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Challenge Yourself to the Polar Bear Plunge

Nestled along the stunning shores of the Florida Emerald Coast, Destin beckons travelers with its sugar-white beaches and a plethora of exciting activities. One unique and invigorating experience that stands out is the Polar Bear plunges that kick off each New Year. Imagine ringing in the New Year by taking a polar bear plunge into the Florida Emerald Coast.ย 


Gulf Tide Vacation Rentals provides an array of well-appointed vacation rentals in Destin, FL, perfect for hosting your New Year’s getaway on the Florida Emerald Coast. After the invigorating dip, there’s nothing better than retreating to the warmth and comfort of one of our Destin beach house rentals featuring high-end options like a private pool, a complimentary golf cart rental, and Gulf Coast views. Balancing the thrill of a polar bear plunge with the warmth of our accommodations will make your winter getaway on the Emerald Coast a cherished memory.

Top 3 Places To Take the Polar Plunge on the Emerald Coast

Take the Annual Turtle Plunge at Henderson Beach State Park

Henderson Beach State Park hosts an annual event that kicks off the New Year with a polar bear plunge into the Florida Emerald Coast. Join in the challenge that will also feature live music, refreshments, and prizes. All the turtle plunge participants are encouraged to wear a costume! After you’ve braved the challenge, a New Year’s Eve brunch, hot cocoa, and coffee will be included. All of the proceeds will go towards the Destin Fire Rescue Foundation.

Join in the Annual South Walton Fire District Polar Plunge

Another incredible way to kick off the New Year is a polar bear plunge at the Shunk Gulley Oyster Bar. The proceeds support important public safety initiatives and community education, such as offering free CPR classes and fire prevention activities. This is one of the best polar bear plunges for families because participants ages 12 and under can join in the fun for free!

Try the Annual Emerald Coast Foundation Pelican Plunge

Take the polar bear plunge into the Gulf of Mexico to start the New Year off with a splash. The proceeds from this beloved annual event help support the Emerald Coast Foundation. Before the event, there will be fun activities at The Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island. You can also cozy up with hot cocoa, enjoy live music, compete in the costume contest, and enter the raffle for prizes.

Beyond taking part in a Polar Bear Plunge, the winter season in Destin offers a unique charm. The Gulf Tide Vacation Rentals team is always ready to recommend winter-friendly activities, ensuring a memorable stay for every guest.

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