When is the best time of year to visit Destin?
Summer is an obvious choice for visiting the Sunshine State. Temperatures are warm (average in the 90s) and the days are full of bright sun. That being said, it actually rains quite often from June through August here in Destin! It’s not uncommon to have daily afternoon showers in the summer time. My very favorite time of year in Destin is Fall. Late September and October are downright lovely. The humidity is dropping, the days are mostly clear, and the Gulf of Mexico is stunning. Keep in mind that hurricane season is June 1 through November 1. It’s rare for our area to be directly impacted by a storm, but it’s something to think about when planning your visit.
What’s the weather like?
Two words: Hot and Humid! The average temperature May through September is in the upper 80s to low 90s with brutal humidity. I love the heat, but the humidity is a whole different ballgame. Winters are very mild, with most days reaching the upper 50s or low 60s. Spring and Fall are perfection. Dry and sunny days in the mid 70s- so nice!
Which airport should I use?
Destin is a little tricky to get to via airplane, but not impossible! Our closest airport is VPS (Ft. Walton Beach) and is only a 30 minute drive into Destin. Pensacola and Panama City Beach also have convenient airports but with longer drives to Destin. You can plan on about a 1.5 hour drive from the Pensacola airport to Destin from door to door. And that’s when the traffic is flowing nicely!
How’s the drive?
Destin is rather convenient to most Southeastern metropolises. We’re approximately 4 hours from New Orleans and Birmingham, 5 hours from Atlanta, and 8 hours from Nashville. You definitely need a car to get around while visiting, so many vacationers choose to just make the drive themselves.
What should I pack?
A bathing suit and flip flops, of course! The summer is very hot, so pack light clothes. Everything is very casual in Destin, therefore shorts, t-shirts, and causal skirts and dresses are perfectly acceptable. Sandals and sunscreen are a must, too! It’s a good idea to throw an umbrella and rain jacket in your suit case, just in case. In the winter months, a light jacket or fleece would also come in handy. If you have room in the trunk, bring your own beach chairs, umbrellas, towels, and sand toys. There are plenty of chair rental services available, but bringing your own will save money. Depending on where you stay, your accommodations may provide towels for the beach and pool. We have plenty of grocery stores, drug stores, and of course Walmart and Target, should you forget anything.
Where is the best place to stay?
Your choice in lodging depends on what you are looking for. There are many family-friendly condos in the heart of Destin. These will be high-rise buildings (for the most part), so you may have quite the trek down the elevator and to the beach or pool. But the plus is that you’ll very likely have a hot tub and pool (or two) on property and access to the beach. There are tons of awesome beach houses available for rent, also. This is fun and more private than sharing a condo with hundreds of other families. The towns on 30A have all sorts of quirky and fabulous beach houses for rent, but are often more expensive than those in Destin. I’m working on compiling a database of lodging options, but in the meantime, you can email me and I’d be happy to give you suggestions (firstname.lastname@example.org).
What are your can’t-miss attractions?
You’re coming to the beach, so you obviously need to go to the beach! Grab a couple chairs, a cooler full of cold drinks and snacks, and a few sand toys for the kiddos, and spend all day soaking up the sun. The best part is, the beach is FREE! Big Kahuna’s is a must-do with kids of all ages. The Gulfarium allows you to get up close and personal with local sea life and is a nice change of pace from the pool or beach. If you visit during the month of October, you must stop by the Destin Harbor and check out the Destin Fishing Rodeo. It’s a month-long fishing tournament with hundreds of species of fish being weighed in every afternoon. You’ll also have the chance to meet Ms. Destin.
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