If you have a boat, rent a boat or are lucky enough to have friends with a boat, you will likely find yourself drawn to one of Destin’s coolest hotspots – Crab Island. Located in Choctawhatchee Bay right next to the Destin Bridge and the Coast Guard station, Crab Island is a sandbar where locals and visitors in-the-know throw out their anchors, hop over the side, and spend the day waist-deep in the aquamarine waters socializing and playing in the sun.
Once an actual island covered with sea grasses and home to crabs and seabirds, Crab Island has changed over the years, in large part due to time and erosion. Today it is an underwater sandbar where, depending on whether the tide is in or out, water levels range from knee to chest deep. With the crystal clear waters and the warm Gulf temperatures, Crab Island draws tens of thousands of boaters every year. Beyond just water activities and a BYOB attitude, one can find floating snack stands and ice cream and boiled peanuts delivered by boat.
Crab Island is a wonderful melting pot of locals and tourists, of all socioeconomic backgrounds. You can find an old john boat tied up next to a million-dollar yacht. Jetskis and pontoon boats abound. There are even kayakers and people on paddle boards joining in on the fun. No matter how you get there, load up on sunscreen, pack a cooler and make sure to visit Crab Island when in Destin. It is the Emerald Coast lifestyle and people-watching at its very best!