WHY IS IT CALLED CRAB ISLAND?
Anyone who has been to Crab Island has seen the vast array of marine life. From dolphins to seabirds, friendly animal encounters at Crab Island Destin FL are commonplace. So, why is it called Crab Island? Before a hurricane covered the once tiny island in emerald waters, Crab Island was a small plot of land shaped like… you guessed it… a CRAB! Along with the thousands of tiny crabs found on the floor of the sandbar, it’s easy to see why it is called Crab Island!
WHY IS CRAB ISLAND SO POPULAR?
Crab Island has been a popular spot for the locals for years. They would take their boats and skiffs and congregate with other locals over music, food, and beverage. Over the years, the tourists have joined the mix to create a bigger scene. It’s not unusual to see hundreds, if not close to a thousand boats at Crab Island on a Summer day. Due to the influx of people enjoying Crab Island, vendors have made this an opportunity to sell products and services. There are food vendors that line up the island and offer burgers, fries, and sandwiches. You will also find mini-stores that sell everything from suntan lotion to doritos. For those looking for an inexpensive thrill, some vendors offer inflatables at Crab Island including large water trampolines and slides. If you didn’t rent one already, there are kayaks, paddleboards and jet ski’s available for rent as well.
IS CRAB ISLAND OPEN ALL THE TIME?
Crab Island is not a business or state park so it is technically open all the time. However, only during the day is it worth going to since most people leave after dark.
IS IT HARD TO FIND A SPOT FOR YOUR BOAT?
During the Summer season, it can be difficult to find a spot if you come late in the day – we recommend getting their early (8-9am). If you are new to boating, we recommend anchoring the boat on the outskirts of the island to prevent accidents. If the currents are strong and the wind is blowing, it can be almost impossible to nestle the boat in the middle of the island without having issues.
HOW FAR IS IT FROM THE HARBOR?
Depending on where your boat rental company is located, it could take anywhere from 10-20 minutes from the Harbor to get to Crab Island.
ARE CAPTAINS AVAILABLE FOR HIRE?
Don’t fret about how to get to Crab Island, Captains are available for hire! Visit our Crab Island activities and rentals page for some options.
IS THERE A BOAT ACCESS NEARBY?
Yes, there is a boat access available at the Destin Marina (7 Calhoun Ave) and also at Joe’s Bayou (800 Beach Dr.). Both access points have a small fee for launching.
IS IT EASY TO ANCHOR YOUR BOAT?
It can be difficult at times trying to anchor a boat at Crab Island. We recommend getting their early to claim a good spot that is away from the currents. If you are not experienced, guide the boat in by jumping out of the boat when in shallow water and push the boat into a good spot.
WHAT IS THE CHEAPEST WAY TO GET THERE?
The cheapest way to get to Crab Island depends on your group size. If you have a large group, everyone can split the cost of a boat rental. If it’s a small group, it may be best to rent a kayak or paddleboard for the day.