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Experience the island way of life.
Okaloosa Island is full of wonderful ways to spend your vacation days! The main attraction will always be the miles of uncrowded sugar white beaches, but islanders here have built a world meant to celebrate their lifestyle.
Okaloosa Island is a regional term used for the section of Santa Rosa Island that spans about 5 miles west to east from the Brooks Bridge in Fort Walton Beach to the Destin Bridge; then southward along the island’s main thoroughfare – Santa Rosa Boulevard. The emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico define the south side of the Okaloosa Island and the tranquil waters of the Choctawhatchee Bay define the north. Condominiums and structures on Okaloosa Island can be no higher than 75 feet, creating an island atmosphere that’s relaxed and unimposing.
Okaloosa Island offers all the beach resort area attractions, shopping and dining one would expect of a first class resort destination. The Boardwalk offers fantastic restaurants with local seafood, live entertainment like the dueling pianos of Howl at the Moon, unique shopping, covered picnic areas, volleyball nets, public restrooms, outdoor showers, and vast parking. Next to the Boardwalk, explore the newly renovated Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park– a place to enjoy marine animal exhibits, aquariums, dolphin and sea lion shows, and even have an up close encounter with one of the many marine animals. Directly across from the Boardwalk and Gulfarium, the Emerald Coast Conference Center is a dynamic place to attend or plan events, exhibits, and more!
Okaloosa Island Resorts
Okaloosa Island is home to family-friendly beach resorts with all the comforts and luxury expected from Emerald Coast vacation rentals! Destin West Beach and Bay Resort is centrally located on the island, with a resort campus that spans from the Bay to the Gulf. A walkover bridge from the Bayside to the Gulfside allows Guest staying on either side to enjoy all the amenities the resort has to offer, without having to even cross the street. Bella Riva is the epitome of indulgent design – an absolute island oasis! Nestled on Santa Rosa Boulevard, directly on the Gulf of Mexico, attention to every detail makes this a much sought after Okaloosa Island destination.
Okaloosa Island is a destination that stands alone – everything you want from a Florida vacation with that small town, local feeling. Claim this local island as your home away from home, and create lasting memories with friends and family for years to come.