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Discover one of the jewels in Florida’s panhandle at Fort Walton Beach, a town with constant sun and fun for the ultimate Florida vacation. The downtown area is charming and feels classically American, but it’s at the beach where the town really shines. Okaloosa Island features fun parks, resort hotels, beachfront restaurants and miles of sand facing the Gulf of Mexico.

Orbitz can help you pick up a rental car to explore the town and for ease of access to the beach, the museums and more. Being able to drive around the Fort Walton Beach area will also allow you to explore further afield.


Fort Walton and Beyond: Three Destinations by Car

Fort Walton Beach is situated on the beautiful Gulf Coast, just a short trip from other waterfront destinations. Use your rental car to explore the wider area and its numerous thrilling cities.

Panama City

Panama City is a popular spot for wildlife watching and watersports. Join a charter boat to follow dolphins and turtles in the gulf waters. Wakeboarding, kayaking and sailing offer some of the best ways to see the area. The drive there is stunning, too, hugging the edge of the water in a long crescent before you reach the city.

Journey time: Around 1.5 hours

Distance: Approximately 65 miles

Pensacola

Historic Pensacola is one of the best places to get your culture fix in the Panhandle region. Take a walking tour through the old Pensacola Village or roam around Downtown to visit art galleries and events venues. Come here on the right day and you might also be treated to an aerobatics show by jet pilots.

Journey time: Around one hour

Distance: Approximately 40 miles

New Orleans

It may be two states away, but it’s actually only a short trip from Fort Walton Beach to the Big Easy. Take an overnight trip there or head on a road trip around the Gulf Coast. NOLA is exactly as atmospheric and energetic as you’ve imagined. Explore the French Quarter, listening for the strains of jazz drifting out of pastel-colored bars.

Journey time: Around four hours

Distance: Approximately 250 miles