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Getting to Destin and South Walton

The Emerald Coast beach communities of Destin and South Walton are located on the Florida panhandle, in between Pensacola to the west, and Panama City to the east.  Whether you decide to drive or fly, getting to our Destin and South Walton Vacation Rentals couldn’t be easier.


For air travelers, there are three convenient regional airports that offer service to connecting hubs such as Atlanta, Charlotte, Houston, and Dallas. Both are new, modern airports conveniently located to the Emerald Coast area. Northwest Florida Regional Airport (VPS) handles flights from American Eagle, United, Delta, and US Airways, and is located at Eglin Air Force Base, just around the Choctawhatchee Bay from Destin. This airport is best for those staying in our Miramar Beach and Destin Florida vacation rentals. Rental car service is provided by Avis, Alamo, National, Budget, Advantage, Enterprise, and Hertz.

Another airport option is the Pensacola International Airport, located approximately 50 miles from Destin, FL. Six airlines service this airport, including AirTran, Delta, United, American Eagle, and US Airways, with daily flights from Atlanta, Dallas Fort Worth, Chicago, Washington Dulles, and more.

And even closer to our Carillon Beach and Panama City rentals is the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP). Located outside of Panama City, this s

maller airport is served by Delta and Southwest Airlines, and rental car providers include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Hertz, National, Enterprise, and Thrifty.


If you’re driving, you’ll find Destin and South Walton just south of Florida Interstate 10. If you’ve reserved a vacation rental in the highway 30A area, use Exit 85 – Defuniak Springs/Freeport. Head south on Hwy 331, cross the bay, and continue to Hwy 98. Turn left, and after 1.5 miles, turn right onto Co Rd 283. This will bring you right into Grayton Beach and route 30A, which can be followed south to our other vacation rental locations such as Rosemary Beach, Blue Mountain Beach, and Seagrove Beach.

If you’re driving to one of our Destin vacation rentals and coming from the east, your best bet is Exit 70 – Niceville/Eglin Air Force Base/Hurlburt, or Exit 56 – Crestview/Niceville if coming from the west. Either way, follow the signs to Niceville, and cross the Mid Bay toll bridge. This will bring you to Emerald Coast Parkway, where you can turn right to downtown Destin, or left for our Miramar Beach rentals.

Driving distances from major US cities:

  • Jacksonvilla, FL to Destin - 322 miles - 5 hours driving time
  • Atlanta, GA to Destin - 323 miles - 5 1/2 hours driving time
  • Montgomery, AL to Destin - 160 miles - 3 hours and 20 minutes driving time
  • Jackson, MS to Destin - 300 miles - 5 hours and 20 minutes driving time
  • Baton Rouge, AL to Destin - 305 miles - 5 hours driving time
  • Charlotte, NC to Destin - 567 miles - 9 1/2 hours driving time
  • Dallas, TX to Destin - 700 miles - 11 hours driving time

We’re excited to be a part of your Emerald Coast vacation. Call us at (866) 626-4208 if we can help you find your way here!