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Always beautiful and so much to do! Plenty of restaurants to choose from. Cute little shops along the way. We love using the water taxi to get around.
Written 7 July 2023
Jun 2023 • Family
Location, Location, Location! 5 min boat ride under the bridge and onto Crab Island. The water was amazing and now I know why it is called the emerald coast. When tide washes out the bay water comes in and makes the magical ice blue/ turquoise water all shades of emerald green and yellow. Other than feeling rushed, this must be the best boat launch in the area!
Written 6 June 2023
There is always activity there. The boats offer tours and rentals, they had live music a lot of times and fireworks. It’s a very busy and lively place.
Written 12 November 2022
Go there every time we are in Destin. Lots of choices in restaurants. Time your trip about the time the fishing boats are coming with their catch to get the full experience. Lots to do for kids and adults in 1 location
Written 5 November 2022
Lots to do here, both during the day and at night. You'll pay $10.00 to park but it's worth it and it's in and out so you can spend the day here and then come back at night. Margaritaville is here which was the draw for me but lots of other great stuff as well.
Written 21 September 2022
We did the Escape Room! So much fun! All the specialty shops were fun too! Good food and beverages from many business's.
Written 28 August 2022
Lots of boat rentals.... with our without a captain. Fabulous places to sit and eat or drink with great views of the harbor.
Written 26 July 2022
Jul 2022 • Family
The Destin Harbor is a great place to visit while you're in Destin/Fort Walton! There are plenty of places to eat, shop, and entertain. You can spend an entire evening here and never run out of things to do. Check out our blog!
Written 24 July 2022
Very expensive and crowded. We went on Thursday night to see the fireworks at 9. Nice to walk around and look at everything but be prepared to spend money. Street in front of harbor is always busy. There is public parking across the street for $5.00
Written 26 June 2022
It's so clean here. It's peaceful, and it was so beautiful. I love the the scenery, the condos, the houses. The sand was very light and it's not hot like i was expecting.
Written 23 June 2022
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Visiting in June and want to take a dolphin cruise. Is it best to book in advance or are there several boats and we can book when we arrive?
The Fishing Factor is my go to boat. Once I met Captain Mark who is very knowledgeable and helpful in many way. I appreciate it’s comfortable for a family or friends to board his boat. He picks quiet days and appreciate his tour or fishing excursion. Good luck
Is this area near or part of the old east pass marina? If not, have all of the charter boats moved to this location? Also, if not, is it right next to the bridge? It's been awhile since we have vacationed in Destin and I may have my places all mixed up. Prior to 2011 all of our family vacations since I was a baby '71 were spent in Destin. My Grandad owned one of the first condos built in Destin when it was still just a small fishing village. I have so many fond memories and can't wait to return for a visit in a couple of weeks.
The marina is on the west end of the island before the bridge. We were there for Destin Snorkel and it was great. The Captain knew where the Dolphins were and they were magical. Parasailing, boating, a bounce house in the water, plenty to do, including a pirate ship. Margaritaville was our dinner location and all were great!
Where can I find a slip for a 65' yacht
Hi Nursdeb, My best recommendation would be to browse the docks and ask anyone who may be working there or check with some realtors. Some private docks may be open, but without knowing who to contact, that may be a bit elusive. I couldn't point you in any specific direction, but that size boat shouldn't be really difficult to accommodate. Check with the booking booths on the docks and call some numbers on the ads for charter boats. You may find one fairly easily that way. I hope I have helped some, and thanks for visiting our page.
I'm looking for a place to do a little shore fishing with my son. Is there a place, not a pier, that would rent a pole and tackle that we could use for the day?
Yes, there are several places at the boardwalk that can rent equipment for you. There are so many fishing boats that it won't be difficult to find someone that rents by the hour.
Although you are correct about Crab Island being a sandbar, I would like to let you know a quick history tidbit about it. Up until the early 1960,s this area was actually an island. It was relatively the same size you see it now, and was full of pine trees and natural grasses. The old timers would set blue crab traps all around the island and collect crabs for either personal use, or to fill their commercial fishing quotas. Hence the name, Crab Island. Sometime back then a hurricane swept across the Destin area and wiped the island away. The currents, and dynamics of that particular spot in the bay keep "Crab Island" as you see it today. We're glad you are a part of our paradise, and we hope you continue to choose Destin as your place to vacation. Truly a cut above the rest. Captain Craig Mann
Hello, What is the best place to rent a boat from? Thanks!
Depends on what type of boat your looking for. Most of the boats that are rented out are the pontoon boats. I don't know of any fishing boats for rent, per say, but plenty of charter boats to charter that come with crew and everything you need for your trip, except your food and drink. Also to include your license for that trip. Jet skis, are also fairly available to rent. If your looking for a fishing charter, Call me at 850-509-2544 and I can get you into the mix. Thank you for your interest and have a great day. Capt. Craig Mann
DESTIN HARBOR: All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)
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- According to Tripadvisor travellers, these are the best ways to experience Destin Harbor:
- Dolphin-Watching Speedboat Cruise in Destin Harbor (From S$52.82)
- Inshore Fishing on the Waters of the Choctawhatchee Bay (From S$560.36)
- Banana Boat Ride in the Gulf of Mexico (From S$78.52)
- ORIGINAL Destin Tikis Sunset Cruise in Destin Harbor (From S$107.07)
- Original Cruisin' Tikis Harbor Sightseeing Cruise (From S$85.66)
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