What is Destin Like in October?

Great Weather, Water, Events, Sunsets, & More!

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What is Destin like in October? One word – Heavenly! Many consider this the “off” time of the year, but it is actually very much “on” for a delightful experience without a crowd.  This is a happening time of the year and only the locals and savvy Ocean Reef Resorts guests are aware of this timely treasure. Here is why everyone loves October in Destin!

The Weather

Weather in October in Destin

The summer heat abates in October which ushers low humidity, and everyone enjoys the picture perfect weather. Cobalt blue sunlit skies are accompanied by a lovely gulf breeze and extraordinarily comfortable daytime temps in the seventies. Evenings are delightfully cool and crisp with lows generally in the sixties.

The Water Temperature

Destin water temperature October

The golden orb radiates its warming sunshine over the glorious gulf all summer long, and it maintains a wonderful swimmable temperature throughout the month of October. The Gulf temperature starts out around the mid-eighties and ends the month in the mid-seventies. Sometimes it’s even warm enough to take a brisk dip until Thanksgiving. Many of our vacation homes and condos come with heated swimming pools and bubbling hot tubs if you want to be truly pampered or take an evening swim.


Fun Things To Do

The Destin Seafood Festival occurs October 5 -7 at the Destin Harbor Boardwalk with free admission, lots of live music and delectable seafood.


The Destin Fishing Rodeo occurs all month long. People may participate for prizes by registering with charter boat captains or just watch fun weigh-ins on the docks.


Art Walk on the Harbor occurs daily from 11 am till 4 pm with over forty artisans selling jewelry, paintings, sculptures, soaps, and food.

Pumpkinpalooza starts at 6 pm on October 28th with a Monster Mash Pub Crawl in Harborwalk Village with live music, an adult costume contest and fireworks.

Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin features free concerts every Wednesday night at 7 pm. Visitors gather on the grassy green near the event's stage with coolers, picnic baskets, chairs, and blankets to enjoy the music.

The eleventh annual Baytowne Beer Festival occurs Friday, October 12th thru Saturday, October 12th with samplings of over 200 craft beers, lagers and ales while live music is performed.

Bubbly Baytowne is on October 18th from 5 till 7 pm when retail merchants will be serving up premium champagnes as patrons imbibe and shop.

The Events Plaza Lawn will be showing “Hocus Pocus” under the stars on October 25th.

The Baytowne Ice Rink opens on October 27th and will remain open until February.

Kids are encouraged to dress up as their favorite fantasy character for Halloween on “Trick or Treat Street” October 31st from 6 till 8 pm. Goodies will be handed out by Baytowne merchants, spooky live music will be played with fireworks as a grand finale.

The Sunsets

Destin October Sunset

Starting in October and continuing until March, the sun sets in spectacular fashion right over the glittering gulf. Local residents and visitors regularly take time to view this heavenly scene from the beautiful beach. The panoramic light often fills the entire sky while casting a magical mirrored reflection on the water’s surface. Ocean Reef Resorts guests with beachfront rentals have front row box seats for this sensational show. This “Sunset Hour” coincides with “Happy Hour” along the coast, so gulf front restaurants and beach bars are usually filled with patrons who are toasting the glowing event.

Accommodations at Great Values

Destin October Accommodations

This time of the year coincides with the second lowest rates available for vacation rental properties along the Emerald Coast, way off their prime time spring break and summer rates. Ocean Reef Resorts offers highly hospitable homes and luxurious condos that span across Destin, Holiday Isle, Crystal Beach, Miramar Beach, and South Walton.  Each property is on or near the sugary shore overlooking the jewel toned gulf but with a distinctive ambiance.

Downtown Destin has loads of action at restaurants, lively bars, and fabulous festivals. Exciting activities occur around Harborwalk Village which overlooks the nation’s largest private charter fishing fleet. People go there to “eat, drink and be merry” at waterfront restaurants and lively bars. Our guests use their Reef Rewards for complimentary reduced rates on dolphin cruises, sunset excursions and fishing charters there.

Nearby Holiday Isle is a prestigious peninsula that shoots offshore south of Destin Harbor. Fortunate guests are conveniently close to all the action of Destin but in a wonderful world apart. Many mega-million dollar homes here are either on the bright white beach or canals with docks for big boats. The gorgeous gulf side includes beachfront mansions and luxury towers. Some exclusively gated residential communities feature private beaches, community pools, and tennis courts.

Crystal Beach is an upscale residential community named for the crystalline shore that includes homes and luxurious condominiums along Scenic Highway 98 east of Henderson Beach State Park. It has everything from luxury condominiums to cottages and opulent beachfront mansions. Architectural styles include Mediterranean as well as the Old Florida designs with white picket fences, wrap around porches and tin roofs. Popular shoreside restaurants are located along this route. This exceptionally convenient locale is close to Destin Commons which has been named multiple times as “The Best Place to Shop in Destin” since it features designer clothing shops, specialty boutiques, restaurants, bars, and a Multiplex Theater.

Miramar Beach is just east of all the action of Destin however you may not have a desire to leave this place since there’s so much to do. Very popular properties located here include awesome beachfront vacation homes and resort destinations along Scenic Gulf Drive like Majestic Sun, Ariel Dunes I, Ariel Dunes II, Amalfi Coast as well as the Edgewater Resort.  Ocean Reef Resorts guests receive special rates for championship golf and tennis at nearby Seascape. Many go bargain shopping at the famous Silver Sands Premium Outlets discount designer complex. The exclusive Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Miramar Beach spans across 2,400 lush acres from the gulf to the bay studded with four championship golf courses. Ocean Reef Resorts has quite a few vacation homes and luxury condos available here as well. Sandestin boasts an abundance of restaurants, bars, specialty shops, fun festivals and family amusements at the charming Village of Baytowne Wharf as well as upscale Grand Boulevard.

South Walton has picturesque coastal villages along Scenic 30A which meanders eighteen miles beside the glittering gulf that’s adorned by precious coastal dune lakes with flourishing natural wildlife. Thousands of acres of state forests and award-winning beach parks like Grayton Beach provide an enchanting, serene setting. Charming homes and condominiums are located in perfect Americana inspired coastal villages along the beach. Village greens feature concerts with seasonal activities near galleries, boutiques, restaurants, and friendly beach bars. Our vacation properties are located in Dune Allen, Santa Rosa Beach, Blue Mountain Beach, Grayton Beach, Seagrove Beach, Prominence, Seacrest Beach, and Rosemary Beach.

Take time now to make the most of your October to schedule a fun memorable heavenly time in Destin!