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.

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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.

About Destin

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.

  1. RA
    Richard
    8-Person Luxury Pontoon with Slide for Rent in Destin, Florida

    Captain Gene and Luke made our trip extremely enjoyable and took any work out of it for us. Capt Gene is so knowledgeable and probably kept someone who rented a pontoon for a day from crashing into other boats. Plus the boat is equipped with everything you need!!! BOOK WITH CAPT GENE!!!

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    Kelly
    Double-Decker Pontoon Rental in Destin

    Our family had a wonderful experience with Crab Island Pontoons over Memorial Day Weekend. Angel was an accommodating and professional captain who provided an all around positive experience. The boat was well maintained, and Angel was very personable. I recommend Angel and Crab Island Pontoons to anyone who is considering a trip to Crab Island. You won’t be disappointed!

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    Marc
    41' Searay Sunseeker Motor Yacht Charter In Destin, Florida

    I can’t thank Jerry enough for everything he did for our family. We had an amazing experience on his boat. Jerry was great!!!!! We will definitely be back this summer. Thanks again for making us feel part of your boat.

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    Julie
    Fun Day Cruise (5 Hours) in Destin, Florida

    We had an amazing day of sailing, swimming, and exploring! We'll definitely book with them again when we're back at the end of summer! Don't miss out on this experience! Great memories that will last a lifetime!

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    Ken
    Fantastic Center Console for Family & Friends in Destin!

    Five stars in everything. Will so again perfect rental in my opinion. Great location for the Destin harbor and crab island. Try it you won’t be disappointed

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    Jay
    Fantastic Center Console for Family & Friends in Destin!

    Had a great time. Patrick was very helpful and accomodating. Very responsive boat with a nippy engine. Excellent value for money.