Destin, FL

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 $56 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 9
$56
per night
Dec 8 - Dec 9
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 ...
3.5/5 Good! (1,001 reviews)
Great price, service and location
"Great price and service. location is on main road across from great restaurants and views of the waterway. They are in porcess of remodeling in and out. Our room was newly remodled and it was great."

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2022

Village Inn Destin
Homewood Suites by Hilton Destin
Homewood Suites by Hilton Destin
3 out of 5
14051 Emerald Coast Parkway, Destin, FL, 32541
The price is $110 per night from Dec 18 to Dec 19
$110
per night
Dec 18 - Dec 19
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Destin. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Popular attractions Morgan Sports Center and The Track Family ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (104 reviews)
"The rooms were very spacious and homey. Beds were very comfortable it was perfect"

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2022

Homewood Suites by Hilton Destin
Hampton Inn & Suites Destin, Florida
Hampton Inn & Suites Destin, Florida
2.5 out of 5
1625 Scenic Highway 98 East, Destin, FL, 32541
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $93 per night from Dec 16 to Dec 17
$93
per night
Dec 16 - Dec 17
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Destin. Enjoy free WiFi, a children's pool, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,004 reviews)
"The receptionist at the desk when ws arrived was very welcoming. The room was ok, there were some things that could use updating and extra cleaning (the curtains were really dirty ). The breakfast area is nice and there waa a variety of food to choose from. We would stay again."

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2022

Hampton Inn & Suites Destin, Florida
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
Stay at this apartment in Destin. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a 24-hour front desk. Popular attractions The Track Family Recreation Center and Big Kahuna's ...
3.7/5 Good! (99 reviews)
Great place
"Staff was very friendly and helpful. The condo was very clean and only a block away from the beach. The kids had a lot of activities to do in the condo pool and arcade area."

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2022

Club Destin Condos
Top Floor Luxury Penthouse Condo with Ocean and Bay View
Top Floor Luxury Penthouse Condo with Ocean and Bay View
Destin, FL
Stay at this family-friendly condo in Destin. Enjoy a water park, WiFi, and a spa tub. Our guests praise the pool in our reviews. Popular attractions Morgan ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (57 reviews)
Great Stay
"Located close to everything but still private. Great pool area!! Perfect place for a family getaway. Beach is located right across the street and has a free shuttle for easy access. Beautiful views from the balcony. Owner is fantastic at communication. We would stay here again in the future!"

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2022

Top Floor Luxury Penthouse Condo with Ocean and Bay View
Silver Dunes Condominium
Silver Dunes Condominium
3.5 out of 5
1030 Highway 98 East, Destin, FL, 32541
Stay at this 3.5-star beach vacation home in Destin. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a private beach. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and the family amenities ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (27 reviews)
"Ocean views were terrific - would definitely stay there again!"

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2020

Silver Dunes Condominium
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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