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Fort Walton BeachUnited States of America

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.

Top Hotels in Fort Walton Beach

The Island by Hotel RL
The Island by Hotel RL
3.5 out of 5
Miracle Strip Parkway Southeast, 1500, Fort Walton Beach, FL
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $100 per night from Nov 5 to Nov 6

Nestled on the beach, this Fort Walton Beach resort is within a 10-minute walk of Wayside Park, Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, and Emerald Coast Convention ...

3.8/5Good! (1,592 reviews)

"We liked the grounds and location. There were some areas that needed updating."…"

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2020

The Island by Hotel RL
Wyndham Garden Fort Walton Beach Destin
Wyndham Garden Fort Walton Beach Destin
3 out of 5
573 Santa Rosa Blvd, Fort Walton Beach, FL
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $95 per night from Nov 5 to Nov 6

Located in Fort Walton Beach, this beachfront hotel is in the historical district and within 2 mi (3 km) of Okaloosa Island Beach, Emerald Coast Convention Center, ...

3.9/5Good! (1,273 reviews)

"We had a pleasant weekend stay and would consider returning again."…"

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2020

Wyndham Garden Fort Walton Beach Destin
Emerald Coast Inn And Suites
Emerald Coast Inn And Suites
2.5 out of 5
1214 Miracle Strip Pkwy Se, Fort Walton Beach, FL
The price is $65 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Emerald Coast Convention Center and Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park. Wayside Park and Okaloosa ...

3.7/5Good! (928 reviews)

"I really like this hotel! This is my second time staying here and both times were great! The rooms are very spacious and comfortable. Really close to the beach. I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone."…"

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2020

Emerald Coast Inn And Suites
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.

Vacation Rentals in Fort Walton Beach

Destin West Vacations
Destin West Vacations
3 out of 5
1320 Miracle Strip Pkwy, SE, Suite #100, Fort Walton Beach, FL

Nestled on the beach, this Fort Walton Beach condo resort is within a 10-minute walk of Wayside Park and Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park. Emerald Coast Convention ...

3.8/5Good! (112 reviews)
Wonderful resort right outside of Destin

"Loved our stay! Looking at the reviews I had no idea the resort was so big and had a gulfside and beachside but the walkway over the highway was so perfect. We loved going to the beach in the morning and spend the afternoon in the lazy river. The lazy river had bbq pits, tables, spa and pools around ..."…"

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2020

Destin West Vacations
Pirates' Bay Marina
Pirates' Bay Marina
2.5 out of 5
214 Miracle Strip Pkwy SW unit B-112, Fort Walton Beach, FL

Situated in Fort Walton Beach, this condo building is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Liza Jackson Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Emerald Coast Convention Center and Gulfarium ...

4/5Very Good! (42 reviews)

"This little condo was Perfect for my Husband our 2 kids and I! I loved the location and the View was Amazing!! I was heasitant about driving all the was from West Texas to Fort Walton, but tue second i walked through the door at Pirates Bay I felt at home! I'll Definatley be back!"…"

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2020

Pirates' Bay Marina
El Matador -resort View
El Matador -resort View
3.5 out of 5
909 Santa Rosa Blvd, Fort Walton Beach, FL

Situated on the beach, this apartment building is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Okaloosa Island Beach and within 3 mi (5 km) of Emerald Coast Convention Center and Gulfarium ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (12 reviews)
Good stay!

"Our stay was good overall. We had a noisy window the first night but were able to fix the issue and sleep well the other nights. I suggest that you put dark curtains in the bedrooms in case your guests want to sleep in."…"

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2020

El Matador -resort View
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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Reviews of Fort Walton Beach

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 36.34719710669078%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 6.871609403254973%
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2 - Disappointing 0.9041591320072333%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.7233273056057866%

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jun 6, 2020

I would not recommend staying in Fort Walton. I would go on to Destin or towards Pensacola.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

Fort Walton and Dustin was amazing I do not recommend the quality Inn to anybody the rooms were absolutely disgusting!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 29, 2020

We love it!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 27, 2020

Downtown area is nice

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 26, 2020

absolutely beautiful and really enjoyed!!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 21, 2020

I usually stay in Destin, but Ft Walton Beach is also very nice. We have stayed in this area multiple times, and we will be back again.

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