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How Does The Amenity Info Looks Like at Destin, FL?

Top Rental Amenities in Destin, FL

Check above for the most common and the least popular rental amenities in Destin, and pick the one that fits your preference easily. In Destin, 20041 rentals offer Internet or Wifi, 19849 rentals offer Air Conditioning, 19272 rentals offer TV. So, if you need Internet or Wifi during your vacation, use the Internet or Wifi filter to compare these properties. Two amenities that are not typical are Fireplace, Pets Friendly.

Which Price Range Is Most Typical in Destin, FL Area?

Vacation Condo & House Rental Price Information in Destin, FL

The graph shows the percentages of vacation homes in each price bucket. Destin has the largest percentage (25.12%) of homes in $150 - $200 price range.
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What Are The Most Liked Rental Accommodations in Destin, FL?
Rental Property Types in Destin, FL
Before visiting Destin, it is a good idea to explore all the accommodation types in this area, and pick the one that fits your group well. All the available accommodation types are: Condo, House, Townhome, Cottage, Studio, Villa, Apartment, Guest House, Hotel, Resort, Bungalow, Building, Cabin, Estate, Recreational Vehicle, Tower, Boat, Mobile Home, House Boat, Bed And Breakfast. Condo is the most-liked rental type, with the largest percentage of 64.95%. The biggest home in this area available for rent is around 37674 square feet.The least popular accommodation in Destin is Bed And Breakfast rentals
How Many Accommodations Are Not Pets Friendly in Destin, FL?
Pets Allowed vs Not Allowed in Destin, FL
8.46% of vacation homes in Destin are pet friendly. Either you bring your loved pets on vacation or you have pet allergies, make sure to select the homes by applying the right filters.
What Are The Must-Visit Places in Destin, FL?
Must Visit Places In Destin, FL

When you have only limited times to spend in Destin, we highly recommend you to visit those famous places:

Trail Recommendations in Destin, FL Area?
Top Trails In Destin, FL
If you like outdoor activities, we highly recommend you to visit those famous trails: Turkey Creek Nature Trail, Timberlake Trail, Rocky Bayou Campground Trail, Oak Tree Nature Park Trail, Choctawhatchee Bay Area Trail, Topsail Loop, Longleaf Greenway, Grayton Beach North Loop, Flatwoods Trail, Western Lake Loop.
Best Campgrounds in Destin, FL?
Top Rated Campgrounds In Destin, FL
If you love outdoors or travel with an RV, here are the campgrounds in Destin: River's Edge RV Park Campground, Blackwater River Campground, Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou Campground, Milton / Gulf Pines KOA, Henderson Park, Henderson Beach Campground, Topsail Hill Preserve Campground, Live Oak Landing Campground, Grayton Beach Campground, Naval Live Oaks Youth Group Camping.
What are the Airports in Destin, FL?
Suggested Airports in Destin, FL

Here are the airports that located near Destin:

How to get around in Destin, FL?
Transportations

The closest airport to Destin, Florida is Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport which is only a half-hour from the location.

What are the must-visit places in Destin, FL?
Must See Attractions

Okaloosa Island Boardwalk provides access to Fort Walton Beach where you can relax and watch a game of beach volleyball or get one started yourself. The boardwalk features many restaurants, shopping options, and places where you can enjoy a nice cocktail overlooking the water.

Henderson Beach State Park is one of the must-see things in Destin. You can relax on the beach or take the children to the playground. There are campsites for both RVs and tents and well. The Landing and Liza Jackson Parks each have their own attractions within the park. The Landing offers 700 feet of boardwalk while the Landing offers live music and movies geared toward families. You can walk the nature trails and see heron, pelicans, and other birdlife. If you are traveling with a dog, Liza Jackson Park offers two dog parks as well.

Where to visit in order to explore art and culture in Destin, FL?
Art & Culture Places

Destin History & Fishing Museum pays homage to Destin’s designation as the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village.” There are more than 75 species of fish mounted in the museum along with interesting facts about marine life. Ernest Hemingway’s rod and reel are on display along with a large collection of old photographs.

The Air Force Armament Museum provides details on the importance of military life in Destin. You can see the world’s fastest plane and largest bomb. Many of the weapons displayed were created at Eglin Air Force Base. There are also 25 different aircraft on the site. You can become a fighter pilot in their simulator, visit the gun vault or learn about the weapons we use today.

One of five buildings that make up the Heritage Park and Cultural Center, the Indian Temple Mound Museum provides a look at the Native Americans that once roamed the area. At the center, you can also see the Camp Walton Schoolhouse, the Garnier Post Office and climb to the top of the Fort Walton Temple Mound. There is also a Civil War Exhibit Building with an interactive campsite set up.

An interactive museum with all exhibits relating to science, the Emerald Coast Science Center, has a collection of birds, reptiles, and small mammals all named after famous scientists. A citron cockatoo is named for Monica Turner, a British ornithologist, while two sugar gliders are Marie and Pierre, named for the famous chemists Marie and Pierre Curie. There are exhibits related to ecology as well as areas where you can solve puzzles, play games, and more.

How to plan 1 or 2 or 3-day trip itineraries in Destin, FL?
Trip Planning

The best trip to the Destin area should last several days in order to see all the sites available. Of course, start off the first day with a morning on the beach, swimming, sunbathing, and relaxing. Grab lunch at Harbor Docks or, if you want to keep small children occupied, head to Fudpucker’s. Be sure to swing by Henderson Beach State Park where you can get your picture taken with a live alligator.

The next day, after breakfast at Capriccio Café, take a ride to the Destin History and Fishing Museum that dates back to when Captain Leonard Destin settled in the area. Have lunch at Destin’s Seafood Restaurant and then take a walk on the boardwalk where you can grab a drink or a bite to eat. Have dinner at Boshamps, followed by drinks at AJ’s.

On your third day start out with breakfast at Crackings and then consider renting a pontoon boat to view the area by water. You can also simply take the Crab Island Shuttle Boat where you can visit Crab Island, an underwater sandbar. Or, take the Crab Island Adventure Tour, a boat excursion that includes snorkeling, shelling, and an inflatable water park. End with dinner at Jackacudas.

Finally, spend a day doing family things. Visit the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park and Emerald Coast Zoo before grabbing lunch at McGuire’s Pub before heading to the Emerald Coast Science Center. Enjoy dinner at The Back Porch followed by drinks at The Boathouse or the Red Door Saloon.

Where are the hidden gems or unique spots to visit in Destin, FL?
Hidden Gems

One quiet activity that many are unaware of in Destin is the Okaloosa County Geocaching Trail. Geocaching allows you to use specific GPS coordinates in order to find small containers known as “geocaches” hidden at the location. At a minimum, the container has a logbook inside where you note you found it while some actually have small trinkets you can take with you. You can visit the Geocache Trail to get a passport and once it is complete, turn it in to receive a custom Geocache Trail coin. Be sure to log each cache and upload a picture taken with it to geocaching.com. 

The artificial reef program in the area creates amazing locations for fishing, diving, and snorkeling. They are easily accessible and may consist of concrete piles, special modules, or even large shipwrecks.

The Norriego Point Tide Pools are formed by rocks with ropes blocking the East Pass waters. People of all ages enjoy getting in the water and finding the marine life that inhabits the shallow waters. The shores are also a perfect place to watch boats enter and exit the harbor. Access the pools on Holiday Isle by turning onto Gulf Shore Drive until it ends. If you pass the Chevron Destin on 98 while traveling east, you have gone too far.

What are the nightlife spots in Destin, FL?
Nightlife Spots

At Fokker’s Pub, you are encouraged to pull tables together and gather with your friends. It is a fun, high-energy restaurant and pub located at 215 Miracle Strip Parkway Southeast. Menu items include German-themed foods like weisswurst, pork schnitzel, Nurnberger, and Bohemia smokie.

AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar began as a local hangout known for its cold beer and fresh oysters but has grown into an iconic hot spot on the harbor. Starting by shucking oysters on their deck behind a trailer, AJ’s now offers live music every night, has a full kitchen with some of the freshest seafood in the area as well as a full bar serving beer, wine, and cocktails. You can find them at 116 Harbor Boulevard.

With dollar bills and hats making up the bulk of the décor inside, The Boathouse Oyster Bar is a local’s favorite. It is often called one of Destin’s best-kept secrets. The kitchen serves burgers, seafood, salads, and more while the bar serves ice-cold beer, refreshing wine, and specialty cocktails. The atmosphere is very casual and there is live music every day. The Boathouse is located at 288 Harbor Boulevard.

Red Door Saloon, located at 240 Harbor Boulevard, is a down-home bar with both indoor and outdoor seating. The kitchen serves hot dogs, steamed sandwiches, and more. The Red Door Saloon has Happy Hour from 3 to 7 each weekday, offering a wide range of drink specials. There are pinball machines, dart boards and more at this fun, unique bar overlooking the water.

The Down Under Bar, named because it is “down under” Fudpucker’s, was originally designed for live entertainment for the restaurant upstairs. Over the years, it has undergone many transformations but recently underwent a complete makeover. It now features the artwork of Andy Saczynski, famed Emerald Coast artist. Each room has a Bohemian feel, and the outdoor patio is the perfect place for to relax with a glass of wine, a cold beer, or a specialty cocktail. They are located at 20001-B Emerald Coast Parkway.

The Craft Bar, a gastropub serving craft beer, hand-crafted cocktails, and food that is chef-inspired, is a great place to hang out with friends. All bartenders are professionally trained and create their cocktails using house-made components. The drink menu changes regularly so you should always be able to find something new to try. They also have an extensive craft beer selection as well as a lengthy wine list. Food choices include burgers, seafood and hand cut fries that you can dip in a number of house-made sauces. The Craft Bar can be found at 4424 Commons Drive East.

What are the travel peak seasons in Destin, FL?
Peak Seasons

The average monthly temperatures in Destin are

  • January – low of 37F (3C); high of 61F (16C)
  • February – low of 40F (4C); high of 64F (18C)
  • March – low of 46F (8C); high of 70F (21C)
  • April – low of 53F (12C); high of 77F (25C)
  • May – low of 61F (16C); high of 84F (29C)
  • June – low of 69F (21C); high of 89F (32C)
  • July – low of 71F (22C); high of 90F (32C)
  • August – low of 71F (22C); high of 90F (32C)
  • September – low of 67F (19C); high of 87F (31C)
  • October – low of 55F (13C); high of 80F (27C)
  • November – low of 46F (8C); high of 71F (22C)
  • December– low of 40F (8C); high of 64F (18C)

July and August are the rainiest months in Destin. The area is normally humid, although October has the lowest humidity.

What are the activities in Destin, FL that are family friendly?
Family Friendly Activities

The beaches are the biggest attraction in Destin, and you have several to choose from. Build sandcastles, body surf, or water board in the waves or just relax in your beach chair, listening to the waves crash on the shore.

Fishing is a great family activity and there are many locations where you can toss out a line. Do so on the beach, in a kayak, or charter a fishing boat for some deep-sea fishing. If you do decide to fish from land, you will need a Florida fishing license which can be purchased locally.

The Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park is the best place for your family to learn more about marine animals, local conservation efforts and see animals up close in their natural habitats. Watch bottlenose dolphins leap out of the water or laugh at the sea lions. You can also watch a special show in the Otter Den to learn more about these adorable creatures. They also offer animal encounters where you can swim with dolphins, snorkel with stingrays, or pet other animals like sea lions, penguins, reptiles or more.

The Emerald Coast Zoo is great for families with smaller children as it is not as large as many other zoos. They have a wide variety of animals at the zoo, and you can arrange for a special animal encounter. You could pet a sloth, meet a ringtail lemur or even train a lion.

For a fun, unique activity, visit Gator Beach where you may be able to feed an alligator. Pick up the food at the Gator Bait Shack, attach it to a cane pole, and lower it to the gators below. You may even be able to get your photo holding a live gator.

For a break from the outdoors, visit Wild Willy’s Adventure Zone with its air-conditioned arcade. Play a round of Hatchling Haven Adventure Golf where you will learn interesting dinosaur facts as you play the nine-hole course, perfect for small children or, if you are traveling with older children, try the T-Rex Island Adventure Golf course. There is a Tree Top Challenge ropes course, the Ptero Jump trampolines, bumper boats, and a go-kart track.

With over 40 areas that include wave pools, slides, rivers, and more, Big Kahuna’s Water and Adventure Park will keep the entire family occupied. The Kowabunga Racer allows you to race down five stories of tubes that twist and turn. Jumanji lets you free fall in the dark or you can speed down the Maui Pipeline Slides. There is even a Honolulu Half Pipe for waterboard enthusiasts.

If you are with small children, hop on the Buccaneer Pirate Cruise, an interactive singing, storytelling cruise complete with water battles.

What does the calendar look like for local events & festivals in Destin, FL?
Local Events & Festivals

The Destin Cobia World Championship is held from late March to early May and has been a tradition in Destin for more than 20 years. The championship begins when the first cobia is caught and weighed in by officials at the end of March and continues until late April or early May when crowds gather on the docks when the winning score is announced.

Burning Up the Beaches is an annual classic car weekend with proceeds supporting The Arc of Destin-Fort Walton Beach, a charity that helps people with developmental disabilities. It is more than just a car show with cruises to local favorites, live music, dinners, parties, and prizes. The event is held at Destin Commons, the area's open-air shopping mall. The event is held in May.

In early June, the Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival in Fort Walton Beach celebrates pirate life. The event, which has been held for over 60 years, begins with a skirmish before ending with a torchlight parade. The Pirate Village offers food and drinks with vendors offering everything from ice cream to seafood. Craft vendors are also available displaying glass art, jewelry, and more. There are activities for children, carnival games, a Kid’s Discovery Zone, and more. Many arrive by boat, lining the sandbar next to the Okaloosa Island Bridge before making their way onto the beach for pirate-themed fun.

Smoke on the Coast BBQ and Fireworks Festival, held on the Independence Day holiday each year, has restaurants and locals firing up the grill to compete for prizes. Sample delicious barbecue dishes, enjoy street performers, and dance to live music while the kids are occupied with the many activities planned for them. The event raises funds for local charities.

The Emerald Coast Boat Week and Poker Run, held in August, is the crown jewel of the Emerald Coast. Boats of all types make their way to Destin for one of the largest poker runs for charity in the country. All proceeds benefit a local children’s charity, Emerald Coast Foundation.

If you are looking for an active event, Paddle at the Porch, held at the Back Porch Seafood & Oyster Bar, consists of a Kids’ Fun Paddle, 1-Mile Beginner Paddle, 3-Mile Recreational Race as well as a 6-Mile Elite Race, all with prizes awarded.

The Greek Festival, held at the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Convention Center, includes Greek foods, live Greek music, and Greek dancers. Vendors showcase their crafts and visitors are provided with the history of the Greek Orthodox Christian faith as well as their traditions.

One of the biggest events held in the fall is the Destin Seafood Festival, a three-day event that takes place on the harbor the first weekend in October. The event kicks off the Destin Fishing Rodeo with food vendors lining the harbor festival-style with delicious seafood dishes designed to showcase what the Gulf yields to anglers. There is live entertainment, three kid’s zones, and the Annual Mingo Toss, a fish-throwing contest for children that is a really fun photo op for families. The Destin Fishing Rodeo continues throughout the month of October. Anyone can participate by booking a charter boat trip and returning with their catch to AJs to have it weighed.

The Mattie Kelly Arts Festival, presented by the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation, is a weekend of music, food, and art with more than 100 artisan exhibits from around the world. The event is held at the Cultural Arts Village. You can enjoy culinary arts created by local chefs, enjoy live music and watch fun street performers. There is a Kid’s Art Tent as well as a beer and wine garden.

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