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Watersports in Destin

What Experts Say About Watersports in Destin

There’s so much to love about vacationing in Florida in the spring. Great weather. Smaller crowds. Amazing values on rentals and activities. And one thing is certain, you can’t spend time on the Emerald Coast without getting your feet wet. For those of you who love the tropical temperatures and crystal clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico, we’ve got 8 exciting ways for you to enjoy the ocean in Destin.

Parasailing – You’ve walked the beaches, cruised the coast in a pontoon boat, and now you’re looking for that adrenaline rush of an adventure that gives you a completely different view of Destin and the South Walton beaches. Then you’ve got to give parasailing a try! Imagine sitting comfortably on the back deck of a speed boat waving to your friends as the oversized parachute behind you lifts you high in the air. Thrill at the amazing beauty of the emerald-green waters below you. Scream in delight as the captain slows the boat and dips your toes in the surf. With several companies along the beaches, it’s easy to find a parasailing adventure that fits your busy vacation schedule.

Jet Ski Rental – For small groups or large, a few hours on a jet ski is a thrill ride of vacation memories! Whether you have experience or are brand new to the equipment, experienced employees will give you instructions and have you out on the crystal clear waters in no time. Single, double and triple seating jet skis are available throughout the Destin area. And with Coast Guard certified equipment and life vests, you know you’re adventure is safe for the whole family. Want to feel the wind in your hair and the salt spray splashing on your skin or just want a fun way to get your whole group out to Crab Island—then check out the jet ski rentals and view the spectacular Emerald Coast from a whole different perspective.

Dolphin Tours – Enjoy a wonderful cruise and narrated tour of Destin Harbor as you glide out through the East Pass to the Gulf of Mexico. Experienced captains know where the pods of our local wild bottlenose dolphins are likely to be found. Enjoy learning some interesting facts about these magnificent marine mammals as you watch them fish and play alongside your boat. Many tour companies also offer fun games, musical entertainment and special adventures for their young passengers. Experiencing a dolphin tour with your family will no doubt be one of the highlights of your Destin vacation.

Sailing – Looking to slow things down and enjoy the water in a more relaxed way? Consider renting a sailboat or chartering a sailing adventure. Catamarans are large boats with two or three pontoons and a canvas “decking” that keeps you close to the water. Spend the day with your sweetheart or a whole group of friends—the choice is yours. Lay back and breathe in the fresh salt air as you skim along the tranquil waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Many charters offer snorkeling adventures in addition to sailing. For a more romantic excursion, why not plan your trip for the end of the day and watch the sun paint the sky in brilliant hues of scarlet and gold as you snuggle in the arms of the one you love.

Fishing – Whether you’re looking for a near shore fishing adventure or some deep sea action in hopes of catching a monster sailfish, Destin is the perfect vacation destination for any angler. With tackle, bait and Florida fishing licenses available with your fishing charter cost, you don’t need to worry about bringing your gear on vacation with you. The fishing off the Emerald Coast is great all year round, with a diverse catch including: red snapper, triggerfish, King mackerel, grouper, and even shark! So gather your family and friends and plan to spend a couple of hours, the whole day or even an overnight, casting a line and filling your cooler with the day’s limit!

Paddleboard Rentals – The hottest craze to hit the Emerald Coast, stand up paddleboards are easy to use and a great way to enjoy the ocean. Similar to a surf board, paddleboards are wide and flat, perfect for gliding across the emerald green waters of the Gulf. With large boards capable of carrying passengers and kid-sized boards, this is a great activity for the whole family. Paddle the calm waters of the Harbor. Explore the passage and spend the day at Crab Island. Or simply play in the surf at the beach. A paddleboard rental is a great way to enjoy a day at the beach!

Snorkeling Tours – The waters off the coast of Destin are crystal clear and perfect for exploring. Tropical water is teaming with a rich diversity of marine life, including sea turtles and bottlenose dolphins. Snorkeling tours will take you and your family and friends out into the waters of the bay. Check out the colorful reef fish along the jetty or snorkel in the bay exploring the bottom for crabs and shells. So if you’ve always wanted to make some awesome memories, there’s nothing like exploring the world beneath the waves on a snorkeling tour!

Pontoon Boat Rentals – Looking to be captain of your own adventure? Then renting a pontoon boat may be the perfect way for you and your family and friends to spend the day. Your family can anchor at Crab Island to swim and relax, cruise along the coast enjoying the spectacular beauty of the Emerald Coast or park on a beach and snorkel—the choice is yours. Large group or small, pontoon boats come in a variety of sizes and there’s sure to be the perfect one to fit your group’s needs.


So if you’re looking for an amazing place to enjoy the tropical waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Destin is the perfect vacation spot for you. And we here at Emerald Coast Vacation Rentals have the perfect accommodations to make your stay comfortable. Condo, house or resort, we’re sure to have something to fit your group or family’s budget. Give us a call today to book your Destin vacation and begin making memories you’ll all be talking about for years to come.