Local Connection

Welcome to the Local Connection!

Here you will find a specially crafted list of local referrals ranging from Artists, Activities, Restaurants, Nightlife, Shopping and MORE! As any local will tell you, we are continually presented with the same questions by our traveling guests…”Where do the locals go? What do the locals do for fun? What restaurants do you recommend? Where is the best place to shop?” The guests want to experience something different outside of the traditional ‘tourist trap’ establishments. Salty Escapes is committed to supporting our local, small businesses that share the same vision of hospitality and service excellence. Experience the Emerald Coast from a local’s perspective!



Boogies Watersports  | Phone: (850) 654-4497

**10% off for Salty Escapes Guests**

Boogies Watersports offers waverunners, pontoon boats, dolphin excursions on waverunners, parasailing and the Glass Bottom Boat dolphin cruise. Please go online to our website to make a reservation or feel free to give us a call and we will be happy to make you one.


Smile-n-Wave Sailing Adventures  | Phone: (850) 368-5921

Invent your own private charter sailing excursion in Destin aboard a spacious 31 foot catamaran. Join Captain Pam Kane for an adventure of a lifetime! All your gear is included and the boat is equipped with a fresh water shower, bathroom, as well as space for sun bathing and a canopy for shade. Excursions, Snorkeling, Fishing, Crab Island Trips, Special Events and MORE!



Cattywampus Eco Adventures  | Phone: (850) 586-0450

Enjoy unique eco cruises off the shores of beautiful Fort Walton Beach, Okaloosa Island, and Destin aboard the power Cattywampus catamaran. We offer some of the best sights and experiences with our catamaran cruise. Whether you are in Fort Walton Beach, Okaloosa Island, Destin or surrounding areas, the Cattywampus catamaran is the perfect vessel for an unforgettable experience.


Redbird Art Experience  | Phone: (850) 865-7943

**$5 off adult canvas for Salty Escapes Guests**

Redbird Art Experience is a unique family-owned business that allows customers to make their own custom piece of art using recycled materials on canvas or plank board. Great for a rainy day or if you just want to get off the beach for a while. Families of all ages welcome.









Boathouse Oyster BarPhone: (850) 837-3645

The Boathouse Oyster Bar is one of Destin’s best kept secrets.  Located on the Destin Harbor with an amazing view of the charter fleet and the Destin Harbor.  Come visit us to see why we have been a Destin favorite and voted Best Oysters and Gumbo for the past 30 years.



Ecco Motors  | Phone: (850) 837-2600

Going to the beach in a street legal golf cart is truly the Floridian way to vacation! It’s also a breezy, carefree way to get to local restaurants, nearby shopping centers and special events like art shows and farmers markets. No matter where you go, you’ll have more fun getting there in a street legal golf cart!





Powder & Paint  | Phone: (850) 982-9801

Powder & Paint offers on-location services for makeup, hair and skincare. Specialties include Weddings, Bridals, Engagements, Prom, Family Photos, Boudoir and any special occasion you want to feel pretty and get dolled up for!




Gnarly Fish Prints  | Phone: (850) 206-8282

Planning a fishing trip to Destin or the local area and would like to have your fish printed to forever remember your time here? You can book local artist, Harley Van Hyning, to meet you at the dock and have your fish printed right there in front of you!



Cyndi Eastburn  | Phone: (850) 226-3220

Local Artist, Cyndi Eastburn, reflects her love for the island lifestyle through the use of vibrant colors in her artwork. She states “If you can hear the sounds of the sea you will surely find me!” Custom pieces available.