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Where should we stay in Destin?

Crab Island is close to Destin and Fort Walton Beach. You can get here from Navarre or Panama City, but it’s a longer drive or boat ride. If you want to stay as close as possible to Crab Island,  Destin is where you want to be. Miramar Beach is a few miles East, and Okaloosa Island and Fort Walton Beach are only a few miles to the West.

Here’s a guide to help you find the perfect place to stay while visiting Destin, Florida:

First off, think about your budget. How much are you comfortable spending per night? Destin has options for every wallet, from cozy motels to lavish resorts. Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa often offer better rates during busy summer months.

Next, decide where you want to be. Do you want to be right on the beach, in the heart of downtown, or maybe in a quieter area? Our area has it all, so pick the spot that matches your mood. Are you into hotels, resorts, condos, or maybe a cute beach house? Each has its perks, so think about what suits your style and needs. Think about what you need to make your stay awesome. Parking, Wi-Fi, pool, kitchen—what’s on your must-have list? Reviews are your best friend! Check out what other travelers are saying. Recent reviews give you the most up-to-date info. 

Looking for a place to stay when visiting Destin, Florida?

Waterfront Home Private Pool with Deep Dock

Waterfront Home Private Pool w/Dock

Minutes from Crab Island! Your family will be close to the sandy Beaches, downtown entertainment and restaurants when you stay at this centrally-located Waterfront home with a private pool and private, deep water dock for your boat or jet skis. Entire vacation rental home in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, 10 guests, 4 bedrooms, 7 beds, 2.5 baths, private pool.

Holiday Inn Resort Fort Walton Beach

Located on Beautiful Okaloosa Island, minutes away from Crab Island! This hotel is one of the newest and most attractive properties along the coast.

Hotel rooms are well equipped and modern, with stylish amenities we know you’ll love. You’ll come back year after year to enjoy hotel rooms that make you feel at home – only better.

Hotel rooms at the Holiday Inn Resort on Okaloosa Island are more than just hotel rooms … they’re a place to create fun family memories in a beautiful setting designed with you in mind. Amenities include a beachfront pool – the best in Fort Walton Beach- with a lazy river, waterfall, and seasonal live shows starring mermaids and pirates!

Crab Island  - photo courtesy of our friends at Beach Weekend

Crab Island – photo courtesy of our friends at Beach Weekend!

Hilton Garden Inn Ft. Walton Beach

1297 Miracle Strip Parkway SE
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 

Don’t forget to shop around! Compare prices on different websites and neighboring areas, and maybe even reach out to the accommodation directly to ask about special deals. Keep an eye out for discounts, especially during off-peak times. Who doesn’t love a good deal, right?

And remember, book early, especially if you’re planning a summer getaway. Destin and neighboring towns fill up fast in Spring and Summer! Be sure to check the cancellation policy, just in case your plans change. 

With these tips, you can find the best places to stay in near Crab Island, that align with your preferences and ensure a memorable vacation experience.