Top 6 Water Sports And Activities In Destin, Florida - Updated 2023

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Widely known as “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village” and located on Florida’s Emerald Coast, Destin is known for its white beaches and emerald green waters. The sand on Destin’s beaches is some of the whitest in the world, and they sure do draw many tourists. Besides these, challenging golf also defines the city of Destin. Snuggled against the Gulf of Mexico in Northwest Florida, Destin harbors world-class resorts and rentals - and some of the best shopping and dining everywhere. The recently opened Northwest Florida Regional Airport also makes it easier to reach Destin as a vacation destination! Destin may be justly famous for its stunning coastline, but there is more to do here than simply sit on the beach. Check out the top water sports and activities in Destin to indulge in and hit the beach now!

1. Private banana boat tour (from USD 58.0)

This activity on the Gulf of Mexico is a blast for kids, and parents too! Head out on the water on a classic banana boat, and it will be a private tour that operates with just your group of four to six people. All equipment is included for a fun and safe ride. This tour starts at the shop’s location along Destin Harbour and will head to the Gulf of Mexico and possibly over to Crab Island depending on the weather. You can expect to be on the water for around 45-50 minutes, arriving back at the dock at 5 minutes till the next hour.

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Banana Boat Ride in the Gulf of Mexico

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

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2. Inshore Fishing Charter (from USD 860.0)

No experience is needed for a successful fishing trip with this private inshore fishing charter from Destin! There are permits for snook, trout, flounder, shark, and tarpon, and is suitable for novice to advanced anglers. All the materials are included for the perfect fishing trip. You can’t ask for a better trip, make your fisherman’s dream come true now! This private inshore fishing charter is dedicated to showing you, your friends and family, the best private half-day fishing trip possible.

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Destin Inshore Fishing Charter

Duration: 4 to 8 hours

3. Dolphin-watching cruise in the Gulf of Mexico (from USD 39.0)

A small boat and a friendly staff set this dolphin watching cruise apart from its competitors, where it will tour off the coast of Destin in the Gulf of Mexico. There will be opportunities to spot dolphins, stingrays, and more, with the dedicated crew that helps you spot them in their native environment. The small boat limits charter size for a more personalized experience where you can take in views of the coast along the way. This is definitely a fun and awesome experience! You will be sure to have a wonderful time with the friendly and knowledgeable crew.

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Destin Dolphin Watching Cruise in the Gulf of Mexico

Duration: 1 hour

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4. Jetski waverunner rentals (from USD 138.0)

Jetskis and waverunners are fun, independent ways to get out and enjoy the water surrounding Okaloosa Island, where you can see the Emerald Coast, or stop off at Crab Island. The vehicles sit up to two adults plus one small child so it could be a family-friendly experience as well! This is a favorite activity among people who are on Destin vacation for there is nothing like seeing the Emerald Coast from a jet ski. Satisfy your need for speed as you skim across the top of the water!

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Jetski Waverunner Rental - Destin

Duration: 1 hour

5. Pontoon boat rental (from USD 176.0)

pontoon boat rental

Be the captain your own ship with your favorite crew on this Destin pontoon boat rental. Jjust choose your destination and set sail! It is a great pick for parties, families, or special occasions, just bring your own cooler—everything else is included! There is no better way to explore the beautiful Destin waters than to rent a boat for a day. Take the whole family or large group of friends out in Destin Harbor, Crab Island, or the bay for a day of fun.

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Great time at Crab Island - Fort Walton Beach

Duration: 4 hours

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6. Flyboard rental (from USD 95.0)

flyboard rental

This is a fun way to shake up your Florida beach getaway and there is no experience needed as training will be included. All the equipment for a safe and fun flight is included as well. One of the greatest attractions in Destin, the Flyboard is brand new to the Emerald Coast. Get a quick adrenaline dose and boost your confidence with the support of certified Flyboard instructors and learn the basic Flyboard maneuvers now!

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Destin Flyboard Rental

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Splash in the sunshine

Destin watersports are a popular favorite amongst visitors and locals alike. The Heart of Florida’s Emerald Coast offers endless ways to embark on outdoor water adventures. Their white sandy beaches are enchanting and it can be enticing to want to spend all day lounging around on the beach, but if you want to add some on-the-water fun to your travel plans, you’re in luck. So imagine, you’ve picked out the perfect Destin vacation rental and now you’re trying to plan the ultimate trip, well check out this list now!

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