Spring Break 2023 in Destin

Spring Break 2023 in Destin

Spring Break 2023 is just a few weeks away, with some schools setting students free in late February. But for the Destin-Fort Walton Beach area, March 4 will be the official start of the season. Expect to see some Auburn, Florida Gulf Coast University, University of...
5 Crab Islands Secrets

5 Crab Islands Secrets

Never try to swim to or from the submerged sandbar known as Crab Island. Even the strongest swimmers can't fight the powerful current moving massive amounts of water into and out of the Gulf of Mexico. Get there on a boat. Leave there on a boat. Trust us on this one....
New Addition to Local Reef

New Addition to Local Reef

This 180-foot former research vessel, the MANTA, now lies in 110 feet of water about 16 miles off Destin's coastline. It's the latest addition to the Emerald Coast's reef system. Crabisland.com was there Jan. 15 as officials from Okaloosa County sunk the ship,...
The island of Crab Island

The island of Crab Island

Photo of area around Crab Island, taken around 1960. Courtesy of Florida Memories. As you crawl in bumper-to-bumper traffic across the Destin bridge toward cheaper digs in Fort Walton Beach, you glance to the right, over Choctawhatchee Bay, and witness a festive...
What kinds of birds fly around Crab Island?

What kinds of birds fly around Crab Island?

Great blue herons, which might be in marshland areas back home, live along the Emerald Coast. These birds fish the Gulf of Mexico, standing by the water’s edge and waiting for the perfect small prey to swim or crawl by. Many have become accustomed to humans, but that...
Crab Island Hacks

Crab Island Hacks

The water at Crab Island is at its most beautiful hues of blue before and after high tide, as water from the Gulf of Mexico pours through the Destin Pass. Low tide sends water from the Choctawhatchee Bay in the opposite direction, causing water that's not as clear....
Talk Like an Emerald Coast Local

Talk Like an Emerald Coast Local

If you spend more than a day or so in the area, you'll need to know some terms that locals toss about. We know it's no fun to not speak the language, so here's a quick primer. Rips No, we're not talking about the abs of some of our most beautiful beachgoers. Rips is...
Check out these peak Spring Break weeks

Check out these peak Spring Break weeks

If you're a college student on spring break, you likely don't care how many other spring breakers are here at the same time. But if you're interested in seeing more sand and fewer students, check out this graph to choose your best travel time. The number, by the way,...