Your Guide To Destin & The Emerald Coast

An Insider’s Guide to Boating and Fishing in Destin

Sugar-white beaches, family friendly fishing excursions, and romantic sunset cruises—it’s all here and easy to see with Destin boat rentals.

Nestled against the Gulf of Mexico in northwest Florida, the Emerald Coast city of Destin is known for its stunning white beaches. Destin boat rentals are a huge hit as well as its sugar-white sands and emerald waters. Destin is also known for its world-famous fishing, and often referred to as “the world’s luckiest fishing village.”

Whether you’re looking to snorkel beneath Destin’s crystal clear waters, admire their depths as you parasail from high above, photograph dolphins along your sightseeing excursion, relax aboard a sunset cruise, or hightail it into high gear on a speed racer, Destin boat rentals offer an unforgettable experience for the entire family. Check out the local events calendar.

Fishing & Destin boat rentals

If you’ve come for the fishing, Destin offers everything from deep sea and bay fishing, to sport fishing charter boats and multi-passenger boats.

  • Bay Fishing in Choctawhatchee Bay

Book Destin boat rentals for your fishing adventure on the Choctawhatchee Bay and experience the scenic views of the Emerald Coast. Fishing in the calm bay backwaters is a relaxing way to have a great time with the family. You might catch redfish, speckled trout, and black snapper, or you might even end up with a 30-pound (catch and release!) bull redfish on your line.  After all, Destin is known as “the world’s luckiest fishing village.” Remember to bring your camera!

  • Deep Sea Fishing in the Gulf of Mexico

Whether you are an experienced pro with legendary fishing stories or casting off for the very first time, Destin offers deep sea fishing charters for every skill level. Fishing charters are available for offshore fishing, inshore fishing, and even overnight fishing. Experienced captains with years of experience will welcome you onboard, while charter boat packages ranging from novice to experienced will cater to your every need. One thing is certain: a deep sea fishing adventure in Destin will be truly unforgettable!

Sand Gazing at Henderson Beach State Park

So you’ve heard of star gazing, but have you ever sand gazed? You will in Destin. If the sugar-white sand at Henderson Beach State Park literally appears to sparkle, you’re (hopefully!) not suffering from heat stroke.  The sand is made of pure Appalachian quartz, which not only remains cool in the summer, but also gives the waters their emerald hue. Henderson Beach State Park offers a slower paced alternative to crowded beach resorts and is easily accessible, just 3 miles east of downtown Destin on the Emerald Coast Parkway.

A Snorkeling Adventure with Destin boat rentals

Experience the stunning undersea world of Destin’s emerald waters up close. Destin boat rentals can get you to the best snorkeling spots where you will encounter the diverse eco-systems of the bay waters, including various sea life, crabs, small fish, sea horses, and shrimp.

The Destin jetties are a popular snorkeling destination. These large rock formations were originally placed at the entrance to the Gulf of Mexico in the East Pass by the Army Corps of engineers in an attempt to alleviate erosion and establish a marine habitat for various sea life. The emerald green waters provide the perfect backdrop for viewing marine life, and are a must-see if snorkeling is on your list of things to do.

Experience Gator Feeding at Gator Beach

Gator Beach provides a safe, family friendly adventure where you will learn everything you ever wanted to know about alligators. Don’t miss the free educational wildlife exhibit, which includes an artificial wetland pond housing 100 live alligators.

If you’re feeling brave, you can also feed the gators and hold them in your hands.  (Don’t forget to have your picture taken!) To feed the alligators, you will attach a piece of specially formulated gator food to a cane pole and lower it into the pond.  Sounds perfectly safe, right?

Be Your Own Captain with Destin boat rentals!

For those looking to explore Destin’s emerald green waters on their own, renting a boat or a private charter is the ideal way to go!

Here are our Top 4 Destin Destinations (say that 5 times fast!) to explore while cruising the waters on your own luxury boat rental:

  1. Crab Island is possibly the most popular boating destination in Destin and it’s easy to see why—Crab Island is simply stunning. Whether you choose to swim in the water, join a game of water volleyball, or simply relax on your boat, you won’t want to miss the picturesque beauty of Crab Island.
  2. Gulf Islands National Seashore provides 4 miles of natural, undeveloped seashore along the Choctawhatchee Bay and is the perfect place to pull up on your rental boat and enjoy the day with your friends and family. Search for seashells along the shore, snorkel along the shallow waters, or work on perfecting that golden tan from the comfort of your boat.
  3. Joe’s Bayou is a fun place to sight-see, with beautiful houses along the shoreline, as well as plenty of opportunities for watersports.
  4. Norriego Point is located at the very tip of Holiday Isle and separates Destin Harbor from the East Pass.  It’s a great place to watch other boats go by and people watch, or take a dip in the water and lounge on the sugar-white sand.

Reserve Destin boat rentals and get ready for your boating adventure in Florida!

Boatsetter has a fleets of private boats and Destin boat rentals ready to help you embark on your perfect Florida panhandle escape. Whether you’re looking to rent your own private boat, book a fishing charter, or set sail on a quiet sunset cruise, Boatsetter has the perfect boat rental for you.

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