Destin

Travel Guide
Fort Walton Beach - Destin showing a sunset and general coastal views
Make this beautiful spot on the tip of a Gulf Coast peninsula your Florida destination for beaches, cultural activities and deep-sea fishing.

The western Florida town of Destin is surrounded by water: large Choctawhatchee Bay to the north, the Gulf Coast as the southern boundary and Destin Harbor in the downtown area. Visit the shores of all three areas for beaches, water sports, saltwater fishing, nature trails and wildlife spotting.

In the heart of Destin, browse among the shops and restaurants along Harbor Boardwalk. Ask about the “Key to the Harbor” for discounts at many of these businesses. Admire yachts in the harbor or charter your own for boating or fishing.

Look for dolphins in the harbor and in Choctawhatchee Bay. Both spots are great for sailing, windsurfing and Jet Skiing. For a sustainable fishing approach, try the tranquil option of kayak fishing or simply enjoy an eco tour along the shore.

Find public access to soft sand beaches in 13 spots along Florida’s Emerald Coast. Visit Henderson Beach State Park’s sand, water, dunes and nature trails. Arrange accommodations along Crystal Beach or use public access to reach the magnificent Gulf Coast shoreline. Quietly observe sea turtles nesting in the spring or hatching in early autumn.

Join October’s Destin Fishing Rodeo as a spectator or participant. Fishermen compete for numerous prizes for catching various gamefish. Kids win a free rod and reel for catching a fish over 1 pound (0.5 kilogram).

Bring a picnic basket for a dinner on the lawn while listening to music at the Matty Kelly Cultural Arts Village. Concerts on Thursday evenings from May through July feature a variety of genres. See juried artists and enjoy music and food during October’s 2-day Festival of the Arts at this spot in the heart of Destin.

Reach Destin by car, driving 1.5 hours from Pensacola or 2.5 hours from Tallahassee, or fly into the Northwest Florida Regional Airport in nearby Fort Walton Beach. If you don’t have a car, use taxis or the Okaloosa County buses to travel within the city and along the Gulf Coast shore.

Where to stay in Destin

Village Inn Destin
Village Inn Destin
2 out of 5
215 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL, 32541
The price is £147 per night from 10 Jul to 11 Jul
Stay at this business-friendly motel in Destin. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their ...
3.5/5 Good! (971 reviews)
"Great room with a great price!"

Reviewed on 27 Jun 2022

Village Inn Destin
Best Western Sugar Sands Inn & Suites
Best Western Sugar Sands Inn & Suites
3 out of 5
4415 Commons Dr E, Destin, FL, 32541
The price is £192 per night from 1 Aug to 2 Aug
Stay at this 3-star hotel in Destin. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a fitness centre. Our guests praise the helpful staff in their reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (989 reviews)
"I liked the bedroom portion of my room. The bathroom was in real need of updating. I wouldve liked more technology in the room, USB outlets, etc. The construction on the outside of the hotel was a disappointment and the person outside my window, first thing in the morning working on the building ..."

Reviewed on 26 Jun 2022

Best Western Sugar Sands Inn & Suites
Motel 6 Destin, FL
Motel 6 Destin, FL
2 out of 5
405 Highway 98 East #A, Destin, FL, 32541
The price is £148 per night from 5 Jul to 6 Jul
Stay at this motel in Destin. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in their reviews. ...
3.1/5 (981 reviews)
"For the money you will pay (or save) by staying here, you can not beat it! Remember that you are not staying at the ritz. However this is our 3rd year in a row staying at this hotel and try a main selling point for me is the LOCATION in Destin. We take a very short 2 mile ride to an excellent public ..."

Reviewed on 30 Jun 2022

Motel 6 Destin, FL
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Club Destin Condos
Club Destin Condos
2.5 out of 5
1085 US-98, Destin, FL, 32541
The price is £256 per night from 5 Jul to 6 Jul
Stay at this apartment in Destin. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a 24-hour front desk. Popular attractions Destin Harbor Boardwalk and Henderson Beach State ...
3.7/5 Good! (32 reviews)
"Clean and nice environment. Loved the inside pool and games in the patio area."

Reviewed on 12 Jun 2022

Club Destin Condos
Emerald Grande Condominiums at HarborWalk Village
Emerald Grande Condominiums at HarborWalk Village
3.5 out of 5
10 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL, 32541
Stay at this 3.5-star beach aparthotel in Destin. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the convenient parking ...
4/5 Very Good! (106 reviews)
"really liked the room, perfect for our family of 7 to be all in one suite."

Reviewed on 8 Jun 2022

Emerald Grande Condominiums at HarborWalk Village
Pelican Beach Resort by Panhandle Getaways
Pelican Beach Resort by Panhandle Getaways
3.5 out of 5
1002 Hwy 98 East, Destin, FL, 32541
The price is £691 per night from 6 Jul to 7 Jul
Stay at this 3.5-star beach condo in Destin. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a private beach. Our guests praise the bar and the convenient parking in their ...
3.7/5 Good! (106 reviews)
"The view is absolutely breathtaking. You wake up to dolphins and the emerald ocean. The room itself could have been cleaned better. One of the bathroom showers wasn’t clean at all, but the rest of the condo was okay. The beds were clean. Parking was easy and the pools were nice. It is just steps ..."

Reviewed on 20 Jun 2022

Pelican Beach Resort by Panhandle Getaways
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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