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Fort Walton Beach Florida Tour - Beach Access
Dated: December 25 2020
If you are headed to the Fort Walton Beach area and plan to visit our beautiful beaches, you are going to want to watch this video.
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I want to briefly go over and show the multiple beach access points on Okaloosa or Santa Rosa Island so that while you are you here visiting, or maybe moving to the area, you will know all the great “local” spots. Be sure to stick around until the end when I talk about the great amenities at the last beach site!
1. Let us jump right into the 7 beach accesses scattered across the Island that the locals use the most. Starting at the end of the Island and working our way back to the pier, we have beach access 7, Emerald Promenade Beachwalk. Personally, this is one of my favorite spots because it is further down on the island and tucked between a few smaller condos which makes this area a bit less busy with people than some of the other beach access points. The new and improved bathrooms and extra parking at this one vs some of the others make this a great choice for a lot of people. Like most of the other access points, this one has newer bathrooms, a bike rack, showers, picnic tables, and even a few spots to grill, should you so choose to. Make sure you check out some of the amenities of beach access 7 on our video above.
2. Beach access 6, known as Mike Mitchell Beachwalk, is located between the new blu condo complex and Islander. Once upon a time, this was my favorite spot before blu was built because of the wide-open area that gave a lot of room and had smaller groups of people but since blu has gone up, that portion of the beach is a little bit more crowded. Make sure you check out some of the amenities of beach access 6 on our video above.
3. Beach access 5, known as The Doris Jordan Freeway, and the last beach access point where we will have drone footage due to a little minor crash incident if you are watching our videos as well. It is located in between Island Echo’s and Emerald Isle. The amenities and bathrooms here are nice as well and due to the two bigger condos nearby, this could be a great spot if you would like a quick walk to be able to sit and set up near others and perhaps make a friend or two. Make sure you check out some of the amenities of beach access 5 on our video above.
4. Beach access 4, known as the Jerry Melvin Beachwalk, is located between Waters Edge and Nautilus. As with the other beach access points, there are plenty of great amenities and of course, a great beach to park at and enjoy. Make sure you check out some of the amenities of beach access 4 on our video above.
5. Beach access 3, known as the Seashore Beachwalk, is a popular one to go to, though I find during peak times the parking lot tends to be full often. It is located right in between the popular Island Princess and Surf Dweller (one of my top three Condo complexes on the Island). This one is full of all the great amenities to make a beach day, great. Make sure you check out some of the amenities of beach access 3 on our video above.
6. Beach access 2, known as Emerald View Beachwalk, is another great spot if you would like to be a bit further from some of the other condos that have chairs and umbrellas set up, due to the smaller condos and hotel nearby, their portion of the beach just to the west of the access point typically has a larger area without as many people in it. This access point is often full up on parking as well and given the situation this would be my top access point if you can find a spot to park. Make sure you check out some of the amenities of beach access 2 on our video above.
7. Beach access 1, or better known as Blue Dolphin Beachwalk, has all the amenities you are coming to expect but again, is limited on parking. The further down or west you go, the better chance you have at getting a solid parking spot. This area is going to tend to be a bit more crowded, though our version of crowded in Fort Walton vs most beaches in Florida is completely different, it does sit next to Azure and Gulf Dunes, two great complexes that house a lot of people and both provide beach service to their guests so there is always plenty of activity. Make sure you check out some of the amenities of beach access 1 on our video above.
8. The Okaloosa Island pier is hands down the most common area to go to the beach, the parking right outside of the pier is typically full during peak season but drive just a bit further and you can usually find a great spot in the large parking area just a bit further down. This is the most popular spot because of all the amenities. Not only do you have access to the pier itself which you can go fishing from, get drinks, just walk it in general, and a lot more, you also have direct access to multiple restaurants, beach volleyball, shopping, and more. This area tends to be the most crowded out of all of them that we have discussed today. There is so much to discuss in this area that we have already done a complete stand-alone video, so I will not go over all those details in this video, be sure to check that one out for extra information. Make sure you check out some of the amenities of the pier beach access on our video above.
9. Now there are lots of other places to go park your car on the side and walk to more secluded portions of the Island, but they do typically require a bit more work to get out there but if it is just you with a chair and bottle of water, it might be a good option for you if you prefer to be away from the crowds. Just head on down toward the Destin bridge and you will spot them!
10. Also, at the Destin side of the Island, for any of my veterans and active-duty listeners, you have your own special little portion of the Island you can go visit with your military ID card called Eglin Beach Club. It typically costs a buck or two to get into, but it has a lot of great pavilions and amenities right there in that area, and plenty of parking. Let me know if you would like to see a video and get more information on that area.
Do not forget that if you are wanting to move into Fort Walton Beach or surrounding areas to give us a call, shoot a text, send an email or send that carrier pigeon – however, you would like to get a hold of us, we will be here. We will catch you next week with another video, see ya!
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