A Comparison of Sunset Cruises in Destin

by Allie d'Almo  |  Published July 14, 2022

Destin is a good-looking city at any time of day, but nothing quite prepares you for the sight of its twinkling lights set against a fire-red sky as the sun goes down. One of the best ways to enjoy these superlative views is from the comfort of a boat, yacht or luxury pontoon on the water. 

Sunset over the Gulf of Mexico tour (Photo: Viator)

Hugging the sweeping Gulf of Mexico, Destin is the perfect departure point for exploring the region’s sugar-white sands, emerald waters and marine life. For an extra special view, it’s worth considering a sunset cruise. Ranging from 60 minutes to four hours, these expert-led tours combine sparkling city views with fascinating insights from local tour guides. There are a few tours to choose from, so we’ve analysed the best sunset cruises in Destin below, based on value for money, itinerary and customer reviews. 

Sunset over the Gulf of Mexico Tour 

This short but oh-so-sweet hour-long tour is an excellent way to round off an action-packed day in Destin. Passengers hop on a hydro jet from the city centre, then jump over rolling aways across the Gulf of Mexico. There’s plenty to see along the way, from the twinkling city lights to playful dolphins. Previous customers have praised the guides too, commenting on the party-like atmosphere and entertaining insights. 

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Private Sunset Cruise in Fort Walton Beach

This private cruise sweeps along the Emerald Coast(Photo: Viator )

Those who enjoy the finer things in life will be hard-pressed to find a more enjoyable way to enjoy the sunset than on this cruise. Lasting from between two to four hours, depending on the size of your group, the tour takes place aboard a luxury 24-foot pontoon boat with a private captain. The tour departs from Fort Walton Beach, moments from Destin, and sails along the Emerald Coast, around the surrounding islands and past Destin. Time your tour right, and you could get to enjoy front-seat views of Destin Harbour’s spectacular fireworks displays too. From £282.70 per group. 

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Sunset Dolphin Watching Cruise 

Wildlife enthusiasts won’t want to miss out on this dedicated dolphin-watching tour. The Gulf of Mexico is teeming with playful dolphins, and the crew on board this boat knows exactly where to find them. Departing in the afternoon, this hour-long cruise sets sail from Destin and out along the Gulf of Mexico. Numbers are limited to 14 people to ensure unobstructed views of the majestic creatures, set against a dramatic sunset backdrop. From £42.13. 

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Tiki Sunset Cruise 

This Tiki Sunset Cruise is a great option for those looking for something a little different to your average bar. Set aboard a Hawaiin-inspired Tiki bar, the 90-minute cruise sails past some of the best sights along the Gulf of Mexico as the sun goes down. Passengers are invited to bring their favourite drinks and snacks and can keep them cool in ice-packed coolers on board. 

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