All You Need to Know About Renting Jet Skis in Destin, Florida

Destin, Florida is a beautiful peninsula in Northwest Florida surrounded by the Destin Harbor, Gulf of Mexico, Choctawhatchee Bay and several bayous and canals. And no trip to Destin is complete without exploring via waterways!

Xtreme H2O Sports has several locations in Destin offering Jet Ski rentals as well as a Jet Ski guided Dolphin Tour. Open year-round, Xtreme H2O is your “go to” for all things fun on the water. Our location on Calhoun Avenue at Destin Marina (next to the original Dewey Destin Seafood Restaurant) is our premiere Jet Ski spot as it’s closest to the no-wake zone past Crab Island.  This is ideal as most rentals come out of the Destin Harbor making your idle time up to 30 minutes! We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions regarding renting Jet Skis for you to consider on your next trip to Destin. 

 

 Jet Ski Rentals F.A.Q.

  • Jet Skis are fun and safe for ages 5 and up.
  • We require lifejackets for the duration of your Jet Ski rental (they are included in your rental fee).
  • Our Jet Skis technically have 3 seats but they will not accommodate three adults.
  • The maximum weight capacity (combined weight) is 400 pounds.
  • Minimum age to rent a Jet Ski is 18 years.
  • There is a dry compartment on the front of the Jet Ski for your phone and limited belongings.
  • Minimum age to operate a Jet Ski is 16 years. Minors will need parent/ guardian signed waiver and equipment will need to be rented by an adult for the minor to operate (adult will be financially responsible during the rental).
  • A government issued photo identification card is required to rent a Jet Ski in Florida.
  • The State of Florida requires anyone born after January 1, 1988 to complete, and pass, a boaters safety course.
  • Xtreme H2O Sports does not permit our Jet Ski rentals to enter the Gulf of Mexico, unless it is with our Dolphin Tour.
  • Jet Skis do not include anchors, so they are not permitted at Crab Island.

The state of Florida and the Florida Wildlife Commission requires everyone born after January 1, 1988 to complete and pass the Florida boater’s safety course to operate any watercraft in the state. All operators required to have the boater license may opt for either the lifetime or temporary Florida Boater License.  Please go to our website to take the test online before your rental reservation.  We recommend the online test, however Xtreme H2O Sports does offer the temporary boater license test on site – but be sure to allow up to an hour for thorough study and testing time. Unfortunately, customers that fail the written temporary boaters safety course are unable to retest for 24 hours, by law. The online test does not have any limitations for numbers of times you can take the test. Click here for the test.

Xtreme H2O Sports offers a daily Dolphin Tour via Jet Skis guided by our crew. Scheduled every morning (weather permitting) for an hour and a half. The first hour is with our crew member guiding the group of wave runners to explore the bay, Destin Harbor, bayous and sometimes the Gulf of Mexico to discover dolphins and other sea-life. This excursion is perfect for the beginner jet ski rider or advanced rider and the last 30 minutes of the activity is “free ride” for everyone to go off on their own! 

Jet Ski rentals are available with Xtreme H2O Sports year-round staring at 30 minute duration to an all day rental. Please give us a call at (850) 978-3060 or check out our website for more information. 

 

All you need to need to know about Parasailing in Destin, Florida

Parasailing is one of the most popular activities for tourists and locals in Destin, Florida. Fun and safe for the family and a perfect way to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries, etc. Similar to Helicopter and Airplane rides, parasailing is an awesome activity to get a bird’s eye view of the coast! Xtreme H2O Sports and Destin Parasailing are rated #1 in Northwest Florida for the safest and most fun parasailing. Our experienced parasail Captains and crew have perfect record for safety with the best equipment available. We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions below and hope this helps make the decision to fly with Xtreme H2O Sports soon.

FAQ about Parasailing

  • How old do you have to be to parasail in Destin? Xtreme H2O Sports welcomes ages 6 years and up to parasail with us. We also allow spectator tickets (when available) for ages 3 and over. This is an insurance and safety regulation that we must follow. 
  • Is Parasailing Scary? Often people assume that parasailing is a thrill-seeker’s activity. However, parasailing is very serene and calming and simply beautiful. Most customers that are apprehensive before parasailing return after the excursion smiling and wanting to go again! 
  • Do you land in the water when parasailing? Parasailing with Xtreme H2O Sports you take off and land directly on the stern (back) of the boat. The crew will ask if you want to be dipped in the water.
  • What is the max weight for parasailing? Xtreme H2O parasails 2-3 people per flight with a combined maximum weight limit of 500 pounds.
  • What is the best time to go parasailing? Early morning is the best time to parasail in Destin, Florida. There is typically less wind in the mornings along the coast, less boat traffic, more sea-life to spot and much better visibility. At Xtreme H2O Sports, the early parasailing trips are discounted as well!
  • How high is the average parasailing? Xtreme H2O Sports parasails an estimated 400 feet above waters.
  • Can you parasail pregnant? Insurance and safety regulations prohibit pregnant women from parasailing. 
  • What should I bring parasailing? There is a small stow area under the seats for customers to store personal belongings. If its cooler, bring along a light jacket/ cover up for the boat ride and wind. Remember sunscreen and bring along a bottle water and towel. You are allowed to bring along your phone/ camera however all personal possessions brought on the boat will remain the responsibility of the customer. Sunglasses and hats are up to you but be aware that often times they will fall off without proper straps, securing.
  • Is parasailing safe for non-swimmers? Parasailing is one of the few water sports activities that is safe if you are a non-swimmer. Because you are on a licensed, inspected vessel with Captain and crew at all times while on-board it is very safe. For the actual parasail flight all customers are in a fitted life jacket and the parasail chute is always attached to the boat. 
  • How long are you in the air when parasailing? The flight time can vary dependent on weather and wind variables. On average, most parasailing flights are between 8-10 minutes. 
  • What should you wear parasailing? Xtreme H2O offers parasailing year-round so apparel depends on the weather. That said, if you are parasailing during our Spring/ Summer dress comfortably. Most customers wear bathing suits, shorts, etc. and sandals to stow after boarding the boat.

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Parasailing is a multi-passenger ticketed activity. Please give us a call at (850) 978-3060 or make reservations online. Parasailing is very popular and we do book up, we recommend making reservations before you are in town so you have the best time for your group. We have a 24 hour cancellation policy to allow you to change plans if needed before the reservation. Please click here for more information on Parasailing in Destin, Florida. Hope to see you soon! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Things to Do: Spring Break for Families in Destin, Florida

Welcome to Destin, Florida! Spring Break is a popular time for both families and college students traveling to Northwest Florida’s beaches. Milder winter/ spring temperatures and a short drive to destination makes it a perfect fit. Xtreme H2O Sports is a locally owned and family run business with several locations offering all watersports activities. We are excited to see you guys this year and have compiled a list of our favorite things for you to check out while here on vacation:

  • Beach – It’s obvious, yes…but it’s still the #1 reason to visit the Emerald Coast. Northwest Florida’s beaches are famous for the white, snow-like sand and beautiful teal-blue waters. Enjoy a beach picnic and spend the day but remember to pack your sunscreen, umbrellas and bottled water! Henderson Beach State Park is a beautiful private beach in Destin with restrooms and shaded pavilions that is a great spot for locals and tourists alike to enjoy year-round.  
  • Crab Island – the most popular searched keywords in regards to Destin, Florida is definitely “crab island”. See what the buzz is all about and visit with your family this Spring Break.  Rent a pontoon boat, pack a cooler, towels, snorkeling gear and floats and have a great time. Pontoon Boats fit up to 12 passengers and are perfect for all ages (0-100)! Click here to check boat rental pricing and availability.  Xtreme H2O Pontoon Boat
  • Seafood – No trip to the beach is complete without enjoying the local seafood available. Sexton’s Seafood Market is great to purchase and prepare yourself, or try out one of the awesome fishing charters to catch your own! Destin, Florida is packed with popular restaurants to enjoy but here is a list of our favorites:
  • Dolphin Tour – Explore Destin and local sea life on a Jet Ski guided Dolphin Tour. This is the only experience that allows an up-close and personal encounter with dolphins. Perfect for the beginner Jet Ski rider as you are with a tour guide. But, also great for the experienced rider and an awesome price as the excursion includes “free ride” for you to ride on your own! Click here to check live pricing and availability. 
  • Shopping – Destin Harbor is a festive marketplace that is awesome to stroll and buy souvenirs and things you will want for your beach vacation. Check out Harborwalk Village boutiques and walk East down the harbor to see lots of local artist booths, t-shirt shops and more! Also, be sure to visit the Destin Commons for larger stores and brands.
  • Parasailing – Get a bird’s eye view of the coast parasailing Destin, Florida. Parasailing is fun and safe for ages 6 and up and a memory that you will never forget- spectators are permitted to ride along on the boat ages 3 and up with a reservation! Cross parasailing off your bucket list this Spring Break and be sure to get the photo package for awesome souvenirs and proof you went! Click here to check live pricing and availability.
  • Sunsets – The sunsets truly never get old in Destin, Florida. Be sure to either join a sunset cruise or walk the docks, beach or bay to capture your own sunset memories! 
  • Amusement Park – Bring the family for an afternoon of rides, go-kart racing and game playing. The Track offers it all and is centrally located in Destin.
  • Jet Ski Rentals – There is no better way to SEA Destin, Florida than by water. Jet Skis are an inexpensive and exhilarating way to explore the Destin Harbor, ride open and fast through the bay to see beautiful waterfront homes, visit undeveloped shorelines and more. Fun and safe for 5 years and older and the best family memories to last a lifetime. Click here to check live pricing and availability.
  • Fishing – Destin, Florida is known as the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village ” with the widest variety of fish species, direct access to the Gulf of Mexico and the largest commercial fishing fleet in the United States. Try out your luck with a private charter or book spots with a party-boat for a great day on the water. 

Give us a call to help plan your Spring Break vacation to Destin, Florida. We are your one-stop for all your watersports fun in Destin and Fort Walton Beach, Florida. We hope to SEA you soon!

Thanksgiving Holidays in Destin, Florida

Thanksgiving is a holiday for gathering family and friends – and what better place to enjoy one another than the beach. Destin, Florida has become very popular for extended families to celebrate the Thanksgiving break. Moderate temperatures still allow many outdoor activities and there are fewer crowds (and traffic) than summertime months. Although the Panhandle definitely has cool nights during the winter, Fall is usually spared the harsh cold temps permitting lots of outdoor time.

Xtreme H2O Sports is a family-owned and operated Watersports business open year-round in Destin. We offer Pontoon Boat and Jet Ski Rentals and Parasailing and Dolphin Tours.  Our crew has made a list of our favorite things to do in Destin during November:

  • The Beach – It doesn’t matter what time of day or what time of the year, the beach is always our favorite thing about Destin! Expect cooler sunrises and earlier sunsets but they are especially colorful this time of year. Autumn sunsets are famous for photoshoots over the beach, be sure to take lots of pics!
  • Parasailing – There is no better way to see the coastline than to get a bird’s eye view of the beach parasailing. Xtreme H2O offers parasailing for ages 6 and up, it’s fun and safe for the whole family. And, since you take off and land directly on the boat you do not have to get wet. Don’t forget your camera to capture it all! Click here for more info.
  • Beach Bonfire – The coast gets a little cool in the evenings but perfect for a beach bonfire. Every Monday and Friday night Royal Palm Grille hosts a free bonfire with “first come, first serve” seating, click here for more info.
  • Hiking – Walking the beach is everyone’s favorite “hike” along the coast however there are many trails that are in the area worth noting! Click here for more info.
  • Boat Tour – Rent a Pontoon Boat or charter one of Destin’s cruises to explore the Destin Harbor, sightsee beautiful waterfront homes and yachts, stop for a waterfront cocktail and check out here for more info.
  • Crab Island. Also, consider renting a Jet Ski and guided tours for a truly exciting Destin experience! Click here for more info.
  • Shopping – Destin has a lot of great shopping malls, including Destin Commons, Silver Sands and Grand Boulevard. But, don’t miss out on the incredible local, small businesses that align the beautiful Destin Harbor!
  • Ice Skating – Enjoy ice skating at the beach with the family at The Village at Baytowne Wharf on Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort! (OPEN THANKSGIVING) Click here for more info.

Thanksgiving is a gathering celebrated by food! Here is a list of Destin area restaurants that will be open on Thanksgiving Day 2021. We have included Thanksgiving buffets as well as casual and formal Thanksgiving dining options – just click the Restaurant link to contact.

Destin Area Restaurants Open Thanksgiving Day 2021:

We hope you have a wonderful, safe and Happy Thanksgiving in Destin!

Things to do for Adults this Fall in Destin, Florida

It’s Back to School time for the kids and playtime for the adults! Most lodging accommodations companies and hotels have lower rates as families are unable to travel. Making it the perfect time for adult travel. Plan that girls trip, wedding celebration getaway or romantic weekend for two. Whether it’s a long weekend at the beach or a week-long vacation; autumn is an excellent time to travel to Destin, Florida. 

Fall is perfect for that Bachelorette/ Bachelor Party Weekend or an adults-only couples trip as the weather is still great for the beach and rates are less expensive for boat rentals and other activities to enjoy. We’ve compiled some great ideas to celebrate Destin as adults this Fall:

  • Rent a pontoon boat to explore Destin by water. Explore the Destin Harbor, hang out at Crab Island and enjoy lunch on the water. Our favorites to visit are Dewey Destin on the Bay (next to Destin Marina and Xtreme H2O’s Crab Island location) where you can dock your boat while dining. The Gulf on Okaloosa Island is also a great waterfront restaurant with a beach to pull up your boat while having some drinks and snacks.
  • Check Parasailing off your bucket list! Get a bird’s eye view of the coast, hundreds of feet in the air flying over the beach. Parasailing is fun and safe for all ages and the experience will make memories to last a lifetime. Perfect for celebrating proposals, birthdays or just life- yolo! Oftentimes parasailing you see dolphins, sea turtles, baby sharks and more.
  • September – November delivers the most spectacular sunsets daily over the water in Destin. Schedule professional beach portraits or bring a tripod and take some shots yourself!
  • The Destin Fishing Rodeo spans the entire month of October along the docks of the Destin Harbor. 2021 marks the 73rd year for the annual fishing tournament. Book a fishing charter with Xtreme Fishing Charters to enter the tournament yourself and find out why Destin is coined the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village”! If you’re not really into fishing, join the festivities as a spectator at the weigh-ins daily on the docks.
  • Destin offers a lot of great events during Fall in the local area, here is a list of several popular happenings coming up:
    • Emerald Coast Powerboat Week and Poker Run – September 22-26th. Annual boating event hosted by Florida Powerboat Club along the coast from Destin to Pensacola with waterfront stops along the way. Join the festivities as a registered boat or as a spectator at many of the weeklong events! 
    • 73rd Annual Destin Fishing Rodeo – October 1-31st Join the tournament as an angler or watch the daily events on the docks when the fish come in to weigh. 
    • 13th Annual Baytowne Wharf Beer Festival – October 8-9th Taste over 200 domestic and international craft beers at the Village at Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Click here for tickets 
    • 33rd Annual ArtsQuest Arts Festival – October 9th  Hosted by the Cultural Art’s Alliance of Walton County bringing over 200 artists, music and catering to Grand Boulevard every Fall along the coast.
    • 26th Annual Festival of the Arts – October 30-31st presented by Mattie Kelly Art’s Foundation. The Festival of the Arts, one of the Southeast’s premier art festivals showcases over 65 premier artists plus collaborative artists from the United States and Europe. 
    • 5th Annual Harvest Wine and Food Festival – November 4-7th organized by the Destin Charity Wine Auction in Watercolor, along the beaches of 30A in South Walton County, just East of Destin. 

Make plans to visit Destin this Fall and see why the locals say it’s the best time of the year! Xtreme H2O Sports offers watersports all fall and hopes to see you for some fun on the water, in the sun. 

Bachelorette Party at Crab Island in Destin, Florida

Plan your Bachelorette Party at the beach! What better excuse for a girl’s trip to beautiful Destin, Florida. It’s become quite popular for brides-to-be and her family and friends to celebrate coastal style. Xtreme H2O Sports in Destin and Fort Walton Beach offers Pontoon Boat and Jet Ski Rentals for the ultimate party on the water! Offering a Double Decker Pontoon Boat with slide as well as standard, 24′ Pontoon Boat for up to 12 people. Plan a day on the water with your favorite ladies to celebrate this exciting time. 

Pack a cooler with your favorite snacks and beverages, order fun floats and decorations and decide a theme to coordinate outfits for perfect photo ops! Many groups reserve multiple Pontoon Boats to accommodate big groups and we are happy to quote package pricing for Pontoon Boat, Jet Ski and Parasailing.

And, let’s not forget the guys – Bachelor parties at the beach are the best way to getaway with the guys and celebrate before the big day.  

Call (850) 978-3060 for more information and check us out online at www.XtremeH2O.net. In addition, to helping with securing a fun and safe day at Crab Island, we are happy to recommend local accommodations, restaurants, party bus/ taxi service, spas and more!

 

10 Things You Must Do in Destin

Xtreme H2O Pontoon Boat Rentals

  1. Go to Crab Island  Crab Island is a local favorite! It’s a sand bar located right underneath the Destin Bridge that is shallow enough to anchor and hang out all day! You have to have a vessel to get over there, and the best thing to rent is a pontoon boat you can spend the day relaxing on. Visit www.xtremeh2o.net or call (850) 978-3060 for more information!
  2. Go Parasailing
    • Parasailing is a fun way to explore Destin from a different view. It’s family-friendly, and 2 or 3 people can go at one time. Don’t want to get in the air but still want to watch your family? No problem, you can just ride! Visit www.parasailing-destin.com or call (866) 359-3114!
  3. Rent a Jetski
    • There are miles of beautiful emerald waters to coast through, and the best way is by renting a jet ski. You can get closer to wildlife and the gorgeous water on a Jet Ski than on any other vessel. Visit www.destinwaterfun.com or call (850) 898-1204!
  4. Go on a Fishing Charter
    • Destin isn’t called “The Luckiest Fishing Village” for no reason! We have some of the most active waters on the coast, and the best way to find out is through a charter. It’s just your family on the boat with a captain and crew, the best part is you get to keep what you catch! Visit www.DestinWaterFun.com or call (850) 898-1203!
  5. Go on a Dolphin Tour
    • A dolphin tour is the best way to safely observe the natural wildlife here in Destin. The best way to do so is on a jet ski tour, which allows you to get much closer to dolphins as they are not scared of the jet ski motor like they are of a boat! Visit www.destinwaterfun.com or call (850) 898-1204!
  6. Visit the Beach
    • The most popular beach is located on Okaloosa Island, called The Pier. Along with the beach, there are many shops and restaurants to fill a whole day. Visit https://m.facebook.com/OkaloosaIslandPier/ for more info!
  7. Eat Local Seafood
    • We have the best seafood on the Gulf and if you eat local, it’s going to be as fresh as possible. There are many great options, but two of the best are Harbor Docks and Dewey Destin’s!
  8. Go Shopping
    • The Destin Commons is a wonderful shopping center filled with your favorite stores, a movie theater, and restaurants!
  9. Walk the Harbor
    • Right in the heart of Destin lies a half-mile boardwalk that’s always bustling with activities. There are restaurants, shops, and even ziplining scattered in this strip. Visit www.emeraldgrande.com for more!
  10. Watch the Sunset
    • The sunsets in Destin are beautiful and the best way to enjoy them is on the water. Some companies even have sunset cruises during the summer. Visit www.xtremeh2o.net or call (850) 978-3060!

FYI: NEED TO KNOW

Xtreme H2O Pontoon BoatXtreme H2o Parasail, Dolphin Tour via Waverunners, Jet Ski and Pontoon Boat Rentals of Destin, Florida, recommends that you bring:

  • Your photo ID
  • Sun Screen
  • Towels
  • Water-proof camera
  • Flippers, diving mask, and goggles
  • Toys, floats, and water wings
    for the youngsters
  • Your open mind, joyful spirit,
    and adventurous heart

Florida law requires the driver of the Jet Ski / Waverunner to be 16 years of age. If you were born on or after January 1, 1988, you must have a valid state or government issued photo ID and a Florida Boaters License or complete a boater’s safety education test. We offer the 25-question multiple choice test for a fee of $3.00. You MUST present a valid I.D. with your birth date in order to take the test. Click here to take the online test now.

Xtreme H2O Watersport’s Parasailing, Dolphin Tour via Waverunners, Jet Ski and Pontoon Boat Rentals promise a memorable, once in a lifetime experience that you will be telling your grandchildren about. Your safety is our first concern. We want you to have a big fun time, but we take our responsibility of your safety very seriously. We only ask that you do the same.

To learn more, check pricing and availability and make your reservation online at www.XtremeH2O.net.

Parasail Trip with free Dolpin Tour

Xtreme H2O Dolphin ToursAt Xtreme H2o Sports, we want you to have a great time on the water and we’ll do everything we can to ensure that. Even if it means slowing down for a second so you can check out a pod of dolphins. We schedule Parasailing all day, every day and can almost always say we see dolphins! Dolphins like to chase the wake of the Parasail boat and often our customers are blessed with dolphins jumping the boat’s bow and creating quite a show. Get your money’s worth while you’re vacationing and book our exciting Parasailing excursion with “built-in” dolphin show! Learn more about parasailing here.

 

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