How To Best Enjoy The Crystal Clear Waters of Destin, Florida

by Whitney Lee

Destin appeals to travelers from all over the United States for a number of reasons including delicious local seafood, family-friendly attractions, and laid-back atmosphere that allows for relaxing, and a variety of nearby shopping destinations. But the number one reason people return to Destin year after year is our soft beautiful white sand beaches and crystal clear emerald waters. Keep reading for the local scoop on how to best enjoy the crystal clear waters of Destin, Florida. 

Enjoy the Water by Boat

Destin is famous for its plentiful fishing. Get out on the water and charter a private fishing experience with local captains who have years of experience fishing the emerald waters like APEX Charters and Rentals and Destin Inshore Fishing Co. For similar charters with varying packages, check out additional Destin fishing experiences here! Don’t let sea sickness be a hindrance for this Destin must-do activity! See for yourself and reel in some local menu favorites, including red snapper, gray grouper, bluefin tuna, and mahi-mahi.

Visit Crab Island

Enjoy a change in scenery with a visit to Crab Island during your stay on the Emerald Coast. Located next to the Destin Fishing Harbor with surrounding restaurants and family friendly activities, the shallow lagoon-like crystal clear water is definitely a vacation highlight! Grab a bite to eat at Tailfins Waterfront Bar, Brain’s Boardwalk Grill or Dewey Destin’s Seafood before heading to your next destination making lifelong memories cruising Crab Island with Cruisin’ Tikis Destin or renting waverunners, pontoons, and parasailing experiences with Boogies Watersports. Crab Island truly has something for everyone!

Explore on a Kayak or Paddle Board

We all know how difficult it can be to make it to the gym on vacation. Put your balance, strength, and athleticism to the ultimate test with local stand-up paddle board and kayak rentals! While taking in the breathtaking Destin views from the water, this fun vacay activity is also a great workout sure to leave your shoulders sore! Take a look at SUP Express Paddle Board Rentals and Sweet Escape Rentals to reserve paddle boards and kayaks for the day or the whole duration of your stay. 

Take a Dip in Front of Destin Gulfgate

Vacation is all about relaxation at Destin Gulfgate. While Destin Gulfgate has many state of the art facilities, undoubtedly the private beach access is at the top of the list! Pack your bags with sunscreen, googles, floaties, and snacks to set up for the best beach day ever…  Ensuring each guest has a front row seat to the tranquility that is the Emerald Coast, Destin Gulfgate guests also enjoy the soothing rolling waves from secluded water-facing patios attached to each condo! Whatever relaxation looks like to you, Destin Gulfgate is certain to impress. 

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