John Beasley Park

Fort Walton Beach-Okaloosa Island, Florida

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Feb 20 ~ Feb 26
John Beasley Park is a beautiful beachside retreat located on Okaloosa Island, FL, known for its rolling white sand dunes, crystal-clear emerald waters, wonderful wildlife, and scenic views galore! Whether you’re enjoying a picnic on the beach with your sweetie, or are having a good, old-fashioned, family-fun beach day, you’re in for a treat at John Beasley Park.

John Beasley Park Visitors Guide

John Beasley Park, also known simply as Beasley Park, is a large public beach park located on Okaloosa Island, and is known for its iconic emerald green waters, white sand, an array of native flora and fauna, and spectacular scenic views! This is a preferred beach area among locals, families, and couples, as it is typically less crowded and more laid-back. Popular activities here include swimming, fishing, birding, looking for dolphins, having a picnic, watching a sunset, or simply enjoying some rest and relaxation!

This beautiful beach park has a historic and cultural significance, as well. It was the only beach in Northwest Florida that African Americans could use during the segregation era. The park was named after John C. Beasley from Montgomery, AL, who moved to Fort Walton Beach in 1941. He was known for being active in civic organizations, government, and efforts toward community advancement. A commemorative plaque was installed here in 2015.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Are there dining and entertainment options nearby?

If soaking up the sun worked up an appetite, then you’re in luck! John Beasley Park’s neighbor to the west is The Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island, which has tons of delicious dining options to appease all palates. Rockin’ Tacos, The Crab Trap, Floyd’s Shrimp House, and Al’s Beach Club & Burger Bar are just a few of the options here for tasty food in a casual setting.

And even though Beasley Park is known for providing both solitude and serenity, there are still tons of things to do nearby for excitement and adventure! A few of the top attractions on Okaloosa Island include Wild Willy's Adventure Zone, Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, Okaloosa Island Pier, pontoon rentals, jet ski rentals, flyboarding, and more. Beasley Park is also just a few miles away from HarborWalk Village, which is home to some of the best activities Destin has to offer!

2. Are there chair and umbrella rentals available?

Chair and umbrella rentals are not available at John Beasley Park. Visitors will want to bring their own chairs, umbrellas, towels, and any other beach gear they may need!

3. Do we need a reservation to use one of the tables at the pavilion?

John Beasley Park has two large pavilions and 12 picnic tables. The West Pavilion is available for reservations in 2-hour increments for a fee. This is a great option for private parties, reunions, weddings, etc., and for more information about pavilion rentals, please call 850-689-5790.

With that being said, reservations are not needed to simply use the tables for a beachside snack or shade from the sun. Tables are available on a first-come first-served basis, and reservations are not required. Please be sure to read over any signage at the pavilion, as this will let you know of any closures for special events.

4. Will there be a lifeguard on duty?

A lifeguard will be on duty during the summer months, and can be found right in front of the boardwalk. There is no lifeguard on duty the rest of the year, however, and visitors must swim at their own risk.

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