5 Things Every Visitor Should Know About Crab Island in Destin, Florida

Planning a visit to Destin’s most popular boating destination? Here are a few things to know before you go to Crab Island.

  1. Crab Island is NOT an island! Most people are surprised to learn that Crab Island is actually not an island at all, but a submerged sandbar that is completely covered by water. It was an island many years ago when it got its name, but eroded by the current over time and became what is now Destin’s most popular and picturesque gathering place. The water ranges from 1 to 4 feet deep in most areas making it an ideal place to pull up by boat and drop anchor for a day of fun in the sun.
  2. Crab Island is accessible only by boat! Sure, it may look close to land, but the deep channels, strong currents, and boat traffic that surround Crab Island prevent even the strongest swimmers from making the trek across. Sadly, the lives of several people are lost each year from attempting the swim from land to Crab Island. Be safe and take a boat to Crab Island to enjoy the festivities. You can rent one or take the Crab Island Shuttle Boat.
  3. The water is prettiest at high tide. Crab Island’s natural beauty is a huge attraction all by itself, but the blue green water you see in pictures happens at high tide when the Gulf of Mexico water flows into the mouth of the Choctawhatchee Bay. You can check the tide charts on many local weather apps.
  4. Bring cash for the floating vendors! There are floating restaurants, mobile food boats, inflatable obstacle course parks, and more at Crab Island. Some of them accept plastic, but bring cash just in case!
  5. Alcohol is allowed. There has been some news lately that causes people to believe that alcohol has been banned at Crab Island. What has been banned is the SALE of alcohol at Crab Island. If you want to bring alcoholic beverages with you, you can. There are no open container laws on the water in Florida. As with driving a car, make sure you have a designated driver!

We hope you found this post helpful for planning your day on the water. Make sure to check out this video from our friends at To Do in Destin for more information as well!


  1. Alice Carlock says:

    Are the vendors open in april

  2. Do the inflatable activities cost additional money?

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