The Sunshine State is home to miles of gorgeous shoreline, especially on the Gulf Coast. The clear waters offer a view into the wonderous marine world below the surface, and the snorkeling on the Emerald Coast allows you to explore our stunning coastline. Whether you book a tour or head out to one of the Destin jetties by yourself, this is a fantastic activity for families wanting to try something different!
For more information on how to make the most of your time in Destin, be sure to request access to our complimentary Vacation Guide. It’s full of the best things to do and places to see in our area!
Emerald Coast Top Snorkeling Spots and Tips
Norriego Point is one of the best snorkeling spots in Destin. This peninsula separates the East Pass from Destin Harbor and features a jetty on the east side that is home to calm waters. You don’t have to be an experienced snorkeler to venture through these waters by yourself. The clear waters are home to tons of fish.
Henderson Beach State Park
If you want to snorkel while spending a day on the sand, head to Henderson Beach State Park. While there aren’t extensive reefs here, this is a nesting ground for loggerhead turtles, so there’s a good chance you will spot one of these beautiful marine creatures swimming through the clear Gulf waters.
Destin Jetties and East Pass
If you have snorkeling experience, the Destin Jetties and East Pass provide fantastic snorkeling on the Emerald Coast. The rocky jetties serve as man-made reefs where you will find snapper, redfish, octopus, hermit crabs, and more. The best time to snorkel here is during high tide when the current is stronger with the outgoing tide.
Snorkel Rentals, Tours, and Cruises
If you want to enjoy a fun adventure on the waters surrounding our Emerald Coast gem, Destin Snorkel provides an exciting three-hour tour that takes you to two different spots. The trip also includes dolphin watching!
Flipper’s Adventure is another fantastic snorkeling adventure company in Destin. Their two-stop trip includes two and a half hours of exploring in addition to dolphin watching! They also offer dolphin cruises and parasailing.
Cattywampus offers a selection of cruises near Destin on a fun catamaran boat. They have daytime and sunset excursions that are all two and a half to three hours and include fun snorkeling stops and dolphin watching.
You and your family can find the perfect vacation rental for your trip with Harmony Beach Vacations. Our selection of condos and homes in Destin and 30A offers guests excellent amenities, convenient locations, and customer service that is second to none. So, are you ready to hit the Emerald Coast and create a new family tradition?
Start planning your trip by booking one of our properties. We look forward to welcoming you to the Harmony Beach Vacations family.