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    Explore Destin or Crab Island on our 2021 Bentley Pontoon
    day$650
    Super Owner10 guests

    Explore Destin or Crab Island on our 2021 Bentley Pontoon

    Ride 2020 Seadoo Spark Jet Ski on Destin Beaches!
    hour$80
    Super Owner2 guests

    Ride 2020 Seadoo Spark Jet Ski on Destin Beaches!

    Rent a Brandnew Seadoo Spark Trixx in Fort Walton Beach, Florida
    hour$80
    Super Owner2 guests

    Rent a Brandnew Seadoo Spark Trixx in Fort Walton Beach, Florida

    Beach Weekend
    hour$1,717
    Super Owner49 guests

    Beach Weekend

    Explore Destin or Crab Island on our 2022 Bentley Pontoon!!
    day$650
    Super Owner10 guests

    Explore Destin or Crab Island on our 2022 Bentley Pontoon!!

    Suntracker Party Hut 30' Pontoon in Destin
    hour$125
    6 guests

    Suntracker Party Hut 30' Pontoon in Destin

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    Boating Guide - 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 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.”

    Destin Boat Rental FAQs

    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

    Top destinations nearby

    GetMyBoat customer reviews for boat rentals in Destin.

    1. Christy
      Christy
      Crab Island Charter (capt optional) - all inclusive best time in Destin - Huge speaker, floats, ice, coolers, snorkeling included

      We had Miki as our captain. She was absolutely amazing. She took several pictures to capture our memories. The only thing we had to worry about was having a good time and that we did. She helped my group with getting drinks so they didn’t have to get back in the boat while floating around. It was an amazing day.

    2. NK
      Nikki
      Catch some SUN! FAST luxury Tritoon! 11-12 person, free amenities! Read description

      Our boat was brand new! Excellent amenities. Frisbee, football, yeti cooler, Lilly pad, lots to do and comfortable for all. Ron was easy to work with, communicated timely information with clear directions. He gave me several options for the Captain. I booked without any problems. Our day was easy to plan and enjoy without any distracting issues or hassles.

    3. CS
      Claire
      2021 Crest Tritoon Pontoon - YOUR CRAB ISLAND AND BACHELORETTE PARTY EXPERTS! 🎉 The NEWEST LUXURY BOATS IN THE AREA!! Your Luxury Excursion Professionals!!! 🏝

      This was my first experience using GetMyBoat and Jenny and her team certainly set the bar high for future boating excursions. Jenny was incredibly prompt in answering my many questions leading up to our boating excursion. She was honest and everything in the contract, the boat, and the experience was exactly as described in the listing and questions. Our Captain, Andy, was incredibly knowledgeable of fun spots to visit on the water ranging from an excellent experience at crab island and gulf side bars to a lovely site seeing boat riding. More important than a great time however, we watched Andy literally SAVE a drowning woman at crab island. He made us all feel very safe. Thank you for making this a wonderful Bachelorette experience for our group of 7 girls!

    4. md
      marissa
      2021 Crest Tritoon Pontoon - YOUR CRAB ISLAND AND BACHELORETTE PARTY EXPERTS! 🎉 The NEWEST LUXURY BOATS IN THE AREA!! Your Luxury Excursion Professionals!!! 🏝

      Had so much fun renting this boat for my bachelorette a couple of weeks ago! JennyJosh was super friendly, responsive and accommodating. We had an amazing captain, Andy, who was absolutely wonderful & accommodating! Would definitely book again!

    5. SK
      Shemika
      🌊 Most Badass Party Pontoon in Destin! 🌊 2022 Luxury Suncatcher G3 Elite!!

      Best Captain on the waters!!! If your Looking for an Awesome Time with a Super Hot & Super Fun Cutie… You should most definitely book with Cameron!!! Thanks again for an AMAZING time… would definitely book with him every time we vacation to Destin!!!

    6. Lyndsie
      Lyndsie
      Crab Island Charter (capt optional) - all inclusive best time in Destin - Huge speaker, floats, ice, coolers, snorkeling included

      We came down to Destin for a Bachelorette party and they had everything we needed to have a great time. They were so friendly and outgoing and fit right in with our group. 100% recommend and 100% will book with them again!

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