Looking for a family outing that’s great for all ages? Grab a snorkel!

Explore on your own at one of our artificial reefs (built to enhance and protect the marine environment), a guided group trip or take a walk down to the East Pass Jetty. Either way, get ready for a fun family outing where the crystal-clear water makes it easy to see redfish, crabs and maybe even a sea turtle!

If you’re snorkeling with younger kids or beginner swimmers, the tide pools at Norriego Point and the East Pass Jetty offer shallow, calm waters. Search for hermit crabs along the rocks and watch the charter boats return back to the harbor in the afternoon.

For more experienced swimmers, two of our favorite artificial reefs are located at James Lee Park and John Beasley Park. Both reefs are located close to shore (west of the pavilion for John Beasley Park). The parks are free to enter and have a big beach pavilion with picnic tables and restrooms. We recommend bringing a flotation device (like a boogieboard) so you have something to hold on to if you need a quick break.

Tip from our locals:

You can access the East Pass Jetty from the O’Steen Public Beach Access on Holiday Isle. Look for signage at the entry of the beach access that includes a map and how to navigate to the reef.

Wear comfortable shoes, it’s a bit of a walk (but worth it!) across the sand to the jetty. We recommend walking along the waterline for an easier walk.

Find where to go snorkeling


Join Captain Pam for a day trip aboard our new Trimaran, Nice Tri. All her day trips offer the ability to swim, snorkel, look for dolphins or watch the sunset on the Gulf of Mexico in Destin, Florida.

Destin Harbor (404 Harbor Blvd. Slip 5, Destin FL 32541)

(850) 368-5921

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Tour length
Multiple options
Private snorkeling cruises, sailing charters, sunset tours + dolphin excursions
Starts at $165/hour for a 6 person private charter
Need reservations?
What to bring:
Towel, cooler, swimsuit, sunscreen + waterproof camera
Ask about private charter that includes dolphins, snorkeling and sailing. BYOB and snacks.
March - November
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