clear sky
74° Feels like: 75°
4:19 AM / 6:07 PM Low Tide
11:03 AM / 10:20 PM High Tide
5 mph NE Wind

Here are helpful tips and tricks for paddleboarding to Crab Island. 

Before you rent a board

  • Consider your experience: Paddleboarding to Crab Island requires moderate effort and some experience navigating open water. Be honest about your abilities and choose a calm day if you’re a beginner.
  • Research rental companies: Compare prices, board types (inflatable vs. hard), duration options, and included accessories (life jacket, leash, paddle) before booking. Read online reviews to get a sense of customer service and board quality.
  • Book in advance: Crab Island is popular, especially during peak season. Secure your board early, especially on weekends and holidays.

Renting a paddleboard

  • Arrive early: This gives you time to get fitted for the right board, ask questions, and practice paddling in calm waters before heading out.
  • Ask for guidance: The rental staff can provide valuable tips on navigating the harbor, anchoring (if using one), and safety protocols.
  • Double-check equipment: Ensure the life jacket fits snugly, the paddle is secure, and the board is inflated to the recommended pressure.
Crab Island paddle board rentals

Your Crab Island adventure

  • Choose your entry point: Launching from Captain Leonard Destin Park offers a shorter paddle directly across the harbor to Crab Island. Renting near Dewey Destin’s on Calhoun Avenue puts you right next to the island, but requires navigating the busier harbor entrance.
  • Go early: Aim to reach Crab Island by mid-morning to secure a good spot and avoid peak crowds.
  • Be mindful of currents and boat traffic: Stick to the calmer sides of the island and stay alert for oncoming boats. Don’t paddle under anchored vessels.
  • Stay hydrated and protected: Bring plenty of water, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat. Consider waterproof bags for your belongings.
  • Respect the environment: Pack out all your trash and avoid disturbing marine life.
  • Relax and have fun! Enjoy the beautiful scenery, soak up the sun, and take in the unique atmosphere of Crab Island.

Bonus tips

  • Consider renting a tandem paddleboard for shared fun and stability.
  • Pack a dry bag with snacks, a waterproof camera, and beach essentials.
  • Check the weather forecast before you go. Strong winds or storms can make paddling dangerous.
  • Be aware of local regulations regarding paddleboarding and anchoring at Crab Island.