Last Updated on March 31, 2024

Planning to visit Crab Island Destin Florida? Crab Island is indeed a popular destination for vacationers and locals alike!

This city holds a near and dear place in my heart and Crab Island is undoubtedly, my favorite thing to do while here!


My son and I enjoying the beach near Crab Island!

My son and I enjoying the beach near Crab Island!

Its shallow waters, water activities, and food & drinks make this the perfect place to spend an afternoon or evening in Destin.

This well-known spot is one of the best things to do on Florida’s Emerald Coast and was featured on GMA’s Most Beautiful Place segment on Good Morning America!


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Green ocean waters of Crab Island in Destin Florida

Crab Island Destin Florida – The Ultimate Guide!



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Crab Island is a perfect place for families to take a pontoon tour

The captain picked us up at the Gulf Islands National Seashore boat launch (just a few miles west of Crab Island between Destin and Fort Walton Beach).

They will take you straight to the sand bar if you’d like or they will give you a tour of the area, such as around Destin Harbor, and the East Pass, and will even take you to nearby beaches if you’d like!

While on a Crab Island Boat Tour, they will also take you around the Destin Harbor and East Pass areas if you'd like!

Costs do vary a bit but it is around $600 for a 4-hour pontoon guided tour during the busy season, which is May 1st-September 15th.

Slower season is September 16th-April 30th and the cost is about $500.

Crab Island Pontoon Rentals In Destin Florida

Here are some great Crab Island Boat Rentals In Destin Florida that we recommend, depending on the size of your group- from 6 to 12 people!

👉 Up To 6 Guests

👉 Up To 12 Passengers

Crab Island Tours Destin Florida

If you are interested in more of The Best Destin Vacation Boat Rentals and crab Island Tours In Destin, Florida, check out this post! 👈

Destin's waters are filled with dolphins and other sea life!

Fishing and snorkeling are both possible at Crab Island, as Destin is known as the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village”! Just be careful of all the boat traffic.

You can also kayak or paddle board around the actual island, or rent inflatables, too!  Oftentimes, there is an inflatable water park or inflatable obstacle course at Crab Island.





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Going To Crab Island From Miramar Beach?

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The Palms of Destin

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The Palms of Destin is one of the recommended places to stay near Crab Island and has many great amenities!

Wyndham Garden Fort Walton Beach

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Wyndham Garden Fort Walton Beach is a beachfront hotel and close to Crab Island

Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village

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Emerald Grande is just across the bridge from Crab Island and is right at HarborWalk Village in Destin

For more of the best places to stay in the area, check out these amazing motels in Destin! 🛎️


Final Thoughts- Crab Island Destin Florida

There are many great things to do at Crab Island and it’s easy to see why this is one of the top places to go in Destin, Florida!  I hope you’ve found this guide helpful.

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My family and I hit the beach while on our Crab Island boat cruise!

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Booking a last-minute trip to Destin?  

If so, we have you covered.  Here are some top recommended tours and unforgettable experiences!

Top Tours in Destin

Crab Island Sandbar Adventure (Crab Island has been my favorite experience in Destin!)

Crab Island 12 Passenger Pontoon Boat Rentals (Half or full-day rentals)

Sunset Dolphin Watching Cruise (one of the most beautiful cities to catch a sunset)

Tikis Harbor Lights Cruise (Fantastic Destin Harbor Nighttime Cruise)

Dolphin-Watching Speedboat Ride  (Dolphin Watching Off The Coast of Gulf Mexico)

Top Hotels In Destin

Hotel Effie Sandestin (Top Rated Hotel With Lots Of Great Options & Activities)

The Grand Sandestin – (Best Rated Hotel In Destin)

Hyatt Place Sandestin – (Hotel Near Miramar Beach Destin)

Holiday Inn Express Destin E – (Highly Rated Budget To Mid Range Hotel)

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