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Destin, FL

You’ll find the secluded (and famously laid-back) Miramar Beach, Destin, and Fort Walton vacation rental region in the western Florida Panhandle. This up-and-coming stretch of the Gulf Coast beckons visitors with white sand beaches, the opportunity to surf alongside dolphins, and proximity to local history—from the prehistoric Temple Mound to the Air Force Armament Museum. This market is known by insiders as Florida's "best-kept secret."

Vacation rentals located in Destin, FL

Insider tip

This region is seeing a lot of construction at the moment, a reflection of increased guest demand and great long-term ROI for vacation homeowners. Buyers are likely to see the best vacation rental ROI with a condo or beach home community (especially those that offer proximity to the beach, views of the Gulf, and access to swimming pools and golf). This region is particularly popular with families, so look for kid-friendly vacation homes, with everything from bunk beds to large outdoor family gathering areas. Most vacation home sales in this area also include the private beach behind the unit—guaranteeing you and your guests a spot on the beach.

Learn more and compare Destin with other top markets in our insider's guide to the best places to buy a vacation rental.

Market size

7,000+ rental units

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Interested in Destin?

Call our local expert Richard Haskins (License #Bk3285669) at 305-783-2909.

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