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Existing at an easy pace on North Florida’s sparkling Gulf Coast, Fort Walton Beach blends coastal city convenience with all the leisurely trappings of the Floridian lifestyle. Whether you want to play a picturesque round of golf, sun yourself on an immaculate beach, or swim with chattering dolphins – it’s all here. With a huge itinerary of family attractions, thriving amenities, and every recreational activity under the sun, it’s no wonder the seaside resort is a firm family favorite.

Things to see

Reclining before Fort Walton Beach, the skinny barrier island of Okaloosa offers mile after mile of pristine beaches. Whether you want sit back and catch the rays or dive into the many watersports on offer, the sugar white sand and azure blue water is the Emerald Coast’s biggest draw. Along the beachfront you’ll also find Florida’s Gulfarium. The marine adventure park is home to numerous wildlife exhibits and activities. Here you make friends with friendly seals, snorkel with stingrays, or tick ‘swim with dolphins’ off your bucket list. With its kid-friendly atmosphere Goofy Golf is an afternoon well spent. The family favorite offers two whimsical mini golf courses, both of which share an 18th hole known as the “Snakes Mouth”. The Indian Temple Mound and Museum is home to over 1000 fascinating artifacts. Representing 12,000 years of Native American history, the collection includes pieces made from stone, bone and clay, as well as relics from early European explorers.

Hotels in Fort Walton Beach

From luxury spa retreats to sprawling golf resorts, there are hotels in Fort Walton Beach to suit every kind of holiday. Whether it’s a luxury establishment or a modest chain name, much of the accommodation here comes in the form of wide and towering full-service hotels, right on the beachfront. Swimming pools, tennis courts, and fitness centers are all common amenities, whilst in-room features such as cable televisions and balconies-with-a-view are also to be expected. Those wanting a home from home will find numerous self catering rentals dotted about resort, whilst well-appointed budget hotels in Fort Walton Beach are also in good supply – but do take you away from the beach.

Where to stay

A hotel in Fort Walton Beach’s vibrant downtown gives you cosmopolitan convenience just minutes from the beach. Along with a huge choice of shops and restaurants you’ll find numerous art and entertainment haunts, whilst the antique district is a mecca for collectors. The Uptown shopping district also offers a wealth of splurging opportunities. With a hearty selection of eateries to refuel in, the district hosts many of the city’s buzzing events. If you just want sun, sea, and sand, opt for a beachfront hotel in Destin or Okaloosa Island - where you can wake up to glittering ocean views each morning.

How to get to Fort Walton Beach

Fort Walton Beach’s main gateway is Northwest Florida Regional Airport, conveniently located a 15 minute drive from the city’s downtown. International visitors will have to make a connecting flight from a larger airport, such as Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International. Once you’ve touched down, getting to your hotel is quick and convenient, with over 50 shuttle companies operating in the area to choose from. You’ll also find numerous car rental services at the airport, should you want to explore the region a bit more during your stay.