Fort Walton Beach, FL
The small city of Fort Walton Beach is ranked #10 in the top 100 cities to live in America, and with its beautiful seascape and great standard of living, no wonder! But it’s a magnificent place to visit too.
Fort Walton Beach has been inhabited for over 12,000 years, and a comprehensive museum to its history is located at Indian Temple Mound Museum. It’s been a sacred site for Native Americans, a landing spot for early Spanish explorers, and a holdout for Confederate soldiers.
Destin is widely known as The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village. That is minimizing what Destin is. It started as a fishing village along the Gulf Coast, but today is better known for its long stretches of beach, beautiful sunshine and some of the countries best golf courses. It’s a popular haven for coastal boaters, with over a hundred restaurants, and is a common destination for service members from nearby Eglin Air Force Base and Pensacola NAS looking for a great night out.
If you are going to be visiting the Fort Walton Beach or Destin area don’t forget to check out the Emerald Coast Vacation Guide to help plan your trip. This helpful guide contains Maps, Lodging, and Restaurant information as well as a variety of recreational ideas to make your visit an enjoyable one.
Within close driving or bicycling distance of Pensacola Beach, Pensacola is the largest Florida city in the area, and provides a very active night life as well as great daytime attractions.
Downtown Pensacola’s Palafox Street is filled with nice antique shops, small unique restaurants, and great specialty stores. Try having a Tex-Mex lunch at the Screaming Coyote, and stroll up the tree-lined streets to the small museums, the historic town square, and the upscale stores. Visit Pensacola Village for a taste of history, or walk down to the wharf to see the boats coming in and out. And during the summer, you can find jazz music events outdoors almost every weekend.
If you’re here with the family or if you just love airplanes, take a two-mile drive over to the Naval Air Station, home of the National Museum of Naval Aviation and the Blue Angels flying team. Museum admission is free, and during the spring and early summer, the Blue Angels practice every day over the city and NAS.
If you love seafood, visit Joe Patti’s on the ocean. Trawlers and fishing boats come right up to the dock to offload their catch every day, and most restaurants in the area buy their seafood here. For more great information about beautiful Pensacola, check out the Pensacola Bay Area Visitors Guide and enjoy your stay!