are a number of beach service vendors that rent
closed-cell, sit-on-top kayaks. Prices average
$15-20 per hour for one- or two-person boats.
There is no age limit, but paddlers must be
strong enough to control the kayaks.
are also an number of Parasailing operations.
Average cost for this activity is $50 per person.
Patrons are taken into the Gulf of Mexico and are
raised up into the skies for an unforgettable
view of the Emerald Coast. Most operations can
facilitate up to three people in the air at one
time, so you can enjoy the experience with
friends and family members.
Personal Water Craft
Personal Watercraft, also known as Wave
Runners and Jet-Skis, are available for rental at
various locations on the beach and in Destin
Harbor. The State of Florida requires that all
operators of personal watercraft be at least 14
years of age, and you must be 18 to rent a PWC.
Many rental establishments have their own rules
and training procedures.
Catamaran Sail Boats
number of beach vendors offer catamaran sailboats
for rental. These boats require skill to operate;
usually the vendor provides an operator to take
the guests out for a sailing experience in the
Gulf of Mexico. Catamarans are quick and agile
sailboats that float on two hulls. The occupants
ride on a mesh decking that is stretched between
the hulls. The boats often heel, or lean over, in
strong wing making for an exciting ride. Some
vendors give experienced boaters the option of
going on a check-ride to show their boat-handling
skills before being allowed to take the boats out
on their own.
popular pastime in the Destin area is spending a
day exploring the area's inland waters on Pontoon
Boats, or other smaller craft. Pontoons and other
boats are available for rental in the Destin
Harbor. Boaters often congregate at Crab Island,
a submerged island near the Destin Bridge where
the water averages three to four feet deep, on
hot summer days to stay cool and enjoy
themselves. On occasion there is even live music
from the back of a boat. A number of floating
vendors serve food and drinks on the water to the
people gathered there. The State of Florida
requires that boater's under the age of 21
complete a boating safety test before operating a
boat with 10 horsepower or greater. Individual
rental establishments carry their own rules and
regulations for boat rental and