If you’re looking for a break that includes sun, sand, water, and warmth this winter, make sure Florida is on your radar. Once you’ve zeroed in on the Sunshine State, you’ll need to figure out just where you want to be. Destin and the towns along historic Route 30A have everything you want and more for your winter respite.

Water Activities

While the waters of the Gulf may be cooler in the winter months, you can still enjoy them. Swimming, SCUBA diving, snorkeling and more are fun in shorter time frames. You can also choose to charter a fishing trip or seek out the dolphins on a cruise. Other popular winter destinations are too cold to take a dip anywhere.


While the beaches of Florida are the place to be during spring break and over the summer, winter respites are few. You’ll encounter fewer crowds at popular spots, meaning you won’t have to fight or get out early to claim a spot on the beach, and you won’t be waiting in line for a trendy restaurant or hot spot. You’ll be able to enjoy everything you hoped to and more without the hassle of lines, crowds, over-booking, and other pitfalls of coming at a different time of year that attracts more people.


As with any vacation destination, the cost goes up in Destin and the towns along 30A around peak tourist times. Summer, spring break, and other prime vacation times come at a premium for air fare, rental vehicles, and everything else you need to make your vacation complete. Visiting in the “off season” of winter can mean discounts and lower costs as airlines, hotels, rentals, and other services do their best to lure tourists during a time when those tourists are flocking to other winter destinations for activities like skiing and snowboarding, sleigh rides, and a myriad of other winter activities.

Outdoor Activities

Going outdoors in Florida is more than a trip to the beach. When you stay at a rental provided by Five Star Gulf Rentals, you’re close to state parks, dune lakes, miles of hiking trails, and many other locales for outdoor activities that give you time in the sun. Destin in winter is a great time for any outdoor activity in Florida – the sun is less intense in the winter months, and you can stay out longer doing what you love. Don’t forget sun protection and plenty of water and snacks so you can spend as much time as you want soaking up the sun.

Indoor Activities

If the weather isn’t cooperating with your outdoor plans, Destin and the towns along historic 30A have plenty of indoor activities to keep you occupied. Find the clues and beat the clock to escape at Escape Zone 60, take a cooking class at Kitchenique, or explore the many wonders of science at the Emerald Coast Science Center. There’s an indoor activity for everyone in your group to enjoy. For a different activity, adults can try their hand at Gulf Coast Axe House, where you can hone your axe-throwing skills. You can also choose to take a day of rest and hang around your rental. There are books, movies, toys, games, and more to keep you busy when you’d rather stay in.

Increased Relaxation

Vacation is supposed to be about rest, relaxation, and the ability to recharge and go home rejuvenated and ready to get back to the tasks of everyday life. Visiting Destin and the area of historic 30A in the winter means fewer inconveniences and problems arising from increased traffic, crowds, missing reservations, and other minor headaches that come when a tourist destination is packed with people looking for the same thing. You’ll enjoy a calmer stay this winter knowing everything will be just a bit easier when you’re not vying for attention and assistance with basic needs.

Destination: Winter on the Gulf Coast

You came to the Gulf Coast to explore and experience a new place on a fun, relaxing getaway with loved ones this winter. Enjoy a stress-free, worry-free stay when you book a vacation rental provided by Five Star Gulf Rentals. Your small group or family will enjoy a three-bedroom unit, or you can plan a Gulfside reunion and book an 18-bedroom mansion close to the beach for everyone to enjoy a sunny winter getaway. Enjoy private outdoor spaces like a pool, balcony, or deck. Relax indoors in stylish bedrooms. Many units include flat screen TVs, stainless steel appliances, and decadent master suites. 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 winter visit to Destin!