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Nushlie posted 02-08-2004 10:33 AM ET (US)   Profile for Nushlie   Send Email to Nushlie  

Has anybody gone boating in the Destin area? We are not familiar with that part of Florida but were told that the water is much different than the Sanibel, Naples, or Marco area.

Apparently the water out in the Destin part of the Gulf is turquoise in color and loaded with natural reefs.

Sounds like a great place to take our Whaler this Spring. Any comments on Destin regarding places to stay, fishing, snorkeling, etc., would be greatly appreciated.

17' Montauk



bc posted 02-08-2004 11:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for bc    

I've been out of Destin several times on charters. Seems like the best bottom (grouper, snapper, trigger) is approx. 25 - 30 miles out. This can vary from seasons. The Destin East pass can be tricky at times. With a out going tide and a brisk southern wind and the large boats passing it can be tough. I've seen 10' rollers coming through. Rock jetties on both sides. The navigation channel is on the east side of the pass. Be careful, and learn from the locals. There is a forum that specializes on the panhandle ( forums > panhandle. Alot information there. Also, halfhitch tackle store has alot of local info. They have a website (I think is Also look at for some local info. Reds and trout can be caught in the bay. Destin is a beautiful place, hope you enjoy your stay.

bc posted 02-08-2004 11:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for bc    
Oh, places to stay. We stay at the aquavilla in Ft. Walton. Nice condos. We have friends that stay at the jetty east. Many condos and hotels in the area, so finding a place shouldn't be tough. Snorkling, I haven't done any around Destin. But I see some folks snorkling in a little cove right before the jetties (again east side). Dolphin will at times school fish into this cove while feeding. You can launch your boat at Joe's bayou or at the park in Ft. Walton. My advice is to hire a guide for a day. Well worth the money when learning a area.
jameso posted 02-10-2004 01:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for jameso  Send Email to jameso     
I would recommend staying in Fort Walton, not as crowded. Good launch site at park there on HWY 98. I stay at Pirates Bay Condos it's on the sound and has dockage.
Plenty of fishing in the sound and bays. I down loaded a satellite image of the entire area from Destin bridge to Navarre bridge. BTW don't miss Navarre Beach.
Also waters really shallow in the sound, be careful when out of the channel.
Jim Armstrong

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