The recreational sailors at The Island Watersports maintain a fleet of sea-worthy vessels including safe, stable WindRider trimarans. During four-hour sailing stints, up to four people can pile onto the netted canopies and center cockpit to trade the buildings, highways, and Earth elementals of solid land for the freedom of the sea. One person chosen by the group to guide the craft receives a 15- to 20-minute lesson covering the basics of catching breezes for fuel and operating the foot-pedal steering controls. The tri-pronged craft supports up to 800 pounds, and the fully battened main sail on a rotating mast keeps the ship stable even during fish stampedes. MP3 players can belt out favorite songs when plugged into the boat's audio system, and guests are encouraged to bring along a small cooler filled with seaworthy beverages and snacks. Island Watersports' current sailing season will end in October but may go into November if weather permits and the boats don't get grounded for sneaking out to Make-Out Reef. The Island Watersports reopens for the next season on March 1.
Mama Clemenza’s brunch menu calms morning and midday appetites with a mélange of classic European breakfast items. Pairs of patrons can let their palates marinate in eggy entrees including homemade eggs benedict––featuring prosciutto and hollandaise sauce draped over a yorkshire-pudding muffin––and a Mediterranean omelet, with a colorful medley of fresh tomatoes, feta cheese, and spinach, lounging alongside an authentic Grecian croissant. Dieting diners can opt for a lighter entree with a chilled mascarpone-custard cup filled with fresh seasonal fruit, and larger appetites will discover sweet satisfaction in the oven-baked basin of Baby Huey’s Dutch Boy––an airy, bowl-shaped pancake filled with the fruit of the day. Chewing or chattering whistles can be kept wet by letting tongues bathe in orange juice or mimosas made with self-supplied champagne or wine. Two cups of custom-roasted coffee cap off the morning meal, providing the necessary energy needed to visit one of Florida’s largest flagpoles in Uptown Station and wow the masses with sultry dance moves picked up during your firefighting days.
One of three restaurants located at Fudpucker's on the Island, Fudshucker's specializes in raw, steamed, chargrilled, and baked oysters. The latter comes prepared in one of seven ways, including baked with butter, garlic, and parmesan cheese or melded with crabmeat stuffing, bacon, and cheddar cheese. The kitchen also plumbs the ocean's salty depths for snow crab, shrimp, and clams, which populate the world famous Fud Bucket, a big meal for one person or a regular-size meal for a puny shark.
Fudpucker’s original location in Destin started as a humble addition to the back of a nightclub in 1982, and later moved to a small shack overlooking the beach. Today, the island-inspired eatery features 7,000 square feet of dining and entertainment space and sprawling decks and balconies. Today, the other Destin restaurant has grown to an impressive 32,000 square feet and boasts eight dining rooms with more than 400 seats where guests can sit for a burger or shrimp dish. Kids never lack amusement, as both locations include some of their favorite things, from games and free toys with their meals to primers on astrophysics.
When biting into the dishes at Old Hag's Cafe, it can take you straight back to childhood. The chefs focus on family favorites best known from Grandmas' recipes, creating staples such as fried pork tenderloin, creamy macaroni and cheese, and chicken pot pie in a flaky, buttery crust. The serve a special fish dish every day, or serve up cuts of chicken served grilled, blackened, fried, or under a coating of buffalo sauce. The desserts are just as traditional as the entrees, with bakers creating New Orleans–style bread pudding in bourbon sauce and brownies topped with a creamy scoop of ice cream and hot fudge.
Within the cheerful yellow walls of Citrus Organic Cafe, chefs slice locally grown vegetables and organic ingredients into modern interpretations of café-fare classics. Pumpkin seeds sprinkle a meatloaf made with grass-fed beef and chicken, and a blueberry-balsamic glaze coats a roasted cornish hen. Vegetables sprouted on the café’s small patch of farmland make their way into sides such as kale salad or to the café’s booth at the Seaside Farmers Market. Staffers also mix health-conscious smoothies from almond milk, flax meal, GS Gelato, and protein powder and craft homemade protein bars.
Hailed by Finest on the Emerald Coast for having the finest seafood–and as the finest place to watch a sunset–The Black Pearl surrounds artfully arranged dishes with stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico. Whether inside the air-conditioned restaurant, or outside on its open-air deck, visitors and their families can soak up beachside vistas while dining on aged prime beef and fresh seafood, including whole Maine lobsters. An extensive wine and martinis selection adds an extra splash of elegance to meals.