If you’re a first-time visitor to Destin, this 5-day Trip Planner will help give you an overall experience of the area. We’ve included beach time, shopping, excursions, and relaxing. Of course, these are only suggestions. Feel free to mix and match.
If you plan on arriving by air travel, please check our “best airport” guide to find the airport that best fits your travel needs.
4:00 PM Check-in (Since most vacation rentals require a seven-night minimum during the summer months, you will most likely need to book a hotel for this trip). Read our blog on how to choose where to stay.
Visit the Boardwalk (Destin or Okaloosa Island)
Dinner tonight should be something casual. Many times, flights are delayed and expected arrival times for dinner and shows can be missed. Do yourself a favor and take the flex route tonight. By the way, read our “what to bring” post. A suitcase full of patience is on the list.
Rest up for the next day’s activities
Crackings is open for breakfast and lunch. The Tiramisu French Toast is a must-try.
Take a Fishing or Sailing private charter. Local captains know all of the best places to fish and enjoy the Gulf of Mexico or Crab Island. There are many different lengths of charters. You may find it more convenient to pack a lunch and enjoy the water a bit longer.
Dolphins are one of Destin’s favorite residents. You can see them at a local aquarium or visit them in their natural habitat. See all of your options here.
Take in some Florida sun at the beach.
One of Destin’s favorite restaurants is The Back Porch. Great beachfront dining, seafood, and family-friendly. See Destin’s top 10 restaurants. (During the high season, expect wait times to be 60 minutes or more)
Many of the tours depart early for Crab Island. You may want to grab a quick breakfast and head to the departure location for your tour. The tour companies don’t wait. If you’re late, you will not receive a refund.
Pick up a sandwich or other picnic lunch and head to the beach
The Village of Baytowne Wharf is located in the Sandestin Resort and is open to the public.
There are several options here for dining including, waterfront, live music, drinks, and seafood.
During the high season, you can expect a wait of 30-60 minutes.