Fort Walton Beach, Florida, United States
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Fort Walton Beach Information

About Fort Walton Beach

Fort Walton Beach is a small beach town located on the Emerald Coast in southern Okaloosa County between Destin and Pensacola. Named one of the happiest towns in America by the National Bureau of Economic Research, this laidback Florida destination is famous for its fine white sand beaches and turquoise waters. Home to the Eglin Air Force Base at Hurlburt Field, Fort Walton Beach was also historically an important Civil War site, a rich history that is still celebrated today. Especially popular between the months of March and April for spring break trips, Fort Walton Beach is less crowded, smaller, and quieter than its nearby counterparts. The weather in Fort Walton Beach is warm and humid all year, making it the perfect winter escape!

Things to do in Fort Walton Beach

Fort Walton Beach has fun attractions for all ages. Downtown, you can enjoy an art walk, sing along at a free concert at Landing Park, savor a delicious meal at a Brooks Street restaurant, or indulge in a little retail therapy along Miracle Strip Parkway. Bask in the sun at one of the many beaches, the most popular of which are Navarre Beach, Grayton Beach, and Juana’s Beach. For some kid-friendly fun, swing by the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, where you can swim with dolphins, snorkel with stingrays, feed penguins, and much more! Learn about Fort Walton Beach’s rich past with a tour of the Indian Temple Mound and Museum or the Air Force Armament Museum. Fort Walton Beach also boasts an impressive array of rare wildlife and beautiful nature trails, which you can experience at Liza Jackson Park and the Timpoochee Trail. Take a day trip to Destin, Pensacola, or Okaloosa Island, which are located just across the Santa Rosa Sound and are conveniently connected to Fort Walton Beach by the Brooks Bridge. There, you will find many more beaches as well as the popular boardwalk, an entertainment, shopping, and dining venue located on the beach overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Looking for some romance? Consider renting a pontoon boat for a sunset cruise or dancing the night away at one of the popular nightclubs like The Block.

Fort Walton Beach Accommodations

You have many options when it comes to booking a flight to Fort Walton Beach. There are four nearby public airports, including Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport, Northwest Florida Regional Airport, Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, and Pensacola International Airport. If you are driving into town, State Road 189, State Road 85, and US 98 are the most popular routes, though there are smaller scenic routes as well. Uptown Station is the largest mass transportation stop in the city, which uses buses and colorful trolleys powered by Okaloosa County Transit to get you from the beach to downtown and wherever else you need to go. Given Fort Walton Beach’s unbeatable weather and location on the Emerald Coast, boats and bikes are also popular transportation options that help you take full advantage of the tropical climate. Finding a rental home, condo, or apartment with a beachview or a pool is easy and affordable with’s selection of vacation properties, especially along Miracle Strip Parkway.

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Vacation Rentals in Fort Walton Beach

Looking for the perfect vacation rental for your Fort Walton Beach getaway?’s got you covered. Whether you’re seeking a vacation home, cabin rental or cottage, Fort Walton Beach offers 151 affordable vacation home rentals to choose from, with far more amenities, space and comforts than the average hotel room. Select from 137 properties with high-speed WiFi Internet, 101 full with jacuzzi and pool, and homes complete with outdoor patio, great for entertaining with guests. Whatever your needs, find the perfect home rental that best matches your accommodation style and budget.

For travelers planning for an extended stay, long-term lodging and corporate rentals only cost an average of $25 a month. Save hundreds with affordable vacation rentals on and, in many cases, book directly online so you’re all set to go. Fort Walton Beach has 151 gorgeous homes with 12 pet-friendly rentals to choose from, perfect for your dog or cat. Check out our vacation rental listings now to get the latest deals, and book the right vacation home rental for you and the whole family. Feel at home wherever you are and experience an unforgettable vacation with

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