Fort Walton Beach, FL
By Sandy O'Neal

Nestled along the coastline of the Florida panhandle among the emerald green waters and sugar white sands, you will find a magnificent place to spend your vacation, it’s Ft. Walton Beach. The Fort Walton area is known for its awesome fishing, and magnificent beaches, and is a hot spot during spring break.

If you are traveling to the area by air, the Northwest Florida Regional Airport (VSP) is nearby. will make your flight selections easy; just click this link (  Booking your hotel in the Fort Walton Beach area is just a mouse click away with  Book your stay today by following this link (  

Fort Walton has evolved from a prehistoric Indian settlement into a bustling resort community, and has something to offer everyone. Vacationers flock to the area to enjoy the magnificent beaches, sun and surf. The beaches of the Fort Walton area are located on Okaloosa Island which is one of several barrier islands that protects the coastline along the Gulf of Mexico.  During your stay, you will want to spend plenty of time enjoying all that the coastline offers. You can take a stroll along the coast while beachcombing, or get the adrenalin pumping by surfing, scuba diving, parasailing, or fishing. recommends that you experience marine life up-close with a visit to the Gulfarium. The Gulfarium is America’s 2nd oldest Marine Park. The park offers a unique educational experience that is sure to please everyone. The park hosts such marine life as Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, California sea lions, Peruvian penguins, Ridley turtles, and more. recommends a visit to the historic downtown area of Fort Walton, which is home to the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida and the Indian Temple Mound Museum.  Here you will find over 6,000 artifacts of stone, bone, clay, and shell as well as representation of 12,000 years of Native American occupation. Right next door is the Camp Walton Schoolhouse Museum. The museum is a restored two-room school that will give you a glimpse of school life from the 1900’s.

Enjoy a welcome respite from the sun with a day of shopping. Just 8 miles east of Fort Walton you will find a sprawling open-air center that is home to the nation’s largest designer outlets. The center is a great place to enjoy shopping, dining, and entertainment. 

The Fort Walton area is well known for its’ military presence and is home to two U.S. Air Force installations; Hurlburt Field, and Eglin Air Force Base. One of the benefits of this military presence is a fantastic museum. is sure you will enjoy spending some time at the U.S. Air Force Armament Museum.  And, admission is FREE!  The museum is filled armament from the early days of World War I right through today’s high tech planes and bombs.  

During your visit, recommends a visit The Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island. Here you will find plenty of places to dine and shop, or just enjoy a refreshing beverage of quick snack. The view overlooks the Gulf of Mexico and also offers beach access. The Boardwalk is within walking distance to many of the hotels and resorts.    

There’s a saying in the area that goes something like this “once you get sand in your shoes, you’ll come back again”. is sure this will apply to you too!

MUST SEE IN Fort Walton Beach, FL LIST:

  • 1. Air Force Armament Museum
  • 2. Emerald Coast Science Center
  • 3. Fort Walton Beach
  • 4. Indian Temple Mound Museum
  • 5. Beasley Park
  • 6. Fort Walton Landing Park
  • 7. Okaloosa Island
  • 8. Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida
  • 9. Gulfarium
  • 10. Camp Walton Schoolhouse Museum

Fort Walton Beach, FL EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. Winter Guest Fest - January
  • 2. Gulf Coast Bridal Faire - January
  • 3. Northwest Florida Symphony Guild - February
  • 4. Haydn Goes Hawaiian - April
  • 5. Annual Beach Olympics - May
  • 6. Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival - June
  • 7. Emerald Coast Poker Run - August
  • 8. Emerald Coast Healthy Living Expo - August
  • 9. Greek Festival - September
  • 10. Starfish Charity Gala - October


Four Points by Sheraton
1325 Miracle Strip Parkway, Highway 98 East, Fort Walton Beach, FL
By Sandy O'Neal

When you step into the Four Points by Sheraton Destin-Fort Walton Beach you will immediately be transfixed by the beautiful shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico where there are sugar white sands and emerald green waters as far as the eye can see. If you are traveling by air, the hotel is easily assessable through the Fort Walton Beach Airport which is just 10 miles away and you can arrange a taxi or shuttle to the Hotel. The Bay County Airport is only 55 miles away and you can arrange a taxi to get you to the Hotel. Check in is at 3:00 p.m., check out is at 11:00 a.m.

Guest can enjoy their stay in a room or be pampered by reserving a suite. All rooms are non-smoking. Guests will enjoy complimentary high speed internet in their rooms and typical room amenities include TV with access to movies and video games, coffee maker, microwave oven and refrigerator. The onsite state of the art fitness center will help you maintain your fitness routine while you are away from home.   

There are several options available for dining onsite. You can enjoy American cuisine during morning dining hours, indoors or outdoors with a view of the pool at the Paradise Cove Café.  For dinner you can enjoy casual dining at Dempsey’s Bar and Grill.  American cuisine is a staple and you can linger for beverages or cocktails into the evening.  March through October, Kiwi’s Beachside Bar & Grill is a favorite. Enjoy American cuisine and beverages during lunch hours while enjoying the weather and the beach at this beachside Tiki Bar.  

The hotel is equipped with flexible space to host your meeting or group event. Catering staff are available to help you plan your special event.     

The Four Points Sheraton Destin-Fort Walton beach offers everything you could ask for and more that this is why it is a top choice by To book your next stay just click this link (