Fort Walton Beach-Okaloosa Island, Florida

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Fort Walton Beach-Okaloosa Island, Florida, Visitors Guide

Grown out of "Camp Walton," an 1861 Confederate Military Camp, Fort Walton Beach has blossomed into a serious southern travel destination in recent years. Many travelers would describe Fort Walton Beach as a fluid blend of ocean vibes and small-town charisma. Between the beaches of Okaloosa Island, the historic downtown district of Miracle Strip Parkway, and incredible attractions like the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, this versatile vacation spot offers all the comforts of home but with first-class accommodations and entertainment.

While visiting Fort Walton Beach, Florida, it's easy to find one-of-a-kind tours, activities, and attractions perfect for all ages and interests. Head to Okaloosa Island and catch a bite at the famous Okaloosa Island Boardwalk, or stop by the Fort Walton Indian Temple Mound Museum and be transported through time by Native American history and artifacts. Whatever your pleasure, F-dub (as the locals call it) will deliver an unforgettable experience.

Geography

Fort Walton Beach is a coastal community in northwestern Florida, situated on the western end of Choctawhatchee Bay. The city is close to Destin, Pensacola, and Panama City and less than two hours from the Alabama state line by car. Major roads include U.S. 98, State Road 85, and State Road 189.

Neighborhoods

Bluewater Bay is a family-oriented community near some of the area's most beautiful beaches. It offers many amenities to enjoy, including swimming pools, tennis courts, and a golf center.
Inlet Beach is a haven for those who love the beach. The area has plenty of shops, boutiques, and restaurants to explore.
Sandestin is a resort community surrounded by some of the most pristine beaches in the world. Its easy access to a tours and activities, including dining, shopping, and outdoor activities, makes it a great place to visit.

Top Places to Visit

Okaloosa Island Pier

The pier is a few steps from the white sand beaches. At the Okaloosa Island pier, you can enjoy stunning views of amazing sunsets and a variety of marine life including sea turtles, dolphins, and pelicans.

John Beasley Park

John Beasley Park is a popular Gulf-front park that offers easy access to the beach. The park has an octagonal platform, two large pavilions, and 12 picnic tables.

Ross Marler Park

Ross Marler Park provides easy access to boating, fishing, and swimming. It has incredible amenities including boat ramps, a swimming area, pavilions for picnics and family gatherings, and more.

Climate

Fort Walton Beach has hot, humid summers and short, mild winters. The spring and fall also tend to be warm. The best time to visit is from February to May and from October to December.

What is Fort Walton Beach-Okaloosa Island known for

White Sand Beaches, Military History, Eclectic Downtown Area, Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Fort Walton Beach Close to?

Fort Walton Beach is close to several popular coastal destinations. Immediately to the east is Destin, FL, and the west is Navarre Beach, FL. Nearby, you'll also find Pensacola Beach, Pensacola, Miramar Beach, and Santa Rosa Beach.

2. Are There Alligators in Fort Walton Beach, FL?

In the wild, it is very rare to find alligators in Fort Walton Beach. Most alligators have been peacefully removed from local lakes, golf courses, and coastal inlets. There are however, alligators in Fort Walton Beach at the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park. The park is located on Okaloosa Island and tickets can be purchased online, or in-person.

3. What is Fort Walton Beach Known for?

Fort Walton Beach is a thriving military community and tourist destination with strong local history. Fort Walton is known for local landmarks including the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, Okaloosa Island Boardwalk, Fort Walton Mound & Museum, Air Force Armament Museum, and the downtown Heritage Park and Cultural Center.

4. Are There a Beaches in Fort Walton Beach, FL?

Yes, there are beautiful white-sand beaches in Fort Walton Beach, FL. While a few beaches exist in western Fort Walton Beach, the biggest and best beaches are found on Okaloosa Island. These beaches are a mix of private and public, with the most popular spots located on the western end of Okaloosa Island near the Brooks Bridge.

5. Does Fort Walton Beach Have an Airport?

Yes, the Destin Fort Walton Beach Airport. It is located within Eglin Air Force Base, and is a major hub for Allegiant Air. This airport is the primary airport for those visiting Fort Walton Beach and Destin, Florida.

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