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PRIVATE CHARTER  Lily pads Float. Cooler with ice and water.
Powerboats in Destin · 6 guests

PRIVATE CHARTER Lily pads Float. Cooler with ice and water.

5.0
$85hour
Jet ski Seadoo for rent
Water Sports in Okaloosa Island · 2 guests

Jet ski Seadoo for rent

5.0
$90hour
Center Console in Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Navarre, Pensacola
Powerboats in Fort Walton Beach · 8 guests

Center Console in Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Navarre, Pensacola

5.0
$82-100hour
Blue Pontoon! Cruise in style w lounge seating and mini deck
Powerboats in Fort Walton Beach · 12 guests

Blue Pontoon! Cruise in style w lounge seating and mini deck

5.0
$35hour
Crest 240 Fast Luxury Tritoon! Parties, Events, & Relaxing
Powerboats in Okaloosa Island · 12 guests

Crest 240 Fast Luxury Tritoon! Parties, Events, & Relaxing

5.0
$700day
Nepallo 24ft Beautiful Pontoon with Extras in Destin!!
Powerboats in Fort Walton Beach · 14 guests

Nepallo 24ft Beautiful Pontoon with Extras in Destin!!

4.9
$84hour
Stiletto 30 Sailing Catamaran for Dolphin Watching, Sunsets, Snorkeling and More in Destin
Sailing in Shalimar · 6 guests

Stiletto 30 Sailing Catamaran for Dolphin Watching, Sunsets, Snorkeling and More in Destin

5.0
$150hour
FAST Luxury Barletta Tritoon! Perfect for Destin! 13 passenger, free amenities!
Powerboats in Destin · 13 guests

FAST Luxury Barletta Tritoon! Perfect for Destin! 13 passenger, free amenities!

5.0
Superowner
$125hour
Crab Island Party Boat W/ Loud Stereo (20% Off listed price for a limited time!)
Powerboats in Destin · 13 guests

Crab Island Party Boat W/ Loud Stereo (20% Off listed price for a limited time!)

5.0
$75hour
2 day special rent 2 days for $650
Powerboats in Fort Walton Beach · 14 guests

2 day special rent 2 days for $650

5.0
$50hour
Come and party on our boat with us at Crab Island in style
Powerboats in Shalimar · 10 guests

Come and party on our boat with us at Crab Island in style

3.0
$65hour
Crab Island/Dolphins/Snorkeling on a Captained Pontoon Boat
Powerboats in Destin · 6 guests

Crab Island/Dolphins/Snorkeling on a Captained Pontoon Boat

5.0
$120hour
24' Yamaha Power Speed and Luxury on the Emerald Coast! Free Amenities
Powerboats in Destin · 12 guests

24' Yamaha Power Speed and Luxury on the Emerald Coast! Free Amenities

5.0
Superowner
$125hour
No-hassle Pontoon Rentals for Destin and Fort Walton Beach, FL
Powerboats in Fort Walton Beach · 12 guests

No-hassle Pontoon Rentals for Destin and Fort Walton Beach, FL

5.0
$63hour
Brand new Pontoon in Destin, Florida
Powerboats in Fort Walton Beach · 10 guests

Brand new Pontoon in Destin, Florida

4.3
$75hour
Catch some SUN! FAST luxury Tritoon! 13 person, free amenities! Read description
Powerboats in Destin · 13 guests

Catch some SUN! FAST luxury Tritoon! 13 person, free amenities! Read description

5.0
Superowner
$125hour
Live Wide Open Tritoon Destin, FL
Powerboats in Fort Walton Beach · 12 guests

Live Wide Open Tritoon Destin, FL

5.0
$100hour
🎉Most Badass Party Pontoon in Destin! 🌊 FREE AMENiTiES !! 🎉
Powerboats in Destin · 12 guests

🎉Most Badass Party Pontoon in Destin! 🌊 FREE AMENiTiES !! 🎉

4.9
Superowner
$95hour
Large Pontoon Boat! Made in the Shade
Powerboats in Fort Walton Beach · 12 guests

Large Pontoon Boat! Made in the Shade

5.0
$35hour
2022 Lexington Pontoon Boat rental in Fort Walton Beach/ Destin FL.
Powerboats in Fort Walton Beach · 5 guests

2022 Lexington Pontoon Boat rental in Fort Walton Beach/ Destin FL.

4.9
$75hour
30A! Come to Crab Island in style! 🤙🏼 (Book Now For A 15% Discount)
Powerboats in Santa Rosa Beach · 11 guests

30A! Come to Crab Island in style! 🤙🏼 (Book Now For A 15% Discount)

New
$85hour
BRAND NEW PARTY PONTOONS!🍻 🎉 Captains available VOTED #1 🥇by GetMyBoat
Powerboats in Destin · 12 guests

BRAND NEW PARTY PONTOONS!🍻 🎉 Captains available VOTED #1 🥇by GetMyBoat

5.0
Superowner
Best of 2022
$149hour
All inclusive - 500$ a day - good vibes only - most reviewed
Powerboats in Fort Walton Beach · 11 guests

All inclusive - 500$ a day - good vibes only - most reviewed

4.7
Superowner
$500day
30' Double Decker Tritoon Slide Boat for Destin Florida.  CRAB ISLAND PERFECT!
Powerboats in Fort Walton Beach · 16 guests

30' Double Decker Tritoon Slide Boat for Destin Florida. CRAB ISLAND PERFECT!

5.0
Best of 2022
$165hour

A favorite part of Florida’s Emerald Coast, Destin is the place to rent a boat and get out on the water. Cruise through calm, clear waters that will give you the feeling of being in the Caribbean, stop at white sandy beaches or visit a waterfront restaurant on your boat. Destin is regarded as an affordable vacation destination, and the prices on boat rentals reflect that. You’ll be able to find a pontoon, yacht, jet ski, or other watercraft for exploring without spending all your budget on a boat day.

Here are GetMyBoat’s top picks for things to do with a boat rental in Destin, Florida:

Destin pontoon boat rentals are the most in-demand for both locals and visitors. Tourists can enjoy a casual cruise to Crab Island onboard a pontoon that has space for the whole family, as well as large friend groups, water toys, coolers, and other gear for a fun day of boating. A pontoon rental in Destin is one of the most affordable styles of boat, with prices starting at $75/hour. Cruise to Crab Island and park your pontoon to hang out at this iconic sandbar.

Looking for a little more luxury? Yacht rentals in Destin can provide that elevated boating experience for a day on the water. Choose from various sizes of motor yachts with local, professional captains to serve as your boating guide on the Emerald Coast.

Jet skiing to Crab Island is another fantastic option. If you’re just traveling with your partner and renting a whole boat is too much, rent a two-seater jet ski in Destin and cruise to join the boat parties at Crab Island, or explore the canals of Destin on the water. Stop off at beaches or fly through the waves with your jet ski rental.

Dolphin tours are a popular choice in Destin, with many offering special experiences like sunset dolphin cruises, private sailing dolphin cruises, and dolphin snorkeling off nearby Crab Island.

If you're traveling to Destin with kids and aren't sure how to fill up your vacation time, you're in luck. Check out this amazing article by Crazy Family Adventure for more ideas on things to do in Destin, Florida. and for accommodation recommendations, too.

Destin Weather & Seasons

The best time of year to visit Destin for boating and outdoor recreation is April-May or September-October, when you’ll have warm weather but get to skip the high season crowds that flock to the beach in the summer. It can be considerably cooler during the winter months, too cold to enjoy boating or swimming, and unbearably hot and humid during peak summer.

Popular Pick Up and Drop Off Docks

There are two primary boat ramps in Destin that boaters can use to launch and load their boats.

Joe’s Bayou Boat Launch

  • 5 boat launch ramps
  • $20 daily launch fee, free for Destin residents
  • Public restrooms available
  • Parking lot

Destin Marina Boat Launch

  • Open to the public
  • Daily boat slip rentals
  • Access to Crab Island, Choctawhatchee Bay, and Gulf of Mexico
  • Gas & diesel
  • Live bait & tackle

Places of Interest for Boating in Destin

Crab Island

Located on the north side of the Marler Bridge (Destin Bridge), Crab Island is the number one boating hot spot in Destin, Florida. It’s a massive sandbar that comes alive with boaters dropping anchor and parking it in the sand for hours of meeting up with friends on other boats.

To get there by boat, you can use the GPS coordinates N 30°23.918, W 86°31.236, but just keep your eyes open for massive groups of boats as the sandbar spans a huge area at the southern entrance of the Choctawhatchee Bay. It’s protected from the waves of the open gulf, while still offering that crystal-clear, blueish-green water that Destin is so famous for.

Joe’s Bayou

This is an outdoor recreation area in Destin with a free boat launch, making it the place to go to get your boat in the water and enjoy fishing, cruising, and relaxing on the water while enjoying views of the coastal wetlands in Destin. This can be a great starting point for a boat day in Destin.

Gulf Islands National Seashore

Park here for a quiet beach day! The Gulf Islands National Seashore is just outside Destin on Okaloosa Island. There are picnic tables, a small boat launch for a kayak, canoe, or paddleboard, plenty of parking, restrooms and outdoor showers, and picnic tables.

Norriego Point

Not far from Destin Harbor, Norriego Point is a sandy beach protected by the Destin Jetties, making it an excellent destination for a relaxing swim. There are two public access points to this beach with parking. It’s a great place for boating, jet skiing, and even scuba diving, or sunbathing and enjoying a swim in calm, protected waters.

Destin’s East Jetties

A popular snorkeling spot, Destin’s East Jetty is a place you might see rays, turtles, and tons of fish if you bring a mask and snorkel for your swim. It’s a fantastic, family-friendly swimming spot to see amazing sea life and soak up the sun in Destin.

Dock & Dine in Destin - Waterfront Restaurants for Boaters

Boshamps Seafood & Oyster House

Enjoy delicious seafood, ocean views, a casual atmosphere with upscale cuisine. Enjoy a first-come, first-serve dine-in experience with your family.

Dewey Destin’s

Overlooking Crab Island, Dewey’s offers a seafood menu in a casual atmosphere.

Harbor Docks

Sushi, seafood, steaks, and cocktails on the waterfront. Pull up in your boat and enjoy a meal at Harbor Docks.

Florida Boating Safety Education Identification Card

Yes, You Need a Boater Education Card if You:

  • Were born after 1/1/88
  • Failed to complete an approved boating safety course in Florida
  • Operate a 10+ horsepower boat
  • Operate in state or federal waters
  • Did not complete an approved boating safety course out of state
  • Are not accompanied by a person who is 18+ years old with a Boating Safety Education Identification Card
  • Are not accompanied by a person who was born before 1/1/88

You DON’T Need a Boater Education Card If You:

  • Were born before 1/1/88
  • Obtained a Boating Safety Education Identification Card
  • Completed an approved boater safety course in another state
  • Operate a less than 10 horsepower motorboat
  • Operate on a private lake or pond
  • Accompanied by a person who is 18+ years old who has a Boating Safety Education Identification Card
  • Accompanied by a person who was born before 1/1/88
  • Accompanied by a person licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard

Top Reviews from GetMyBoat Renters in Destin

“Dan and Esther were more than awesome. They made my engagement proposal beyond what I expected, the planning and coordination was top notch, the Yacht was in a very clean and beautiful state, my fiancee was over the moon throughout the cruise. I will go the extra mile to recommend them for anyone coming on a romantic trip to Destin.”

How much is it to rent a boat in Destin, Florida?

Boat rentals in Destin start at $50/hour for a pontoon and go up to $300/hour for a yacht charter. There are many affordable boat rental options in Destin, Florida.

How do you get from Destin to Crab Island?

To get to Crab Island you’ll want to rent a boat in Destin and head south of the Marler Bridge. The sandbar known as Crab Island is just off the coast of Destin, but must be reached on a boat rental, kayak, or other watercraft like a jet ski.

Do you need a boat to go to Crab Island Destin?

You need some sort of watercraft to access Crab Island in Destin. It is a sandbar that sits off the coast of the city. You can reach Crab Island by power boat, sailboat, jet ski, kayak, or even a paddleboard. It’s not a far distance from the mainland of Destin.

What is the best month to go to Destin Florida?

The best month to visit Destin, Florida, is between April and May, where you’ll have warm, sunny days and favorable weather. It can be a busy time with Spring Break vacationers, but typically in late April and May those crowds have gone.

What are the best places to visit by boat in Destin?

Some of the top destinations to see by boat from Destin include:

  • Crab Island - a sandbar known for boat parties
  • Fort Walton Beach
  • Gulf Islands National Seashore
  • Joe’s Bayou
  • Norriego Point

Destin Reviews

  1. Maddie
    Maddie
    All inclusive - 500$ a day - good vibes only - most reviewed

    Chris did a great job of communicating during booking and departure! Captain Logan was great as well! He was super friendly and very interactive with my group of friends! We would 10/10 recommend Chris and his crew for future crab island adventures!

  2. JH
    Jessi
    Crab Island/Dolphins/Snorkeling on a Captained Pontoon Boat

    We had such an amazing morning with Dina!! So much fun, we had our toddlers 2 and 4, and she made sure we had everything we needed. Took us to find shells and hermit crabs! Got to use the paddle board and Lilly pad! Highly recommend! And we lucked out and saw tons of dolphins!

  3. Aubrey
    Aubrey
    🎉Most Badass Party Pontoon in Destin! 🌊 FREE AMENiTiES !! 🎉

    Cameron made our bachelorette group trip out to crab island a day to remember! He was so easy to communicate with leading up to the trip answering any questions I had. His boat is stocked with anything you will need for a boat day out to crab island. We will definitely use Cameron again!

  4. LF
    Lauren
    Catch some SUN! FAST luxury Tritoon! 13 person, free amenities! Read description

    We could not have asked for a better experience!! Our trip was supposed to be 9am - 3 but a storm rolled in that morning. Jason was our captain and was incredibly flexible to ensure we had the best day. We wound up pushing our tour back from 2-8 thanks to the incredible customer service and flexibility on their part. In a world where most would have canceled and not cared to make it right, Jason did the complete opposite. The boat was well maintained, clean, and had everything we needed or wanted for our trip. Jason was more than just a captain, he made us feel as if we knew him for years! All in all a fantastic experience! 5 stars is not enough!

  5. LW
    Lindsay
    Stiletto 30 Sailing Catamaran for Dolphin Watching, Sunsets, Snorkeling and More in Destin

    We had such an amazing time! Thank you so much! Perfect boat! Perfect Captain! Perfect Music! Perfect Weather! Perfect everything!! Will definitely book again with Captain Bill!

  6. MM
    Maria
    Live Wide Open Tritoon Destin, FL

    Completely satisfied with this experience! The boat was amazing and had shade all around, and came prepared with two coolers, a speaker, a trash can, floats and so many more essentials that made this experience a breeze! My family and I loved it and got to relax and turn up so comfortably! Highly recommend! 10/10

The Destin Boating Guide 2023

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Destin Guide

The GetMyBoat Guide to Destin

A favorite part of Florida’s Emerald Coast, Destin is the place to rent a boat and get out on the water. Cruise through calm, clear waters that will give you the feeling of being in the Caribbean, stop at white sandy beaches or visit a waterfront restaurant on your boat. Destin is also regarded as an affordable vacation destination, and the prices on boat rentals reflect that. You’ll be able to find a pontoon, yacht, jet ski, or other watercraft for exploring without spending all your budget on a boat day.

Destin at a Glance

Destin Guide

Situated in northwestern Florida, this cozy Panhandle city is most well known for its many Gulf Coast beaches and golf courses, plus an exceptionally nice boardwalk at Destin Harbor. And while it may not have the size or caché of some of the larger Florida boating destinations, like Miami, Destin and its charming small-town feel do have a robust boating culture that will allow you to see the city from the water.

4 Hours

The average rental duration for GetMyBoat bookings in Destin — perfect for a long and leisurely cruise.

May to September

May to September rentals account for almost all GetMyBoat trips in Destin, with July being the most popular.

GetMyBoat Destin Statistics
As of
Active boat listings
116
People sent boating
7500+
Average cost per booking
$786
Measuring 16' to 33', these are the most popular boat rental in Destin, followed by pontoons and catamarans.
Medium Power Boats

Boating Season in Destin

The summer months are the most trafficked, of course, just like with any other Florida destination. And for good reason: the sun is plentiful, the weather is warm (a little too warm, actually, in the peak of summer), and it all combines into a great setup for spending time on the water. However, that also comes with downsides: the water will be much more crowded with boats, in particular.

When are the best times to visit?

The best time of year to visit Destin for boating and outdoor recreation, in our opinion, is either April to May, or September to October, when you’ll have warm weather but get to skip the high-season crowds that flock to the beach in the summer.

It can be considerably cooler during the winter months — too cold to enjoy boating or swimming — and unbearably hot and humid during peak summer, so we prefer to pass on those seasons in Destin.

What’s the water temperature like?

Very warm. In the summer months, the water temperature will hover in the low-to-mid 80ºs, and stay above 70º for most of the year. Even in the coldest months, it only gets down to the 60ºs, which is cold for Florida waters, but still nicely comfortable if you’re used to colder, northern climates.

Current Conditions

Temperature

68 °F

Water temp.

84 °F

Humidity

83 %

Pressure

1016 hPa

Wind

NE 31.14 f/sec

Visibility

15 mi

Cloudiness

100 %

Local Events

What Types of Boats Can I Rent on Destin?

Destin has plenty of different types of boats to rent: everything from pontoons to luxury motor yachts, sailing catamarans, fishing boats, and jet skis are available. Here’s a bit of information on the average prices, and more, for each different option.

Where to Eat, Drink, Stay, and More

Destin has so much to offer — where to even begin planning your itinerary when you’re in town? Here’s a start. We’ve pulled some of our favorite local spots for every aspect of a Destin getaway, like boat-up restaurants to experience the “dock & dine” lifestyle and plenty of beautiful natural coves, bays, beaches, and other scenic boating spots.

A map of Destin

Destin Boating Experiences

Reasons To Rent a Boat in Destin

Safety, Preparation, and Navigation

What to Bring on Your Boat Rental

Bringing the right stuff can make or break your boat day, so get together a checklist of what you’ll want well ahead of time so that you don’t forget on the day of.

What to bring will depend on your itinerary and weather conditions, but that being said — it’s always a good idea to bring water, snacks, sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, towels, a warm extra layer of clothing (in case it gets chilly), as well as boat shoes. Your boat captain or owner that you rent from can give you more ideas on necessary essentials to bring.

And while most boat captains, owners, and boat rental services should include lifejackets and safety gear, if you have a personal lifejacket that you prefer to wear while enjoying watersports or other activities, it’s a good idea to bring it along.

It might feel like overkill for a casual day on the water, but it’s always better to be over-prepared than under-prepared.

Safety, Preparation, and Navigation
Boating at Night

Visibility is reduced at night, so it’s essential to slow down and be aware of your surroundings. Chartplotters and marine radars are beneficial tools to use in the dark and help you feel more confident when navigating the waters at night. Between the hours of sunset and sunrise or during times of reduced visibility (fog, rain, haze), recreational vessels are required to display navigation lights.

Wake Zones

“Wake” are the waves that form as your watercraft moves through the water. It’s important to be on the lookout for a “no-wake zone” - an area where a vessel must operate at a slow speed that doesn’t create a wake. You can usually identify a no-wake zone by white and orange floating markers or a row of markers.

Emergency Services

Destin Police: Dial 911 from any land or cellular phone for emergencies, or (850) 689-5705 for non-emergencies.

U.S. Coast Guard, Destin Station: Dial (850) 244-7147 for emergencies. If you’re on the water and have a marine VHF radio, you can contact the Coast Guard via Channel 13 (156.65MHz) or 16 (156.8MHz).

Destin Boating FAQs

Boat Rental Basics

What makes GetMyBoat different from other boat rental apps?

GetMyBoat is the world’s largest boat rental and water experience marketplace. We connect more people to boat rental services than any other company. Our mobile app available for iOS and Android makes it possible to find and book boating experiences right on your phone.

You can access thousands of professional boat captains and companies to help plan your perfect day on the water. GetMyBoat’s 24/7 customer service team is always available to help with any step in the booking process. We also enable you to read real user reviews and see photos added from past users, so you can book with confidence that you’re choosing a 5-star boat rental or water experience.

GetMyBoat is committed to taking the lowest booking fees in the industry to save the customer money in pursuit of their perfect day on the water.

What is a boat charter?

A boat charter (vs. a boat rental) includes a professional captain to drive the boat. Frequently, it also includes crew members to provide services to the passengers, like food and beverage, as well as being there to assist the captain. The number of crew members working a boat charter will depend on the size of the vessel and the number of guests onboard.

A boat charter with a licensed, professional captain is the best option for inexperienced boaters or people unfamiliar with the waterways they wish to explore. A captain can provide an amazing experience on a private boat rental and help make the experience safer and more relaxing for boaters.

Can I rent a boat for a week?

While half-day and full-day boat rentals are the most commonly booked trip durations on GetMyBoat, some boat owners and operators allow for multi-day or week-long rentals. Some owners and boat rental services offer discounted rates when you book for more than one day. Ask about weekly deals on rentals if you’re hoping to go boating for more than one day.

Where do I pick up the boat rental?

While it’s common to meet at a marina or public dock, boat captains and owners can often coordinate a drop off at a boat launch or ramp, or another spot if it’s more convenient. Get the exact directions to where you need to meet your boat owner/captain to determine where to pick up the vessel. Send your captain a message to clarify if you’re unsure where to go!

Where do I refuel the boat?

If you need to refuel your boat rental before you return to the dock, ask the boat rental service or owner where they recommend that you refuel. Most waterways will have several fuel stations to choose from, and often the docks that you meet at for your boat rental will also have them. Many captains and owners will take care of this for you, but it’s a good idea to ask what their specific policy is for fueling. Check out local marinas to see if they have a fuel dock.

Can I bring my dog on my boat rental?

Dogs are often welcome on boat rentals and charters — but be sure to ask first! Some boat captains do and some don’t allow pets to come along.

It’s also a good idea to do some research to make sure your pet will be okay with boating if they’ve never been before. Check out our guide for boating with your dog, and if you do decide to bring your dog along, make sure you have the appropriate lifejacket and other safety gear for them!

Services, Costs, & Fees

How much does it cost to rent a boat near me?

GetMyBoat’s mission is to make boating more accessible and affordable. To do this, we’re constantly growing our team of boat owners, captains, and operators around the world to offer a wider range of boat rentals and services at different price points. We want to provide the joys of boating to everyone - regardless of their budget.

Boat rental costs will vary depending on the size and type of boat you wish to rent. Other factors that impact the price of a boat rental include: trip duration, desired route, and itinerary. A boat rental usually costs between $50 and $150/hour but can range up to over $400/hour. Renting a boat for a few hours is usually less expensive than renting a boat for a whole day, but you can sometimes save money on the hourly rate by renting for longer - some owners and rental services offer discounted rates.

There’s no booking obligation at the inquiry stage with GetMyBoat - so you can send an inquiry message to a captain to get a price quote before you commit.

How much is a boat rental near me for a day?

The cost of a boat rental will depend on the duration of your rental, the size of the boat, and the size of your group. Sometimes, specific itineraries (i.e., traveling far distances to get to a famous swimming spot) can add extra costs if they require additional fuel. Typically, a half-day boat rental is 4-hours, and a full-day is 8 hours. Depending on your specific needs, you can expect to pay anywhere from $250 to over $1000 for your boat rental.

How much does it cost to rent a boat on the Destin River?

Boat rentals on the Destin River start at around $100/hour and can range from there to over $500/hour for a larger yacht. You can find boat tours of the Destin River for as affordable as $40/person, but this is generally with a larger public group and not an individual boat rental.

How much does it cost to rent a party boat in Destin?

Renting a boat in Destin starts at $100 an hour for a small powerboat and goes up to $800 an hour for a luxury motor yacht.

How much is a yacht rental in Destin?

Yacht rentals in Destin start at around $250/hour and go up to over $1,000/hour depending on the size of the vessel, capacity, and special features.

How much should I tip the boat captain?

When a captain and crew provide excellent service on the water, leaving a gratuity as a show of appreciation is a common custom. In many places, 10-20% of the rental cost is standard, but this can vary depending on where you are using boat rental services. GetMyBoat does not handle tips or gratuity payments, so please bring cash with you to tip, or many boat captains also have the option of CashApp or Venmo for leaving a tip after your boat charter.

How much does fuel cost for a boat rental?

Sometimes the boat owner/captain you are renting from will include fuel costs in the total fee charged, while others will charge on a usage basis - so depending on how much you use on your boat day. Inquire with the boat owner/captain about the typical fuel costs for your boat rental duration.

Are there additional costs for renting a boat near me?

Costs for your boat rental will vary from owner to owner, so be sure to inquire about any extra costs that might not be covered in the listed price - like fuel, captain’s fees, or additional charges for unique itineraries. Your captain will let you know what to expect if there is any deviation from the price on the boat listing.

Safety, Laws, and Regulations

How old do you have to be to rent a boat?

You must be at least 18 years old to rent with GetMyBoat. To operate a boat without a captain, you will need to ensure you meet the correct boating safety requirements. Boat owners and operators on GetMyBoat sometimes have their own individual age requirements for renting, so inquire with them on their minimum age when you send a booking inquiry.

How old do you have to be to rent a jet ski?

To rent a jet ski independently, you have to be at least 18 years old. Often 16 & 17 year olds can operate a jet ski rental if they have a guardian present to sign a waiver for them. No one under the age of 16 should operate a jet ski without being in direct supervision of a parent or guardian.

How many people can I bring on my boat rental?

The boat's capacity will vary depending on the captain’s licensing rules, size of the boat, style of the boat, and the location you’re renting in. Every boat listing on GetMyBoat indicates the maximum number of people allowed on the boat, so you’ll know before inquiring if it will suit your group’s size.

Do I have to rent a boat with a captain?

Whether or not you rent a boat with a captain will depend on many factors. If you do not have boating experience - it is recommended that you book a boat rental with a captain service for safety. Some locations require that renters have a licensed captain onboard operating the boat at all times. If you do have boating experience and want to rent a boat without a captain, in most locations you are able to rent it bareboat to go on your own. Ask the boat rental service provider for information on renting a boat without a captain and let them know information about your boating experience.

Where should I go with my boat rental?

When you rent a boat, it’s a great idea to do some research on your own or ask the boat owner/company for recommendations if you’re not from the area. With a boat rental, popular places to venture to include sandbars, islands, beaches, coves, and waterfront restaurants. It’s a good idea to inquire with the boat owner for recommendations on what to do and advice on navigating there safely.

Do I need my own insurance to rent a boat?

You do not need your own insurance to rent a boat.

Are lifejackets Included in the price of a boat rental?

Most boat owners and boat rental services will include all lifejackets and safety equipment within the price of your listing. It’s always a good idea to ask where the equipment is located onboard before you leave the dock. Your captain or the owner should give you a briefing at the beginning of your rental experience, so you’re aware of all safety features and equipment on the boat.

Boating Licenses

Can anyone rent a boat in Destin?

To rent a boat in Destin you must be 18 years of age and have completed a boater safety education course. If you have a boating license from another state, this can apply to the requirements to rent a boat in Destin.

Where can I take a boating safety course?

Many boat safety courses are offered online and you can earn a certificate that will qualify you to rent a boat on your own. You can also often take in-person boating lessons which will teach you the necessary hands-on skills to operate a boat independently. Check out BoatEd for more information on local boating safety requirements and courses. You can also check out our Top Boating Safety Tips resources.

Do you need a boat license to rent a boat in Destin?

Boat license rules depend on your age. If you were born after 1988 you will need to complete a boat safety education course and receive a safety identification card. Check out BoatEd for more information on earning a boat safety card so you can rent a boat in Destin. For more information please check out our Boating Laws and Regulations by State Guide and download our Boating Safety Checklist.

Boating Safety Education Identification Card

Yes, You Need a Boater Education Card if You:
  • Were born after 1/1/88
  • Failed to complete an approved boating safety course in Florida
  • Operate a 10+ horsepower boat
  • Operate in state or federal waters
  • Did not complete an approved boating safety course out of state
  • Are not accompanied by a person who is 18+ years old with a Boating Safety Education Identification Card
  • Are not accompanied by a person who was born before 1/1/88
No, You Don’t Need a Boater Education Card if You:
  • Were born before 1/1/88
  • Obtained a Boating Safety Education Identification Card
  • Completed an approved boater safety course in another state
  • Operate a less than 10 horsepower motor boat
  • Operate on a private lake or pond
  • Accompanied by a person who is 18+ years old who has a Boating Safety Education Identification Card
  • Accompanied by a person who was born before 1/1/88
  • Accompanied by a person licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard
How much is a Boater Education Card?

A Boater Education Card will cost anywhere from $0-$50 depending on the type of test you take and if you want your ID card professionally printed.

How long is a Boater Education Card good for?

A Boating Safety Education Identification Card has no expiration date, however, the temporary safety course certificate (proof of online course completion that you can print out and use before the ID card comes) expires after 90 days.

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