The center of any beach vacation is none other than the beach itself. That's why Fort Walton Beach is the most sought after beach vacation spot in the Florida panhandle. All along the upper gulf coast of Florida, otherwise known as the Emerald Coast, vacationers are enjoying the whitest sand and cleanest water found in North America. Okaloosa Island, located within Fort Walton Beach, Fl. is located between Destin and Navarre. This exclusive island atmosphere offers privacy as well as access to fun and activities. This is where your family will find the perfect and unforgettable vacation experience.
Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island Resorts are located six miles west of Destin, Florida and Holiday Isle. On Okaloosa Island, sugar-white beaches stretch for miles along the emerald green waters of this beautiful coastline. Travelers make the trip from across the world to enjoy these breathtaking views, but this getaway island offers more than just a white beach. Here, you'll find yourself surrounded by a family atmosphere with plenty of activities for the parents and the kids. Attractions like bungee jumping, water parks, sailing charters, go karts, putt-putt, and much more can be found nearby within a short drive all around the Fort Walton Beach area. If you're feeling adventurous, you can take off on a jet ski, or parasail above the Emerald Coastline. Love fishing? Then you'll want to charter a half or full day of deep sea fishing on one of area’s world famous fishing fleet. This is the world's luckiest fishing village, by the way.
Perhaps you just want to get away from it all. Each resort has a private beach for your enjoyment. Beach chairs & umbrellas are available for rent, and are included in many Fort Walton Beach Vacation packages. Almost every resort here has ocean views, and most have oceanfront or beachfront views from a private balcony. Many resorts also offer on site tennis, and golf packages. There are shuttles to and from most resorts, shopping malls, grocery stores, and medical facilities are also nearby.
Did I mention shopping? Vacationing along this Emerald Coastline puts you in the mix of dozens of local shopping malls. Silver Sands and Destin Commons, among others are good for a day or evening of outdoor retail shopping. Kids will enjoy the courtyard water fountain (bring a bathing suit) as well as the train ride through the streets of the outdoor mall. Adults and teens alike will shop for hours in major designer-brand stores, including American Eagle, Banana Republic, Hollister Co., Bass Pro Shops, and dozens more.
After a day of fun in the sun, you may want to enjoy one of Fort Walton Beach’s seafood restaurants. Many of these are dockside with an atmosphere that you just can't get anywhere else. Fort Walton Beach is the best choice for outdoor sunset dining along the emerald coast. Dine on the Destin Harbor, and watch the fishing charters troll in from a day on the sea. After dinner, you can walk the docks of Destin and watch as the day's catch is cleaned and boats are readied for the next outing. Whatever your taste, our Fort Walton Beach condo rentals are sure to please.
Author: Bob M Dyer
Founder and CEO of Sunset Resort Rentals, Destin's premier property management company.