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.

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    Lisa
    Suncatcher G3 Elite!! Most Badass Party Pontoon in Destin!

    Cameron is the best in Destin! He found us the perfect spot at Crab Island and all the accessories made for the most relaxation and fun. It was nice not having to worry about anything, and he’s always got a smile on his face and good suggestions. Recommend to everyone!

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    Mike
    2021 Starcraft LX 22 for Rent in Destin, Florida

    I was met on time by Vicky and Charlie, who were very friendly and made suggestions on where to fish and eat on the water. Boat was very clean and in good working condition, and looked just like it did in the photos. Pickup and drop-off was seamless, and we had a great time on the water. Full tank of gas was included in the price, which is nice because a lot of boat rental places charge extra for fuel. I would definitely book with them again.

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    Alex
    Private Yacht Charter in Fort Walton Beach - Okaloosa Island - Destin Area

    Just WOW! The experience was incredible. Myself, wife and 2 best friends wanted to do something fun and relaxing on our last day in Florida and the Neptune Reward was perfect. The service, quality, cleanliness, and interaction with Captain Dan and Esther was outstanding. We loved jumping into the ocean and hanging out on the water raft! We had dinner and drinks on the boat got to listen to our own music and watch the sunset over the ocean. It was perfect, if your thinking about booking this trip, do it now.

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    Courtney
    Luxury Tritoon 26' Ranger Reata, Fastest on the Emerald Coast! Up to 12 People, Free Amenities Included!

    I booked Captain Ron and Captain Charles for an afternoon adventure to Crab Island for my Bachelorette party and have nothing but great things to say! I nightly recommend booking if you want memories that will last a lifetime. Thanks Captain Charles for a wonderful experience.

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    Marie H.
    Suncatcher G3 Elite!! Most Badass Party Pontoon in Destin!

    We stopped to watch dolphins, find seashells, wade and play at Crab Island, and even did some tubing. He graciously inflated rafts and rings for us to use. It was definitely the highlight of our vacation and an experience we’ll want to duplicate!

  6. DL
    DUSTIN
    Crab Island Pontoon - paddleboard, ice, coolers, PA speaker, floats, included

    This pontoon and all the extras was perfect for our families! It wasn't the best looking pontoon out there and definitely had some dings and dents, but it was safe, worked perfectly, and came with literally everything you would need for your crab island trip! Christopher even gave us some spot recommendations since we had small kids where it was really shallow! Some of the highlights of extras included: large float pad/island oasis, large (LOUD) Bluetooth speaker, cooler with ice, 2 inflatables, power inverter, electric pump for inflatables, snorkels, fins, inflatable paddleboard, towels, and sunscreen! Only things you need to bring are food, beverages, and maybe a dry bag or two for your valuables. Chris seriously thought of everything! We had a blast and will be back every time for this price!!!