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

Dolphins and dancing in Destin

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.


Learning to surf in Destin

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.


Warm winters and sunny summers in Destin

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.

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 around Destin?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 11,226 vacation rentals near Destin. From 1,954 Houses to 8,367 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: 1,314 vacation rentals
  • Holiday Isle: 1,953 vacation rentals
  • Villages of Crystal Beach: 175 vacation rentals
  • Destiny Grand Palms: 834 vacation rentals
  • Crystal Shores: 730 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: 12,279 vacation rentals
  • HarborWalk Village: 12,228 vacation rentals
  • Big Kahuna's Water and Adventure Park: 12,490 vacation rentals
  • Destin Commons: 13,821 vacation rentals
  • Morgan Sports Center: 12,574 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 1,954 Houses in Destin. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Destin include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 8,367 rentals available
  • Villas: 191 rentals available
  • Cottages: 113 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 10,091 vacation rentals with pool available in Destin. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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