Inn On Destin Harbor402 Harbor Boulevard (Highway 98), Destin 2.5 out of 5.0
Located in downtown Destin, this 5-story inn overlooks Destin Harbor, East Pass, and the Gulf of Mexico.
Nice location but needs some updating. A/c wasn't that cool and sliding glass door was very hard to open. Overall we loved the trip!
Wyndham Garden Fort Walton Beach Destin573 Santa Rosa Blvd, Fort Walton Beach 3.0 out of 5.0
Located in Fort Walton Beach, this beachfront hotel is in the historical district, 1.3 mi (2 km) from Emerald Coast Convention Center, and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from ...
Everything exceeded our expectations! I also got sick on the last day and had to be taken to the hospital. The staff was great!
Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa4000 S Sandestin Blvd, Miramar Beach 4.0 out of 5.0
Part of the 2,400-acre Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, this hotel is 1 mile from the Silver Sands Factory Stores, 10 miles from Destin, and 50 miles from Panama ...
Great . only place that there is room for improvement is the room safe location . It was so low that i had to lie down to use it .And for a person my age getting up from that position is not fun .
SummerPlace Inn Destin14047 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin 2.5 out of 5.0
Located in the heart of Destin, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of The Track Family Recreation Center and Big Kahuna's Water and Adventure Park. Destin ...
I loved the place and they even offer free continental breakfast. Good on your pocket.
Wingate by Wyndham - Destin FL117 Palms St, Destin 2.5 out of 5.0
Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of The Track Family Recreation Center and Big Kahuna's Water and Adventure Park. Morgan Sports Center ...
Our stay was very good. The first night the guest next to my daughter room was a bit loud. I think the walls are a bit thin. Otherwise, the breakfast and services were Great!! Thank you,
SunDestin Beach Resort by Wyndham Vacation Rentals1040 Hwy 98 East, Destin 3.0 out of 5.0
SunDestin Beach Resort by Wyndham Vacation Rentals is located in Destin, Florida, just steps from white sands and a 10-minute drive from the town of Miramar ...
If they can figure something out about how to make the master room air condition less noisy , it will be awesome . Also if they have house keeping service daily like other hotels it will be good . other than that it's a good place to spend few days by the beach . Easy access to the beach , great ...
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort9300 Emerald Coast Pkwy W, Miramar Beach 4.0 out of 5.0
A 30-minute drive from Northwest Florida Regional Airport, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is a self-contained recreation enclave on the sun-soaked Emerald Coast. ...
It was great vacation and we will be staying here again pulled her excellent the views were great the people were nice and parking was not a hassle this was a very good vacation once we had the time to spend together
Ramada Plaza Fort Walton Beach Resort/Destin1500 Miracle Strip Pkwy Se, Fort Walton Beach 3.0 out of 5.0
Located next door to The Boardwalk , the Florida Gulfarium, and the Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier, the Ramada Plaza Beach Resort is within 2 miles of downtown ...
The hotel was nice. It was great to have a beach front room for our first trip to the island. Josh at the bar was so personable & fun. The property was lovely & the staff friendly. We will certainly be back!
Tops'l Beach & Racquet Resort by Wyndham Vacation Rentals9011 Highway 98 West, Miramar Beach 3.0 out of 5.0
Nestled on the beach, this Sandestin condominium resort is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Grand Boulevard Town Center and 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Silver Sands Premium Outlets. ...
Courtyard by Marriott Sandestin Grand Boulevard100 Grand Blvd, Miramar Beach 3.0 out of 5.0
This family-friendly Miramar Beach hotel is located in the entertainment district, within 2 mi (3 km) of Grand Boulevard Town Center and Topsail Beach State ...
The staff was very helpful. One let us in the door when our key stopped working and took us to the desk and fixed the issue right then. Another gave us excellent advice about which beach to go to - probably the best beach experience I've ever had. We were always greeted warmly every time we entered ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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