When To Visit

Destin, Florida

Like everywhere else, Destin has its seasons. The warm summer season draws the most visitors and crowds to the beach which leads to higher rates. Winter temperatures are cooler with minimal demand for beach time, so rates for accommodations are lower but there are still plenty of attractions to keep you entertained. The following is a brief review of each season and should help you determine when the best time is for you to visit Destin.

Monthly Temperatures in Destin

High °FLow °FMonthHigh °CLow °C
6145January167
6347February178
6853March2012
7460April2415
8268May2820
8775June3124
8977July3225
8976August3224
8672September3022
7963October2617
7054November2112
6247December178
7661Year2416

Water Temperatures in Destin

High °F Low °F Month High °C Low °C
65.1 60.2 January 19.5 14.6
64.1 58.9 February 19 13.8
67 61.9 March 20.6 15.5
72.8 67.7 April 23.8 18.7
79.4 72.9 May 27.8 21.3
84.6 80.3 June 30.2 25.9
86.7 83.2 July 31.2 27.7
87.1 84.9 August 31.1 28.9
84.6 81.6 September 29.9 26.9
81.4 76.3 October 28.6 23.5
74.7 68.9 November 25 19.2
68.2 64.6 December 20.9 17.3

Summer in Destin

boat sitting in clear water with shadow beneath it

Summer generally runs from the week before Memorial Day weekend through August.  Vacation rentals and hotels are at their peak because of the demand.

Many families make it an annual tradition to visit Destin during the summer since schools are out and there is a lot to do with the kids. The daytime temperatures usually stay below 92 degrees with quite a bit of humidity. Unlike many other places, there is almost always a five to fifteen mile per hour breeze blowing off the gulf. Read more…

Fall in Destin

pink fall sunset over the Gulf of Mexico in Destin, Florida

Rates on accommodations will start to fall in mid-August through late October. The summer heat subsides in late September and the humidity becomes quite tolerable. This is a favorite time of year for many visitors to Destin. Daytime temperatures are usually in the mid-seventies. Nights are delightfully cool and crisp. This wonderful weather lasts until early December which truly invigorates the soul. The water temperatures remain warm enough to go swimming until almost Thanksgiving.

The crowds who start arriving by Memorial Day usually leave before Labor Day due to early school starts which means the beaches are less populated. Fall is also the time to enjoy Oktoberfest celebrations, beer fests, and art shows. The famous Destin Fishing Rodeo goes on throughout October with daily weigh-ins down on the Destin docks and cash prize awards at the end of the month. The Destin Seafood Festival occurs at this time of year for three days with tons of fresh seafood, beer, wine and musical entertainment performed on various stages throughout the area.

Key Events
Destin Seafood Festival (October)

Winter in Destin

winter in destin with white sand and cyrstal blue water

The winter season starts at the end of October and runs through mid-March. Florida is sunny approximately 340 days each year including winter which earns it the nickname of “the sunshine state.” This is when you can get the absolute lowest rental rates available all year. The winter season is accompanied by crisp azure blue skies with sparkling sunshine almost every day. Highs usually range in the fifties during the day and the low forties at night. Occasionally, daytime temperatures can even reach up into the low seventies. Read more…

Spring in Destin

spring in destin with sandpiper on the beach

The spring season starts in March and lasts until late May. The rates for accommodations start to rise a bit but don’t reach their peak until summer. The weather is mild and quite comfortable from mid-March until early May with temperatures in the seventies during the day and fifties at night with little to no humidity. The water temperatures of the gulf are not as warm as they are in the fall. Read more…