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What travelers to Fort Walton Beach are saying

Beaches are just as clean and less crowded than Destin. Destin is just a short drive away if you want favorite restaurants. Great hotel values. ft Walton needs more breakfast restaurant options.
Henry T. Louisville Jul 21, 2015
Beautiful water and beaches. Plenty of restaurants and shops. Only 8 1/2 hours from our home, so it makes for a great destination.
Dennis R. Jul 23, 2015
Ft. Walton Beach was good and it was only a few minutes away from Destin where we stayed the majority of our time there.
Jon Jul 7, 2015

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
Wyndham Garden Fort Walton Beach Destin
Fort Walton Beach
23 minutes ago 3 stars $149
Emerald Coast Inn and Suites
Fort Walton Beach
9 hours ago 3 stars $84
Regency Inn Fort Walton Beach
Fort Walton Beach
11 hours ago 2 stars $73
Comfort Inn & Suites Fort Walton Beach
Fort Walton Beach
11 hours ago 2 stars $132
Ramada Plaza Fort Walton Beach Resort/Destin
Destin - Miramar Beach
19 hours ago 3 stars $166
Four Points by Sheraton Destin-Fort Walton Beach
Destin - Miramar Beach
21 hours ago 3 stars $180
Hampton Inn Ft. Walton Beach
Fort Walton Beach
1 day ago 3 stars $141
Holiday Lodge & Suites - Fort Walton Beach
Fort Walton Beach
2 days ago 1 star $68
Quality Inn Bayside
Fort Walton Beach
2 days ago 2 stars $114
BEST WESTERN Ft. Walton Beachfront
Fort Walton Beach
4 days ago 3 stars $159

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 $149
TownePlace Suites Fort Walton Beach-Eglin AFB
Fort Walton Beach
5.0 / 5
1 reviews
2 stars $177
La Quinta Inn & Suites Fort Walton Beach
Fort Walton Beach
4.2 / 5
22 reviews
3 stars $138
Four Points by Sheraton Destin-Fort Walton Beach
Destin - Miramar Beach
4.1 / 5
76 reviews
3 stars $180
Super 8 Ft Walton Beach
Fort Walton Beach
3.4 / 5
22 reviews
2 stars $89
Ramada Plaza Fort Walton Beach Resort/Destin
Destin - Miramar Beach
3.8 / 5
84 reviews
3 stars $166
Marina Bay Resort
Fort Walton Beach
3.5 / 5
17 reviews
3 stars $98
Quality Inn Bayside
Fort Walton Beach
3.3 / 5
12 reviews
2 stars $114
Regency Inn Fort Walton Beach
Fort Walton Beach
2.5 / 5
41 reviews
2 stars $73
Days Inn - Fort Walton Beach
Fort Walton Beach
2.8 / 5
23 reviews
2 stars $89

Featured Fort Walton Beach Hotels

From $149

1 Wyndham Garden Fort Walton Beach Destin

3 stars
3.8 / 5 66 reviews

573 Santa Rosa Blvd.

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Cross the short boardwalk over a grass-studded dune from Wyndham Garden Fort Walton Beach and onto a wide, sugar-white beach. Miles of sand and surf offer endless activities, as do the...

Great trip with my family.
The beach and water was beautiful. Seaweed got a little thick our last day there, but nevertheless the emerald water was beautiful. Accommodations at the Wyndahm were great..clean, and they had all...
Jul 24, 2015
From $73

2 Regency Inn Fort Walton Beach

2 stars
2.5 / 5 41 reviews

349 Miracle Strip Pkwy SW

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...

Could have been worse
The room was outdated, very far from the actual beach. On one specific night there was an incident in which we went down to the pool and there was a suspicious thing floating around in the pool, we...
Jul 26, 2015
From $159

3 BEST WESTERN Ft. Walton Beachfront

3 stars
3.8 / 5 25 reviews

380 Santa Rosa Boulevard

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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,...

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 $138

4 La Quinta Inn & Suites Fort Walton Beach

3 stars
4.2 / 5 22 reviews

3 Miracle Strip Parkway Southwest

The La Quinta Inn & Suites Ft. Walton Beach has been awarded the 2015 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and is also a recipient of the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame award. This special designation...

Provided What We Needed
We just needed a place to crash as our plans changed. La Quinta is one of our quick picks when selecting more for convenience than amenities. Still, it always provide what you need...comfort,...
Jul 20, 2015
From $98

5 Marina Bay Resort

3 stars
3.5 / 5 17 reviews

80 Miracle Strip Parkway

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...

Great family trip!!!
Awesome stay my children really enjoyed the bunk beds and the activities on the property. The staff here are very professional and polite,we felt right at home!!!
Jul 4, 2015
From $141

6 Hampton Inn Ft. Walton Beach

3 stars
4.2 / 5 17 reviews

1112 Santa Rosa Blvd.

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...

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 $89

7 Days Inn - Fort Walton Beach

2 stars
2.8 / 5 23 reviews

135 Miracle Strip Pkwy SW

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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...

Family vacation 2015
Nice place to stay, good location. Onky probkem we had wad breajer tripped but staff fixed right away and even came by room later to make sure all was still ok.
Jun 23, 2015
From $114

8 Quality Inn Bayside

2 stars
3.3 / 5 12 reviews

322 Miracle Strip Parkway

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...

Stay Away
This hotel just could not get their act together. When we got there, our room wasn't ready yet so they switched us to another room. When we got there we immediately noticed that there were only 2...
Jul 1, 2015
From $68

9 Holiday Lodge & Suites - Fort Walton Beach

1 star
1.4 / 5 25 reviews

209 SW Miracle Strip Pkwy

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...

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 $206

10 Pirates Bay Guest Chambers and Marina

3 stars
4.5 / 5 2 reviews

214 SW Miracle Strip Parkway

Special Check In Instructions

Enjoy our Water Front Condo Rentals at Pirates' Bay Guest Chambers and Marina located in beautiful Fort Walton Beach, Fl. Our Condos are all water front with views of the Santa Rosa Sound and The...

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 $177

11 Holiday Inn Express & Suites FORT WALTON BEACH NORTHWEST

3 stars
3.5 / 5 2 reviews

522 Mary Esther Cut Off

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...

Great Weekend!
Great!!!! Staff was excellent,(Jennie),rooms were clean, and close to the beach.
Aug 19, 2014
From $132

12 Comfort Inn & Suites Fort Walton Beach

2 stars
3.4 / 5 7 reviews

137 Miracle Strip Pkwy

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...

Comfortable room. Free breakfast in the morning available. The room walls was dirty. The staff was unprofessional.
May 17, 2014
From $89

13 Super 8 Ft Walton Beach

2 stars
3.4 / 5 22 reviews

333 Miracle Strip Parkway SW

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...

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 $224

14 Islander Condominium by Wyndham Vacation Rentals

3 stars
5.0 / 5

790 Santa Rosa Blvd.

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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...

From $274

15 Waters Edge Condominiums by ResortQuest

3 stars
3.0 / 5 1 reviews

590 Santa Rosa Boulevard

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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....

From $485

16 Azure Condominiums by Wyndham Vacation Rentals

4 stars
Not yet reviewed

1150 Santa Rosa Blvd.

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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...

From $180

17 Four Points by Sheraton Destin-Fort Walton Beach

3 stars
4.1 / 5 76 reviews

1325 Miracle Strip Parkway SE

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Between Sand & Sea. The Four Points by Sheraton Destin-Fort Walton Beach is a tropical retreat directly on the beautiful beaches of the Emerald Coast. Friendly service and a relaxed setting in...

summer trip
It was in a great location. Nice rooms and good value for the money. Beautiful view of the ocean. The only complaint which is not much of a complaint, getting the room cleaned was very slow.
Jul 19, 2015
From $168

18 Fairfield Inn & Suites Fort Walton Beach-West Destin

2 stars
Not yet reviewed

540 Santa Rosa Boulevard

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...

From $84

19 Emerald Coast Inn and Suites

3 stars
3.8 / 5 60 reviews

1214 Miracle Strip Parkway SE

This 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 sand Gulf coast beach that lies just across...

Short stay
This was a good place to stay for a few days. It was nicer inside than I expected.
May 20, 2015

20 Courtyard Fort Walton Beach-West Destin

3 stars
Not yet reviewed

414 Santa Rosa Boulevard

Rate includes breakfast for 1 adult daily

The new state-of-the-art lobby at Courtyard provides greater flexibility and choices for our guests. At the center of it all is The Bistro, your destination for a great breakfast, or drinks and...