Destin was full of life this weekend with a multitude of Cinco de Mayo celebrations, ranging from Catina Laredo‘s block party at SanDestin’s Grande Boulevard, to Harbor Walk Village‘s full schedule of events. Residents and visitors were able to enjoy a variety of Mexican cuisine, margaritas, and events for the kids. Regardless of where one ended up, there was a fun time to be had by all.



Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexico’s military victory in 1862 over Napoleon III’s French forces. The day is celebrated in Mexico with speeches and parades. Some cities, however, celebrate with a reenactment of the battle. In the United States, with many Mexican-Americans residing in the lower 48 especially, celebrations can last up to a week and usually encompass music, dancing and food.

For those looking for their own Mexican celebration tonight, local restaurants such as Pepito’s, La Paz, and Los Rancheros will be offering their full menus in addition to celebratory specials and, of course, margaritas! However, for those who were out and about over the weekend, the option of staying in sounds even more enticing.

To spice things up, a homemade salsa may do the trick.

One (1) whole white onion, diced small
Two (2) packages of cherry tomatoes, diced small
Three (3) jalapeno peppers, seeds removed, diced small
Three (3) whole avocados, diced small
Cilantro to taste
Queso Fresco or Cotija cheese, crumbled, to taste
Two (2) limes

1. Mix together the diced white onion, cherry tomatoes, and japalenos into a large bowl.

2. Add the diced avocado.

3. Squeeze in the lime juice, add the cilantro to taste, and mix together.

4. At the very end, stir in the cheese to the mixture.

5. Enjoy!


Happy Cinco de Mayo!