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Real estate market gets stronger in Perdido Key

Posted By Ideaworks on 08/27/2012 at 12:01PM

Perdido Key real estate

The real estate market continues to rally as more people discover the Gulf Coast and the economy grows stronger.

A significant drop in foreclosures and short sales is reducing inventory, pumping up demand and sales prices, according to, which surveyed real estate authorities from Northwest Florida and South Alabama.

Supply and demand means that fewer condos for sale will lead to higher prices. On Perdido Key, the inventory of homes for sale has dropped 12 percent, according to

Realtors said banks today are more willing to work with condo-owners – both buyers and sellers – than they were a few years ago.

In addition, a strong rental market on Perdido Key has kept many condos booked for much of 2012, another boost for the local economy.

Topics: Deals and Discounts

Endless Summer on the Key

Posted By Ideaworks on 08/24/2012 at 03:21PM

Perdido Key Fall events

Summer isn't over yet, and if you visit the Key now, you can earn up to $200 in American Express® gift cards. Visit our registration page for more information and book your end of summer holiday today! Take a look at all the great happenings on the coast this September:

Mystics of Pleasure Rebel Ride—Cruise along the Alabama and Florida coastline and enjoy the warm weather, beautiful scenery and wind in your hair. The ride starts at Happy Harbor in Bon Secour September 8 and ends at the FloraBama with an after party! Learn more today.

FloraBama Open Volleyball Tournament—Do you volleyball or just like to have fun? Join us at the 2012 FloraBama Open Sept. 7-9 for a weekend of fun on the beach at Perdido Key! Email for more information or call (850) 492-0611.

Seventh Annual Trolling for Booty Fishing Tournament—Calling all fishermen! The Pirates of Lost Treasure invites you to their annual fishing tournament Sept. 21-23. Win up to $400 for the winning catch! Details: Cindy Woods (850) 232-8737 or Cindy Grimsley (850) 206-1541 or

Pensacola Seafood Festival—Sample mouth watering seafood dishes and enjoy continuous entertainment Sept. 28-30 in downtown Pensacola. Browse through the marketplace with more than 150 arts and crafts vendors. FREE event. Details: (850) 433-6512.

Be sure to check out our calendar for a full listing of Fall events!

Topics: Events and Festivals, Deals and Discounts

Ever Seen A Bull on the Beach?

Posted By Ideaworks on 08/22/2012 at 08:31AM

bulls on the beach

You can enjoy a bit of the Wild West during your stay on Perdido Key.

More than 30 professional bull-riders will participate in a rodeo called “Bulls on the Beach.”

It will be held Aug. 25 at Live Bait on Perdido Beach Boulevard in nearby Orange Beach.

The event, with seating for 1,800 people, begins at 8 p.m., followed by an outdoor concert featuring country music singing artist Pat Green.

For additional information, please read the FAQ.

Topics: Events and Festivals

Snowbirds can enjoy plenty of live hockey

Posted By Ideaworks on 08/13/2012 at 02:29PM

Ice Flyers hockey

If you’re a snowbird on Perdido Key you can enjoy live hockey action even as you escape those brutal Northern winters.

The Pensacola Ice Flyers, one of the most competitive teams in the Southern Hockey League, open their schedule in October and plan to play late into the spring, pushing their post-season hopes as they did last season.

The Ice Flyers recently took a step in that direction, re-signing goaltender Steve Christie, who was a big factor in last year’s playoff team.

He was SPHL Player of the Month for December and he set playoff records – notching two shutouts – before the Ice Flyers fell in the championship round.

Christie was a crowd favorite, and those ties helped convince him to stay in Pensacola.

"Having been so close to winning it all last year and seeing how supportive the city was, I wanted to go back and win a championship," Christie said. "The organization and fans treated me very well last year, and though my time was very short, I created some great friendships and was surrounded by good people. I hope to experience that again this season."

The Ice Flyers play their home games at the Pensacola Civic Center in downtown Pensacola.

Topics: Events and Festivals

Aug. 10 Evening Under The Stars at Big Lagoon

Posted By Ideaworks on 08/10/2012 at 11:40AM

Stargazing in Perdido Key

You can learn more about the stars with a guided tour via telescope.

Escambia Amateur Astronomers Association will hold an “Evening Under the Stars” at Big Lagoon State Park at 6 p.m. Aug. 10.

Clear skies permitting, EAAA members will set up telescopes for views of the moon, various planets and other celestial objects just before sunset and stay until 10 p.m. or later, depending upon attendance and weather.

The star gaze will take place at Big Lagoon’s East Beach Picnic Area, also the location of the park’s three-story observation tower.

Participation in the gaze is free, but normal park entry fees apply.

Participants must enter Big Lagoon State Park before sunset. The park’s exit gate is automatic and will open when a car pulls up to leave. Park entry is $4 for vehicles with one person and $6 for vehicles with two or more passengers.

If you can't make it this time, another star gaze at Big Lagoon is set for Sept. 21.

Big Lagoon State Park is located at 12301 Gulf Beach Highway, about one mile east of Perdido Key. For more information on the Escambia Amateur Astronomers, call Dewey Barker after 4 p.m. at (850) 450-7767. For more Big Lagoon State Park info, call (850) 492-1595.

Topics: Events and Festivals, Parks and Nature

The Summer's Not Over Yet!

Posted By Ideaworks on 08/06/2012 at 11:00AM

Perdido key gift cards

The summer might be coming to a close but Perdido still has some fantastic deals and promotions going on that should entice you to extend your vacation for just a few days more!

And what’s a better place to stay than the gorgeous Eden Condominiums? Book a six night stay at Eden and receive the seventh night free! What a great way to end the summer.

To help pay for your extended vacation, stay a minimum of three nights at any one of our participating Perdido Key accommodations and receive $200 in free American Express® gift cards! You must first register on the Perdido Key You Play page and then book your stay within three days of registration.

Do you have a hankering for seafood? Well then you’re in luck. For a limited time only at happy Harbor on the Line, you can get raw oysters for 50¢ a piece or a dozen grilled for $13. For more on the menu at Happy Harbor, visit their website.

For all of the golf lovers, we’ve even got a special just for you. At Perdido Bay Golf Club pay $39 for a round of golf every day after 1 p.m. or just $29 after 4 p.m.—sleep in or grab lunch beforehand with your $30 savings.

For all the ladies, while your husband is out playing golf, why don’t you head over to the Natural Health Center for a relaxing one hour massage for only $50! You must print out and present the coupon upon making a reservation. Coupons can be found at

For more ways to have fun at a fraction of the cost, go to the Deals & Specials page on our website.

Topics: Events and Festivals, Deals and Discounts, Dining

Shark tournament this weekend!

Posted By Ideaworks on 08/03/2012 at 09:03AM

perdido key fishing

You can see sharks up-close this weekend, from the safety of dry land of course, during the Outcast Mega Shark Tournament this weekend in downtown Pensacola.

Last year’s winner was a 15-year-old boy who landed a shark that weighed almost 875 pounds.

The sights of sharks isn’t all the tournament offers. Scientists will be on hand to explain the biology of sharks, and children can enjoy a water slide and a rock-climbing wall.

The tournament is at Palafox Pier, at the south end of Palafox Street. The scales are open from 1 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Sharks that are brought to the scales are donated to the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory for research; the meat will be donated to a zoo to feed animals.

Learn more at

Topics: Events and Festivals

12 Things to Do When You Visit Big Lagoon

Posted By Perdido Key Insider on 08/03/2012 at 09:03AM

Big Lagoon State Park

  1. Walk along the beach and collect seashells.
  2. Take your canoe along the Intracoastal.
  3. Bring your fishing pole and catch a flounder or two.
  4. Have a picnic under the pavilion.
  5. Go for a swim at the beach.
  6. Make smores around the campfire.
  7. Climb the observation tower for a panoramic view of Big Lagoon
  8. Take your dog for a walk along many of the nature trails.
  9. Relax on the beach and feel the sand in your toes.
  10. Watch migrating birds pass through.  Make sure to stop by the Ranger station to pick up a pair of binoculars.
  11. Stay a while and rent a cabin.
  12. Watch the sun set on the horizon.

Big Lagoon State Park is located at 12301 Gulf Beach Highway. For more information, please call (850) 492-1595 or visit

Topics: Parks and Nature

New Sports Complex Ribbon Cutting

Posted By Ideaworks on 07/25/2012 at 11:42AM

Perdido key Sports complex

Topics: Events and Festivals, Parks and Nature

Incentives are back for Perdido Key travelers!

Posted By Perdido Key Insider on 08/03/2012 at 09:05AM

American Express gift card giveaway

Perdido Key Lovers—get ready for our next American Express© gift card program. Book an end of summer holiday in Perdido Key and the Visitors Center will reward you with FREE American Express© gift cards! Take a look at participating locations and get ready to save! Registration begins in August. Register at Questions can be answered via Facebook, so please let us know if we can help you with travel plans.

Here are some ideas on how to spend your time—and your loot!

Experience: Visit the new virtual flight deck at the Naval Aviation Museum at Pensacola NAS. Get on board and experience sights, sounds and sensations of standing on an aircraft carrier.

Eat Like a Local: During Summer Restaurant week, August 7-11, 2012, Visit Jackson’s Steakhouse, Fish House or Atlas and enjoy dinner made with the best local and seasonal ingredients. For reservations call (850) 217-2347 or visit Great Southern Restaurant Group website.

Family Fun: Looking for a family adventure? Take a day trip and experience an “outback encounter” at the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo. Baby red kangaroos are ready to be cuddled, fed and played with. See and hear the Kookaburra and other native Australian bird sounds.  Cost is $5 + zoo entry.

Excitement on the Water: Get $5 off kayak rental or $10 off jet-ski rental when you visit Perdido Powersports this summer. For more fun at a fraction of the cost, visit our deals page.

Save Even More on Your Stay: Book 6 nights and get the 7th night FREE when you stay at Eden Condominiums in Perdido Key. Visit our deals page to see other participating offers.  

Visit our Plan Your Vacation page for helpful travel tips. See you in Perdido Key!

Topics: Events and Festivals, Deals and Discounts, Dining

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