Should I Visit Destin in March?
March is a tricky month for Destin: the temperature is mild and it isn’t quite warm enough to swim in the water or truly enjoy the beach. A strong, windy day on the beaches of Destin in March can have you freezing (unless you are from a much colder climate and are used to it!).
March is also the pinnacle of spring break. College students will be flocking here (and if you’re a college student, now is the best time for you to come for events for that age group) and the beaches and roads will be packed. If you’re looking to visit the beach as a family, March is not the best month to visit Destin.
Are you a spring breaker?
Visiting Destin in March is a great option.
Are you visiting as a family?
The beaches, restaurants, and traffic will be congested so visiting in late April and beyond will be a wiser decision.
March Weather in Destin FL
As you can see, it is still a bit cool in Destin in March. 68°F isn’t too cold but if you can combine it with a strong wind chill on the beach, you might find it to be intolerable. Some days will be warmer and colder than others so pay close attention to weather forecasts so you can make the right decision when going to the beach. Weak or nonexistent wind speed with bright sun and minimal clouds is the ideal setting for a beach day in March.
The average rainfall in Destin for March is around 6.1 inches. That is one of the highest ranges of precipitation in Destin for the year. Ensure you watch weather forecasts when planning your trip so that you don’t get rained out!
The average sea temperature in Destin for March is 65°F. This is quite chilly and will make it difficult to enjoy the water. March is not exactly the best month to be swimming in the ocean. Some of you might disagree, though, so more power to you!
Daylight in March for Destin is around 12 hours. The most you will get is 14 hours in June. The sun still sets over the water in March so the potential for romantic sunset strolls on the beach is a possibility.
March Events in Destin
There are some fun events taking place in Destin in March. Whether you are a spring breaker or are here with family, there is something for everyone.
Annual Tequila and Taco Festival
Destin’s Tequila and Taco Festival is an annual event that started as a shindig that took place in a restaurant but became so popular that a festival spawned, culminating with 3 days of fun!
It is hosted at a different venue every year but the 2020 location is at the Seascape Towne Center in Miramar Beach.
As you can probably guess, there will be plenty of tequila and tacos available through different vendors. And by plenty, I mean unlimited. Of course, there is an admission fee and tickets are $50 to $95 per person.
Even though tequila is involved, the kids are still welcome! There will be face painting, food, and more.
Mac and Cheese Festival
If you thought that the Taco and Tequila Festival might be hard to attend with kids, then the Mac and Cheese Festival is for you!
Imagine a place for local restaurants and chefs compete for the best macaroni and cheese? It sounds like a place I want to be at! You can’t lose, either.
The event benefits the Boys and Girls Club of the Emerald Coast. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for kids. If you want to compete, it is $100.
Wednesday Night Concert Series at Baytowne Wharf
Starting on March 4th and ending March 25th, the Wednesday Concert Series at Baytowne is a great event to sit back, relax, have a drink(s), and enjoy live music from 7-9 PM. The event takes place every Wednesday during that timeframe. Admission is free and open to the public! Make sure you bring a chair and a blanket as it can get chilly in the evenings.
This event actually runs through October but it begins in March.
Things to in Destin in March
If you’re down for Spring Break, the beach will no doubt be a major attraction. Just make sure you plan accordingly in case it’s chilly. Families may want to head further West towards the beaches of South Walton on 30A if you still want to hit the beach but want less of a college atmosphere.
Here are a few things to do in Destin during the month of March:
- Hit up the beaches of Destin and South Walton
- Try some amazing restaurants
- McGuire’s Irish Pub on St. Patrick’s Day is a wild experience
- The Gulfarium is a great place to take the kids
- Go shopping at the malls of Destin
- Visit Harborwalk Village and check out the shops and restaurants
- Hire a beach photographer!
- Check out these beautiful places in Destin to visit and take pictures
- Visit a brewery! Destin and the surrounding area have incredible breweries where you can try some brew, eat, and participate in activities.
Are there any events or things to do in Destin in March that I missed that just cannot be omitted?
Let me know in the comments!