If you’re looking for a break that includes sun, sand, water, and warmth, you’ll want to make sure you consider Florida. Planning the ultimate Florida vacation not only includes where you’ll go, what you’ll do, or where you plan to stay, but also the time of year you plan your visit. Every popular vacation destination has its best times to visit, and Scenic Highway 30A and the Destin area of the Gulf Coast are no exception. Here are the best times to visit the Gulf Coast!


Winter is a great time to point your compass toward the beaches of the Gulf Coast. Many tourists opt for destinations that offer the best winter activities like skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, sleigh rides, and more. Visit the Gulf Coast and enjoy an uncrowded beach, quick access to favorite attractions, and weather warm enough to enjoy outdoor activities. Take advantage of lower airfares, less expensive rental vehicles, and easier access to vacation rentals for your stay. While the waters of the Gulf may be a bit cold for swimming very long, other outdoor activities can be enjoyed without the hassle of traffic and the larger crowds of spring and summer. It’s likely the best time to come to enjoy everything the area has to offer.


As students head back to school for a new year, families and others complete their summer vacations, and life gets “back to normal,” the area is much less crowded; this makes it a great time to visit Destin and 30A. Beachside restaurants and shops close for the season or run on limited hours, too, but you may also see price drops in many goods and services that make vacation easier. Flights and rental vehicles are less expensive, as well as attractions and accommodations. It’s still warm and sunny, unlike many other destinations – spend more time swimming, snorkeling, hiking, or enjoying other outdoor activities without the full summer heat.

Spring & Summer

Spring sees the re-opening of shops and restaurants that closed for the fall and winter. The weather begins to warm toward summer heat, and the waters of the Gulf are better for water sports. Avoid the week of Spring Break, as crowds pack the beaches, restaurants, and attractions. By summer, shops, restaurants, attractions, and accommodations are jam-packed. When temperatures rise, so do costs like airfare and rentals. If you’re looking for a quiet beach respite, schedule your trip another time.

Hurricane Season

You’ll want to schedule your trip during a time you can likely avoid the devastating damage of hurricanes. Florida’s hurricane season is most active mid-summer through October.

Optimize Your Trip to the Gulf Coast

You came to the Gulf Coast to explore and experience a new place on a fun, relaxing getaway with loved ones. Enjoy a stress-free, worry-free stay no matter when you come when you book a vacation rental provided by Five Star Gulf Rentals. Your small group or family will enjoy a three-bedroom unit or plan a Gulfside reunion and book an 18-bedroom mansion close to the beach for everyone to enjoy a getaway. You’ll have access to private outdoor spaces like a pool, balcony, or deck. Relax indoors in stylish bedrooms. Make a meal in the fully equipped kitchen, then spread out in an open living area. For a luxury stay like no other, choose a premium unit to include perks like a game room, theater room, elevator and more to make your stay one you’ll never forget. Call us today to start planning a fun-filled visit!