Don’t Miss Crab Island On Your Next 30A Vacation

With almost 20 miles of coastline, there’s so much to explore by boat on 30A. There are the rare coastal dune lakes near Grayton Beach, the many beautiful shores like Santa Rosa Beach or Miramar Beach, and the Gulf of Mexico itself. But one unique and popular location is Crab Island. Crab Island is a sandbar famously shaped like a crab located just off of the north bridge of nearby Destin. Crab Island is great if you want to go wading in the water, see some unique and quirky sights, snorkel, or paddleboard.

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Crab Island is not an island!

Crab Island, strictly speaking, is not an island. While it was once an island, Destin’s East Pass possesses a swift and powerful current that washed most of the island away, leaving a sandbar in the shape of a crab. It is located underwater, but the water is about waist high when you stand on the sandbar. If you want a peaceful swimming day in the cool, clear water, Crab Island is where you want to go.

What is there to do on Crab Island?

Crab Island offers something for everyone at a reasonable cost. As an insider, I would recommend this as one of Destin’s best kept secrets-although you can only get there by boat so keep that in mind when making plans! You won’t regret visiting crab island but just be sure to bring your bathing suit because there are no public bathrooms on the small sandy beach. The island has many activities for all ages and is a popular destination that people come from far distances to visit.

What should I take to Crab Island?

Be sure to bring sunscreen, a hat, and some form of water such as an insulated bottle or one that has built-in ice. It is recommended to wear bathing suits when exploring this small sandy beach area.

You’ll find something for everyone at Crab Island. Whether you want to relax or go on an adventure, you can do both. There are many people relaxing on floats in the water and listening to music. Visitors also explore the emerald green waters on paddleboards and kayaks. There’s a floating food court that’s usually open daily. A popular attraction is the inflatable water park with trampolines, obstacle courses and more. Most of these Crab Island activities will cost you extra, depending on which vendor you choose, so bring extra cash to enjoy them.

The emerald green water on Crab Island is a favorite place for kids and families. Guests are advised to get an early start on their Crab Island Adventure to avoid the heat and crowds of the afternoon.

How To Get To Crab Island

Crab Island can only be reached by boat! While Crab Island appears to be close to shore, the deep channels, strong currents, and boat traffic that surround it prohibit even the strongest swimmers from crossing. If you’re wondering how to get to Crab Island, you can rent a pontoon boat today from Boss Boat Rentals 30A, a local 30A boat rental company. Contact us today to book your adventure!