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Okaloosa Island Boardwalk

A 1960s vintage style driftwood structure overlooking the shimmering, emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico make this massive beach-side mall a cherished local landmark and one of the top points of interest. Candy stores, novelty shops, night clubs, and more are the backdrop to a large public beach offering volleyball nets, public restrooms, and life guard services. The Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park sits on the west end of the Boardwalk, and the popular Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier ascends from edge of the boardwalk for fishing and sightseeing!

Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier

The #1 stop for many avid fisherman is the Okaloosa Island Pier. This 1262 foot pier is located on the west end of Okaloosa Island, at the heart of the Okaloosa Island Boardwalk. The pier provides everything you would need for a day of fishing including licenses, equipment (for sale or rent), and bait.

Brooks Bridge

As the connecting bridge between Okaloosa Island and it’s mainland neighbor Fort Walton Beach, FL, Brooks Bridge is a busy structure! At the foot of the bridge on either side find some of the finest seafood restaurants on the Emerald Coast including Magnolia Grill, Bay Cafe, and Hightide Seafood Restaurant and Oyster Bar.

Crab Island

On the East end of Okaloosa Island sits the most famous sandbar on the Emerald Coast. Crab Island is a massive shallow-water hot spot in the Choctawhatchee Bay. In close proximity to Okaloosa Island, the Jetties, and the Destin Harbor, Crab Island has developed into a must-see attraction! Come by boat, kayak, paddleboard, or jet ski during the spring and summer months for an all-ages party on the water! Local businesses offer floating food and fun in the form of restaurants, games, and live music. *Learn more about Crab Island!

Ross Marler Park

Refurbished in 2006, Ross Marler Park offers scenic views of Okaloosa Island with new consturction of a pavillion, and fenced-in and upgraded children’s play area. A large parking lot and handicap accessible ramps make access to the park simple and efficient. Ross Marler Park is located at 1275 Santa Rosa Blvd., Fort Walton Beach on the northwestern tip of Okaloosa Island.

John Beasley Park

John Beasley Park on Okaloosa Island is a large beachside park with well-maintained facilities including 2 large pavilions and over 200 parking spaces! With 2 dune walkovers there are plenty of opportunities to catch the perfect beach wedding photos! John Beasley Park is located at central Okaloosa Island at 1550 Miracle Strip Parkway, Fort Walton Beach, FL.

West Jetties

The giant rock piles known as the “East and West Jetties” border the Destin Pass. The East Jetties lie in Destin, FL, but the West Jetties are part of Okaloosa Island. Fisherman commonly set up shop on the jetties targeting redfish, grouper, and snapper. The Jetties are a great spot to check out when feeling adventurous, or searching for the perfect photo op!

 

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