Destin's sandy beaches, emerald green waters, and year-round sunshine make it a top tourist destination. Nature lovers also flock to this area for the rare birds and wildlife that can be found in nearby Fort De Soto Park.
The Destin marinas however boast one of the most popular attractions: party boat fishing. Party boats offer visitors a chance to fish and enjoy a day on the water with family and friends without shelling out hundreds of dollars for a private trip. Party boats are also your best option in terms of last minute availability.
Worried you may have to leave Destin without getting some fishing in? Fear not!
Step aboard the Vera Marie, the top rated Destin Party Boat! This 70 foot boat is loaded with comforts and amenities to help your entire group enjoy the day. Duck into the cabin for some AC, or head back out onto the deck to drop a line for grouper, snapper, amberjack, triggerfish, mackerel and more!
The crew can even help you clean your catch to take home for dinner. The Vera Marie is perfect for anglers of all experience levels, with the crew on board available for help rigging lines and landing fish as well.
The vessel also features a snack bar serving food and drinks, including alcoholic beverages. Toilets are on board, and all tackle is included. Guests may want to bring bring sunglasses, personal drinks and snacks, and motion sickness pills if they are prone to seasickness. There are also multiple satellite TVs in the lounge area.
Capt. David Dewberry has been running trips out of Destin professionally for nearly 20 years, and safety is a top priority on the Vera Marie. The crew is CPR certified, and first aid kits are on board in case of emergencies.
The boat runs with up to 65 guests on shared party trips, however with the amount of deck space on board, there is ample room for fishing even as the boat approaches capacity. Although anglers of all skill levels are welcome aboard, there is a minimum age of 6 to partake on the excursion.
Looking for a less crowded option? The Pelican Adventures crew also runs "Good Times," a 40 foot Sea Harvester. This boat tops out at 25 guests with a walk-around deck, allowing anglers to get a bit more space on busy days.
The Good Times offers a great middle ground for those who don't want to share a boat with up to 65 guests, but also aren't willing to pay private charter rates, or are having difficulty finding a private vessel with availability.
Although a party boat is an accessible, affordable way to get out on the water in Destin, especially last minute, be sure to check out some Destin private charters as well. These vessels can usually accommodate up to 6 guests depending on the size of the boat, and will host only your group for the trip. Prices to hire these guides typically range from $150-$200 per hour.
Ready to book your next fishing adventure? Whether you're looking to head out on the Good Times or the Vera Marie, the Pelican Adventures crew is waiting for you. Also worth mentioning, one of these boats is the perfect way to fill the cooler during Red Snapper season without breaking the bank! Leave the tackle, rigging, and fish-finding to the pros, and get ready for an action-packed day on the water. It will be the highlight of your stay in Destin!