Destination guide

Explore Destin from vacation home rentals

Only 2.5 hours west of Tallahassee sits the beautiful city of Destin. With a gloriously white shoreline looking out to the Gulf of Mexico, Destin is an idyllic destination for lovers of sand, surf and sea. Destin vacation rentals are within easy walking distance of the beach, as well as inspiring nature trails through sand dunes. The boardwalk is an excellent place to check out the colorful boats of the harbor or take in a concert or show. Dotted with exciting restaurants and first-rate shopping, Destin also offers golfing and fabulous fishing for those wanting a more active holiday.

Things to do

Tourist attractions near your Destin summer rental

Dolphins abound in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, and taking a cruise from Destin is a fantastic way to see them leaping out of the water and playing with their companions. For a fishing trip with flair, you can charter a deep-sea fishing party boat for an adventure the whole family will remember. The Destin Harbor Boardwalk is a great place to be after dark, with magic shows, dinner, theater and vibrant clubs where you can dance the night away. Destin vacation rentals are ideal for relaxing, after exploring and partying in this fun and exciting seaside city.

Activities

Things to do near Destin vacation homes

Destin may be justly famous for its stunning coastline, but there is more to do here than simply sit on the beach. You can learn how to surf in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, or explore the wonders of the deep by taking lessons in scuba diving or snorkeling. Destin vacation rentals are close to family fun excursions like the race track where you can spend the day on mini-golf, go-karts and rides. If you need a break from the sun, there are museums or you can bravely embrace your inner Dr. Dolittle and feed live alligators.

Weather

Local weather near Destin vacation rentals

The city of Destin basks in a moderate climate, year-round, thanks to its location on the Gulf of Mexico. Summers can be rather toasty, with high humidity and temperatures hovering in the high 80s, with occasional lurches into the sweltering low 90s. With over 225 sunny days per year and not a flake of snow, Destin is a great place to visit for lovers of warm weather. Even winter is balmy in Destin, with daytime temperatures of 65 degrees and evening lows of 42-44 degrees. With such temperate conditions, Destin is a delight to visit, any time of year.

Natural features

Panhandle beauties in Destin

A small city in northwest Florida, Destin sits on a spit of land known as the Panhandle, and looks out to the Gulf of Mexico, with Choctawhatchee Bay at its back. White, sandy beaches meet the lapping turquoise-blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico, and Henderson Beach State Park dazzles with its pristine beaches, sand dunes and abundant wildlife. Visitors to Destin can easily spot shore and wading birds and monarch butterflies, while careful observers may spot dolphins and sea turtles offshore. When the park is quiet, you may see bobcats, rabbits and gopher tortoises emerging for a stroll.

Beaches

Beaches near vacation homes in Destin

Destin's beaches are one of its biggest draws. Vacation rentals are available near exciting beach locales like Grayton Beach State Park, an oceanfront park with a sandy beach, swimming, boat ramps, hiking and biking trails, and campsites, and John Beasley Park, a scenic beach park with soft sand and gentle waters. You may also enjoy James Lee Beach, a lively beach for recreation and watersports, and Norriego Point, a tranquil, sandy beach with clear blue waters for snorkeling and swimming.

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.

Family friendly

Kid-friendly activities near Destin vacation homes

If you're traveling with family, you'll find a range of kid-friendly attractions to explore during your trip. Vacation homes are available near places like Big Kahuna’s Water & Adventure Park, a water theme park with slides, pools, a lazy river, and other water activities, and the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, a sea life park with dolphin encounters and wildlife shows. Kids will also enjoy the Destin History & Fishing Museum, a quaint museum with displays of antique fishing rigs, nautical artifacts, and sea life, and Henderson Beach State Park, a beach sanctuary with a boardwalk, nature trails, and a playground.

Where to stay around Destin?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 11,230 vacation rentals near Destin. From 2,037 Houses to 8,269 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Destin for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

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

Whether you're traveling 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: 1,315 vacation rentals
  • Holiday Isle: 1,948 vacation rentals
  • Villages of Crystal Beach: 175 vacation rentals
  • Destiny Grand Palms: 835 vacation rentals
  • Crystal Shores: 728 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, 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 traveling to Destin?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals 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 Harbor Boardwalk: 12,308 vacation rentals
  • HarborWalk Village: 12,283 vacation rentals
  • Big Kahuna's Water and Adventure Park: 12,561 vacation rentals
  • Destin Commons: 13,886 vacation rentals
  • Morgan Sports Center: 12,629 vacation 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 2,037 Houses in Destin. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Destin include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 8,269 rentals available
  • Villas: 193 rentals available
  • Cottages: 114 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals 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 10,128 vacation rentals with pool available in Destin. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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