Welcome to The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village

Destin is the gathering place of visitors to the Emerald Coast of Florida. Located along the panhandle of the state, it is a short drive to reach Pensacola Beach to the west or Panama City Beach to the east. Whether you are looking for long stretches of undeveloped sugar white sand beaches or beaches dotted with condos, restaurants and bars, you can find it all here. Just east of Destin you will find the town of Seaside, which was used as a backdrop for the movie “The Truman Show.” What once was a sleepy little fishing village has become a world-class destination that appeals to travelers looking for an experience, those on a budget, or the seekers of fine luxury vacationing. 

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The Vibe

Shortly after arriving in Destin, you will see it’s a perfect beach town—laid-back and just right for relaxing with your family. It is different from other beach towns in Florida such as Miami or Clearwatater where the road that borders the beach is a hub of restaurants and bars. With 13 beach access points there are plenty of places to enjoy the water, but much of Destin’s beaches are private or reserved for guests of adjacent vacation rentals or hotels. Our suggestion is to pick the area of beach you like and then find accommodations nearby. Check our “where to stay” page for more info.

Destin area Beaches

More than 24 miles of beautiful beaches that are the perfect playground for all ages. Explore with us to find the one that’s right for you.

Things To Do in Destin

Whether it’s hiking, biking, boating, snorkeling, fishing, golf, or just relaxing on the beach, you can find it all in Destin.

Where To Stay in Destin

Destin has accommodations to fit every budget. Find your preferred beach then choose your hotel/vacation rental.


When To Visit

The best time to visit Destin is during April and May when the water is warm, the sun is shining and the temperatures are comfortable. Earlier in the year, the water is cooler and the weather is a bit chilly. However, our philosophy is “any day at the beach is better than a day in the office.” If the only time you can visit is during the summer, you will experience the crowds and peak prices. Another good time to visit is late summer and early fall. If you choose to visit during the winter off-season, many of the area’s top activities are closed. Be sure to double-check your “must do activities” before you make non-refundable deposits on accommodations.


Best Time To Visit Destin

For fewer crowds, better prices, and great temperatures, April and May are going to be your best months to visit Destin.

If you visit any earlier, you risk cooler weather and chilly water. During the summer months, you will experience more crowds and peak prices on accommodations and activities. Although you might consider late summer and early fall, the temperatures can still be hot and humid accompanied by rain. Average highs reach the high 80s in summer, while winter temps fluctuate between the low 40s and 60s. Some travelers do visit in the winter off-season when rates drop, but they miss out on the area’s top activities.


APRIL-MAY

This time-period is the best time to capitalize on lower hotel rates left over from winter and still be able to enjoy the great weather. The water temperature will be in the 70s by April and continue to rise through May. You can expect the daytime temperature to average somewhere around the mid-70s to 80s.

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JUNE-AUGUST

This is peak season for Destin. The beaches will be quite populated with people, you will have wait times in the restaurants, and reservations are required for almost every activity. Unfortunately, hotels take advantage of this phenomenal environment and hike up the rates.


SEPTEMBER-NOVEMBER

Fall on the Emerald Coast brings some ideal temperatures (highs in the 70s to 80s, lows in the 40s to 60s); however, it can also bring some rain during September and October. The wet season usually ends by November and you will see a steep drop in the temperature (the 60s become the high). Still, this is not a bad time of year to visit to avoid the crowds and the heat. If you find a reasonable hotel deal, it might be worth taking a chance on this time of year.


DECEMBER-MARCH

Temperatures in the winter are much cooler with average highs in the low 60s and lows in the 40s.  Still, the only snow Destin has will be the beautiful snowy white sand beach; you’ll just have to bundle up pretty good. For this reason, hotels and resorts offer enticing bargains. If you don’t mind golfing in a sweater, this might be the perfect time for you.


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Monthly Temperatures
High/Low

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
61°F 16°C 63°F 17°C 68°F 20°C 74°F 23°C 82°F 28°C 87°F 31°C
45°F 7°C 47°F 8°C 53°F 12°C 60°F 16°C 68°F 20°C 75°F 24°C
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
89°F 32°C 89°F 32°C 86°F 30°C 79°F 26°C 70°F 21°C 62°F 17°C
77°F 25°C 76°F 24°C 72°F 22°C 63°F 17°C 54°F 12°C 47°F 8°C

Average Water Temperatures

JanFebMarAprilMayJune
64°F
18°C
64°F
18°C
66°F
19°C
66°F
21°C
77°F
25°C
82°F
28°C
JulyAugSeptOctNovDec
84°F
29°C
82°F
28°C
82°F
28°C
77°F
25°C
72°F
22°C
68°F
20°C

How To Get There

DTS – Destin Executive Airport 1.9 miles from Destin, FL.https://www.iflybeaches.com/
VPS – Ft. Walton Beach Airport 7.2 miles from Destin, FL.
ECP – Northwest Florida Beaches Intl Airport 40.4 miles from Destin, FL.
PNS – Pensacola International Airport 43 miles from Destin, FL.