This beach neighborhood also has some absolutely fabulous beach cottages that make a great home base for any coastal retreat. 360 Blue currently offers two homes in Dune Allen, both less than one block to the exquisite sugar white sand beaches of the glittering gulf.

Dune Allen "Villa Majorca" 1028 Vizcaya

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Digital Graffiti Starts Tonight!

Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach is the world’s first projection art festival with artists utilizing the latest technologies to project their fabulous works onto the town’s iconic white walls.

Now in its seventh year, this unique festival marries art and culture with technology and architecture for an amazing and one-of-a-kind event that is not to be missed. An amazing affair in color, light and wonder, this red carpet party features music, signature cocktails, surprise displays and interactive exhibits to make for a most exciting weekend on 30-A.

This year, the festival will span three days. Tonight’s exclusive sneak peak will be given by curator Brett Phares and will provide a rare behind-the-scenes look at a few of the exhibits with a reception following at the Caliza pool.

Tomorrow, those with a love for all things art will enjoy a leisurely stroll along the pedestrian paths to admire the latest displays. Caliza Pool and bars will be open creating a festive atmosphere for all to enjoy.

On Saturday, the festival will come to a close with a bang. Patrons may savor light fare and cocktails as they meander through the animated streets of this charming beach town. The celebration will continue at the Caliza pool where guests can bust a move to some excellent music in a magical setting.

If you’re into art, technology, or just up for a an exceptional weekend of evening of fun, you will not want to miss Digital Graffiti!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The 360 Blue Brand and Difference - An Innovative Approach to South Walton/Destin Vacation Rentals

Over the last six years, 360 Blue has grown from two brothers with a dream to an innovative and well-respected leader in the vacation rental management industry. We are proud to have introduced fresh ideas with many of the leading technologies aimed at improving the guest experience and increasing the value proposition for homeowners.
A few of our proudest accomplishments include:

- Development of the first Guest Management System™ and mobile app platform for vacation rental companies around the world - nearly 40,000 properties across the globe currently use our technology

- Partnership with a reputable home automation company to ensure a seamless guest check in process as well as energy efficiency using remote/automated temperature control

- Development of best-in-class Autoresponder to drive occupancy and significantly increase conversions

- Introduction of the “Complete Clean Linen” approach to the 30A/Destin area - every piece of linen on each bed is freshly laundered for each guest check in

- First company in the area to introduce a fully-staffed Executive Concierge program

We constantly strive to enrich the rental industry, improve our guests’ experience and provide the best value for our homeowners.

We are excited to introduce our new blog for our frequent followers, repeat guests and anyone looking for travel insights in the 30A, South Walton and Destin, FL areas.