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    Emerald Cruise (No Captain)
    Super Owner12 guests

    Emerald Cruise (No Captain)

    "A Lil Crabby" Bentley Cruise 240
    Super Owner12 guests

    "A Lil Crabby" Bentley Cruise 240

    Destiny (No Captain)
    Super Owner12 guests

    Destiny (No Captain)

    Casual Weekend (No Captain)
    Super Owner12 guests

    Casual Weekend (No Captain)

    "The Claw" Solid Craft Double Decker Pontoon w/ Slides
    Super Owner12 guests

    "The Claw" Solid Craft Double Decker Pontoon w/ Slides

    "Let It Slide" Solid Craft Double Decker Pontoon w/ Slides
    Super Owner12 guests

    "Let It Slide" Solid Craft Double Decker Pontoon w/ Slides

    Suntracker Party Hut 30' Pontoon in Destin
    6 guests

    Suntracker Party Hut 30' Pontoon in Destin

    2013 Captained Bennington 26ft Pontoon Rental in Fort Walton Beach
    10 guests

    2013 Captained Bennington 26ft Pontoon Rental in Fort Walton Beach

    18 Passenger Playbouy 26ft Double Decker Tritoon!!
    18 guests

    18 Passenger Playbouy 26ft Double Decker Tritoon!!

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    GetMyBoat customer reviews for boat rentals in Destin.

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

      You will have the absolute time of your life!! Will took care and thought of every detail possible - pickup/drop off, toys, coolers, killer boat, and suggested the best captain ever, Jasson. This was BY FAR our favorite day of the trip and we are so excited to come back!!!!

    2. John
      2013 Captained Bennington 26ft Pontoon Rental in Fort Walton Beach

      Trying to navigate the the amount of boats available for rental, with a captain of course is extremely daunting. We chose Captain Max and hit the jackpot. I originally booked 3 hours not having experienced Crab Island before. Quite honestly, wasn’t sure if we’d get bored. I was mistaken and far from it. BOOK THE 4 HOUR and you can always add on which we did. Once arriving you realize what you’ve seen in pictures and videos. It’s truly a one of kind place and a must see. We had captain Robert who was more than eager to make our trip memorable. From music, to the Lilly pad, to the paddle board, to snorkeling, he was always on point and we thank him for that.

    3. RF
      Suntracker Party Hut 30' Pontoon in Destin

      Brian was amazing! My parents had never seen dolphins in the wild, other than from the beach and Brian would not give up trying to find some for them to see. After a couple of times looking, HE FOUND THEM! They were even pretty close to the boat!! Also, my daughter wanted a coconut while we were at Crab Island and although she did not get one, Brian tried very hard to get her one. He even walked over to them to try to get them to come to the boat!! We had an awesome day!

    4. TF
      2013 Captained Bennington 26ft Pontoon Rental in Fort Walton Beach

      We had a large family vacation of 18 people and they were able to accommodate us with 2 of their boats and kept us all together. They had so many floats and fun games to play in the water at crab island. We had the best day and can’t wait to visit with them again. It’s a must do when visiting destin area.

    5. Kaitlyn
      Crab Island Charter- Best time in Destin - Huge speaker, floats, ice, coolers, snorkeling included

      Amazing day on crab island with a fabulous captain! Miki was knowledgeable, kind, and funny!! She was amazing with the kids and had a ton of energy. Miki even had the ice cream boat come right to us! I will recommend this company to everyone. THANK YOU!!!

    6. KC
      Crab Island Charter- Best time in Destin - Huge speaker, floats, ice, coolers, snorkeling included

      We had Miki and there are not enough words to describe the amazing time she set up for us at Crab Island. From beginning to end she took care of everything!! She made us feel like family. My daughter had salt water in her eyes and she jumped in with a towel to help her wipe her eyes. My husband mentioned he would like a coconut and she worked miracles to make it happen. She made sure we had an amazing time!! I didn’t expect the service she provided! We ended up staying later than expected. Thank you for everything! We will be back!

    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

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