A very popular question we get in our Facebook Group is, “Where can I find a less crowded beach?” If you are willing to do what many are not, you can find a less crowded beach and sometimes a beach without another living soul for thousands of feet.
Create Your Vacation Dream
So, you’ve been dreaming of a beach vacation for months now. Stress at work, and maybe a few difficult details at home have you dreaming of umbrella drinks and lazy days in the Florida sun.
Destin has become more popular throughout the years because of its easy accessibility from most of the U.S. After the pandemic, many people are less inclined to get on a plane and deal with the hassle of air travel, so they go looking for that beach getaway a little closer to home. For that reason, prices in Destin have soared over the last few months as well as the crowds and umbrellas on the beach.
So, how do you find that place of solitude in a very popular beach destination?
Some cool tips you should know
Go During non-peek Hours
There are two times we have found to have fewer people even on a crowded beach; very early in the morning, and just after the lunch hour nap. Early morning for obvious reasons. Many people choose to sleep in when on vacation. And those who hit the beach early, usually have had quite enough sun by around 2:00 –3:00 in the afternoon. As they start to pack up their things and head back in, you are more likely to find parking and a spot closer to the water
Be willing to do what others are not
Visit a state park.
If you have a car, and you’re willing to pack up your things and drive a little, here are a couple of tips for you.
Florida is known for its beautiful state parks. Since there is a fee to get in, the crowds are controlled and parks closed when they are full. Most have great facilities and ample parking.
Henerson Beach State Park
Often Voted One of Florida's Best Beaches
In the heart of Destin, you will find Henderson Beach State Park. Not only are there great facilities, ample parking, six thousand feet of undeveloped beach, hiking, birdwatching, and playgrounds; you will also find RV camping. (Campsites usually book a year in advance).
One is between Destin and Ft. Walton Beach on Hwy 98 (Okaloosa Island) and the other is between Navarre and Pensacola Beach on 399 (Gulf Breeze). Take the road less traveled and drive over to Opal Beach in the middle of Gulf Islands National Seashore Gulf Breeze. Beach Access #2 just a short distance west on 399 is also very good. Be mindful of the low-speed limit on 399. It takes a bit of planning but you can experience that solitude you were looking for when dreaming of that beach vacation getaway, even in the middle of the summer months. There are no permanent facilities at this beach, only an outhouse. It’s still worth the drive.
Visit in The Off-Season
No, this doesn’t mean you have to visit the beach when the water is cold. Our favorite time of year in Destin is October. Early in the month, you will find the water to be in the high 70’s or low 80’s on average. Daytime temperatures are in the high 70’s with a lot of sunshine. A perfect time to visit the beach since the crowds are significantly less and the rates for hotels and vacation rentals are lower than the summer months. May and early June before schools let out is also a great time to visit. The water will be a bit cooler but still very enjoyable.