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

Should you visit Destin or Sarasota?

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 Sarasota 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.

Sarasota

Located on the Gulf Coast of southwest Florida, Sarasota is a popular city known for its thriving arts scene, selection of restaurants, plenty of shopping, and beautiful beaches. The metropolitan area is a hub of city culture, while the beaches offer escapes of fine white sand and aqua waters.

Which city is cheaper, Sarasota 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 Sarasota is $279. 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 Sarasota 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.

For a normal double-occupancy room in Sarasota, $332 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in Sarasota, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is $166, such as in a hostel.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Destin $89
    Sarasota $166
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Destin $178
    Sarasota $332

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.

The price of a meal in Sarasota can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $110 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $44 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Destin $41
    Sarasota $110

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Sarasota

For Sarasota, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Downtown Walking Food Tour in Sarasota: $99

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.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Destin $40
    Sarasota -

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Sarasota

Also for Sarasota, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Private Arrival Transfer from Sarasota Airport SRQ: $32
  • Private Departure Transfer to Sarasota Airport SRQ: $32
  • Sarasota to Sarasota–Bradenton Intl. Airport (SRQ) - Departure Private Transfer: $112
  • Sarasota–Bradenton Intl. Airport (SRQ) to Sarasota - Arrival Private Transfer: $112
  • Sarasota Airport to Hotel Private Transfer: $133
  • Sarasota Private Transfer - Hotel to Airport: $133
  • Sarasota–Bradenton Intl. Airport (SRQ) to Sarasota - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $224
  • Private Transfer from Sarasota to Orlando (MCO) Airport: $453
  • Private Transfer from Sarasota to Orlando-Sanford (SFB) Airport: $615
  • Private Transfer from Sarasota to Port Canaveral: $658

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.

Sightseeing expenses in Sarasota, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $9.08 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Destin $14
    Sarasota $9.08
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:

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

Tours and Activities in Sarasota

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Sarasota.

  • Public Art Tour: $39
  • Psychic Sunday Tour: $40
  • City Sightseeing Trolley Tour of Sarasota: $43
  • Tiki Trivia Trolley Tour with Local Performer and Guide: $43
  • Sightseeing Trolley Tour of Sarasota for Private Groups & Corporate Events: $45
  • Infamous Sarasota - Happy Hour City Trolley Tour: $46
  • Sarasota Bay & Lido Key BEST Mangrove Kayak Tour: $50
  • Kayak Tour through Mangrove Tunnels: $51
  • Paddleboard or Kayak Tour Through Mangrove Tunnels: $51
  • Mangrove Tunnel Kayak Ecotour: $51
  • Scenic Paddling Tour with Gourmet lunch on the Beach included: $60
  • Sunset Cruise Private Charter in Sarasota: $60

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.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Destin $39
    Sarasota -


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Destin and Sarasota, we can see that Sarasota is more expensive. And not only is Destin much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Destin would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Destin and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Sarasota would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Sarasota than you might in Destin.

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Destin vs. Sarasota Travel Comparison

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