Destin, Florida is home to white sugar sands, clear emerald water, an array of aquatic wildlife, and many leisure activities on and in the water. Snorkeling is a fun way for the entire family to enjoy all the things that make Destin… Destin! Snorkeling requires no formal training so almost anyone can do it. Observing local wildlife in its natural habitat while enjoying our beautiful emerald waters, is the perfect way to make lifelong memories. We have compiled a list of snorkeling locations in Destin for you to check out!
Destin East Pass Jetty
The Destin Jetties are one of the most well-known and popular spots to Snorkel in Destin. This area is home to an artificial reef, housing various sea creatures. From Snapper and Pufferfish to Octopus and Crabs. The snorkeling opportunities here are plentiful due to its proximity to the East Pass Inlet, which allows water to flow between Choctawhatchee Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, thereby creating an interesting shoreline in comparison with other beaches in the area. This snorkeling spot is within easy reach of the coast. The easiest way to access this location is by parking at the end of Holiday Isle and entering through the O’Steen Public Beach Access.
SWARA Snorkel Reefs
The South Walton Artificial Reef Association develops and maintains an extensive artificial reef system offering diver’s, snorkelers, fishermen, and researchers near-shore access to a thriving marine ecosystem. Four of the SWARA Reefs were created specifically for snorkeling. These reefs can be accessed approximately 250–300 yards from shore and are highly recommended to be reached by kayak, paddleboard, or other flotation devices.
Here is a list of the SWARA Snorkel Reefs:
REEF: DOLPHIN REEF
This spectacular reef is located in Miramar Beach. This reef is most easily accessible from the westernmost staircase of Miramar Beach Regional Beach Access. After building up an appetite from Snorkeling, have a meal at Pompano Joe’s! This particular reef is situated just off the shore of Pompano Joe’s.
Location: Miramar Beach
Distance from Shore: 685′
REEF: TURTLE REEF
This stunning reef is located off the shore of Grayton Beach State Park. Grayton Beach ranks among the most beautiful beaches in the United States. Located about 783 feet from shore, over 80 species have been spotted here so far.
Location: Grayton Beach State Park
Distance from Shore: 783′
REEF: SEAHORSE REEF
This Seahorse-shaped Reef is located just ten miles east of Destin, off the shore of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, in Santa Rosa Beach. This reef is located about 715 feet from the shore and has a depth ranging from 13 – 18 feet.
Location: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
Distance from Shore: 715′
REEF: GROUPER REEF
This spectacular reef is located in Inlet Beach. This reef is most easily accessible from the Inlet Beach Regional Beach Access.
Location: Inlet Beach
Distance from Shore: 970′