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The Best Time to Visit Destin, FL: A Seasonal Guide

February 23, 2024

Aerial view of Destin beach shore line and in-shore lake

Destin, Florida, with its pristine beaches and emerald waters, is a year-round gem on the Gulf Coast. But, depending on the season, this charming destination offers unique advantages to visitors. Whether you prefer the warm embrace of summer, the tranquility of the off-season, or the festive spirit of special events, Destin has something for everyone.

In this seasonal blog, we’ll help you discover the best time to visit Destin by highlighting the advantages of each season, sharing insights into the weather, pricing, and local events.


Mild Weather: Spring in Destin is delightful, with comfortable temperatures ideal for outdoor activities. We suggest bringing a light jacket for the early mornings/evenings when the sun is resting.

Lower Prices: Compared to peak summer months, spring offers more budget-friendly accommodations and activities. You may see a hike in rates for holidays such as Spring Break and Memorial Day, but other than that, spring rates are generally pretty affordable.

Sunny day at Destin farmers market

Blossoming Nature: Witness the beauty of local flora and fauna coming to life, including blooming flowers and migrating birds. This is also a great time to soak in the clear turquoise waters before the beaches get crowded.

Seasonal Weather

Average Temperature: 60-75°F (15-24°C)

Occasional Rain: Spring showers are possible, so pack a rain coat.

Events & Festivals

Easter: Check out our blog for family activities, church services, bunny sightings, and restaurants offering holiday specials.

Sandestin® Wine Festival: Sip and savor exquisite wines while meandering around Miramar Beach’s Baytowne Wharf.

South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival: A fabulous wine festival located in Miramar Beach’s Grand Boulevard.

Digital Graffiti: The Alys Beach community in northwest Florida hosts the transformative Digital Graffiti festival, projecting original artworks on its elegant white walls, offering a unique immersive experience at the intersection of art and architecture. This is truly a one-of-a-kind event.

East Pass Aerial View

Beach Bliss: Warm waters, sunny days, and an array of water sports await beach lovers.

Family Fun: Summer is ideal for family vacations, with various kid-friendly activities and events.

Seasonal Weather

Average Temperature: 75-90°F (24-32°C)

Occasional Afternoon Showers: Quick rain showers are common, but they don’t last long.

Events & Festivals

Fourth of July Fireworks: Spectacular fireworks displays light up the night sky from Okaloosa Island, Destin, Miramar Beach, and many beaches along 30A.

Summer Fireworks: Both Harborwalk Village and Baytowne Wharf have weekly fireworks that are worth checking out!

Summer Concerts: Enjoy live music at various outdoor venues and beachfront locations.


Pleasant Weather: Fall brings mild temperatures and lower humidity, making outdoor activities enjoyable. Same as Spring, we’d recommend bringing a light jacket for the early mornings/evenings.

Quieter Beaches: Experience the tranquility of fewer crowds as the summer rush subsides. Be mindful of busier times like Labor Day weekend and Fall Break weeks.

Lower Prices: Enjoy reduced rates on accommodations and activities.

Breathe Easy Rentals at Thanksgiving charity event on the Destin Harbor
Seasonal Weather

Average Temperature: 70-85°F (21-29°C)

Occasional Rain: Rainfall is less frequent compared to spring.

Events & Festivals

Destin Fishing Rodeo: Join anglers from around the world in this month-long fishing competition. Not a fisherman? Afternoons on the harbor can be well-spent checking out the daily catches while enjoying a beer.

Destin Seafood Festival: A celebration of local seafood, live music, and arts and crafts. We’d suggest upgrading your ticket to a VIP ticket where you can judge local chefs – we promise you’ll be full tasting all this yumminess!

Baytowne Wharf Beer Festival: Sample craft beers and enjoy live music at this popular Miramar Beach event.

Mattie Kelly Festival of the Arts: Produced by the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF), this premier art festival in Destin, Florida is where you can live music, family activities, and local cuisine while browsing original artwork by over 100 artists.

Thanksgiving: Check out our blog for a list of restaurants open on the holiday and other thankful activities to enjoy.

Breathe Easy Rentals at Christmas charity event on the Destin Harbor

Mild Winters: Even in winter, Destin offers mild temperatures, making it an excellent escape from colder climates. The afternoon sun generally is nice and warm while our evenings and early mornings are chilly.

Lower Prices: Find great deals on accommodations, and enjoy the peace and quiet of the off-season. Consider staying for 2+ weeks to get locked in at discounted snowbird rates.

Seasonal Weather

Average Temperature: 50-65°F (10-18°C)

Occasional Chilly Nights: While daytime temperatures are mild, evenings can be cooler.

Events & Festivals

Holiday Events: Celebrate the holiday season with festive lights, parades, and special events. Santa is quite busy in the FL Panhandle and can be seen at a plethora of locations before Christmas. Check out our Christmas blog or our New Year’s post for a list of restaurants open on the holiday and other festivities

30A Songwriter’s Festival: Experience the magic of more than 250 talented artists as they take the stage across 30+ indoor venues throughout a four-day weekend. The festival also features six headlining acts on both Saturday and Sunday, making each year a truly unforgettable musical celebration.

30A Wine Festival: Alys Beach hosts an upscale, can’t miss festival filled with wine and bourbon enthusiasts who love supporting a local charity.

"The season changes remind us of the ever-changing nature of life and the importance of embracing it."

No matter when you choose to visit Destin, you’ll find something to love about this coastal paradise. Whether it’s the vibrant summer energy, the tranquility of fall, the pleasant spring blooms, or the mild winter escapes, Destin welcomes travelers year-round with its warm hospitality and endless charm.

With love from Breathe Easy Rentals

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