Destin Florida Airbnbs: Fun Florida Panhandle Rentals

The best Destin Florida rentals include a variety of Florida Gulf Coast vacation rentals, including beachfront condos, bungalows, and beach houses.

Destin is a favorite US Gulf Coast travel destination on the Florida Panhandle, offering visitors some of the best beaches in the USA including impeccable emerald water created by the Choctawhatchee Bay mixing with the warm waters from the Gulf of Mexico.

I grew up in Florida and we visit the Florida Gulf Coast at least a few months every year. We have rented dozens of vacation rental properties in several US states and countries around the world.

amazing emerald water at Destin Florida
see dolphins in the emerald Florida Gulf Coast water. Photo credit: Destin-Fort Walton Beach, Florida

Where is Destin Florida?

Destin is located between Pensacola and Panama City Beach and is about a 45 minute drive south from I-10. Destin’s closest neighbors are Miramar Beach and Seaside to the east and Okaloosa Island and Fort Walton Beach to the west. People from all over the US South love Destin—it is within driving distance of Atlanta (five hours), Mobile Alabama (two), and Ocean Springs/Biloxi Mississippi Gulf Coast (three).

This article lists the top rated best Destin VRBO rentals followed by the best Destin hotels, other amazing Destin vacation rentals, and Florida Panhandle beachfront rentals near Destin. A section of things to do in Destin Florida appear after the listings of recommended best places to stay in Destin and nearby.

Enjoy better future Emerald Coast vacations!

the amazing emerald water in Destin Florida. Photo credit: Destin-Fort Walton Beach, Florida

See also Florida Hidden Gems: Secret Spots on Florida Panhandle

Tips for Choosing Perfect Destin Florida Airbnbs

To find the best Destin Florida condo rentals, first we like to search for established properties with plenty of useful reviews and photos. Second, we apply filters that matter most to us, which can vary each trip. For instance, we prefer places to ourselves, with blazing wifi, compelling location, and a king bed. Third, sometimes we may want a pool or hot tub, two bedrooms/baths, or other features.

VRBO offers many tools to help you narrow in on the best selection for your needs. McCool Travel tip: We love vacation rentals with a washer and dryer, especially on long road trips.

Tips to find perfect vacation rental properties in Destin FL:

  • Read reviews
  • Check pictures for accuracy and clues
  • Prioritize listings from Premier Hosts (Airbnb calls them Superhosts)
  • Use filters to help you find your essentials and preferences
  • Read our comprehensive article with Airbnb advantages, booking tips, and why vacation rentals are better than hotels.

Unless otherwise noted, all of the recommended Destin rentals are owned and managed by VRBO Premier Hosts and have superior ratings, photos, and reviews. We will list some basic info, differentiating characteristics, and why we recommend it as one of the best Destin Airbnb condo rentals.

We even suggest our favorite Destin hotels at the end of this article because we know that not every traveler wants to stay in rental properties.

Best Destin Florida Rentals—Our Top Picks!

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Seven of the top-rated Destin Florida Airbnbs are listed first in this article. Note that many of these and other Florida Panhandle rental condos have bunk beds and/or sleeper sofa. So, the maximum occupancy can be quite more than expected. A one-bedroom condo might allow six or even eight persons.

Ocean Paradise. This magnificent beachfront two-bedroom Destin rental condo is in the coveted Sterling Shores resort. This Airbnb condo has a near-perfect overall guest rating and allows six persons (has a king bed and a queen bed).

phenomenal beach view from one of the best Destin Florida Airbnbs
Photo from Airbnb

Inlet Reef Club. Located on the top level (sixth floor) of a gated Destin FL beach resort, this oversized two-bedroom condo (with two king beds) is a remarkable place to stay in Destin, when available. Allows six guest and has a ton of modern amenities.

Sea Me Now. I will sound like a broken record but here is another stunning two-bedroom beachfront Destin condo. In fact, the Superhost that owns this place also owns the first listing. One is on the sixth floor and one is on the tenth floor. Both are remarkable.

clear Gulf of Mexico view from balcony of Destin condo
Photo from Airbnb

Seafarer. If you prefer to be on the ground level, this Destin beach condo is ideal. It is a one-bedroom (king bed) that will accommodate six persons. There really is something special about sitting on your deck at eye level with the magnificent Destin beach and Gulf breezes.

Pelican Beach Resort, 3rd floor. This upscale one-bedroom (king bed) beachfront condo on the third floor allows six guests. The condo also conveniently includes two beach chairs, a beach umbrella, and a rolling beach cooler.

Photo from Airbnb

Pelican Beach Resort, 19th floor. Look DOWN on the flying pelicans from this Destin Airbnb condo rental on the 19th floor. The one-bedroom (king bed) space allows six guests.

SunDestin Resort 12th floor. This corner two-bedroom beachfront Destin condo offers sweeping views. For a larger family or group, this one sleeps seven (king, double, single beds). Superhost also manages five other Destin Airbnb rentals so also check those listings.

Photo from Airbnb

Sandpiper Cove. This studio Destin Airbnb condo is located in the smaller Sandpiper Cove development. Not beachfront but a quick walk to the fine sugar sand of their private beach. Can sleep four in a queen bed and sofa bed.

Photo from Airbnb

 

Find your own amazing Destin Florida Airbnb rental:

Other Destin Florida Condos

Above see the best Destin Airbnb condos and below see the best Destin hotels.

Other popular Destin Florida lodging options include vacation homes, resorts, condo rentals (non-airbnb), b&bs, and camping.

One recommended Destin condo rental option not on Airbnb is Jade East Towers. Their three-bedroom beachfront condos are ideal for a larger group.

Airbnb Rentals Near Destin

Some of the best Airbnb condo rentals near Destin include:

Rosemary Beach Inn. For a cozy and romantic Florida Panhandle trip check out this room is a small boutique hotel in Rosemary Beach. Prior Airbnb guests have given the rental a perfect rating.

view of Rosemary Beach from Florida Panhandle Airbnb
Photo from Airbnb

Santa Rosa Beach townhouse. Located right on scenic highway 30A, this two-bedroom townhouse also receives perfect marks from Airbnb guests. Offering more space than the above inn, this beachfront option permits six guests.

Photo from Airbnb

Destin West Resort. OK, I found y’all another place with perfect Airbnb guest ratings. The sixth floor, two-bedroom condo provides spectacular views for the up to six guests. Enjoy the lazy river and pools of the Destin West Resort.

Photo from Airbnb

Okaloosa Island Beach Retreat. Another option in Destin West Resort is this three-bedroom condo with can allow eight people. It is also on the sixth floor and heck, for a group up to 14 people, rent both of the above places. How fun would that be?

gulf sunset from one of the best Florida Gulf Coast vacation rentals
Photo from Airbnb

Navarre Beach house. Sit on the deck and enjoy the gorgeous gulf sunsets. The one-bedroom (queen bed) can sleep six persons but will work for one couple. Nicely. Owners live in attached house.

No one between you and the waves. Photo from Airbnb.

Tiny house in Inlet Beach. I love to find unique and quirky Airbnb rentals and here is your option for the Emerald Coast. This tiny house is off the beaten path, has an outdoor shower, is across the street from a lake (great for kayak/SUP), and is cozy for a couple (full bed). The dozen and a half prior guests have given the place a perfect Airbnb rating so it is worth checking out if you like Florida hidden gems.

Best Destin FL Hotels

The following highly-rated hotels are located in Destin or nearby in Miramar Beach.

See also our Tips for Negotiating a Cheaper Hotel Rate.

Fun Things to Do in Destin FL

Most best Destin activities focus on the magnificent US Gulf Coast beaches. Other things to do in Destin FL include Henderson Beach State Park, kayaking in Jones Bayou/Santa Rosa Sound, shopping and eating in Destin Commons and HarborWalk Village in Destin Harbor, and visiting Destin History & Fishing Museum.

To explore the phenomenal Florida Panhandle Gulf Coast beaches near Destin, head east or west. Drive east along the waterfront and explore along scenic highway 30A from Sandestin to Rosemary Beach, through Grayton Beach and Seaside. Further driving along the coast on highway 30 through Miramar Beach and into Panama City Beach, return to Destin on highway 98. Or drive west along the water to Okaloosa Island and Navarre Beach. Or into Fort Walton Beach and Pensacola, which are much larger and have many more attractions, restaurants, and activities.

Wherever you go during your Destin Florida vacation, be sure to enjoy Florida Gulf cuisine and Gulf Coast beverages, and plenty of outdoor and beach adventures.

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