Fort Walton is a very popular Florida beach vacation destination. It is separated from Destin by one section of the Gulf Island national Seashore that has sand which is almost as white as snow. The beaches are gorgeous; the turquoise ocean mingles with the blue sky at the horizon and the golden Sea Oats rise from sand surrounded by tiny green shrubs. On the bayside of the sea shore lies a public access area that is a popular recreational spot for boaters and water skiers. The Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island is the most happening place on the beach with lively shops, restaurants, a fishing pier and a Gulfarium. You can watch the dolphins frolicking in the water from the Gulfarium.

Recreational activities include fishing, beach volleyball, snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing, parasailing and more. The town has the hippest bars, beach shops and amusement parks in the area. There are pubs on the beach and on the Boardwalk which are a perfect place to retire after a day in the sun. If you have children along do take them to the Emerald Coast Science Center and you can turn your Florida beach vacation into a fun filled learning experience for them. Golf and Tennis are the other popular activities. The Fort Walton Area has a myriad of parks and nature reserves which provide ample opportunity for fishing or for a family picnic. Some of the parks in the area include The Big Lagoon State Park, a coastal park with a birding trail, The Chester Pruitt Park which features a softball field, picnic tables and grills and The Mimosa park, another prime location for a family picnic. The area also has two historic sites; the Fort Walton Mound and the Gulfview Hotel Historic District.

Fort Walton Restaurants specialize in culinary delights from around the world. Some of the poplar eateries include The Crab Trap which serves the freshest and most delicious sea food with what else but crabs being their specialty. If you are looking for Asian fare the two restaurants to go to would be Makong Thai Restaurant for Thai food and Okinawa Japanese Steak and Seafood house serves perfect prepared steaks with a Japanese touch. Another popular restaurant is the Mulhollows Bistro at Miracle Strip Pkwy. This restaurant has a classical European Bistro theme but the owner is Italian who held a lifelong love for French cuisine while his wife brought in the Asian influences so finally what comes on your table is a combination of various cuisines blended to perfection.

While at Fort Walton you can stay at a variety of Beach homes and condos offering one, two and more bedrooms with a loft and is a perfect place for a family Florida Beach Vacation. Many are available for around $125 per night or $650 per week.

Fort Walton with its numerous amenities and attractions provides an ideal Florida beach vacation experience.