10 days in Panama City Beach, Destin & Crystal River Itinerary

10 days in Panama City Beach, Destin & Crystal River Itinerary

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10 days in Panama City Beach, Destin & Crystal River Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Drive:  10​h 15​min
1
Panama City Beach
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Destin
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
3
Crystal River
— 3 nights
Drive:  9​h
End: Charlotte

4
nights
Panama City Beach

Boasting 43 km (27 mi) of white sandy beaches and plenty of sunshine, Panama City Beach is an ideal choice for a relaxing holiday.
Take a break from Panama City Beach with a short trip to Florida Caverns State Park in Marianna, about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Panama City Beach, get interesting insight from Tours, buy something for everyone on your list at Pier Park, and step off the mainland to explore Shell Island.

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Charlotte to Panama City Beach is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Destin.

Things to do in Panama City Beach

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Florida Caverns State Park
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Panama City Beach ©
Panama City Beach
Swim with Dolphins

2
nights
Destin

Destin ©
With emerald water and white beaches, Destin is one of America's favorite vacation destinations.
Venture out of the city with trips to National Naval Aviation Museum (in Pensacola) and Navarre Beach (in Navarre). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Henderson Beach State Park, stroll around Destin Dog Park, step off the mainland to explore Okaloosa Island, and stroll through Crystal Sands Beach.

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Drive from Panama City Beach to Destin in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Panama City Beach to Destin. August in Destin sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 78°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Destin

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Henderson Beach State Park ©
Henderson Beach State Park
Destin Dog Park ©
Destin Dog Park

3
nights
Crystal River

The jewel of Florida's Nature Coast, Crystal River spreads around spring-fed Kings Bay, known for maintaining a constant 22 C (72 F) temperature all year long.
Go for a jaunt from Crystal River to Silver Springs to see Silver Springs State Park about 1h 05 min away. There's much more to do: glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, admire the majestic nature at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, appreciate the history behind Old Homosassa Veteran's Memorial, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Crystal River sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Destin to Crystal River in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. Traveling from Destin to Crystal River, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Destin in August, plan for little chillier nights in Crystal River, with lows around 73°F. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Crystal River

Wildlife Nature Parks

Side Trips

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, Old Homosassa Veteran's Memorial, Silver Springs State Park, Funny Farm Alpacas
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Stand-Up Paddleboarding

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