What Is Crab Island?
Crab Island is actually not an island. It’s a sandbar out in the middle of the bay with 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. See the tide chart.
Crab Island is one of the highest-rated attractions in Destin. It is the focal point of many aerial photographs of the area and has been featured on many TV shows such as HGTV and Good Morning America. Crab Island is more than likely the main reason Boating Magazine named Destin one of the ‘Top 10 Places to Live and Boat’ in the United States in 2020.
This aquatic playground has gone through some changes recently. There are no floating restaurants or stationary vendors. You will need to bring your own water toys and adult beverages if you choose.
You will most likely encounter some marine 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.
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, play volleyball, hunt for crabs, or walk around and sightsee as you meet other boaters. Think of it as the largest swimming pool you have ever been in with a chance to see marine life such as dolphins or turtles.
The summer months and holidays bring out extra crowds. Be prepared to be with a few thousand of your closest friends. Don’t let that dissuade you. C’mon out and enjoy the fun.
How Do You Get to Crab Island?
Recommended Things To Bring:
- Snorkel Gear
- Paddle Board
- A cooler full of food
- Fresh water
- Adult Beverages (if you wish)