- Outdoor Fun
The Heart of the Emerald Coast’s pristine water makes it a boater’s paradise. Destin, Fort Walton Beach, and Okaloosa Island offer plenty of water to explore with the Gulf of Mexico, Choctawhatchee Bay, Santa Rosa Sound and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. Our numerous waterways make boating along the Emerald Coast an adventure! Bringing your boat on vacation is a breeze with our various marinas and numerous public boat ramps.
A day of boating along the coastlines of the Emerald Coast is always a pleasure and you’ll be on the water in no time with our easily accessible launch sites. On Okaloosa Island, you’ll find Ross Marler Park where there are 20 boat trailer parking spaces and two boat ramps. Amenities include, a handicapped accessible fishing platform, restrooms, pavilions, grills, walking trail, and a roped off swimming area. In Destin, you can easily access the water from Joe’s Bayou launch with five boat launch ramps, parking, and bathrooms. Launch into the Santa Rosa Sound via Liza Jackson Park which not only provides launching facilities but pavilions, a playground, and parking along 1,000 feet of waterfront. Public launches are found throughout Destin, Fort Walton, Okaloosa Island and a comprehensive list can be found here: public boat ramps.
If you’re in need of marine supplies our local marinas offer hospitable service and provide all the supplies you’ll need for a fun-filled day on the water! Marina offerings include fuel, live and frozen bait, tackle rentals, wash down facilities, and even fishing licenses. HarborWalk Marina located directly on the Destin Harbor is a perfect stop to gather all of your boating necessities. Looking for a place to store your boat? Local marinas offer wet or dry slips for to store you vessel on the Emerald Coast. If you’re in need of daily, weekly, or long-term monthly rate wet or dry slips please contact our local marinas for information. Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Okaloosa Island is the perfect boater’s destination with ample amenities and easily accessible launching facilities.