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Rent this 40' Party Pontoon for up to 12 passengers in Destin
Powerboats in Destin · 12 guests

Rent this 40' Party Pontoon for up to 12 passengers in Destin

New
$163hour
52' Cruiser Yachts Charter in Destin, FL
Events in Destin · 6 guests

52' Cruiser Yachts Charter in Destin, FL

5.0
$600hour
2022 Bentley Pontoon for Rent in Destin, Florida
Powerboats in Fort Walton Beach · 8 guests

2022 Bentley Pontoon for Rent in Destin, Florida

5.0
$100hour
The Ruby Runner Excursion on a 24' Pontoon Boat
Powerboats in Destin · 10 guests

The Ruby Runner Excursion on a 24' Pontoon Boat

5.0
$125hour
22' Robalo R220 Center Console in Crestview
Powerboats in Niceville · 10 guests

22' Robalo R220 Center Console in Crestview

5.0
$100hour
36ft Yellowfin Center Console in Destin, Florida!
Fishing in Destin · 6 guests

36ft Yellowfin Center Console in Destin, Florida!

5.0
$250hour
Nautique G23 - Wakesurf or Spend the day at Crab Island!
Powerboats in Destin · 10 guests

Nautique G23 - Wakesurf or Spend the day at Crab Island!

5.0
$175hour
22' Pro Kat Center Console Private Charters in Fort Walton Beach, Florida
Powerboats in Fort Walton Beach · 6 guests

22' Pro Kat Center Console Private Charters in Fort Walton Beach, Florida

5.0
$100hour
Life is Better on the Water in a 2022 SeaDoo GTI SE!
Water Sports in Fort Walton Beach · 3 guests

Life is Better on the Water in a 2022 SeaDoo GTI SE!

5.0
$95hour
26FT Yellowfin Hybrid Offshore Fishing Trips
Fishing in Destin · 6 guests

26FT Yellowfin Hybrid Offshore Fishing Trips

5.0
$200hour
Beautiful Luxury Pontoon for up to 11 people Plus Captain - Off Season rates! Lily Pad & Cooler w Ice Included
Powerboats in Destin · 11 guests

Beautiful Luxury Pontoon for up to 11 people Plus Captain - Off Season rates! Lily Pad & Cooler w Ice Included

New
$112hour
Incredible 24' Yellowfin Fishing Boat in Destin, Florida!
Fishing in Destin · 6 guests

Incredible 24' Yellowfin Fishing Boat in Destin, Florida!

5.0
$155hour
New 11 ft Inflatable Paddle Board Save on Multi Day - Stand Up or Sit Down
Adventures in Destin · 2 guests

New 11 ft Inflatable Paddle Board Save on Multi Day - Stand Up or Sit Down

New
$40hour
Crab Island Day of Fun
Powerboats in Fort Walton Beach · 8 guests

Crab Island Day of Fun

5.0
$100hour
E-Foil Lessons in Fort Walton Beach, Florida!
Adventures in Fort Walton Beach · 5 guests

E-Foil Lessons in Fort Walton Beach, Florida!

5.0
$150hour
Family Bentley 240 cruise SE Pontoon Rental in Fort Walton Beach, Florida
Powerboats in Fort Walton Beach · 10 guests

Family Bentley 240 cruise SE Pontoon Rental in Fort Walton Beach, Florida

4.7
$100hour
Private Luxury Yacht in Fort Walton Beach
Events in Fort Walton Beach · 6 guests

Private Luxury Yacht in Fort Walton Beach

5.0
$400hour
Snorkeling Adventure in Destin on Seahunt Triton 21' Center Console
Shalimar · 6 guests

Snorkeling Adventure in Destin on Seahunt Triton 21' Center Console

5.0
$135hour
2022 Tidewwater 210 CC for Charter in Destin, FWB, and Okaloosa Island
Powerboats in Okaloosa Island · 6 guests

2022 Tidewwater 210 CC for Charter in Destin, FWB, and Okaloosa Island

5.0
$150hour
Bentley Pontoon Boat for Crab Island Destin & FWB
Powerboats in Fort Walton Beach · 10 guests

Bentley Pontoon Boat for Crab Island Destin & FWB

5.0
$80hour
Bennington 22ft Pontoon Rental in Destin, Florida
Powerboats in Destin · 6 guests

Bennington 22ft Pontoon Rental in Destin, Florida

New
$175hour
Stiletto 30 Sailing Catamaran for Dolphin Watching, Sunsets, Snorkeling and More in Destin
Sailing in Destin · 6 guests

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

5.0
$150hour
Tri-toon Santa Rosa Beach
Santa Rosa Beach · 6 guests

Tri-toon Santa Rosa Beach

5.0
$200hour
2022 Bentley Pontoon for Rent in Destin!
Powerboats in Destin · 10 guests

2022 Bentley Pontoon for Rent in Destin!

New
$80hour

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Destin Reviews

  1. Lee Anne
    Lee Anne
    2022 Bentley Pontoon for Rent in Destin, Florida

    We had a fantastic time! Our captain was communicative, knowledgeable and professional. Highly recommend, and will be our “go to” in the future!

  2. IC
    Israel
    2022 Bentley Pontoon for Rent in Destin, Florida

    Dave had everything so put together. He was very fast and efficient and communicative. He had it stocked with a few drinks, toys, and ice. The boat was in immaculate condition, and he had us on our way within minutes of arriving. Highly recommend using him!

  3. RS
    Robert
    Nautique G23 - Wakesurf or Spend the day at Crab Island!

    Carmel was incredible. All the kids got up on the wakesurf board. The ages were from 7-17 with zero experience. They had a blast. Many ride included pods of dolphins surfing the waves with them!! Carmel was patient and determined to make sure each kid had an incredible time. The area was uncrowded and calm. Would suggest a weekday like a Tuesday for ideal conditions. Would highly recommend.

  4. CD
    Cassandra
    E-Foil Lessons in Fort Walton Beach, Florida!

    Michael was an amazing teacher and incredibly kind and patient. My Dad, brother, and I had a great time learning from him and could not be happier with our lesson. I would highly recommend e-foiling with Michael to anyone looking for a unique and fun experience with friends or family.

  5. Tony
    Tony
    Family Bentley 240 cruise SE Pontoon Rental in Fort Walton Beach, Florida

    10/10 recommend booking with Adam. He made us a great deal for 6 hours and even let us switch our times before the trip. It was my wife’s birthday and Adam went out of his way to buy her a bottle of champagne. Great guy and nice boat . Crab island was a blast.

  6. John
    John
    Private Luxury Yacht in Fort Walton Beach

    If you haven’t ever experienced boating in Destin then this is the one to choose. Plenty of room from the front to back and the inside has all the amenities you could possibly want/need. Bring food and “cool pops” and the rest is taken care of! Truly a great and worthwhile experience! Captain Brian is the perfect host as well as his wife Michelle. Definitely an experience that is well worth every penny!

The Destin Boating Guide 2022

  • First Published Sep 15, 2022
In This Guide
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

69 °F

Water temp.

70 °F

Humidity

83 %

Pressure

1018 hPa

Wind

SSE 8.83 f/sec

Visibility

15 mi

Cloudiness

97 %

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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