One of the most sought-after vacation spots in Destin, Florida, Crystal Beach is a small coastal community known for its signature beach cottages on a scenic stretch of white sand beaches and crystal blue waters accompanied by stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico. Beach life aside, Crystal Beach is also home to Destin Commons—an outdoor lifestyle center filled with restaurants, boutiques, and serves as a community and entertainment epicenter with lots of fun activities. Here is a list of things to do on your vacation in Crystal Beach, from an annual seafood festival to the famous Harbor Hop.
Every year, the town of Destin holds its annual Destin Seafood Festival along the beautiful harbor boardwalk complete with fresh local seafood, live music, artists, and more. The multi-day event takes place at the end of September and admission is free to the public. The Destin Harbor Hop is another fun community event that takes place in March where visitors can “hop” to three of the harbor’s best-known restaurants on a complimentary shuttle while enjoying live music, food and drink specials. For outdoor enthusiasts, Crystal Beach offers plenty of outdoor water activities that include parasailing, jet skis, kayaking, windsurfing, and fishing in the harbor. Locals and tourists alike also enjoy visiting the bowling alley at the west end of Crystal Beach on Highway 98, and there is also a go-cart park and Big Kahuna’s Water Park offering fun for the entire family.
Panama City is just under an hour and a half away from Destin by car, and is a popular spring-break destination. It is also home to the Gulf World Marine Park and Shipwreck Island Waterpark. Pensacola is just an hour east of Destin and is where the National Naval Aviation Museum is located, as well as the historic Pensacola village, the historic Pensacola lighthouse, and the Blue Wahoos Stadium.
There are many beautiful homes in the Crystal Beach neighborhood—a unique community along the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast—from luxurious mansions to adorable beach cottages. The neighborhood is family-friendly and is just a short walk away from the beach, making its location ideal for seaside adventures. Many of the homes offer breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico, and shopping and championship golf courses are just minutes away.
One major source of public transportation around the city of Destin is the E.C. Rider (aka Emerald Coast Rider), which is a public bus service that covers multiple routes. There are numerous rental car services and taxicabs available as well, along with bicycle and scooter rentals.
Looking for a vacation rental in Crystal Beach? Tripping.com has 1944 rental homes available in Crystal Beach. Potential renters will find 81 studios, 716 1-bedroom, 523 2-bedroom and 624 rentals with 3 or more bedrooms ranging from $30 a night to $3500 a night. Many of these properties are instantly bookable.
The average price of a nightly rental in Crystal Beach is $197 while the average price of a weekly rental is $1165. For those looking for more than a short term rental such as corporate rentals, extended stays or long term rentals, the average monthly price of a Crystal Beach home is $4832.
Wondering if you can bring your favorite dog or cat with you? We have 347 pet friendly vacation rentals available for you. In addition to accommodating pets, Crystal Beach rentals offer a variety of amenities. In particular, 1560 rentals have internet and wifi, 1540 have TV and/or cable and 998 have a pool or hot tub.Search properties from 10 rental sites in Crystal Beach where the top providers in that area are HomeAway, TripAdvisor, and Booking.com. There are 964 HomeAway rentals, 523 TripAdvisor short term rentals and 179 Booking.com vacation rentals.