Destin Beach – 7 Things You Need to Know for 2021

Destin Beach – 7 Things You Need to Know for 2021

Planning a beach vacation to Destin in 2021?

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Here are a few things you need to know. Please review these seven things to help improve your vacation experience.

Destin, Florida is the self-proclaimed “Luckiest Fishing Village in the World,” and sits in the heart of the Emerald Coast. What once was a little sleepy fishing village, is quickly becoming an international vacation destination spot. 

1. What do the Flags mean at the beach? 

Sadly, it seems every year there are drownings and multiple water rescues. There is nothing sadder than going home from a vacation with one less family member. Please, please learn what the flags mean and abide by them. It could save your life or a loved one’s life. 


Here are a few resources to help you with Beach Safety: 



Obviously, 2020 was a very stressful and unusual year for all of us. As we continue to deal with COVID and the impact on the community, be sure, and get your updates only from official sources. We do not allow questions regarding COVID in the Facebook groups or pages.

3. Hurricane Guide

Hurricanes are a fact of life in Destin. Hurricane season is June 1 through November 30. Be sure and download the hurricane guide and have it with you if traveling during this time. It is always advised to purchase travel insurance as you don’t know when you will need it. 


4. Jet Ski Rules and Regulations 

Speed and reckless navigation are two of the biggest causes of accidents. Summer and holidays are extremely busy in the marina and bay area. Your rental provider should provide you with information regarding wake zones (slow speed) and other important rules. Please be mindful of them. It could save your life or the life of someone else. 

Boating Navigation/Rules 

5. Parking in Destin 

If you haven’t visited Destin recently, one of the big changes you will notice is it will cost you to park in most public areas. Parking spaces are on a first-come, first-served basis, and patrons are not guaranteed a spot if they leave and come back within the paid time frame. Extended overnight parking is prohibited. 

You will need an app to pay for parking as the spots are not metered. Get the app here. 

Here is a list of parking districts and details.

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6. Crab Island


Crab Island is one of the highest-rated and talked about attractions in Destin.

Update: As of 2/18/21, a new ordinance allows some vendors to set up at Crab Island this year.
Taxis or shuttle boats are no longer allowed to take you out to Crab Island and drop you off. They must stay with their passengers. Read more…


7. Festivals and Events

Destin has a variety of festivals and events all year long. Everything from the family-friendly Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival to the Annual Destin Seafood Festival. Read more...

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Laura Thaxton

    Me and my kids have been there once and we liked it. I’m sure I will like it better when I learn the roads better.

  2. Stephanie

    Parking is nearly impossible so why make it even more difficult and stressful. I understand restaurants staying overnight at crab Island what to get rid of the shuttles is really sad as many people cannot afford to rent a boat for a full day so now they’re making this an exclusive Location for rich people only.

  3. Dawn Guerra

    What airport is there and if I’m coming from Michigan can I come southwest or aleigant?

    1. Nathan Hill

      Hi Dawn, Allegiant flies into Destin (VPS). Southwest begins service to Destin (VPS) beginning May 1, 2021

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