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How to Get to Destin, Florida

Destin, Florida is a beautiful vacation destination located in the heart of the Emerald Coast. With its pristine white sand beaches, crystal clear waters, and endless sunshine, it is no wonder why so many people flock to this popular tourist destination. But how do you actually get there? In this blog post, we will cover the various transportation options available to help you plan your trip to Destin.

 

Driving to Destin

 

One of the most popular ways to get to Destin is by car. Destin is located on the Florida Panhandle, making it an easy drive from many Southern cities such as Atlanta, New Orleans, and Birmingham. 

 

Navarre - Hwy 281

One of the most popular ways to get to Destin from areas such as New Orleans is to take I-10 to Fl Exit 31 - Ft. Walton Beach-Navarre. This will bring you to Hwy 281, where you take a right and it will bring you all the way down to Hwy 98 from Navarre Beach. You take a left at the intersection and take Highway 98 all the way to Destin going through Navarre, passing Hurlburt Field, Ft. Walton Beach, Okaloosa Island, where you will get a great first look at the beautiful Crab Island

 

Niceville - Midbay Bridge - SR 85

Another popular, and quick way to get to Destin, FL by car is by taking I-10 to Niceville (Exit 56) from there you will take SR 85 to the Midbay Bridge that brings you directly to Hwy 98 across the Choctawhatchee Bay bringing you right into the heart of Destin right by Lulu’s and the Destin Commons.  

 

Florida Turnpike 

If you are driving from the east coast of Florida, you can take I-10 West to the Florida Turnpike and then onto Highway 331 North. From there, you will take a right onto Highway 98 and follow the signs to Destin.



Hwy 331 South

If you are driving from the north or west, take I-65 South to I-10 East and then onto Highway 331 South. Bringing you directly to Hwy 98 which brings you right into Destin.

 

Flying to Destin

 

Fly VPS - Ft. Walton Beach

If you are coming from a longer distance, flying may be the best option for you. The closest airport to Destin is the Northwest Florida Regional Airport (VPS), located in Valparaiso, FL. This airport is about a 20-minute drive from Destin and offers daily flights from major cities such as Atlanta, Dallas, and Houston.

 

Fly PNS - Pensacola 

Another option is to fly into Pensacola International Airport (PNS), which is about a 60-minute drive from Destin. This airport offers daily flights from major cities such as Chicago, Denver, and Charlotte.

 

Fly ECP - Panama City Beach

Another airport to get you to Destin is the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP) located in Panama City, Florida. This airport is just a 45-minute drive from Destin and offers daily flights from major cities such as Atlanta, Charlotte, and Houston. From the airport, you can rent a car, take a taxi, or arrange for airport shuttle service to get to your Emerald Coast Vacation Rental.



Bus or Train Transportation

 

Greyhound - Ft. Walton Beach

Unfortunately, there is no bus or train service directly to Destin. However, Greyhound offers bus service to Destin from major cities such as Atlanta, New Orleans, and Mobile. The bus station is located in Fort Walton Beach, which is just a short drive from Destin. There are also bus and train stations in nearby cities such as Pensacola and Tallahassee, from which you can take an Uber, Lyft, Taxi, or rent a car to get to Destin.

 

In conclusion, getting to Destin, Florida is easy and convenient with a variety of transportation options available. No matter how you choose to get to Destin, Florida, you're sure to have a wonderful time exploring the area's beautiful beaches, crystal-clear waters, and exciting attractions. Book your vacation rental with Gibson Beach Rentals today and start planning your next beach getaway!





Published on Wednesday, March 1, 2023