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Water Temperatures Each Month in Destin, Florida

One of the most frequently asked questions we receive at our offices in Destin, Florida is “how cold/warm will the water be during my Destin vacation?” While water temperatures vary from year to year, the team at has been tracking historical data for two decades out in Destin's open water. Daily temperature readings have been recorded and the average water temperature by season has been calculated from this data. By their calculations, here is the average water temperature in Destin, Florida by month:

January - 64°F

February - 64°F

March - 66°F

April - 66°F

May - 77°F

June - 82°F

July - 84°F

August - 84°F

September - 82°F

October - 77°F

November - 72°F

December - 68°F

In summary, the winter months of January and February are the coldest with temperatures ranging from 16 to 20°C (61 to 68°F). On average, the lowest temperatures of the year occur the second week of February. While the summer months of July and August are the warmest with temperatures ranging from 28 to 31°C (82 to 88°F). On average, the hottest water temperatures of the year occur during the middle of July. 

Actual sea surface water temperatures close to shore in Destin can vary by several degrees compared to the open water temperature averages listed above. This is especially true after heavy rain or long periods of strong offshore winds.

These mild temperatures make watersports are popular in Destin year round. From stand up paddle boarding and kayaking to water skiing, jet skiing and boating to snorkeling and scuba diving, it is fun to get out on the water and play.

Ready to start planning your next Destin vacation? View our collection of Destin vacation rentals online or call one of our friendly vacation specialists at 1-800-225-7652. Remember to always book direct with Newman-Dailey for our “best rate” guarantee. 

See you @ the beach!

Published on Monday, January 20, 2020