A Travel Price Comparison for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons Destin vs. Miami

Should you visit Destin or Miami?

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Destin and Miami can help you decide which place is right for you.

Destin

An upscale resort town located on the Florida Panhandle, Destin is best known for its white sand beaches and clear green waters, golfing opportunities, and world renowned fishing. The stretch of beach here (on a peninsula between the Gulf of Mexico and the Choctawhatchee Bay) is nicknamed Florida's Emerald Coast.

Miami

Miami is a popular tourist destination and a modern city in South Florida. It has beautiful white beaches, crystal blue waters, cosmopolitan neighborhoods, impressive shopping, and excellent dining opportunities. It is also a gateway to the Florida Keys, which is another popular destination in South Florida.

Miami is the second most populated city in Florida and the metropolitan area is the most populated in the state with more than 5.4 million people. It's also the 7th largest metro area in the country. The city sits between the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the Everglades to the west. It covers 110 miles north to south but is a narrow 20 miles east to west.

Miami sits at a low latitude, giving it a subtropical savannah climate. There are two seasons; the warm and dry season between November and April and the hot and wet season between May and October. The coldest months are between December and March when highs are in the upper 70 or low 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The summer months have highs in the upper 80s or 90s and lows in the mid 70s with high humidity.

Which city is cheaper, Miami or Destin?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Destin is $153, while the average daily cost in Miami is $165. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Destin and Miami in more detail.




Accommodation

Destin's average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is $178. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is $89.

Miami's average price for two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room is $212. A typical place to stay for one person, per day is $106.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Destin $89
    Miami $106
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Destin $178
    Miami $212


Food

Food in Destin costs travelers about $41 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.

On average, meal and food prices in Miami cost around $33 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around $13.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Destin $41
    Miami $33

Typical Food prices in Miami

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Miami:


  • Lunch with Drinks (for 2)
    $45
  • David's Cafe Lunch (for 1)
    $16

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Miami

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Miami.

  • Little Havana 2-Hour Food Tour: $59
  • South Beach Miami Culinary Walking Tour Lunch or Dinner: $59
  • Little Havana Street Food Tours: $61
  • Taste of Little Havana Food Tour by Bicycle: $69
  • Haitian Cooking Experience: $85
  • Private Little Havana Cuban Food Tour: $99
  • 4th of July Fireworks Cruise & Hard Rock Dinner: $159
  • 4th of July Fireworks from Catamaran & Hard Rock Café Dinner: $159
  • Private VIP Historical Citywide Food Tour: $159


Local Transportation

The cost of a taxi ride in Destin is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $40 per person, per day, on local transportation in Destin.

The cost of a taxi ride in Miami is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $32 per person, per day, on local transportation in Miami.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Destin $40
    Miami $32

Typical Local Transportation prices in Miami

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Miami are as follows:


  • Car Rental for a Day
    $18

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Miami

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Miami:

  • Dolphin Mall Miami Shuttle Transfer: Downtown Loop: $20
  • Transfer: Miami Beach to Airport, Port or Palm Beach: $25
  • Transfer from Miami Airport: $25
  • Transfers to Port of Miami: $28
  • Luxury Airport Transfer from Miami International Airport: $33
  • Private Departure Transfer: Miami City or Miami Beach to Miami Airport: $37
  • Private Arrival Transfer: MIA Miami Airport to Miami City or Miami Beach: $37
  • Miami Airport Transfer To Miami Area: $40
  • Private Airport Transfer: from Miami to Miami International Airport (MIA): $41
  • Private Airport Transfer: Miami International Airport (MIA) to Miami: $41
  • Miami Private Airport Transfer: $44
  • Transfer in Private Vehicle from Miami Downtown to Miami Airport: $46


Entertainment

Entertainment and activities in Destin typically cost an average of $14 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

Entertainment and activities in Miami typically cost an average of $25 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Destin $14
    Miami $25
Typical Entertainment prices in Destin

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Destin are as follows:


  • 1 Day Rental Umbrella and Chairs
    $40

Tours and Activities in Destin

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Destin are as follows:

  • Summer Breeze 1 Hour Segway Tour 2:30 pm Daily: $38
  • Small Boat Sunset Cruise in Destin: $45
  • Seas The Day 1.5 Hour Segway Tour 11 am daily: $49
  • Harbor Lights Tiki Cruise through Destin Harbor: $50
  • Tiki Harbor Sightseeing Cruise: $50
  • Private Banana Boat Tour: $53
  • Tiki Sunset Cruise: $61
  • Crab Island Sandbar Adventure: $82
  • 4 Hour Fishing Trip on a Catamaran with an Experienced Captain: $799

Tours and Activities in Miami

Here are a few actual costs in Miami for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • 1/2 Hour Jet Ski Island Adventure: $5.00
  • Miami Dance Cruise: $11
  • Miami Half-Day City Tour and Bay Cruise: $20
  • Miami City Tour: South Beach, Downtown, and More: $20
  • La Perle De Little Haiti Tour: $20
  • La Perle de Little Haiti Tour: $20
  • Little Havana: Beyond Cuba Tour: $20
  • 1-Hour Wynwood Walls and Street Art Tour: $22
  • Miami Skyline View Cruise: $23
  • Pirates Adventures Sightseeing Tour from Miami: $23
  • Skip the Line: Zoo Miami Ticket with Optional Upgrade: $25
  • Everglades National Park Airboat Tour: $25


Alcohol

The average person spends about $39 on alcoholic beverages in Destin per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Miami may vary from person to person, on average a person spends $18 per day on alcoholic beverages.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Destin $39
    Miami $18

Typical Alcohol prices in Miami

Some typical examples of the costs for nightlife and alcohol in Miami are as follows:


  • Evening at a Bar
    $32

Sample the Local Flavors in Miami

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Miami:

  • Pub Crawl South Beach 3-Hour Tour: $30
  • Miami Beach Rockstar Bar Crawl: $69
  • Making Your Own Gin Distillery Tour and Tasting Experience: $190



When comparing the travel costs between Destin and Miami, we can see that Miami is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in North America, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.

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