1.What is Crab Island?
Crab Island is a sandbar located on the north side of the Destin Bridge at the southern entrance of Choctawhatchee Bay. You may have noticed this piece of paradise while driving over the Destin bridge, where boats gather and visitors spend all day in the sun! Drop anchor on the outskirts of the sandbar and enjoy a day of fishing, snorkeling, rafting, or zipping down the inflatable slide. In addition, Crab Island is completely free to visit!
2. How to get to Crab Island?
The safest way to get to Crab Island is by boat or other watercraft. Pontoon boats are among one of the most popular ways to travel over to crab island. 30A Pontoon Rentals offers a variety of boat rentals and other fun activities for a day trip to Crab Island! If you’d rather not travel to Crab Island by vessel, you can access it by kayak, paddleboard, or canoe!
Crab Island plays host to a number of vendors on boats that sell souvenirs, drinks, and food. There was a bit of confusion the past few months on whether vendors would be present in 2021. The answer is yes, vendors will be present another year at Crab Island. According to the National Parks Service, “the park plans to continue permitting commercial activity in the Crab Island area of the park for another year.” We recommend bringing cash; some vendors are cash only!
The sale or distribution of alcohol is banned (by law) at Crab Island. However, if visitors would still like to enjoy an alcoholic beverage, designate a driver and pack your own! Visitors are still welcomed to bring their own alcohol and drink responsibly.