See y'all on Crab Island!

By Meghan Overdeep
March 26, 2019

If you've had the pleasure of visiting Destin, Florida, you've most likely spotted the floating oasis known as Crab Island. In the summer, the seemingly hodgepodge gathering of people and boats is hard to miss—especially from the Destin Bridge and Highway 98.

It's the Emerald Coast party that everyone knows about but few know how to reach. That's because Crab Island, a small island turned underwater sandbar, is only accessible by boat.

Even though it appears close to shore, deep channels, strong currents, and frequent boat traffic make Crab Island inaccessible to even the strongest swimmers. Trust us when we say that you don't want to swim there. Instead, we recommend either renting a boat or taking the glass-bottom Crab Island Shuttle Boat.

Situated at the entrance of scenic Choctawhatchee Bay, the water levels at Crab Island range from one to 10 feet deep, though it's waist-level in most areas. When the weather is nice, the sprawling underwater sandbar becomes overrun with people, boats, floating restaurants with live entertainment, mobile food stands, inflatable slides, obstacle course parks, and more. It's especially beautiful during high tide, when the blue green water flows in from the Gulf of Mexico.

We won't lie: Crab Island has developed a reputation as a party destination over the past few years. But that's not all there is to it. Snorkeling opportunities as well as floating slides and inflatable obstacle courses provide plenty of entertainment for kids of all ages—no alcohol required.