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Every day’s a sunny one in Fort Walton Beach

Bathed by the balmy waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the sugary sands of Fort Walton Beach are located on Florida's Emerald Coast. Continuously occupied for more than 12,000 years, this stunning Western Panhandle community attracts visitors who want to relax surrounded by towering palm trees, fragrant magnolias and panoramic views of the Gulf. From skydiving to golf and nature trails, both adults and kids can discover a playground here.

Things to see and do

Pristine beaches and azure waters blend with leisure and cultural activities that include shopping, dining, exciting nightlife and historic sites at Fort Walton Beach.

Outdoor recreation

Getting out on the water is easy when there are fishing, boating and water sports options off the coast. Climb aboard a Waverunner or strap on a parasail and enjoy a bird's-eye view of the spectacular land and seascape. Or head offshore to observe manatees, dolphins and sea turtles in their natural habitat.

Beautiful flora and fauna greet visitors who choose to visit nature parks like Blackwater River State Park or Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou. Fort Walton also boasts several challenging golf courses for both novice and experienced players seeking a challenging round. For something a little different, visitors can skateboard, rollerblade or race on a professionally-maintained BMX track at the Emerald Coast Dirt & Vert extreme sports complex.

Cultural activities

The Heritage Park and Cultural Center is a complex of four museums and a national historic landmark. In addition to the Indian Temple Mound Museum, you can visit the Fort Walton Temple Mound, Garnier Post Office Museum and Camp Walton Schoolhouse Museum, as well as the Civil War Exhibit Building. The museums chronicle the legacies of various cultures, from prehistoric times to the present.

The Emerald Coast Science Center features interactive displays that enable guests to explore the natural world around them. Children can interact with exhibits about the human body, color, light and wind. The Air Force Armaments Museum examines aviation warfare from the canvas biplanes of World War I to today's high-tech stealth aircraft.

Shopping, dining and entertainment

The Uptown Shopping District features more than 60 local and nationally-recognized retailers and eateries. It also sponsors a variety of special events throughout the year. The historic downtown area boasts unique shops, restaurants and galleries as well as stores that sell antiques and other collectibles, should you want an extra special souvenir. Local dining establishments offer a wide selection of fresh seafood dishes featuring crawfish, oysters and crab, as well as shrimp and grouper. In addition to Cajun-Creole and Tex-Mex, eateries serve Japanese, Thai, Greek and Korean cuisine.

Dine al fresco on waterfront seating to experience a majestic sunset. When the sun goes down, the Emerald Coast nightlife begins to shine. From harbor and beachfront gathering spots to comedy and dance clubs, plus theaters and live music venues, there is plenty of excitement for night owls.

Special events

The Winter Guest Fest is a tradeshow featuring displays related to the snowbird lifestyle. The parades, floats and festivities of the Mardi Gras on the Island celebration bring New Orleans-style flamboyance to the beach. Those looking to experience the music, dance and culture of the area's Native American people should head to the Musical Echoes Festival, while the Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival honors the community's buccaneering past.

Best time to visit

Fort Walton Beach features a humid subtropical climate that produces long hot summers and short mild winters that rarely generate snow, ice or freezing temperatures. While the beach attracts visitors year-round, the busiest times are spring break, summer and the winter snowbird season. Spring and fall are warm, short and less crowded.

Where to stay

It is not surprising that resorts, inns and hotels in this area center around Fort Walton beaches. From condominiums with balcony views across the Mexican Gulf to resorts like Marina Bay where pools, hot tubs and spa facilities ensure you have everything for a pampered vacation, you can splash out or stick to a budget by cooking your own food and enjoying tasty outdoor barbeques.

Travel information

Fort Walton Beach is served by the nearby Northwest Florida Regional Airport (VPS). Situated approximately 10 miles from downtown, VPS offers nonstop commuter services to various airline hubs throughout the United States. Guests of Fort Walton Beach hotels can also reach their accommodations by utilizing US Route 98 from Pensacola as well as US Route 331, which connects the beach community with Interstate 10 to the north. Once in the city, use the scenic seaside Miracle Strip Parkway or the Okaloosa County Transit Trolley to experience the serene ambience and thrilling family-friendly attractions on the Emerald Coast.

Recently booked Fort Walton Beach hotels

Hotel Last booked Stars Price from
Emerald Coast Inn and Suites
Fort Walton Beach
1 hour ago 3 stars $79
Four Points by Sheraton Destin-Fort Walton Beach
Destin - Miramar Beach
3 hours ago 3 stars $137
Holiday Lodge & Suites - Fort Walton Beach
Fort Walton Beach
5 hours ago 2 stars $66
Wyndham Garden Fort Walton Beach Destin
Fort Walton Beach
11 hours ago 3 stars $135
La Quinta Inn & Suites Fort Walton Beach
Fort Walton Beach
12 hours ago 3 stars $129
BEST WESTERN Ft. Walton Beachfront
Fort Walton Beach
14 hours ago 3 stars $149
Ramada Plaza Fort Walton Beach Resort/Destin
Destin - Miramar Beach
1 day ago 3 stars $179
Days Inn - Fort Walton Beach
Fort Walton Beach
2 days ago 2 stars $79
Hampton Inn Ft. Walton Beach
Fort Walton Beach
2 days ago 3 stars $147
Holiday Inn Express & Suites FORT WALTON BEACH NORTHWEST
Fort Walton Beach
3 days ago 3 stars $139

Recently Rated Fort Walton Beach Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Wyndham Garden Fort Walton Beach Destin
Fort Walton Beach
3.8 / 5
66 reviews
3 stars $135
Quality Inn Bayside
Fort Walton Beach
3.2 / 5
9 reviews
2 stars $152
Four Points by Sheraton Destin-Fort Walton Beach
Destin - Miramar Beach
4.1 / 5
74 reviews
3 stars $137
Regency Inn Fort Walton Beach
Fort Walton Beach
2.4 / 5
41 reviews
2 stars $65
Super 8 Ft Walton Beach
Fort Walton Beach
3.3 / 5
23 reviews
2 stars $80
Ramada Plaza Fort Walton Beach Resort/Destin
Destin - Miramar Beach
3.8 / 5
86 reviews
3 stars $179
Hampton Inn Ft. Walton Beach
Fort Walton Beach
4.2 / 5
19 reviews
3 stars $147
BEST WESTERN Ft. Walton Beachfront
Fort Walton Beach
3.7 / 5
27 reviews
3 stars $149
Marina Bay Resort
Fort Walton Beach
3.5 / 5
15 reviews
3 stars $93
Days Inn - Fort Walton Beach
Fort Walton Beach
2.6 / 5
23 reviews
2 stars $79

Featured Fort Walton Beach Hotels

From $135

1 Wyndham Garden Fort Walton Beach Destin

3 stars
3.8 / 5 66 reviews

573 Santa Rosa Blvd. Map

Save 20% on your stay

Family-friendly resort on the Gulf in Fort Walton BeachCross the short boardwalk over a grass-studded dune from Wyndham Garden Fort Walton Beach and onto a wide, sugar-white beach. Miles... More

Way over-priced
I was pretty disappointed with this Wyndham. It is outdated, not the cleanest, blood stain on blanket, very noisy, breakfast not included. Staff was friendly and location is good. But I would not...
Apr 29, 2015
From $149

2 BEST WESTERN Ft. Walton Beachfront

3 stars
3.7 / 5 27 reviews

380 Santa Rosa Boulevard Map

Save 10% on your stay

On the Island, Hotel is located directly on the Gulf of Mexico with Sugar White Sand & miles of unspoiled beaches. Great shopping, Wonderful Restaurants, Dolphin & Dinner Cruises, Fishing, Golf,... More

Our Wedding
L8ved the atmosphere and the staff. Really enjoyed the Swizzle Stick bar. The peiple made our stay well worth it.
Mar 10, 2015
From $65

3 Regency Inn Fort Walton Beach

2 stars
2.4 / 5 41 reviews

349 Miracle Strip Pkwy SW Map

The Regency Inn is conveniently located on Hwy 98 in Fort Walton Beach directly across from Liza Jackson Park where you can enjoy boat ramp access to the gulf. The Boardwalk in Fort Walton Beach... More

Not even good enough for a last resort
We stayed here because our condo was not yet ready. The hotel room was dirty and I was scared for my safety every time I went outside.
Apr 21, 2015
From $66

4 Holiday Lodge & Suites - Fort Walton Beach

2 stars
1.7 / 5 32 reviews

209 SW Miracle Strip Pkwy Map

The Holiday Lodge and Suites Fort Walton Beach is near Floridas Gulfarium Indian Temple Mound and Museum and Emerald Coast Science Center. Another attraction in the area is Air Force Armament... More

Saw some bugs. Could not confirm if they were the bed-variety. Didn't bring any of them home with me, but definitely led to this negative review.
Nov 14, 2014
From $147

5 Hampton Inn Ft. Walton Beach

3 stars
4.2 / 5 19 reviews

1112 Santa Rosa Blvd. Map

Free On The House hot breakfast, Wi-Fi

a charming seaside getaway...welcome to the Hampton Inn Ft. Walton Beach.Make a splash in Fort Walton Beach, where fishing, watersports and 80-degree gulf waters make this small coastal town one of... More

Business Trip
Staff was very kind. My room was very comfortable and it was right on the beach and about a 12 minute drive to Eglin Air Base.
Mar 13, 2015
From $93

6 Marina Bay Resort

3 stars
3.5 / 5 15 reviews

80 Miracle Strip Parkway Map

Spring and Summer Savings!

Marina Bay Resort offers more than just a hotel room. Beautifully decorated, newly renovated, excellent service and friendly staff along with many recreational amenities are just a few items in a... More

Great Place
This was a great place to stay. Staff was very friendly and lots of help. Would highly recommend this place to anyone.
Mar 10, 2015
From $152

7 Quality Inn Bayside

2 stars
3.2 / 5 9 reviews

322 Miracle Strip Parkway Map

Fort Walton Beach features famous sugar white sands, stretched like miles of whitesatin. Emeral-jeweled waters. Endless strings of recreational fishing fleets and water activites. Links and links... More

A little Business, A little Pleasure
We arrived early and didn't expect the staff to have us go to lunch while they prepared our rooms-ocean view and be ready and available within an hour. I can't speak enough about the people going...
Apr 29, 2015
From $125

8 Pirates Bay Guest Chambers and Marina

3 stars
4.5 / 5 2 reviews

214 SW Miracle Strip Parkway Map

Special Check In Instructions

Waterfront Studio condominiums located in downtown Ft Walton Beach Florida. All condos have a view of the pool, marina, and Santa Rosa Sound. Boat slips available for rent. Within walking distance... More

Nice, clean, afordable
Beautiful view of the Bay, very nice pool. Mini condo. Perfect for a few, very clean with all the amenities you need. Short 5 min drive to the beach.
Jul 16, 2014
From $79

9 Days Inn - Fort Walton Beach

2 stars
2.6 / 5 23 reviews

135 Miracle Strip Pkwy SW Map

Stay 3, Save 20%

The Days Inn of Fort Walton Beach, Florida offers the easy access of the beautiful white sand beaches at an affordable low nightly rate. Hotel is centrally located in the heart of Fort Walton Beach... More

NON smoking. NOT!
I am a smoker yet I have never smoked in my home. Or anywhere inside. I hate it. The "non smoking" room I paid for smelt like a Vegas casino. Need I say more?
Mar 10, 2015
From $80

10 Super 8 Ft Walton Beach

2 stars
3.3 / 5 23 reviews

333 Miracle Strip Parkway SW Map

Stay 2, Save 15%

Welcome to the Super 8 Fort Walton Beach. We are a Pet Friendly Hotel -20.00 per night fee. Short 1.5 mile drive to the main public beach access and fishing pier. Conveniently located on HWY 98 in... More

Wonderful mini vacation
I was very leary at first because of the low price, but when we checked the room out it was spotless. The jacuzzi was nice and the bed was clean and comfortable. I will be staying here again for...
Apr 14, 2015
From $139

11 Comfort Inn & Suites Fort Walton Beach

2 stars
3.4 / 5 7 reviews

137 Miracle Strip Pkwy Map

Welcome to the brand new Comfort Inn Fort Walton Beach.Take a swim in the warm, emerald waters of the gulf, or just lie back on the white sand. We can help you arrange a deep-sea fishing... More

Comfortable room. Free breakfast in the morning available. The room walls was dirty. The staff was unprofessional.
May 17, 2014
From $129

12 La Quinta Inn & Suites Fort Walton Beach

3 stars
4.2 / 5 23 reviews

3 Miracle Strip Parkway Southwest Map

The La Quinta Inn & Suites Ft. Walton Beach was recently named a 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award winner! Everything is simply nearby. Minutes away from The Gulf of Mexico, Destin,... More

Overnight Stay
The Motel was easy to find and was as advertised. The room was comfortable, clean and quiet. The breakfast was good and the staff was very friendly and polite.
Apr 13, 2014
From $139

13 Holiday Inn Express & Suites FORT WALTON BEACH NORTHWEST

3 stars
3.5 / 5 2 reviews

522 Mary Esther Cut Off Map

Welcome to the new Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Fort Walton Beach Our 74 room hotel is conveniently for both the business and leisure traveler. We are located only 3 miles from the beautiful white... More

Great Weekend!
Great!!!! Staff was excellent,(Jennie),rooms were clean, and close to the beach.
Aug 19, 2014
From $79

14 Emerald Coast Inn and Suites

3 stars
3.8 / 5 65 reviews

1214 Miracle Strip Parkway SE Map

Friendly inn with pool near Fort Walton BeachThis easy-going inn on Okaloosa Island between Destin and Fort Walton Beach makes a great base camp for the attractions of the area, including the white... More

Great value
The room was nicely decorated and comfortable. Staff was courteous, friendly, and helpful. Hotel is conveniently located to town & beach. I wouldn't hesitate to stay there again.
Feb 10, 2015
From $155

15 Islander Condominium by Wyndham Vacation Rentals

3 stars
5.0 / 5

790 Santa Rosa Blvd. Map

Quality condominiums directly on Okaloosa Islands sugar white sands with beautiful views of the Gulf of Mexico. Come experience that and more at Islander Condominums. Islander Condominiums... More

From $183

16 Waters Edge Condominiums by ResortQuest

3 stars
3.0 / 5 1 reviews

590 Santa Rosa Boulevard Map

Named for the resorts close proximity to the beautiful emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Waters Edge Condominiums hold a prime beachfront location on Okaloosa Island in Fort Walton Beach.... More

From $346

17 Azure Condominiums by Wyndham Vacation Rentals

4 stars
Not yet reviewed

1150 Santa Rosa Blvd. Map

A Mediterranean style paradise, this Gulf front mid rise stands out with beautiful earth tones outside and first rate appointments inside. The resort building surrounds an Italian style piazza with... More

From $157

18 Fairfield Inn & Suites Fort Walton Beach-West Destin

2 stars
Not yet reviewed

540 Santa Rosa Boulevard Map

Settle in for a memorable stay at one of the most comfortable hotels in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, the Fairfield Inn & Suites Fort Walton Beach-West Destin on Okaloosa Island. Our new hotel's... More

From $137

19 Four Points by Sheraton Destin-Fort Walton Beach

3 stars
4.1 / 5 74 reviews

1325 Miracle Strip Parkway SE Map

Save 20% on your stay

Relaxed resort on the beach in DestinThe Four Points by Sheraton Destin-Fort Walton Beach has a relaxed feel in a great location. The hotel is located on the Gulf, with miles of sugar-like sand.... More

Great until the last hour
The stay was great until my last hour, I asked the lady Dnse for a late checkout bcuz I received news of death in my family. I had to drive 6 hours to get back home and I needed sometime to get...
Apr 28, 2015

20 Seabreeze Inn

2 stars
1.5 / 5 45 reviews

100 Miracle Strip Pkwy SW Map

The Seabreeze Inn of Fort Walton Beach, Florida offers a lower cost alternative to higher priced hotels when you are not looking for the frills that the other hotels build into their rates. Enjoy... More

Seabreeze inn
It was an older hotel, the outside looked very nice but the inside was not so nice. The bed had clean linen though.
Oct 24, 2014