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The Best Fort Walton Beach Florida Beaches

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The Best Fort Walton Beach Florida Beaches

Are you looking for the perfect Florida beach to relax on? If so, here is info for the best Fort Walton Beach Florida Beaches. Definitely one of my favorites!

Fort Walton Beach on the Gulf Coast is worth considering for a vacation. With sparkling white sand and crystal-clear waters, it’s easy to see why this spot is a favorite among locals and visitors alike. 

The beautiful beaches of Fort Walton, located in Okaloosa County, with its emerald waters are breathtaking and part of the Florida Panhandle. All the beaches on the Gulf of Mexico, particularly in this part of the Panhandle is a popular destination for couples, families and more. 

Eglin Air Force Base

Shallow waters. White sandy beaches. Palm trees. What’s not to like? Fort Walton Beach is the perfect place for you to plan to visit for your next beach vacation.

Be sure to take time to visit Pensacola while you’re in the area. Located nearby in Pensacola is the Eglin Air Force Base, home of the Air Force Armament Museum.

This is the only facility in the U.S. dedicated to the display of Air Force armament. Open daily and admission is free. 

Sun, sand and sea. If that that sounds like paradise to you, you’ll want to head over to some of the best beaches in Florida. Here are the best of the Fort Walton Beach Florida beaches:

John C. Beasley Park

Originally a segregated beach, today this beach welcomes all beach goers. Sand dunes, picnic areas, and easy access to the beach, this is a favorite for family vacations.

This City of Fort Walton Beach park is known for it’s out of this world sunrise and sunset views. John Beasley park is located at 1550 Miracle Strip Parkway SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 and is open daily. The parking lot has over 200 spots available.

Crab Island

Crab Island is roughly a 25-minute boat ride from Fort Walton. It is actually a sandbar and a huge attraction on its own.

This island may look close to land, but it’s actually much farther than it appears. You can rent a boat or take the glass bottom Crab Island Shuttle Boat over. You may catch a glimps of sea turtles as they swim by. 

Bring your beach chair and sunscreen and let the good times roll. Bring cash as there are many floating food vendors to purchase from.

Henderson Beach State Park

Henderson Beach State Park is one of the prettiest state parks in Florida. With its beautiful blue green waters and snow white sand, you can see this waterfront park is a local favorite. 

Love to camp? This is one of the best state parks for beach camping. Be sure to book early as camp sites are usually fully booked months in advance. Check the warnig flags for surf conditions and current weather before entering the water. Change happens quickly on these white sandy beaches.

This is the perfect beach for swimming. Check out the nature trail with its unique coastal dune ecosystem and wildlife this area is known for.

James Lee Park

James Lee Park Public Beach is actually located in nearby Destin and is one of the best beaches in the area.  Fun fact it’s often called the Crab Trap Beach as it’s located next to the one of popular seafood restaurants in the area, The Crap Trap.

Even though it’s one of the largest beaches in the area with public beach access points, it’s also one of the least crowded. 

Nine dune walkovers into the soft sand, picnic tables, volley ball courts  and pavilions on one of the prettiest beaches on Florida’s Emerald Coast.

Okaloosa Island Boardwalk

The beautiful white sands of Okaloosa Island will have you wanting to return year after year. After spending the day in the sun, head over to the boardwalk to eat and shop and maybe some ice cream.

Love to fish? The Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier or the Island Pier is where you want to go. You may catch tarpon, tuna, king mackerel, cobia, redfish, and bonito and more from the turquoise water.

Other Fort Walton Beaches attractions:

After a day on Fort Walton Beaches or nearby Destin Beaches, make time to explore the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park. It is located at 1010 Miracle Strip Parkway SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548.

This park has been open since the 1950’s and has daily shows featuring sharks, rays & dolphins. 

Also, nearby is the Indian Temple Mound Museum. Over 1000 artifacts depicting the lives of Native Americans are on display at this museum. 

In downtown Fort Walton Beach, you will find the Garnier Post Office Museum located in a historic building. It is a one-minute walk from the India Temple Mound Museum so be sure to visit both while in the area.

Finally, while in downtown Fort Walton Beach, head to Miracle Strip Parkway. Easy to walk and your four legged family members are also welcome to walk with you.

How to get to Fort Walton Beach

The nearest airport is actually Valparaiso Destin-Ft Walton Beach Airport, but you can also fly into Panama City Beach Airport. Check flights here: Kayak Or like me, enjoy a scenic drive up the Panhandle.

National Parks

Before leaving the area, be sure to visit Gulf Islands National Seashore located on Okaloosa Island. This natural wonder is home to one of the prettiest beaches in the area. 

Where to stay

Family-friendly resorts or romantic getaway, you will find both and more in Fort Walton Beach, many with easy access to its gorgeous beaches. My personal favorite thing to do? Rent a house from VRBO

This fun beach town has fantastic weather most of the year along with fun for the whole family, girl’s trips and is one of the best Florida beaches for couples.

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About Denise

Denise Sanger lives a life split between her love for fitness and her passion for travel particularly to the BEACH.  Denise also has a love of marketing and lives in beautiful Suwannee County, Florida. You can find out more about Denise here: About Denise

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