Destin is a vibrant gem on Florida’s Emerald Coast, offering year-round sunny weather and a variety of exciting experiences. Whether you’re seeking a lively summer getaway or a tranquil winter escape, Destin has something for everyone, no matter the season. Here is everything you need to know about when to visit Destin.

Spring (March – May)

As the warmth of spring comes to Destin, the area bursts to life with colorful flowers and renewed energy. Spring temperatures typically range from the mid-60s to low 80s Fahrenheit and the Gulf waters start to warm up around 70°F, making this season very comfortable for outdoor activities and watersports. Although there is a spike in visitors during Spring Break, there tend to be fewer crowds than peak summer, so you can enjoy a relaxed experience on the beaches and at popular attractions.

With ideal weather, spring is the perfect time to participate in watersports like paddleboarding, kayaking or enjoying the crystal clear waters at one of Destin’s beautiful beaches.Spring in Destin is also a prime time for fishing enthusiasts, as the waters teem with a variety of species like redfish, cobia, and red snapper. 

In April, the South Walton Beaches Food and Wine Festival and the Sandestin Wine Festival, both celebrate fine wines and the local food scene, with tastings, live entertainment and culinary demonstrations. May brings the Emerald Coast Open, a fishing tournament targeting invasive lionfish, with a restaurant week featuring the delicious fish as well.

Summer (June – August)

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Summer in Destin means endless sunshine and loads of outdoor fun. With average temperatures in the low 90s (F) and more humidity, this is the perfect time of year to spend time in the balmy 85° waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Summer is a peak tourist season, bringing a lively atmosphere to Destin’s beaches and attractions. While you may encounter larger crowds, the abundance of activities and events ensures there’s never a dull moment. 

The hot and sunny summer weather makes it a great season to spend time soaking up the sun on white sand beaches, or enjoying the warm Gulf waters. Stand-up paddleboarding, snorkeling, parasailing and surfing are some of the exciting watersports you can try, and cooling off at a local water park is always a great option. Deep-sea fishing charters and boat tours are also a popular way to get out on the water, with excursions to lively Crab Island kicking into high gear.

Key events in summer include the prestigious Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic Fishing Tournament and the Emerald Coast Poker Run, an annual boating scavenger hunt. The 4th of July is a big celebration as well, with a food truck festival, live performances and a fireworks display over Destin Harbor.

Fall (September – November)

Fall brings a gradual decrease in the heat and humidity, with average temperatures in the low 80s (F), and water temperatures hovering in the mid-70s. This time of year is considered a shoulder season, as summer crowds taper off and Destin transitions into a more tranquil atmosphere.

The ideal weather conditions in fall make it a very comfortable season for outdoor activities. The waters of the Gulf remain warm enough for watersports and cooler temperatures bring several fish species closer to shore, making it an excellent season for fishing. Golfers will find the local courses to be less crowded and it’s a great season for nature lovers to explore the area’s hiking and bird watching areas like Henderson Beach State Park and Topsail Hill Preserve State Park.

Popular fall events celebrate the rich maritime heritage of the area, like the month-long Destin Fishing Rodeo, and the Destin Seafood Festival, which spotlights the region’s best seafood alongside live entertainment and local artisans. The Baytowne Wharf Beer Festival is a two-day event where you can sample craft brews from local and regional breweries. 

Winter (December – February)

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The winter months bring cooler temperatures in the mid-60s to low 70s, making it an ideal destination for visitors looking to escape colder climates. The beginning of winter is similar to fall with fewer crowds until snowbirds start to arrive after the holidays, but the atmosphere remains serene and the beaches are not crowded.

Although water temperatures can dip into the mid-50s (F), making it too chilly for swimming, there’s still plenty to enjoy in Destin during the winter months. Outdoor activities like walking along the beaches to collect shells, watching migrating birds at Henderson Beach State Park or going on a dolphin watching tour are a great way to experience the natural beauty of the Destin area. The mild weather is also excellent for walking around the shops at Destin’s HarborWalk Village, stopping for a bite to eat at a local restaurant, or enjoying a drink on a rooftop patio.

Winter kicks off with holiday events, including a holiday boat parade, holiday markets and live performances at Harborwalk Village. In February, the good times roll at the Mardi Gras parade and the Sandestin Gumbo Festival, which brings the flavors and music of the bayou to the Emerald Coast.


Whether you’re visiting during the vibrant summer months, the serene winter, or enjoying the shoulder seasons of spring and fall, Destin has something special in store. Book your vacation rental today and find your ideal season in this coastal paradise!