Crab Island

Destin, Florida

What Is Crab Island?

Crab Island is actually not an island. It’s a sandbar out in the middle of the bay with a couple of floating restaurants, lots of boats and people playing in the water which ranges from 2 to 10 feet deep and is waist-level in many areas depending on the tide.

Many of the anchored businesses offer a variety of rentalsPaddleboards, Jet Skis, etc. While there is also a variety of restaurants to visit, keep in mind that it is illegal to sell alcohol at Crab Island, so be sure to bring plenty of your own if you wish.

You will most likely encounter some sea life such as dolphins, turtles, and all sorts of local fish!

Crab Island is located at the entrance of Choctawhatchee Bay and is only accessible by boat. The strong tidal currents and heavy boat activity simply make it too dangerous for swimming. There are several options for reaching Crab Island that include, shuttles and tours, or you can rent watercraft such as jet skis/waverunners, kayaks or pontoon boats.

If you can, try to visit Crab Island during high tide. You’ll experience breathtaking turquoise water that is usually waist-deep for adults.

It’s also important to point out that the only shade at Crab Island is what you bring with you either from your boat or attire. It’s recommended to wear sunscreen, a hat, and/or long sleeves if you plan to stay out there all day.

Reef Burgers is a floating restaurant on Crab Island in Destin, Florida
Multiple colors of clear green water at Crab Island in Destin, Florida

What Is There to Do on Crab Island?

There are various things to do while out at Crab Island for a day: snorkel, relax on the boat, swim over to the food barges for a snack, play volleyball at the floating volleyball net, walk around and sightsee as you meet other boaters. You may encounter marine life such as dolphins or turtles. During the spring and summer months, the sandbar hosts live entertainment and DJs on a floating stage, which draws large crowds of folks looking to enjoy the music and adult beverages.

How Do You Get to Crab Island?

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Recommended Things To Bring:

  • Snorkel Gear
  • Paddle Board
  • Floaty
  • Football
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • A cooler full of food
  • Fresh water
  • Adult Beverages (if you wish)