You can only get to Crab Island by water.
Folks get here by boat, jet ski, pontoon boat, water taxi, charter boat and paddle board. Be safe on the water, and always check the weather report and tide report before heading out to Crab Island.
DO NOT TRY TO SWIM
to Crab Island, even if you're an Olympian in the pool. Currents are powerful around the shallow sandbar, no matter how short the distance seems to be. On that same note, check out the depth of the water with your feet before you even think about diving.
Large enough for hundreds of boats, kayaks, and waverunners to anchor down and hang out, some of the area’s top events take place at the sandbar all spring and summer long!
Yes, you can drink at Crab Island and many people do. No glass bottles please. Nothing ruins a vacation faster than a trip to the ER. Local hack: Crab Island may fall outside Destin city limits, but it falls within several law enforcement jurisdictions. Deputies and other officers patrol the area on boats to keep everyone safe.
Crab Island Destin FL Coordinates
30.3941° N, 86.5121° W
Getting to Destin so you can play at Crab Island. Crab Island is located right next to Destin FL and near Fort Walton Beach FL. Car travelers come via I65 / I10 through Freeport, Niceville, or Fort Walton Beach, and air travelers fly in to VPS, PNS, ECP, or DTS. Boaters traveling via the intracoastal waterway go right past Crab Island, and boaters coming via the Gulf of Mexico will find Crab Island just inside the Destin Pass, past Destin Bridge.