The Best Boat Hire in Destin, Florida
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What to know about hiring a boat in Destin
When it comes to boating in Destin, there are endless options for all types of travelers. Boating Magazine even named Destin Florida in their list of 10 Best Places to Live and Boat.
Pontoons, power boats, sailboats, wave runners and fishing boats are easy to find in this holiday spot, both for private hire or chartered with a captain. You can hire your watercraft for just a day or for the entirety of your holiday to cruise the sparkling emerald waters of Destin and explore nearby spots like Crab Island and Gulf Islands National Seashore.
Because of the fishing village history of Destin, it’s truly an excellent location to try your hand on a fishing charter for the once-in-a-lifetime chance of reeling in a massive trophy fish. In fact, Destin has more registered fishing charter boats than anywhere else in Florida. On a deep-sea charter, you only need to travel just over 20 miles off the coast to catch Grouper, Red Snapper, Mahi Mahi, Tuna, and many more. The abundance of fish in this spot is due to the massive drop off in the ocean - the seabed plummets to a depth of 600 ft, making it a hot spot to catch the best fish.
A popular boat of choice for hire for many boaters is a fully-loaded beach-ready pontoon, some even complete with a water slide! This is a great option for large families who want someone else to take care of all the little planning details. The calmer waters make it an easy spot for less experienced boaters who want relaxing cruise conditions.
Dolphin tours are a popular choice in Destin, with many offering special experiences like sunset dolphin cruises, private sailing dolphin cruises and dolphin snorkeling off nearby Crab Island.
Top boating and water experiences in Destin, Florida
Boating Events in Destin
Every August in Destin, the Emerald Coast Boat Week & Poker Run takes over a long weekend and is a time full of events for all ages. Boaters looking to participate must register in advance in order to cruise along the parade route and throw beads to onlookers. It’s a great event that raises money for youth programs in Northwest Florida. Memorial Day weekend is a big one in Destin, as it officially kicks off the summer season and is celebrated by weekly fireworks displays over the Destin harbour.
Two major fishing events occur every June in Destin; the Swordfish Shootout and the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic. In October, check out the Destin Fishing Rodeo and Seafood Festival, two exciting events that draw big crowds to the city.
Other Things To Do in Destin
If fishing and boating every day isn’t how you want to spend your holiday, explore the HarborWalk Village on foot for shopping, live music, festivals and restaurants all on charming boardwalk overlooking the water. Plan a visit to Henderson Beach State Park where you can walk on white sandy beach with the whole family and enjoy some privacy away from busier tourist beaches.
Marinas in Destin
There are dozens of marinas nestled along the coast of Destin. HarborWalk Marina is noted for organizing great fishing tours and it sits on a charming boardwalk, Destin Marina is noted for dolphin tours, and Sailing South is great for hiring pontoons, waverunners and paddleboards.
Located on the Gulf of Mexico on Florida’s panhandle, Destin is a popular tourist destination, most noted for its excellent fishing, white sandy beaches and emerald green waters. This area of Florida is actually known as the Emerald Coast, and with a visit to Destin, it’s easy to see why. It is said to have some of the nicest sandy beaches in the United States, with fine white sand that squeaks underfoot.
The best time of year to visit Destin and hire a boat is in the months of April and May, where the temperatures are warm and there is minimal rainfall. The summer is a busy time, with high temperatures, hiked hotel prices, and heavier rainfall. The winter months can be too cold to enjoy the ocean, unless you want to pull on a sweater before going out on your fishing tour.
There is a regional airport located close to Destin, but your best bet for cheaper fares is Pensacola, just over an hour drive. Hiring a car is recommended as public transport is limited in this area.
GetMyBoat customer reviews for boat rentals in Destin.
Jerry is a very down-to-earth guy. He was amazing to deal with and spend time with as our captain. His boat and knowledge was.excellent and we had a family day to always remember. Crab Island was really nice (recommend not the weekend), sunset was excellent and even got to see a 1/2 dozen dolphins wave rising and jumping near us. Definitely recommend Jerry!
We did a video shoot on board and needed to move around a lot and stop and go, ect... Jerry & his mate Casey accommodated us for everything & made this a wonderfully trip !never told us No at all of our requests ! Thanks for everything ! Loved your boat !
Jerry was an amazing host. He made us all feel welcome. Our experience at Crab Island was the BEST. His 1st Mate helped us with anything we needed. I highly recommend Jerry if anyone should wish to charter a private boat and experience the area in style.
What a day! I took my family (5 adults, 3 teenagers, and two toddlers) out with Jerry and Kasey (mate). We had a blast. Jerry was very accommodating and made it clear that it was our day. Kasey was great company; she was excellent with the kids - like an extension of our family.
Jerry was phenomenal. I recommend anyone going to Destin to cruise on his vessel! We went for a bachelorette trip and everything was better than expected. On top of the great hospitality, he provided cups, plates, napkins, a cooler, and bottled water for us to drink. I can’t wait for us to go back and travel with Jerry!
Jerry and Casey were fantastic. They made our afternoon out on the water spectacular. They were so friendly and pointed out all of the sights. They were also amazing with our two children ages 5 and 6. We will absolutely go back out with them on our next visit to the area!!!