Destination guide

Explore the beachside setting in Fort Walton Beach

The beaches and other outdoor surroundings create an inviting atmosphere in Fort Walton Beach. Well known for its dolphin watching, surfing and seafood restaurants, this relaxing city won't disappoint. Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park and Eglin Air Force Base are just a couple of the must-sees in the area. Are you looking for specific amenities for your getaway? Many of our vacation rentals feature full kitchens and laundry facilities.


Sightseeing in and around Fort Walton Beach

Are you searching for attractions to see in the area? Travelers enjoy fun activities like dolphin viewing opportunities and fishing. Venture out of your vacation home and experience everything that makes Fort Walton Beach a one-of-a-kind vacation spot. These are some of the most popular attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park (0.9 mi / 1.4 km)
  • Big Kahuna's Water and Adventure Park (8 mi / 12.9 km)
  • Wild Willy's Adventure Zone (1 mi / 1.7 km)
  • Oak Tree Nature Park (3.6 mi / 5.8 km)
  • Shalimar Pointe Golf Club (4 mi / 6.4 km)
  • Fort Walton Beach Golf Club (4.3 mi / 6.9 km)

Seasonal weather in Fort Walton Beach

If you're planning a vacation around warm-weather activities, July, August, June and September are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 89°F.

Natural features

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in Fort Walton Beach

Travelers love Fort Walton Beach for its beautiful ocean views and breathtaking sunsets. Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or just want to take in the scenery, Fort Walton Beach is a great place to get out in nature. Here are some of the area’s noteworthy natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • John Beasley Park (1.5 mi / 2.4 km)
  • Fort Walton Beach Park (1.7 mi / 2.8 km)
  • Liza Jackson Park (1.9 mi / 3.1 km)
  • Oak Tree Nature Park (3.6 mi / 5.8 km)
  • Henderson Beach State Park (9.5 mi / 15.3 km)
  • James Lee Park (11.8 mi / 19 km)
How to get there

Transportation options to and around Fort Walton Beach

Fly into Fort Walton Beach, FL (VPS-Northwest Florida Regional), the closest airport, located 7.2 mi (11.6 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you can also fly into Destin, FL (DSI-Destin-Fort Walton Beach), which is 8.1 mi (13 km) away.

Where to stay near Fort Walton Beach?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 9,787 house rentals near Fort Walton Beach. From 7,533 Condos/Apartments to 1,549 Houses, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Fort Walton Beach is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Fort Walton Beach?

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Fort Walton Beach:

  • Crystal Beach: 1,313 vacation rentals
  • Holiday Isle: 1,559 vacation rentals
  • Frangista Beach: 2,969 vacation rentals
  • Seaspray: 1,400 vacation rentals
  • Baytowne Wharf: 427 vacation rentals

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when travelling to Fort Walton Beach?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Fort Walton Beach. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Emerald Coast Science Center: 11,401 home rentals
  • Northwest Florida State College - Ft Walton Beach Campus: 9,824 home rentals
  • Camp Walton Schoolhouse Museum: 11,738 home rentals
  • Indian Temple Mound Museum: 11,375 home rentals
  • Fort Walton Beach Golf Club: 11,685 home rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Fort Walton Beach listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Fort Walton Beach?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 7,533 Condos/Apartments in Fort Walton Beach. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Fort Walton Beach include:

  • Houses: 1,549 lodging choices
  • Cottages: 65 lodging choices
  • Villas: 89 lodging choices

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation homes including Townhouses and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Fort Walton Beach?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 8,626 vacation homes with pool available in Fort Walton Beach.

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