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.

Things to do near El Matador: Fort Walton Beach Condos

Are you visiting Fort Walton Beach, FL this Summer? Enjoy your stay at El Matador and discover new things to do near our Fort Walton Beach condos.

Fort Walton Beach Fun Ideas

Escape rooms – Are you visiting Fort Walton Beach with a group of friends? You and your friends may want to try an escape room for a fun and a memorable experience. All rooms require a minimum of 4 people and if you don’t have 4 you could still sign up to be grouped with additional people. Visit for more information.

Water sports – If you are staying in Fort Walton Beach, you will most likely be spending your time on the water. Try some of the popular watersports in the area such as kayaking, canoeing, jet skiing, and boat tours.

GulfariumThe Gulfarium on Okaloosa Island is pure family fun. The Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park features animal exhibits and shows with dolphins, rays, and sharks. Spend the day with the family looking at all the exhibits and interactive animal encounters.

These are just a few ideas to get your vacation plans going on the Gulf Coast. There is so much to discover in Fort Walton Beach. Contact us to book your next vacation rental with El Matador and explore the beautiful Emerald Coast today!

Things not to Forget to Pack when Traveling to our Fort Walton Beach Condos

We know that traveling to a new destination can be very exciting. You are so thrilled to visit the Emerald Coast that you might forget to pack certain things. Don’t leave the packing to the day before you leave because its too important to leave to the last minute. Remembering to pack the little things will help prevent unnecessary spending on your next trip. We’ve put together a checklist of some of the most important things to remember on your next stay at our Fort Walton Beach Condos.

Don’t Forget to Pack these Essentials

1. Umbrella – Believe it or not sometimes it rains in Florida. Even if you see a clear weather forecast, you never know when there could be an unexpected pop of rain.
2. Chargers – Chargers for your devices are very important to not forget. Not to mention, they may cost you twice as much when you’re in a pinch.
3. Sunglasses and Sunscreen – These are a must in Northwest Florida especially in the summer months. Beat the heat by preparing ahead.
4. Prescriptions and Painkillers – Bring any medication you may need along with you. Painkillers are just a bonus since you don’t know when a headache will arise.
5. Cash – Avoid paying high ATM fees while on vacation. Bring cash before hand for any situations that may come up during your trip.

Get packing for your next vacation on the Emerald Coast. Contact us to book your next short term or long term stay at El Matador!