Destin Area Vacation Rentals Guide

North West FL / Destin Area


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 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.


  • 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 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.


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, skim boarding, body boarding
  • 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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Travelling to Destin

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.

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