An Insider’s Guide to Fort Walton Beach, FL


Helpful information & suggestions for your visit to Fort Walton Beach, FL 
Created by Valerie Rogers 

The beach, the beach! For many of us, this is our “happy place”; it certainly is that for my husband and I. We live in Parker, CO, love to travel and have been fortunate enough to visit some of the most beautiful places in the world. We feel so blessed to own vacation rental properties in locations that offer surpassing beauty and gorgeous views: Summit County, CO as well as Fort Walton Beach, FL. Our latest vacation rental venture is in Lynchburg, VA, a beautiful location close to the Blue Ridge Mountains and in an area full of Civil War history. 

When we decided it was time to purchase our own little piece of paradise in a beach location we headed to the Panhandle area of Florida. This area boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the world with powdery sugar white sand and the gorgeous turquoise water of the Gulf of Mexico. We began our property search in Destin, but decided to buy on Okaloosa Island which is located in Fort Walton Beach right over the Destin Bridge. We loved the small town feel of the island and its proximity to all of the attractions and amenities found in Destin, without all of the crowds and traffic. 

Besides enjoying the beautiful beaches, there is so much to see and do in Fort Walton Beach and the surrounding area that no matter what the season, we always look forward to coming back and spending time here. 

I hope this guide will help inform you of some the great dining options, activities and fun things to do in and around Fort Walton Beach and Destin! 


Grocery Stores 


Fitness Centers/Gyms


The Beach 

Health & Public Services

Discover the Emerald Coast

Upcoming Events

Local Beach Cams (super cool!)

Thanks to Christine Karpinski & the folks at Sugar Palm Vacation Rentals in Destin, FL for contributing to the Destin suggestions in this guide!