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Okaloosa Island

Known for Beaches, Sea and Dolphins

The perfect place for a romantic getaway or a family weekend retreat, this is an unforgettable shoreline delight.

How do you get to Okaloosa Island?

When you first arrive in Okaloosa, remove your shoes and walk on the white beach sands. Stare out over bright blue water and the endless horizon. You will know instantly why people regularly escape cities to relax here with their families. Arrive ready to swim and stay for a peaceful nap on the uncrowded beach.

Play a round of beach volleyball on delightfully clean and soft sand. Hug a dolphin or make friends with a sea lion at the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park. Pick up speed on a rented Jet Ski from Fudpucker’s Water Sports. Whatever you usually do at the beach, Okaloosa will have it ready for you.

Meander back and forth along the Okaloosa Island Boardwalk. Set behind the mass of sunbathers on the shore, this walkway is filled with dining spots. Find fresh seafood, including abundant preparations of crab and shrimp.

Watch a bull buck off a cowboy at the Bulls on the Beach Rock n’ Roll Rodeo. Listen to a nationally renowned band play a show at The Swamp concert venue. Embark on the Boardwalk Beer Tour. The consolidated Okaloosa Island Boardwalk makes it convenient to wander from something you love to something that’s new.

Spend a quiet afternoon on the dock watching the tide and casting a line at the Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier. Rent a fishing pole and buy tackle and bait on the pier or bring your own equipment. Catches from this pier can get quite large, so be ready to deal with lots of fish.

Continue driving along the coast or sleep here for a night. Rent a vacation home facing the ocean, stay at a beach resort right on the water or find a hotel in nearby Fort Walton Beach. Get around on foot.

If you stay in Okaloosa for a few nights, you’ll be in good company. You may end up part of the group of people who return here every year for generations.

Things to do in Okaloosa Island

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Embark on a 1.5-hour cruise of the coast of Destin. With a glass-bottomed boat, this family-owned cruise grants incredible views beneath the shimmering waters of the Emerald Coast. Watch for dolphins as they skip through the gulf around you and try to snap some photos to capture the moment.

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Enter Dolphin Discovery at Gulf World Panama City Beach and explore the beauty of marine life with the whole family. Experience a dolphin encounter and live out your dreams of splashing, playing, and swimming with these joyful and social creatures.

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All aboard a modern flats boat to enjoy scenic inshore fishing in the beautiful waters around Destin. Receive expert fishing tips and advice from a professional captain and angler as you seek out the best local hot spots for the finest catches in inland Florida.

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Fun-loving groups often struggle to find a solid adventure they can all enjoy together. Green Fin is here to make it easy, with guided stand up paddle board tours of some of the most exquisite and rare waterways in the world.