Snorkeling East Jetty at Destin, Florida

Destin is famous for its clear emerald waters and has a reputation for excellent fishing. The Destin Jetty that is popular with snorkelers and divers is a little hard to get to without a boat. It requires about a half mile of walking along the beach since there is no parking area near the jetty. I've not yet been to this location so I've placed points on the Google Map below to the best of my ability from the online descriptions.East Jetty looks like a better location to me than Fort Pickens. The water looks cleaner and the jetty looks larger, with lots of shallow water. Still, there is a caution against strong currents during tidal changes. Again, as with Fort Pickens, the best time to snorkel / dive is near slack tide on the incoming tidal flow. (In other words, about an hour or so before the tide is fully high.) The incoming tide brings in clearer water from the Gulf.

Note: if you step into the water and can feel the pull of the current, it's probably too strong for snorkeling.

Helpful links for more in-depth research on this snorkeling location:

ScubaBoard dive report with photos

Excellent personal experiences from divers/snorkelers at East Jetties

Underwater photo albums including Destin East Jetties

View Snorkeling Destin East Jetties in a larger map

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