Fort Walton Beach, FL

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Fort Walton Beach showing a sandy beach, a hotel and a sunset

North Florida's Gulf Coast is a region of outstanding natural beauty, with idyllic beaches and nature walks where you can explore the state’s indigenous past.

With palm trees, white sands, country parks and wildlife trails, Fort Walton Beach is an ideal location for those who love the outdoors. Watch for dolphins, snorkel, take a hike through woods and investigate thousands of years of Native American history.

Visit the biggest draw for Fort Walton Beach: its miles of sea shore. Go to Henderson Beach State Park to swim, sunbathe and observe wildlife. Follow the nature trail through a coastal dune ecosystem and look for migratory birds, reptiles and other animals. During the summer, dolphins and sea turtles can occasionally be seen from the shore. Ride a bike through acres of pine flatwoods at Grayton Beach.

Drive across the Brooks Bridge to lie on the white sands of Okaloosa Island. This stretch of coast is part of Santa Rosa Island. Visit Okaloosa Island Boardwalk to shop, dine or picnic under one of the covered areas.

Away from the sand and sea, Fort Walton Beach has much more to offer. Go to the Indian Temple Mound Museum to see artifacts from 12,000 years of Native American history. Other relics on display are from European explorers, early settlers and local pirates. Gaze in awe at one of the fastest planes ever built, the SR-71 Blackbird. It's viewable at the Air Force Armament Museum along with other aircraft from World War II to the present day. Look at bombs and missiles and play with interactive displays.

Enjoy southern hospitality in the restaurants, bars and cafés of the downtown area. While you are there, browse the shops and flea markets of the Antique District.

Fort Walton Beach is located between Pensacola and Panama City along northern Florida’s Gulf Coast. Reach it by flying into Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport. Getting around the city is easy by public transportation, rental car and taxi. For beaches, wildlife and almost year-round sunshine, Fort Walton Beach is a great vacation spot for the whole family.

Four Points by Sheraton Destin-Fort Walton Beach
Four Points by Sheraton Destin-Fort Walton Beach
3 out of 5
1325 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL, 32548
The price is $199 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in Fort Walton Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 outdoor pools, and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in ...
4/5 Very Good! (990 reviews)
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Reviewed on May 14, 2022

Four Points by Sheraton Destin-Fort Walton Beach
The Island Resort at Fort Walton Beach
The Island Resort at Fort Walton Beach
4 out of 5
Miracle Strip Parkway Southeast, 1500, Fort Walton Beach, FL, 32548
The price is $329 per night from May 24 to May 25
Stay at this 4-star beach resort in Fort Walton Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 outdoor pools, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the bar in our reviews. ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,781 reviews)
"The resort was perfect for our long weekend getaway!!! The location is excellent and we easily walked to the boardwalk for shopping and food. All staff was so friendly!!! We will definitely remember this resort for our next vacation!!!"

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

The Island Resort at Fort Walton Beach
Wyndham Garden Fort Walton Beach Destin
Wyndham Garden Fort Walton Beach Destin
3 out of 5
573 Santa Rosa Blvd, Fort Walton Beach, FL, 32548
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $224 per night from May 24 to May 25
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in Fort Walton Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff ...
3.9/5 Good! (1,829 reviews)
"great view!"

Reviewed on May 12, 2022

Wyndham Garden Fort Walton Beach Destin
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
El Matador -resort View
El Matador -resort View
3.5 out of 5
909 Santa Rosa Blvd, Fort Walton Beach, FL, 32548
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in Fort Walton Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Popular attractions Liza Jackson Park and Okaloosa ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (39 reviews)
"I like it a lot, the property clean."

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2021

El Matador -resort View
Destin West Resort by Panhandle Getaways
Destin West Resort by Panhandle Getaways
3.5 out of 5
1326 Miracle Strip Parkway Southeast, Fort Walton Beach, FL, 32548
Stay at this 3.5-star beach condo in Fort Walton Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 7 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the WiFi in our reviews. ...
3.5/5 Good! (28 reviews)
"Amazing family oriented place. I will recommend it"

Reviewed on May 6, 2022

Destin West Resort by Panhandle Getaways
Destin West Vacations
Destin West Vacations
3 out of 5
1320 Miracle Strip Pkwy, SE, Suite #100, Fort Walton Beach, FL, 32548
Stay at this 3-star beach aparthotel in Fort Walton Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, 5 outdoor pools, and a private beach. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful ...
3.8/5 Good! (138 reviews)
Aging property on the gulf side
"Property is showing its age. Villa room with one queen and sofabed needed a little more cleaning. Sofa cushions had a few stains and AC vents had a lot of dust. Other than that... being at the beach most of our time was spend off property. Lazy rives was the nicest part."

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2021

Destin West Vacations
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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