Thanksgiving Getaway

A Thanksgiving getaway is what the whole family needs to relax and spend quality time together. Fort Walton Beach is the perfect beach getaway. Here a few attractions that will surely keep everybody entertained: 
-Gulfarium Marine Adventure park 
-Heritage Park & Cultural Center
-Emerald Coast Science Center
-Goofy Golf 
-Destin Commons- Perfect to get all your black Friday shopping done.
-Water activities- boat tours, dolphin tours, jet-skiing, snorkeling, fishing, etc.

If you are looking for a delicious Thanksgiving dinner, here are a few yummy options: 
-Hilton Sandestin Beach Cooks Up Tasty Thanksgiving To-Go- November
26th from 10 am to 4 p.m. Reservation required. 
-Thanksgiving at Beachwalk Café- November 26th from noon to 5 p.m.
Reservation required. 
-Thanksgiving Buffet at The Henderson-November 26th from 11 am to 3 pm.
-24th Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner at Harbor Docks- This is an
affordable thanksgiving dinner that also gives you the chance to give back to the community. 

And to get in the Christmas spirit, you can’t miss the Downtown Christmas Lights and Landing Christmas Tree on November 27th at 5:30 pm. 

Here at El Matador, we are all so grateful for your preference. The whole Matador family wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Keeping your home safe while on vacation

One main worry many of us have when planning a vacation is leaving our homes alone for so many days. The last thing you want to be thinking about while you bask in the sun is home security. So, here are a few tips to help you keep your home safe and help you relax and enjoy your vacation.

1. Make it look like someone is always home. If possible set a timer on TV’s and lights so that they turn on and off throughout the day.
2. Illuminate the outside of your home. It’s a great idea to have motion-
activated lights.
3. Keep your plans off social media. You can always post photos and updates on social media upon your return.
4. Make sure the door and locks are sturdy.
5. Keep your valuables hidden in the least obvious places.
6. If possible, install a home security system that will keep you updated.
7. Don’t have packages delivered while you’re away. A package sitting at your door for days is usually a sign of no one being home.

Following these few tips will help you have a stress-free vacation. Contact us today to book your next Fort Walton Beach vacation.

5 tips for a Great Beach Vacation with Kids

The Emerald Coast is full of incredible attractions for the whole family. Traveling with your little ones is a great way to bond with them and get some very much needed family time. But it can also become stressful when thinking about how to keep them entertained and safe. That’s why we have a few tips that might come in handy on that next family vacation.

Plan Fun Water Activities
Water activities will keep the kids entertained all day and will surely tire them out at the end of the day. The Emerald Coast offers a variety of fun activities:
Paddleboarding, fishing, boat tours, snorkel tours, waterparks, etc.

Bring Toys
If your plan is to just sit back and relax at the beach or pool, bringing along some toys for the kids will surely keep them entertained for hours. Have them choose two or three toys that are not bulky or heavy, making it easy to carry them around.

Pack Snacks and Drinks
It is important to always stay hydrated at the beach so bring along water and juice boxes for the little ones. We also know that our kids can get hungry quickly so bring along snacks that will keep them satisfied for a few hours.

Stay Vigilant
When mixing kids with water we most always stay vigilant and make sure they are okay. For the inexperienced with water using a lifejacket is important. Sitting near a lifeguard if you have the option is a good idea. Take turns with the other adults to watch them so that everybody can have fun.

Now is the perfect time to visit Destin, contact El Matador Rentals to book your next beach vacation.

Tips to reduce stress levels

As we continue to shelter at home due to Covid-19, many of us have started to feel our stress levels going up. Our team has come up with a few tips that may help decrease those stress levels.

Stay physically active
Incorporating a physical activity into your daily schedule will help your body and mind be calmer and be able to stay in a more relaxed state.

Eat Healthy
Eating nutritionally balanced meals is a good defense to fight stress. Having a nutritious diet will help stabilize our moods and help us feel physically and mentally healthy.

Get enough sleep
Not getting enough sleep can lead you to feel a significant increase in your stress levels. It is important to get the hours of sleep your body needs to recharge and start over the next day.

Talk to a friend
Talking to a friend about how you feel will help release some of the built-up tension you may have. This may help you find a solution to your problem and put things into perspective.

Plan for the future
It’s good to look ahead and make plans for when this is over. For us that includes a beautiful beach and a relaxing stay. El Matador is here to turn your Destin beach vacation into a reality.

Tips to Work from Home

During this time where vacations have been put on hold, we at El Matador are interested in supporting our customers anyway we can. So, that’s why we have put together a few tips for any of you that might be having a hard time working from home.

Follow a schedule
It is important to keep a schedule so you are able to separate the hours you will be working from the ones you won’t. This will help you get things done in a more organized fashion and will reduce how often you become distracted. Once you cover your working hours, put your work away and recharge.

Choose a work space
Create a space where you will be comfortable for the number of hours you must work. It can be a different room or a desk in a specific part of your home. This space should be designated only to work so that you can feel the difference between home and work.

Get Dressed
Get up and change from your pajamas to normal clothes. Taking care of the way you look will help you feel more normal and get the day started the right way. This will motivate you to get things done and take you out of any funk you might be in.

Stay Connected
A huge gap most people are feeling is not being able to socialize with their coworkers. So, schedule online social time to goof around like you normally would in the office. This will help you feel less isolated and stressed.

Soon, we will be back to planning our next vacation and there is no better option than the Emerald Coast. El Matador will be here to make your next Destin beach vacation a memorable one.

Girls Getaway in the Emerald Coast

Has it been too long since you and your girlfriends planned a getaway? Escape to the Emerald Coast where you will find beautiful waters, delicious seafood at local restaurants, fun activities and everything else that goes into a vacation with your best girls.


During the day enjoy fun water activities like snorkeling, jet skiing, dolphin tours and boat tours. If you are in the mood to just sit back and relax pamper the party with a spa day. Take advantage of the many condo amenities like the beach walkway, beachside pool, private beach and many more.


Enjoy the Destin Nightlife at Destin Harbor where you will find multiple options to keep the party going.


Whatever adventure your group chooses, end the day by kicking back and enjoying time relaxing together at your quiet and private room at El Matador Condos. Give us a call and book your stay at El Matador Rentals today.

Fun Water Activities in Florida’s Emerald Coast

With the Fall upon us, it is best to begin planning your vacation activities now so you don’t waste any time when you arrive! Below is a little list of some of the possibilities for fun and exciting water activities along the Emerald Coast of Florida.


– Dolphin tours
– Jet Skiing
– Parasailing
– Fishing Charter
– Boat rental
– Big Kahuna
– Snorkeling
– Trying out the Wave Runner
– Paddle Boarding
– Surfing


The best vacation rental condos is near plenty of fun water activities for you and your family to enjoy.


If you are planning a trip to our beautiful Emerald Coast, contact us and book a room at El Matador Condos. Let the best vacation condominium rental in Fort Walton Beach, Destin, and Okaloosa Island area take care of you. We will be your home away from home.

Beat the Heat: Fun Indoor Activities


Sometimes the Florida heat in the Emerald Coast can become unbearable. When the heat becomes a nuisance, here are some of our ideas below to help you stay cool:

Go see the Museums. Museums are a fun way to learn about the local history of the place you are visiting.
Indulge your inner foodie. There are plenty of great restaurants with beautiful views of the ocean and the Emerald Coast in general. Food is also fun gateway to getting to know the local cuisine, meeting fun people, and learning about the area.
Check out Destin Commons’ AMC Theater. Summer movies in doors are a great escape from the heat.
Visit a spa. Relax and treat yourself with a spa visit. This will get you out of the heat while pampering yourself.
Shop until you drop. With plenty of shopping opportunities in the Emerald Coast, you are guaranteed to keep yourself stylish while staying cool.


We hope these ideas will help you stay cool from the Florida summer heat.
Contact El Matador Rentals today to book a room for your next Emerald Coast vacation.