Southeast of Fort Walton Beach, the snorkeling at the east Destin jetty is popular for its diverse fish population. The water clarity can be up 30 feet where you can see the algae covered rocks. The Destin Jetty has an L-shaped rock formation. The water depth varies from 4 to 40 feet deep.
After a long day of snorkeling at the Destin Jetty, don’t forget to head over to The Back Porch located right on the beach for a cool drink.
To reach the Destin Jetty snorkeling from Fort Walton Beach, head out to the peninsula via Gulfshore Dirve and park along the roadside close to the second beach access point. It will be about a 0.5 mile walk back to the east Destin Jetty. There is a public beach access parking area at Norriego Point. The east jetty can be a challenge to get to since it is quite a walk from the nearest public parking area. To reach the snorkeling off the panhandle of Florida by air, you will need to fly into either Destin Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) or Northwest Florida Beaches Airport (ECP) north of Panama City.
Note: Use caution with the strong currents between the tides. In the past few years, there have been numerous drownings at the east jetty due to a vortex forming during the outgoing tide near the finger jetty. It is best to snorkeling at the east jetty about an hour before high tide. A dive flag is highly recommended due to boat traffic through the Destin Pass.
Overall, Destin Jetty is the 3rd most popular snorkel dive spot of all 11 snorkeling dives in Florida Panhandle.