How to Get to Crab Island

Crab Island

If you’ve visited the beautiful Emerald Coast and driven down scenic Highway 98 across the Destin Bridge, you’ve probably noticed the alluring sight of Crab Island, Destin’s most popular (and picturesque) attraction and local watering hole. Crab Island is located just north of the Destin Bridge, inside the inlet that connects the Choctawhatchee Bay to the Gulf of Mexico. On a clear day, Crab Island looks like this:

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Wow. Right?! No wonder Crab Island is so popular!

How to get to Crab Island

Now, you may be tempted to figure out how to get to Crab Island. We get many phone calls and emails from people who are trying to figure out how to get to Crab Island without a boat. In all honesty, the only truly safe way to do this is to rent a boat. The tidal currents that rush around the popular underwater sandbar are strong and have claimed the lives of people of who have tried to swim across the channel. It’s just not worth the risk.

Pontoon boat rentals are the most popular type of rental among Destin area visitors, due to their ease of use and plush comfortable seating. Seriously, it’s like having your own floating living room. They also seat large groups, so if price is a concern you can split the cost among friends. For example, the cost for 12 people to rent a boat to get to Crab Island for half a day would be just over $20/person. I don’t know about you, but it’s pretty hard to find something fun that you can do for four hours for $20.

If pontoons are not your thing, you can find any and all manner of rentals, tours, and excursions to get to Crab Island, from jet ski or pontoon boat rentals to private charters on luxury yachts. Most of these boat rentals and excursions depart from the Destin Harbor or nearby Okaloosa Island, both just a stone’s throw away from Crab Island! You can browse this website for everything you need to get to Crab Island.

Crab Island Activities

Once you decide how to get to Crab Island, you can focus on what there is to do once you get there! Crab Island has an abundance of activities, including water volleyball, inflatable slides and trampolines, jet ski and paddleboard rentals, the occasional concert on a floating stage, and floating food vendors and restaurants. If you’re not in the mood for anything other than relaxing on the water and catching some rays, don’t worry! Crab Island encompasses a huge area and is plenty large enough for everyone. You can anchor away from the crowds and do your own thing just as easily.

For more information about Crab Island, visit our Complete Visitor’s Guide to Crab Island.

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  1. When can you visit Crab Island? Me and some friends are coming to Destin for spring break at the beginning of April, would we be able to go then?

  2. Beverly says:

    Can the driver of a rented boat go to crab island and drink at all within reason? Or the driver can’t drink at all?

  3. I don’t no the address to crab Island

    • Crab Island is in the middle of the water. There is no address, as it is only accessible by boat. Hope that helps!

  4. Is there a shuttle that can take you to the island?

    • Heather says:

      Crab Island is an underwater sandbar. There is no shuttle that can take you out into the middle of the water and leave you there, sorry. That would be too dangerous.

  5. Paul pugh says:

    Can you kayak to crab island

  6. How old does a child have to be on the pontoon boat with parents

  7. How is the crowd the weekend after Labor Day? Do they still have the floating restaurants/stage and other activities?

    • Heather says:

      Hi Beth, the crowds are much smaller after Labor Day. Many of the vendors do typically stay open through September, but some do shut down after the season is over.

  8. Madison says:

    Hi. I would like to go the crab island in march. Would I be able to do that

  9. Robert Clark says:

    How far is it from the mainland?

    • Heather says:

      It’s not far. Maybe 500 yards or so, but it is surrounded by deep channels with strong currents and boat traffic.

  10. Chad Brown says:

    We are planning to visit Destin during the first week of April. Will the food vendors and floating waterpark be there yet, or is it too early?

  11. Ashley mejia says:

    We are going to be coming april one weekend. My husband and I have never driven a boat. Should we have a captin drive us out how much is the cost?

    • Heather says:

      Hi Ashley, you can add a captain to any of our rentals if you like for an additional $150 per 4 hours. We do have first timers every day and pontoons are very easy to drive, so it’s not necessary to add a captain if you’d rather not. We can teach you everything you’d need to know.

  12. Marta Rodriguez says:

    Hi I planning to go march but I want to know how to book for 3 people to get there?
    To Crab Island?

  13. how deep is the crab island? I would like to paddle board but I’m afraid of deep water.

    • Hi Monica,

      Crab Island is surrounded by deep channels and strong currents, but once you get there the water is only 2-3 ft deep in most places. Hope that helps!

  14. where to stay that is close to this island? and where to fly into?

    • Hi Sarah, The closest airport to Destin is VPS and there are lots of hotels, condos, and vacation rentals in Destin and in nearby Okaloosa Island (Fort Walton Beach). Hope that helps!

  15. What is the crowd like in the middle of September? Will the restaurant be open?

  16. Francheska says:

    Is it family friendly ? And how is it during memorial day weekend

  17. Ryan Holtman says:

    Can you get to Crab Island via canoe or kayak?

  18. It is safe riding a jet sky to get there

  19. Melissa says:

    Where is there a public boat launch to get to crab island? We will be bringing our own pontoon boat. Thanks

  20. We planning to visit this weekend, Is there bathrooms in the restaurants?

  21. RAFIK REZKALLA says:

    i live in orlando Florida , how can i go to crab island Destin ?


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