How to Travel on a Budget to Destin, FL - Gibson Beach Rentals

Spring is just around the corner, and with what is happening in the world today and right here at home, gas prices going up, and record inflation, we know you are wondering: how can I go on my Florida vacation and still save some money? We believe you can still have some fun in the sun while protecting your pocketbook. That’s why today, we’re dedicating this post to you, the budget-friendly traveler.

Plan Ahead

One of the best ways to travel to Destin, FL, on a budget is to plan ahead of time. Planning where you are going to eat, where you want to shop, or what activities you will do ahead of time will save you time and money on your vacation. Check out our beach checklist to make sure you bring all of the items to have a good time at the beach! 

Helpful tip: Start a Google sheet with all of the activities you are planning to do with the costs involved so that you are prepared ahead of time for your vacation budget


Going out to eat when on vacation is one of most people’s favorite past times. There isn’t much that beats that fresh gulf seafood. But, one of the benefits of staying in a condo vs. a hotel is having a full kitchen with all of the necessities at your disposal. Even if you cook your meals at home for breakfast and lunch and splurge on dinner, you are sure to save some money to be able to either save for your travel or save the money to spend on some of your favorite attractions.

Take Advantage of Xplorie Activities

When you book your vacation with Gibson Beach Rentals, you get to enhance your vacation with the Xplorie experience. You will get one free adult General Admission every day of your stay—saving you the cost of at least one adult activity each day. Check the Destin activities list today and start planning your budget-friendly dream vacation!

Free Destin Activities 

Staying at the beach or pool for a couple of days is an excellent way to save money, but that is often not much fun for everyone in your group. There are quite a few things to do in Destin that don’t require any money.

Explore the Destin Commons

If you have small children, bringing them by the splash pad and kiddie park at Destin Commons is a free and fun activity for the little ones. 

Disc Golf

Morgan Sports Center has a disc golf course that can make your Florida vacation a little different and more fun. 

Live Music

One of the best parts about Destin is that there is live music pretty much everywhere you turn. One of the best free activities is to stroll the Destin Harbor and listen to the tunes by some of the Emerald Coast’s finest musicians at some of our favorite places: The Boathouse, AJ’s, Tailfins, and HarborWalk Village.

The Emerald Coast has a lot to offer, and with a bit of pre-planning, we know that you can still make the most out of your Destin vacation. Keep an eye on our blog for more money-saving tips, and we’ll see you soon!