Destin Vacation Boat Rentals owners

Owners Heather & Chris Thomas on the cover of 850 Business Magazine

Destin Vacation Boat Rentals is an award-winning boat rental and charter booking company located in the heart of beautiful Destin, FL, home of the “world’s luckiest fishing village”. With a full selection of fishing and recreational watercraft for rent, you are sure to find the boat rental you need to help you enjoy Destin’s premier attraction: its emerald green waters.

Owner Chris Thomas, son of Destin charter boat captain Larry Thomas, is a second-generation boat captain and has been fishing Destin waters for over 30 years. When his father passed away, Chris decided to put his knowledge, experience, and passion to good use by helping others to enjoy the sport. He founded Destin Vacation Boat Rentals in 2008 and has become known for his reputation for excellent customer service and unmatched industry knowledge and experience as one of the ‘Top 40 Business Leaders Under 40’ in Northwest Florida.

Chris runs the business with his wife, Heather, a Destin, Florida native whose family has lived in the Destin area for 3 generations. Heather shares his passion for the area, its waterways, and the business, and puts her hospitality background to work by helping families plan their dream vacations on the water. Heather writes our business blog, is a regular contributor to Beaches, Resorts & Parks magazine (distributed at Barnes & Noble and Books a Million in 48 states), and manages our social media accounts. (Come say hi on Facebook or Twitter!)

With a dedication to providing excellent customer service and a passion for fishing and boating, we strive to be the best in the business by offering you the best selection of boats available on the Emerald Coast. Our goal is to make every effort, within reason, to provide a fun, safe, and unforgettable experience that will make you remember your Destin vacation for years to come.

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