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.

Motel 6 Destin, FL
Motel 6 Destin, FL
2 out of 5
405 Highway 98 East #A, Destin, FL
The price is $74 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
Situated near the beach, this motel is within a 5-minute walk of Destin Harbor and Destin Harbor Boardwalk. HarborWalk Marina and Destin History and Fishing ...
3/5 (967 reviews)
"It is an older property but they did some renovation yet the location is great and it is a clean area"

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2021

Motel 6 Destin, FL
Home2 Suites By Hilton Destin
Home2 Suites By Hilton Destin
3 out of 5
14060 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, FL
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $113 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
Situated by the ocean, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Morgan Sports Center and Henderson Beach State Park. The Track Family Recreation Center ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (644 reviews)
"I love the suite style rooms. They are fully equipped with everything you need including dishes. Check in and check out was easy. Close to everything. Close to the beach."

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2021

Home2 Suites By Hilton Destin
Best Western Sugar Sands Inn & Suites
Best Western Sugar Sands Inn & Suites
3 out of 5
4415 Commons Dr E, Destin, FL
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $96 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Henderson Beach State Park and Destin Commons. Crystal Sands Beach and Gator Beach are also ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (977 reviews)
"The hot tub"

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2021

Best Western Sugar Sands Inn & Suites
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
Club Destin
3 out of 5
1085 Highway 98 E, Destin, FL
The price is $89 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
Located in the heart of Destin, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Track Family Recreation Center and Big Kahuna's Water and Adventure Park. Morgan ...
3.8/5 Good! (499 reviews)
"Had everything we needed for our stay. The floor was a little dirty but being so close to the beach that is probably hard to do."

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2021

Club Destin
Home2 Suites By Hilton Destin
Home2 Suites By Hilton Destin
3 out of 5
14060 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, FL
The price is $113 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
Situated by the ocean, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Morgan Sports Center and Henderson Beach State Park. The Track Family Recreation Center ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (644 reviews)
"I love the suite style rooms. They are fully equipped with everything you need including dishes. Check in and check out was easy. Close to everything. Close to the beach."

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2021

Home2 Suites By Hilton Destin
Emerald Grande Condominiums at HarborWalk Village
Emerald Grande Condominiums at HarborWalk Village
3.5 out of 5
10 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL
The price is $266 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
Situated on the boardwalk, this spa aparthotel is steps from Destin Harbor Boardwalk and HarborWalk Village. Big Kahuna's Water and Adventure Park and Henderson ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (88 reviews)
"Very nice and clean. The people working in the restaurant/pool area were very helpful and had great customer service. I give this place a 10 out of 10."

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2021

Emerald Grande Condominiums at HarborWalk Village
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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