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Popular amenities for Destin vacation rentals

Stay near Destin's top sights

Destin Harbor Boardwalk138 locals recommend
Destin Commons306 locals recommend
HarborWalk Village295 locals recommend
Big Kahuna's Water & Adventure Park314 locals recommend
AJ’s Seafood & Oyster Bar192 locals recommend
Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village28 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Destin

  • Total rentals

    4.6K properties

  • Nightly prices starting at

    $20 before taxes and fees

  • Total number of reviews

    85K reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    3.5K properties are a good fit for families

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    560 properties allow pets

  • Rentals with a pool

    4.3K properties have a pool

Your guide to Destin


The sand in Destin is so white you could mistake it for snow. But winter isn’t really a thing here on the Emerald Coast, where the sun shines on 24 miles of beaches along the fish-filled Gulf of Mexico, drawing vacationers year-round. Watersports and deep-sea fishing are main attractions, and you might even hear locals describe Destin as “the world’s luckiest fishing village.”

The town is developed, with high-rise condos, small amusement parks, and strip malls flanking the street, and an eclectic restaurant scene. Destin gets its share of Spring Breakers, but holds equal appeal for families and retirees who just want to hang out on the quartz-colored sands of Henderson Beach State Park, Crystal Beach, Miramar Beach, or neighboring Fort Walton Beach.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Destin

The Gulf of Mexico lends a breeze in the summer, while its warm water keeps Destin from getting too chilly in winter. This means visitors can enjoy a moderate climate — and about 225 sunny days — throughout the year. Summers are hotter, with mostly 80-degree days and high humidity, though it’s not unheard of for the temperature to inch into the 90s. Late summer and early fall see the most heat but also rain, and in winter, temperatures hover around 65 degrees during the day and drop into the low 40s at night.

Most people prefer to book vacation rentals for April and May, when conditions are perfect and summertime crowds — and peak prices — have yet to arrive. Regardless of when you’re traveling, be sure to pack your sunscreen, sunglasses, and sunhat.

Top things to do in Destin

Destin Harbor Boardwalk and HarborWalk Village

For a leisurely stroll past fishing charters, water activity kiosks, tasty restaurants, and boutiques, there’s Destin Harbor’s quarter-mile boardwalk. This is the hub of commercial and tourist activity in Destin, and also a great spot to enjoy watching the boats coming in and out. An extension of the boardwalk continues into the HarborWalk Village, an epicenter of family fun and waterfront restaurants and pubs.

Henderson Beach State Park

The area’s best beach has a natural feel and 6,000 feet of flawless white sand right up against the emerald-green Gulf of Mexico. There’s a short nature trail through a coastal dune ecosystem, and a boardwalk that leads to the beach (which is accessible and offers beach wheelchairs). Throw a chair down in the sand and stay all day; the sunsets are often epic.

Shores at Crystal Beach Park

A family favorite, this pristine beach park is an ideal spot for building sandcastles and frolicking in the relatively tame sea, while also providing restrooms, showers, and shaded pavilions. Consider grabbing a to-go lunch from a local sandwich shop and taking advantage of the serene picnic area.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Destin?

    Destin experiences a subtropical climate characterized by mild winters and hot, humid summers. Temperatures range between 40°F (4°C) in the winter, to 90°F (32°C) in the summer. The area receives ample sunshine throughout the year.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Destin?

    Popular activities in Destin include enjoying the sandy beaches, exploring the local marine life through snorkeling or at the aquarium, fishing, and taking a stroll down the harbor boardwalk. Visiting local parks and museums is also frequently suggested.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Destin?

    The most popular time of year to visit Destin is from March to October, with the Destin Seafood Festival in October and the Destin Fishing Rodeo which runs throughout October being popular local events.

  • What are the best places to stay in Destin?

    Crystal Beach, Holiday Isle, and Miramar Beach are often recommended areas to stay in Destin. These areas provide a variety of accommodations, easy access to the beach, and proximity to local attractions.

  • What are the best places to visit in Destin?

    Destin has various popular places to visit like the Destin Harbor Boardwalk, which is known for its lively atmosphere, and the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park. Other frequently suggested locations are the HarborWalk Village and the Destin History and Fishing Museum.

  • What are some hiking trails in Destin?

    The area is known for several hiking trails, such as Henderson Beach Nature Trail, Jolee Island Nature Park, and Timberlake Dune Allen Trail. These provide opportunities to explore the local flora and fauna, and enjoy the scenic views.

  • What are some family activities to do in Destin?

    Families often enjoy exploring the Emerald Coast Science Center, taking a dolphin cruise, or visiting the Big Kahuna's Water and Adventure Park. You could also have a relaxing day at the Henderson Beach State Park or try new water sports at the Destin Harbor.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Destin?

    Popular day trips include visiting the neighboring Santa Rosa Beach, exploring the historic Fort Walton Beach, or taking a boat ride to Crab Island. Another frequently suggested idea is to visit the city of Pensacola, which is known for its vibrant history and culture.

  • Are there vacation rentals near Destin's top attractions?

    You're in luck! Stay at the heart of it all with our vacation rentals near Destin's top attractions. We offer over 7,440 vacation rentals near McGuire''s Irish Pub of Destin, over 9,810 vacation rentals near Big Kahuna''s Water & Adventure Park, and over 9,800 vacation rentals near Destin Commons, and so much more! Experience the best of Destin right on your doorstep.

  • What types of vacation rentals are available in Destin?

    Uncover the perfect home-away-from-home with our diverse selection of vacation rentals in Destin. From over 1,020 house rentals to over 2,930 condo rentals, we've got you covered. For even more variety, explore our Airbnb Categories to find the ideal space for your getaway.

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