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Population:                  11,119

 

Elevation:                    25 feet above sea level

 

Land Area:                   7.5 square miles

 

Location:                     Located on the Gulf of Mexico in the Florida Panhandle

 

Time Zone:                  Central Time Zone (when it’s noon in Panama City, it’s 1:00pm in New York City and 10:00am in Los Angeles

 

Weather:

 

 

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average temp. (°F)

49.1

52.4

58.5

64.6

72.3

78.7

81.2

80.8

77.4

67.1

58.6

51.4

High temperature (°F)

61.3

65.0

70.9

77.7

84.3

89.8

91.4

91.0

88.4

80.4

71.5

63.8

Low temperature (°F)

36.9

39.7

46.1

51.4

60.2

67.5

71.1

70.7

66.4

53.8

45.7

39.0

Precipitation (in)

5.9

5.3

6.6

4.2

4.4

6.2

9.1

6.9

6.5

4.3

4.7

4.5

 

Climate: 

 

 

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Days with precip.

10

9

9

6

7

10

14

13

9

5

8

9

Wind speed (mph)

9.0

9.3

9.8

9.5

8.6

7.6

6.9

6.7

7.6

7.9

8.2

8.8

Morning humidity (%)

82

82

84

86

87

84

86

87

85

82

82

81

Afternoon humidity (%)

65

61

62

60

62

61

65

66

63

57

61

65

Sunshine (%)

48

53

61

63

67

67

57

58

60

71

64

49

Days clear of clouds

8

9

9

10

9

7

4

6

10

13

11

9

Partly cloudy days

7

7

8

9

11

15

17

15

11

9

8

7

Cloudy days

16

13

14

11

11

8

10

10

9

9

11

16

Snowfall (in)

0.1

0.1

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

 

 Local Seasons:

 

Destin has a very moderate climate year round due to its proximity to the Gulf of Mexico and its western Florida location.  Winter and summer are the two busiest times of year, although late February and the entire month of March become quite crowded when thousands of spring break students hit the area.  In the winter, people from the north enjoy coming south for the warmer temperatures and numerous activities the city has to offer.  Even in January, the temperature averages a comfortable 50 F., with highs in the mid 60’s F.  Summer is busy as many people visit the area for its relaxing atmosphere, entertainment, and proximity to the beach, not to mention temperatures averaging a very comfortable 80 F. Perfect for a day of watching dolphins display mesmerizing grace and unabashed playfulness as they tumble and twirl within the breeding ground of the shallows along the Santa Rosa Sound and Destin Harbor. Of course, just watching the boats go by while sipping on a cool drink at the beach and working on that perfect tan is another viable option.  The fall tends to be less crowded and offers a great opportunity to enjoy Destin’s serenity.    Fall is still warm enough for a nice day at the beach with a good book or a run in the sand.  No matter what time of year you are visiting, this wonderful Florida city is alive with a multitude of things to do and see. 

 

Getting There:

 

By Air:

 

The Okaloosa County Regional Airport
1701 Hwy 85
North Eglin AFB, FL  32542
850-651-7160

The Okaloosa Regional Airport (VPS), situated on Eglin Air Force Base, provides essential scheduled commercial air passenger service for a large proportion of the Northwest Florida area. It is served by most of the major airlines connection carriers. It does not provide service for private aircraft, due to its location on Eglin Air Force Base.

 

Car Rental and Shuttle Service

 

In addition to the airlines, the Okaloosa Regional Airport offers five car rental agencies:

 

Avis

800-331-1212

 

Budget

800-527-0700

 

Hertz

800-654-3131

 

National/Alamo

800-227-7368

 

Enterprise

850-729-5700


Dave’s Bayside Airport Shuttle

850-581-1505

AAAA Express Shuttle Service

850-609-3100


Getting There:

 

By car

 

From Interstate 10; highways 85, or 285 to U.S. 98 and drive east about 10 miles.  Destin is located on U.S. 98.

 

By Train

 

Destin is not serviced by Amtrak

 

By Bus

 

Destin is not served by a national bus company

 

Getting Around:

 

Free Local shuttle bus service for tourists and residents June – September  

Hours of Service: Every day: 8am - 10pm
850-833-9168

 

National Holidays:

 

New Year’s Day, January 1

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the third Monday in January

President’ Day, the third Monday in February

Memorial Day, the last Monday in May

Independence Day, July 4

Labor Day, the first Monday in September

Thanksgiving Day, the fourth Thursday in November

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, December 24 and 25

New Year’s Eve, December 31