Destin Area Vacation Rentals Guide

North West FL / Destin Area

Destin Vacation Rentals Guide 

Found on Florida's Northwest Gulf Coast on the Florida Panhandle just east of Pensacola, Destin is the perfect vacation spot for active families, golfers, and fishermen. 

Known as 'The World's Luckiest Fishing Village', Destin will be sure to please anglers of all ages.  Emerald Coast is breathtaking with emerald green water and white sugary sand beaches providing the perfect backdrop for beach activities, fishing, golfing, shopping and dining. Incredible resorts and vacation rentals abound in Destin. There are tons of things to do. Not to be missed is the Destin Harbor Boardwalk, Henderson Beach State Park, Big Kahuna's Waterpark, and Crab Island.  Destin hosts coastal festivals such as the Destin Fishing Rodeo and the Destin Seafood Festival.

The City of Destin, Florida


The population of Destin is a little over 13,300. The city is located on Florida's beautiful Emerald Coast, originally a fishing village named after Captain Leonard Destin it now hosts over 4.5 million visitors annually. The city now boasts the largest fishing vessel fleet in Florida. Destin is snuggled between the Gulf of Mexico and Choctawhatchee Bay. It's the perfect place for families, snowbirds, golfers, and fishermen to relax and enjoy an outdoorsy atmosphere.

Highlights of Destin, Florida
  • There are thirteen beach access points in the city of Destin stretching from Orrego Point all the way down to James Lee Park.
  • Destin beaches are known for their sugar soft sand and emerald green water that draw millions of visitors each year.
  • Henderson State Park boasts 6,000 feet of shoreline, a three-quarter-mile nature trail, and amenities like outdoor showers, camping, grills, boardwalks, pavilions, and a playground.
  • Destin Harbor Boardwalk stretches along Destin's Harbor - dotted with restaurants it hosts the Destin Seafood Festival and the Destin Fishing Rodeo each October.
  • Destin Commons will be sure to please the entire family with lots of shopping, a movie theater, and restaurants.
  • The Baytowne Wharf is a quaint village hosting restaurants, bars, and shops.
  • Don't miss the Buccaneer Family Friendly Pirate Cruise replete with sword and water gun fights, treasure hunts and more.
  • Fishing, sailing, and boating are a huge part of Destin's life so be sure to hop on a charter and enjoy fishing, snorkeling, and swimming in the emerald green waters. 
  • There is an abundance of golf courses in the area that cater to golfers of all levels, check out the Sandestin courses.
  • Best Suited for outdoorsy types, such as active families, fishermen, golfers, and snowbirds.

Things to Do in Destin, Florida

Destin is a special place, perfectly suited for outdoor water sports and golfing. Here’s a handy list of things to do to help you find out if it’s the perfect fit for your next vacation. 

  • 13 award-winning beaches
  • surfing, skimboarding, bodyboarding
  • fishing (beach, boat and pier fishing)
  • boating (sailing, sunset, dolphin and pirate cruises)
  • snorkeling
  • parasailing
  • golfing
  • shopping (Silversands Outlet, Destin Commons)
  • mini putting
  • segways
  • parks and nature trails
  • abundant of restaurants


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Statistics about Destin

Use the search filters on Florida Rental By Owners website to look for accommodations meeting your criteria. There are currently over 158 properties in the Destin area listed for rent. There are 129 condominiums advertised out of 158 properties. Some of the properties listed have heated pools - 39 rentals which make this an ideal family destination. Some winter travelers are looking for long-term rental options, choosing the long term suitability filter renders 8 rental options for snowbirds. People loving traveling to resort condominiums similar to condo-hotel resorts. In the Destin area, there are 26 rentals located as resort complex vacation rentals.

Vacation Rental Price information pertaining to the Destin, Florida area

Currently, prices range from 80$ per night during the low season which typically runs from November 1st to March 1st. You can expect to pay the highest rates during the high-season running from Mid-May through to Mid-August where prices of larger homes can cost over $19,000 per week. The summer months, June, July, and August are also favorite times for local travelers from the state of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and South Carolina to escape to the coast for cooler breezes and boating. There are 27 vacation rentals with docks available in the Sarasota area.

Accommodation Types in Destin, Florida

There is an abundance of vacation rental dwelling types, the majority ranging from condos to private homes: 

  • 21 rentals are listed as "house" rentals, accounting for 32.5% of the housing types
  • 129 rentals are listed as "condo" rentals, are another popular rental type accounting for 55.2% of the short term rental housing types
  • 14 rentals are listed as "family-friendly" rentals
  • 7 rentals are listed as "luxury" rentals

Good Times to Destin, Florida

With the warm weather patterns for most of the year, any time from March through to the end of August are good times to visit Destin. Peak seasons follow the school year and holiday periods with peaks from March to mid-August. The winter months from September to February are great times for snowbirds to visit at extremely reasonable rates. Off-season from September to the end of February offers the least expensive and quietest times of the year to rent a Destin property. During the warmer months, there is an abundance of sports events and activities such as golfing, fishing tournaments.

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Traveling to Destin

Traveling to Destin by Car from Major U.S. Cities

For those driving in, Hwy. I-85 is a direct route to Destin, or the I-10 can be taken westbound to Hwys. 77, 79, 231. Consider driving these distances from major cities to Sarasota;

  • Birmingham, AL - 262 miles

  • Atlanta, GA - 334 miles

  • New Orleans, LA - 250 miles

  • Nashville, TN - 452 miles

  • Little Rock, AR - 556 miles

  • Louisville, KY - 626 miles

Traveling to Destin by Air

There is an abundance of airports to choose from all within 2 hours of Destin, Florida. Whether you live in the United States, Canada, Europe and beyond you are sure to find a final destination close by.

Destin - Fort Walton Beach Airport - (VPS)

Destin - Fort Walton Beach Airport is the closest airport to Destin. It is about 16 miles (26 km) away. Travel time is approximately 26 minutes. This airport is serviced by six major U.S. carriers are United, American, Delta, Allegiant, Glo, and Contour Check available flights with each carrier.

Pensacola Airport - (PNS)

The Pensacola Airport is located in nearby Pensacola, Florida. It is 51 miles (82 km) away from Anna Maria Island. It usually takes 1 hour 19 minutes to travel this route.  It is a destination five US carriers. The main airline carriers are American, Delta, United, Southwest, and Silver Airways. PNS is less busy than Tampa International Airport and is frequently used by pilots of private planes and executive jets.

Transportation in Destin

There is an abundance of transportation options to get you to Destin from the airports including Uber, taxis, shuttles and limousine services. Most are open 24 hours a day but we highly suggest booking transportation in advance.

Destin Monthly Average Weather Chart

Weather Statistics for Destin, Florida

Looking at our average weather climate chart above. July and August are the warmest months for Destin, Florida with average maximum temperatures of 89°F highs. Cooler temperatures prevail in the month of January, where minimum average temperatures at night average 61° lows. The wet season occurs in August. Most people travel to the Destin area for the beaches of the Emerald Coast found on the Gulf of Mexico temperatures range in the hottest months of June, July, and August between 75°F and 86°F.

Food and Drinks in Destin, Florida

Destin is full of amazing restaurants. It is truly a fun and laid back area with an abundance of Old-Florida style drinking establishments and a great selection of award-winning dining establishments with a large variety of epicurean options. Some favorite restaurants include:

  • The Back Porch serves up grilled seafood at this joint with a long porch, beach chairs on the sand & gulf views. Come as you are!
  • Louisiana Lagniappe specializes in Creole seafood & steaks in a spot overlooking the harbor
  • The Beach Walk Cafe is found in Henderson Park Inn. Featuring an American restaurant features a romantic coastal setting with a deck.
  • Dewey's Destin Harborside is a great dog-friendly restaurant where you can grab a casual meal of the day's catch & other local seafood, overlooking the pier, on the patio & decks.

Destin, Florida FAQ's 

What types of property can I rent in the Destin, Florida area?

Florida Rental By Owners has a wide range of vacation rentals in Destin, Florida including condos, cottages, townhouses, duplexes, holiday villas, and private homes. The FlaRBO property selection is filled with many properties in Destin. We recommend selecting a property based on your needs such as proximity to local piers, beach areas, waterfront dock properties, parking, wheelchair accessible, nearby attractions, and whether or not the property is pet-friendly or boat-friendly.

Should I rent a Beach House in the Destin, Florida area?

Yes, if a Beach House is right for you! Most houses in Sarasota offer amazing backyard amenities like heated pools and hot tubs! Some include fun amenities such as pools, hot tubs, outdoor plush seating areas, fitness rooms, billiards, and ping pong tables. If this is what you are looking for, then you should rent a beach cottage in Destin.

Should I rent a Condo in the Destin, Florida area?

Of course! Destin accommodations include condominiums that often offer unique amenities and the perfect space rather than a Destin cottage or large private home for example. House rentals are often great for family vacations, larger groups or those who prefer having an entire house and outdoor property to themselves. Destin condo rentals are perfect for smaller families and couples. 

Can I rent a pet-friendly rental in the Destin, Florida area?

Yes! We love our pets and we are sure you do too! has many pet-friendly Destin rentals. You can use our search feature to narrow down our Destin rental properties to just show those that are pet-friendly.

Can I rent a Condo-Hotel rental in the Destin, Florida area?

Destin is a great area that has an abundance of condo resort complexes that include great amenities like restaurants, fitness centers, and huge pool areas with waterfalls, lazy rivers, and hot tubs. (Florida Rental By Owners) has many resort complex rentals in Destin. Use our search feature to narrow down our Sarasota rental properties to just show those that are boat-friendly.

Is Destin a good place for Snowbirds looking for a monthly vacation rental?

Yes, there are many homes and condos that rent monthly stays in Destin Florida that would be perfect for snowbirds and longer stay guests.

Will I pay any fees to book a property on Florida Rental By Owners?

Never! We never charge any fees to book a property on Florida Rental By Owners. And we never take a commission from an owner.  If you are looking for VRBO or Airbnb type rental or lodging accommodation why pay the extra fees? Use! We put you in direct contact with the owner or manager of the property or cottage rental in Anna Maria Island so you always get the best price.

I am a Vacation Rental Property Owner Can I List My Home for Rent on Florida Rental By Owners?

Yes! We have a multitude of subscription levels to advertise your vacation rental for any budget. Our Book Direct, No Commission Fee Subscription Model suits the majority of short term owners. You can view the details located on our List Your Property page here.

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