Destin car hire

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Destin car hire information

Pick-up locationDestin
Car types
Hire locations2
Airport locations0

Cheap car hire in Destin

Mini
Economy
Compact
Intermediate
Standard
Full-size
Luxury
People carrier
Passenger van
SUV
Commercial
Pick-up truck

KAYAK’s top tips for hiring a car in Destin

  • Car rentals in Destin are an easy way to travel to the city’s attractions, whether it be Big Kahuna's Water & Adventure Park or the popular Destin Harbor Boardwalk. A rental car is also convenient for driving to sights outside of the city, like the Point Washington State Forest that is 17 miles away, or Panama City that is around a 1h 30min drive away. Having your own mode of transportation provides you with independence and allows you to save time, as you won't have to deal with public transport.
  • If you’d like to find the rental car center at Destin - Fort Walton Beach Airport, head to the baggage claim area that can be found in the lower level lobby of the arrivals terminal. Because the office is within the airport, you don’t need to worry about taking a shuttle to get there. There are a few different rental car companies to choose from, including Alamo, Enterprise, and National.
  • The city is known for having many small and windy streets, so adding a GPS system to car rentals in Destin can be an easy way to help you find your way around. Because Destin is also a popular beach city, it usually has many pedestrians and cyclists that are out and about, especially near the coast. Keep an eye out for these individuals in order to avoid any collisions.
  • The main roads that go in and out of the city are Highways 98 and 293, both of which are known for having a substantial amount of traffic during rush hour, due to commuters heading to and from work. If you don’t want to be stuck in a traffic jam, try to avoid driving on these roads during the early morning and evening. These highways are also often particularly busy during the summer months, as this is when visitors from the surrounding region head to Destin in order to enjoy the Floridian sunshine and spend some time at the beach.
  • Book your car hire in Destin at least 2 days before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Intermediate car hire in Destin are around 30% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in Destin

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Destin?

    Since the city is small and has many tight roads, a compact car is a convenient choice for your Destin car rental. A smaller model will make it easier to park when space is limited, and it will help you to clearly navigate through the town’s narrow streets.

  • What’s the speed limit in Destin?

    When you’re driving near Destin, the speed limit on Highway 98 is generally between 35 to 40mph. However, in some areas, you can plan on it being as low as 25mph. Within the city itself, speed limits are on average 25mph, but some streets have limits as low as 7mph. Major intersections often have video cameras, so avoid speeding to not receive a ticket. There are usually many police officers stationed along Highways 98 and 293, so you’ll want to be careful when driving there as well.

  • Where are the best places to park in Destin?

    While it is possible to find some free street parking, it can be difficult to snag them. The City of Destin offers quite a few paid parking options for a flat rate of $5 per 24h. These include public parking lots at the Destin Community Center, Destin Library, Marler Street, and Zerbe Street. Keep in mind that these different parking options have a first-come, first serve basis, so try to arrive early in the day to ensure that you have a spot.

  • How much is the price of fuel in Destin?

    The average price of fuel in Destin is R67,15 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between R806 and R1 074, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Destin?

    Intermediate (Nissan Rogue or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Destin.

  • How can I find car hires near me in Destin?

    Take a look at our extensive car hire location map to find the best car hire deals near you.

  • How much does an Intermediate car hire cost in Destin?

    An Intermediate car hire in Destin costs R1 096 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Mini car hire cost in Destin?

    A Mini car hire in Destin costs R2 336 per day, on average.

  • How much does an Economy car hire cost in Destin?

    An Economy car hire in Destin costs R1 116 per day, on average.

Destin car rental reviews and directory

Hertz

Cleanliness

8.0

Comfort

7.4

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.0

Value for money

6.7

3 locations in Destin

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Locations in Destin

16055 Emerald Coast Pkwy #113

+1 850 837 7208

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
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1701 Hwy 85 North

+1 850 651 0612

Monday07:00 - 23:30
Tuesday07:00 - 23:30
Wednesday07:00 - 23:30
Thursday07:00 - 23:30
Friday07:00 - 23:30
Saturday07:00 - 23:30
Sunday07:00 - 23:30
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224 E Eglin Parkway Ne

+1 850 796 2390

Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
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2,0 Poor

Nov 2023

KAYAK
Employees were unhelpful and lost the sale by not just explaining the process. Rather they were rude and acted as though we were bothering them

10,0 Wonderful

Jan 2022

KAYAK
Simone at the Destin/Miramar Beach location was so friendly and helpful!

10,0 Wonderful

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Yes

Cons:

I was totally satisfied

6,0 Okay

Mar 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

Vehicle was nice and clean and there weren’t any issues with the billing. The only complaint is when we got to the pickup location the office was locked and there was a sign stating they had to leave to assist another customer. I get that happens but we waited for over an hour along with several other customers. It was kind of a pain getting to the rental location from the airport but considering it was 1/3 of the price I would do it again.

8,0 Very Good

Feb 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Good Staff

Cons:

Car interior cleaner, better car selections

10,0 Wonderful

Jan 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Enterpirse said they had a car for me, gave me a confirmation number and told me the car would be ready, when I arrived there was no vehicle available for weeks. Hertz was able to get me into a car in 24 hours on short notice. THANK YOU

1 out of 22

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

6,0

Cleanliness

6.0

Comfort

6.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.0

Value for money

6.0

2 locations in Destin

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Locations in Destin

14071 Emerald Coast Pkwy Ste B

+1 850 654 5991

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
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99 Eglin Parkway Ne

+1 850 243 4446

Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday12:00 - 15:00
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4,0 Mediocre

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff was friendly and efficient.

Cons:

Car not clean, No shuttle service ($40.00 taxi). Also could not return car to airport without a charge of $150.00. Another taxi back to airport (just $25 this trip). Has anyone from corporate checked the condition of the office?

5,6 Fair

Jul 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

I reserved a Jetta more than a month out from my vacation. I go to pick up my car. They tell me that they are giving me an upgrade to a 2 door mustang convertible. They don’t have anything else. I have a family of 4 with 2 car seats. The car was a pain to put 2 kids in car seats and luggage for 4 people. I don’t have much confidence in enterprise for my next visit.

5,2 Fair

Jul 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

The dude at the dropoff was super nice and friendly. He stated they were understaffed and worked very hard to help us as quickly as possible.

Cons:

The vehicle had been recently smoked in. it smelled terrible. My son and wife asked multiple times to have the windows rolled down to get some fresh air inside. Very disappointing on SUPER hot days.

8,0 Very Good

Jul 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

Faster ok up. Enterprise "claim to fame", is their hospitality pk up, I understand vacation resorts traffic, however, 3 hrs. IS punishing and poor business decisions...

9,2 Wonderful

Mar 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Very very helpful all around

Cons:

Price.

10,0 Wonderful

Mar 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

Small rental car return signs at the Fort Walton airport. Be on the lookout.

1 out of 6

Alamo

8,7

Very Good

86 reviews
Best rated

One location in Destin

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Locations in Destin

State Road 85

+1 844 841 7823

Monday07:00 - 23:30
Tuesday07:00 - 23:30
Wednesday07:00 - 23:30
Thursday07:00 - 23:30
Friday07:00 - 23:30
Saturday07:00 - 23:30
Sunday07:00 - 23:30
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2,0 Poor

Oct 2018

KAYAK

Cons:

Flew in and found out our car was unavailable. Had a parking lot full, but they were saving them for FEMA..which is fine, a disaster had just taken place. But to have no warning before being stranded at the airport is sad.

8,0 Very Good

Oct 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff member was helpful and friendly.

Cons:

Waited in line for an hour due to having only one agent on duty. The vehicle was parked a long way from the rental desk, making it difficult for older folks to walk to get to.

10,0 Wonderful

Oct 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

The vehicle choice was wonderful. Premium SUV - had an Infinity. Loved the ride. Will continue booking thru kayak.

Cons:

Every state has different rulings - additional driver in state of Florida was $15 per day. Would have been nice to know ahead of pick up. Oh well.

10,0 Wonderful

Aug 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

No waiting at check in.

5,2 Fair

Aug 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

The van was spacious and suited my need. When I picked up the vehicle the lady at the desk was very polite.

Cons:

When I picked up the vehicle nobody went with me to inspect the vehicle or to do a walk around to insure there were no issues. When I picked up the van it had NOT been cleaned inside. It appeared that it had NOT been checked to any specific standard other than it had a full tank of gas. All 4 tires were low and not a single one of them had the same pressure. I had to add 4,5,6 and 7 pounds of air respectively. I would have assumed that safety would have been a priority. I know well enough to check those things for myself, but what about people who don't? Very very disappointing

8,8 Very Good

Aug 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Everything was great except car wasn't ready when we arrived.

Cons:

car wasn't ready when we arrived. We had to wait to have it cleaned.

1 out of 14

Budget

No score available yet

One location in Destin

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Locations in Destin

1701 State Road 85 North

+1 850 651 3765

Monday07:00 - 23:30
Tuesday07:00 - 23:30
Wednesday07:00 - 23:30
Thursday07:00 - 23:30
Friday07:00 - 23:30
Saturday07:00 - 23:30
Sunday07:00 - 23:30
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10,0 Wonderful

Dec 2023

KAYAK
Fantastic

10,0 Wonderful

Nov 2023

KAYAK
Other than the pushy attempt to upsell me, everything else was perfect. Car was clean, drop off was easy. Loved it.

8,4 Very Good

Sep 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

everything was great except for the line to pick up

Cons:

I waited in line close to an hour & a half to pick up the car :( :( CRAZY!

2,0 Poor

Feb 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

The car was fine.

Cons:

The lady from Avis tried to upgrade me at a lot more cost. I kept saying I wasn’t interested. The most disturbing was how she kept implying that I could break down on the side of the road with no help if I didn’t buy insurance or roadside assistance. I was traveling alone and she purposely tried to frighten me. I felt paranoid that something terrible would happen my entire trip. It affected my vacation.

10,0 Wonderful

Nov 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Courteous rental agent, convenient pick-up.

8,8 Very Good

Aug 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Car was nice and clean and returning it was a snap

Cons:

I had to wait in line for over 30 mins to get a car and there were only 3 people ahead of me.

1 out of 7

Avis

No score available yet

One location in Destin

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Locations in Destin

1701 State Road 85 North

+1 850 651 0819

Monday07:00 - 23:30
Tuesday07:00 - 23:30
Wednesday07:00 - 23:30
Thursday07:00 - 23:30
Friday07:00 - 23:30
Saturday07:00 - 23:30
Sunday07:00 - 23:30
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2,0 Poor

Sep 2023

KAYAK
Disappointing. The car broke down on the side of the highway 3.5 hours into a 14 hour drive. The roadside assistance department couldn’t come up with a solution any sooner than 6 hours of waiting on the roadside. I self-rescued and after securing a refund, Avis customer service did nothing to make up for the fact that their primary charter of renting a safe reliable car failed and had no compassion or interest in making up for the inconvenience and delays.

4,0 Mediocre

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

We asked specifically for a car that seated 8 and we got a car that seated 7. There were no cars that seated 8 so someone had to ride illegally and unsafe the entire trip.

Cons:

The lady that helped at Pickup was not helpful on instructing drop off after hours. The car stunk. And giving people the amount of seating they request is pretty vital.

10,0 Wonderful

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Cons:

The car smelled like smoke when we first open the door. The smell went away but it was slightly annoying.

10,0 Wonderful

Jun 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Friendly, very easy, nice vehicle

Cons:

It makes me nervous not to check over a car for damages with an agent before/after

8,4 Very Good

Sep 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

Slow pick up at VPS.

5,2 Fair

Oct 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

I honestly was very disappointed with the overall experience at this location.

Cons:

It took 3 employees combined effort in order to serve one person ahead of me in line for at least 25 minutes. When it finally was my time to be helped, I was asked to go into the parking lot to obtain the mileage on the vehicle while the lady stood there doing nothing. When I got back she answered a phone call and didn't even put the person on hold, I continued to wait. When she got off the phone she realized she was not capable of figuring out how to do a return. She proceeded to go for help. In the meantime one of the other employees then tried to help another person that was in line behind me while my employee went in search for help! I informed her her co-worker needed some help in processing my return and I simply cannot wait any longer, I did not account 45 minutes to drop off a vehicle. A capable employee then showed up and processed my return within 2 min. Seeing how easily the process should be handled made me sick to my stomach. I wouldn't recommend this location to anybody.

1 out of 4

Dollar

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One location in Destin

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1701 State Road 85 North

+1 866 434 2226

Monday07:00 - 23:30
Tuesday07:00 - 23:30
Wednesday07:00 - 23:30
Thursday07:00 - 23:30
Friday07:00 - 23:30
Saturday07:00 - 23:30
Sunday07:00 - 23:30
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2,0 Poor

Aug 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

We never got to go. Thanks COVID-19

10,0 Wonderful

Jul 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff member was friendly, picking up and dropping off was easy.

8,8 Very Good

Nov 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Yes

3,6 Poor

Aug 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

The staff was super condescending and put me in an economy car despite the fact I paid for a mid size. I brought the car back @ 6 versus 4 and was charged an additional $38 when the daily rental was only $27 which seemed extremely inflated.

9,6 Wonderful

May 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

They offered me three vehicles to choose from.

7,2 Good

May 2018

KAYAK

Pros:

Quick operation, good agent to pick up

Cons:

the car didn't have bluetooth. It was weird to grab the car and not have to check it out with another gate agent to leave the premises. If I had something wrong with the car, I didn't have an immediate person to detail that with. I would have had to go back into the terminal or hunt someone down. Nevertheless, it's comforting to not have to wait to get my car and go. So it's just habit that makes it weird.

1 out of 4

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One location in Destin

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Locations in Destin

State Road 85, Okaloosa County Air Term, Eglin Afb, , USA Florida

+1 914 368 0091

Monday00:00 - 00:00
Tuesday00:00 - 00:00
Wednesday00:00 - 00:00
Thursday00:00 - 00:00
Friday00:00 - 00:00
Saturday00:00 - 00:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
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312 travellers who hired a car in Destin gave the car agency they used an average rating of 8,7

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Most popular car type

Intermediate

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