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Headed to Destin in July - Looking for Advice and Tips

Bennie

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I personally can't talk for that body of water. We boat primarily west of there, near Orange Beach, AL. Our water can get choppy depending on traffic and increased winds. Also need to be mindful of currents. For the most part though the bays are pretty easy.

Download and utilize a good boating weather app. Personally I trust Magic Seaweed and Windfinder Pro in addition to your local weather forecast.
 

Wesley Cobb

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I live in Fort Walton Beach. I think there is enough on here about getting to Pensacola (it is a long way in boat) and the airshow so I will not pile on. However, I will add some other points:

(1) if you are bringing a tube and planning on being near Crab Island, head northwest into Cinco Bayou (AJs on the Bayou) for some good calm water for tubing,
(2) the Destin Harbor gets really busy and crowded during the summer so be mindful and alert and realize there is VERY limited public docking available at the restaurants -- Dewey Destins just east of Crab Island has a public dock and decent food,
(3) Sheriff/CG have been active and present so be alert and watch the consumption; be very mindful of the extensive no wake areas,
(4) Hurlburt flies just about every week day but usually most of the flying is later in the afternoon,
(5) tieing up at The Gulf is pretty easy but it is not in a no wake zone and can get rough but the food is amazing; tieing up stern in is best
(6) Crab Island can get loud and very crowded at times in the summer so, I like to venture off to the west and anchor in the shallows along the island -- same concept as Crab Island but not as crowded all though it does get rough at times depending on how many boats are transitioning the area (my profile picture is from this shallow area)

Good non-boating stuff: The Track (go carts), Big Kahunas (water slides), Destin Commons (shopping and food), Jackacudas (Harbor Walk, Destin)
Food (can't eat in the camper all the time!): The Gulf (FWB), The Craft Bar (Destin), Half-Shell Oyster House (Destin), World of Beer (Destin -- Beer, DUH!), Boshamps (second best sunset in Destin), Margaritaville (best sunset in Destin), AJ's on the Bayou (best sunset in FWB)

Hope this helps! Safe travels and enjoy the beautiful Gulf Coast!
 

Jameson Clark

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Man, y'all have been a wealth of info! I truly appreciate it!

I love to take "boating vacations." I have taken a boat to the Keys twice and down to the SC coast a few times. Went to the NC Outer Banks last year and didn't take a boat. Really looking forward to all the stuff to do and see in Destin!
 

James R Whitten

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I'm gonna be out there from the 7th to the 11th. I got a condo on the board walk. Maybe I'll see you out there.
 

Dixie Highway

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We’ll be down there June 29-July 5th, we stay in Navarre at the in-laws but we’ll be in Destin at least 1 day for sure.
 

Rylee44

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We loved boating over to the Crab Shack at Fort Walton for dinner, don't miss it!
 

Beachbummer

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I'm in Destin until Wednesday, but did not bring the boat. Any tips for the most reasonably priced rental that will not disassemble underway???
 

Betik

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I'm in Destin until Wednesday, but did not bring the boat. Any tips for the most reasonably priced rental that will not disassemble underway???
Would a jet ski do?If so text me at+14695000812
I am leaving from Mobile Alabama in a couple of hours and heading towards Panama City Beach. As long as you have something to tow with I can drop it on my way there and pick up on Tuesday evening.

It is a 2015 v1 with 19.9 hours on it, so I am fairly positive it will take a lot of effort to sink it. LOL
 

Beachbummer

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Ah, thanks for the offer, it's too generous. We are in a large group and it's not quite what we need, but again thank you so much for the offer
 
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