Destination guide

The beachside setting of Destin is ready to explore

The beaches and other outdoor surroundings create an inviting atmosphere in Destin. Renowned for its seafood restaurants, dolphin watching and shopping, this city welcomes all visitors. Take in top local attractions like Big Kahuna's Water and Adventure Park and Destin Commons. Are you looking for specific amenities for your getaway? Many of our vacation rentals feature full kitchens and laundry facilities.


Activities and attractions in and around Destin

Do you want to discover attractions to visit while you're in town? You'll be sure to enjoy Destin for its dolphin viewing opportunities and golfing. Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable vacation rental, you'll want to experience everything that Destin has to offer. Here are some of the top attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Big Kahuna's Water and Adventure Park (1 mi / 1.6 km)
  • Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park (8 mi / 12.9 km)
  • Indian Bayou Golf Club (0.2 mi / 0.4 km)
  • Morgan Sports Center (0.6 mi / 0.9 km)
  • The Track Family Recreation Center (0.9 mi / 1.4 km)
  • Regatta Bay Golf and Country Club (2.5 mi / 4 km)

Seasonal weather averages in Destin

If warm-weather activities are high on your list, July, August, June and September are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 89°F.

Natural features

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in Destin

Travelers appreciate the breathtaking sunsets and beautiful ocean views, which is just a taste of what Destin has to offer. Whether you're looking for exciting outdoor activities or just want to appreciate the scenery, you'll be sure to find the perfect setting for your vacation in Destin. Here are a few of the area's most eye-catching features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Henderson Beach State Park (1.1 mi / 1.8 km)
  • James Lee Park (3.2 mi / 5.2 km)
  • Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park‎ (7 mi / 11.2 km)
  • Fort Walton Beach Park (7.1 mi / 11.4 km)
  • John Beasley Park (7.4 mi / 11.8 km)
  • Topsail Beach State Preserve (10.3 mi / 16.5 km)
How to get there

Traveling to and around Destin

The nearest airport is in Destin, FL (DSI-Destin-Fort Walton Beach), located 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you might consider flying into Fort Walton Beach, FL (VPS-Northwest Florida Regional), which is 8.7 mi (13.9 km) away.

Where to stay near Destin?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 11,217 house rentals near Destin. From 1,951 Houses to 8,364 Condos/Apartments, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Destin for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Destin?

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Destin:

  • Crystal Beach: 1,314 vacation rentals
  • Holiday Isle: 1,953 vacation rentals
  • Villages of Crystal Beach: 175 vacation rentals
  • Crystal Shores: 730 vacation rentals
  • Destiny Grand Palms: 833 vacation rentals

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when travelling to Destin?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Destin. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Destin Commons: 13,837 home rentals
  • Kelly Plantation Golf Club: 13,260 home rentals
  • Morgan Sports Center: 12,601 home rentals
  • HarborWalk Village: 12,237 home rentals
  • Emerald Bay Golf Club: 14,606 home rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Destin listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Destin?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 1,951 Houses in Destin. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Destin include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 8,364 lodging choices
  • Villas: 192 lodging choices
  • Cottages: 112 lodging choices

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation homes including Townhouses and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Destin?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 10,082 vacation homes with pool available in Destin.

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