Getting Around Destin
The best way to get around Destin is by car. Driving enables you to visit any of the 12 beach access points, and despite the traffic, is the preferred mode of transportation. Recent travelers agree, moving slowly in your own vehicle is better than being stranded at a bus stop. In fact, most vacationers drive to Destin instead of flying into Northwest Florida Regional Airport (VPS), also known as the Okaloosa Regional Airport. The Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional Airport (PNS) and Panama City-Bay County International Airport (PFN) also serve the area but are more than an hour drive away. You can rent a car from any of these airports.
|Car||Driving throughout the small city isn't difficult. The only chance of confusion comes when dealing with U.S. 98, since it has so many names depending on where you are on the peninsula. The locals are very accustomed to tourists, so don't hesitate to ask them for directions. Summer traffic going in and out of town can be atrocious, particularly on Saturdays.
Wave bus routes 30 and 32 serve the Destin area along U.S. 98, more commonly referred to as the Emerald Coast Parkway. Adults pay $1 to ride, and children with heights equal to or shorter than the top of the fare box ride free with an accompanied adult. The bus runs every thirty minutes in the summer and every hour in the winter. Travelers have deemed the bus system "unreliable," so a car is still your best option.