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How to vacation in Destin with a boat.

Old 05-20-2019, 08:24 AM
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Default How to vacation in Destin with a boat.

Can someone give me the rundown on what’s the best way to take the boat over to Destin and vacation for a week. It would just be me and my wife so I wouldn’t be splitting the cost with anyone so nothing to fancy.

I will trailer my 25 Open only about 150 miles. Im not sure on lodging, is there housing available near or associated with a marina or a slip? I am looking for info on what’s available.

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Old 05-20-2019, 08:25 AM
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Can someone give me the rundown on what’s the best way to take the boat over to Destin and vacation for a week. It would just be me and my wife so I wouldn’t be splitting the cost with anyone so nothing to fancy.
Destin FL?

If so, there is a FL sub-forum: https://www.thehulltruth.com/florida-georgia-32/

you give us no details... we dont know what boat, trailer or via water, etc

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Old 05-20-2019, 08:31 AM
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Need a little more info. Boat on a trailer, where are you staying, etc

I take my boat to Destin from ATL about 4x a year.
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Old 05-20-2019, 08:50 AM
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Respect that pass if you are new to the area. It can get tricky on a tide change and sea breeze.
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Old 05-20-2019, 09:12 AM
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If you are trailering a boat, be sure to check where you can park your trailer, most condos and houses have a strict no trailer policy. Cracker mentioned the pass, it's very benign 60-70% of the time, but when it blows up, it gets wild. Crab island is the hangout for drinking, listening to music and peeing in the water. There are several good restaurants you can get to by boat, Dewey Destin's in the bay is great, be careful docking there, with an incoming or outgoing tide it rips pretty hard through there, don't be afraid to accept help docking!!
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Old 05-20-2019, 06:45 PM
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Try sandpiper cove condos on VRBO. I have stayed there twice with my boat. They have rentals on a canal with assigned slips. Nothing fancy but works good and close to beach as well.
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I stay at Sandpiper Cove Also. Been doing it for 9 years every June. Some condos have trailer parking underneath and they have a private ramp to use.
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Subscribed. Headed to Destin Friday for long weekend with family. Staying mg at sandpiper but have never been there so I have little advise to add.
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Care to elaborate? I have spend some weekends on east coast and Jupiter inlet is no joke. I am a Tampa bay boater so our “passes”are fairly mundane in comparasion. You mean swells, sandbars or what?

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Old 05-21-2019, 06:57 AM
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The pass has a large shoal on the right. You have to turn west at the tip of the rocks. We are talking large 8ft swells on a outgoing tide and south wind. The outside can be flat but inlet is brutal. Early in the AM charter boats hang out and catch bait. Gets very washing machine out there I have had a few ass puckering moments.
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Old 05-21-2019, 07:35 AM
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I'm going to assume that the OP isn't staying on Holiday Isle....if he is and has a dock he is easy peasy.

For years we stayed on Holiday Isle, then we moved to Miramar Beach, and now we stay on 30A. As we have moved further east, I learned a long time ago that it's far more fun to be on the water as opposed to sitting on 98 trying to get to Joe's Bayou to wait in line to launch. For the last several years, I have used Outback Mini Storage. They are 2 blocks north of 98 and about 1/2 mile from the Cessna Landing boat ramp. The ramp was improved a couple years back and has good docks and plenty of parking. From there, it's a 17 mile boat ride to the Pass. I can make it in 30-35 minutes. It would take far longer than that by car.

The only downside is if the wind is blowing the wrong way it can get a bit lumpy in the bay, but I can always hug the shoreline if necessary.
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We arrived bed to sandpiper last night. Nice place. Went for sunset cruise, tide was ripping out and the pass was fairly snotty. We didn’t venture thru, we were just booze cruising and girls weren’t feeling adventurous. We tried to locate a place to stop for a snack / drink and saw tons of places in harbor and couldn’t find one with temp or transient dockage. Lunch on the water was our plan, any advise for where me migGht be able to go by boat? To those who said traffic is no joke, you are absolutely right, like Clearwater beach back home.
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post up at crab island and watch the show.
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That’s the plan for today. Fishing tomorrow .

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post up at crab island and watch the show.
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I'm going to assume that the OP isn't staying on Holiday Isle....if he is and has a dock he is easy peasy.
X2 on Holiday Isle. I've trailered my little Whaler down muliple times back in the 80s and 90s, and later my 23 Seacat in about 2010. Can't get more convenient. Usually someone will be selling cigar minnows near the bridge just as you head out.


X2 on the inlet as well - you need to be fully alert when you head out. Good time to make sure everyone has a life jacket.
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