By Sandy O\'Neal
Fort Walton Beach
Florida
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Nestled within the Gulf of Mexico coastline is a perfect vacation destination for any vacationer and that would be Fort Walton Beach, Florida. The city is located along the coastline of Northern Florida along the panhandle and the beaches are absolutely breathtaking.

You will find this destination spot easily accessible by air through the Northwest Florida Regional Airport (VPS). EscapeWizard.com invites you to book your flight today by following this link:  (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php). For assistance with booking your hotel in Fort Walton Beach, EscapeWizard.com can help with that too. You can read below about our top hotel selections. Then simply follow this link: (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to book hotel accommodations today. 

Once a prehistoric Indian settlement, Fort Walton has evolved into a major beach destination in Florida.  The main beaches of Fort Walton are located on Okaloosa Island which is one of several barrier islands which protects Florida’s coastline from the Gulf of Mexico. At this destination, you may want to spend your time beachcombing, scuba diving, parasailing, or fishing on the Okaloosa Island Pier.

EscapeWizard.com recommends that you visit the Gulfarium during your stay in Fort Walton Beach. The Gulfarium is America’s 2nd oldest Marine Park which hosts Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, California sea lions, Peruvian penguins, Ridley turtles, and more. The Gulfarium offers an educational and entertaining experience for young and old alike. 

A visit to the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida will offer a welcome respite from the sun.  Escapewizard.com also suggests a visit to the Indian Temple Mound Museum which houses 12,000 years of Native American occupation. There you will find over 6,000 artifacts of stone, bone, clay and shell. The museum is located on Highway 98 in the heart of historic downtown Fort Walton Beach, Florida.  

If shopping is on your list of things to do, just 8 miles east of Fort Walton Beach in Destin, you will find Silver Sands Factory Stores. This is the nation’s largest designer outlet center. Vacationers can frequent Destin to find top deals on merchandise.

Bring the golf clubs, and you can enjoy a game of golf at any of a number of lush golf courses in the Fort Walton Beach area. The golf courses are lavish and the prices are excellent..

While in Fort Walton, you may notice a significant U.S. Military presence, as the area is home to two U.S. Air Force Installations: Hurlburt Field, and Eglin Air Force Base. Needless to say, some of the perks that come along with this military presence are a museum. EscapeWizard.com recommends a visit to the U.S. Air Force Armament Museum. And, admission is FREE!  Within the museum you will be able to see armament from the early days of World War I right through to today’s high tech planes and bombs.  The museum is located on Highway 87 just 8 miles north of Fort Walton Beach.

As for dining and nightlife, EscapeWizard.com encourages a visit to The Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island. The Boardwalk overlooks the Gulf of Mexico, and there you will find wonderful places to dine and shop. The Boardwalk is just a 5 minute drive and within walking distance to many hotels and resorts in Fort Walton Beach.  

There is no shortage of things to do, or just simply relax. EscapeWizard.com promises you that Fort Walton Beach is an ideal location for your next vacation. Just click on the above link to book with EscapeWizard.com.
Hotels in Fort Walton Beach
By Brett Lammers
Four Points by Sheraton Destin - Fort Walton
1325 Miracle Strip Parkway SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL
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If you are heading to the beach, Fort Walton, Florida is a great destination to start your planning.  On the south side of the Florida panhandle Fort Walton provides all the perks for a trip to the beach no matter what time of year it is.  The Four Points by Sheraton Destin-Fort Walton Beach is located right on the Emerald Coast. Served by the Northwest Florida Regional Airport (VPS), the hotel has access to the beach, the Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier and the Okaloosa Boardwalk which has the scenery, shopping and beach nightlife to make your getaway complete. 

The Four Points Sheraton has 216 guest rooms ranging from King Guest Rooms to Beachfront Suites.  Each room comes with flat screen TVs, free bottled water and free high speed internet access.  Other comforts include refrigerators, microwaves, and coffee makers and of course beach towels in every room.  There are fun family activities and programs offered during the summer months with complimentary games like Bocce ball and badminton.  Kids will enjoy the magic shows, face painting and many other arts and crafts.  When it is time to hit the beach there is direct access to the shore and opportunities to enjoy the famous gulf with Jet Ski rentals, kayaks and other beach sports.  If your goal is to catch one of the big fish of the region then you can spend the day on the Okaloosa Fishing Pier that stretches nearly ½ mile into the ocean.  Adjacent to the hotel is the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park.  The park has daily dolphin and sea lion shows along with exhibits.  When the sun starts to set the Four Points Sheraton is within walking distance to a variety of Destin’s best nightlife destinations.

During your stay you will also enjoy the features of the hotel itself.  The dining options are highlighted by Dempsey’s Bar and Grill, offering American Cuisine in a casual atmosphere.  The hotel has two heated outdoor pools and Kid’s splash zone.  To keep your workout routine going there is a 24 hour fitness center in the hotel. 

If this is your first beach getaway or if the beach is calling you back The Four Points by Sheraton Destin-Fort Walton will help make your vacation one to remember.  Start your planning here at EscapeWizard.com (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Fort Walton Beach
By Sandy O\\\'Neal
Wyndham Garden
573 Santa Rosa Boulevard, Fort Walton Beach, FL
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Wyndham Garden (formally The Holiday Inn Resort Fort Walton Beach) is nestled right along the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. There are sugar white sands and emerald green waters as far as the eye can see. If you are traveling to the area by air, there are two airports nearby. Northwest Florida Regional Airport is just 10 miles away and you travel to the by taxi or hotel shuttle. The Pensacola Regional Airport is about 49 miles from the hotel and you will be able to travel to the hotel by taxi. Check in is at 4:00 p.m., check out is at 11:00 a.m.

With 195 guest rooms and suites sprawling 7 floors, there are plenty of room options available for any price range. Guest room amenities include: complimentary high speed internet access, work desk and lamp, coffee maker, TV, unlimited free movie rental, conventional oven, stove, plates, glassware, pots, pans, serving dishes, refrigerator and tea maker. All rooms are non-smoking.

For your dining pleasure, the Crab Island Café is located in the lobby and is open for breakfast and dinner. The dining is casual and the café specializes in seafood and hand-cut Rib-eye. You may want to stop by to just enjoy a cocktail at the bar where tropical frozen beverages are their specialty. If you would like to dine poolside, or grab a cocktail while basking in the sun, Manatee Bar & Grill is open for lunch.    

The onsite state of the art fitness center will help you maintain your fitness routine while you are away from home. Here you will find a Body Master Weight system, recumbent bike, treadmills and free weights. After your workout you may want to take a few minutes to relax in the whirlpool. You may want to include beachside volleyball or badminton in your plans, or play a game of pool basketball or volleyball.

The hotel is equipped with flexible space to host your meeting or group event. On-site sales professionals are available to help you make all the arrangements.  

Wyndham Garden offers everything you could ask for and more that this is why it is a top choice by EscapeWizard.com. To book your next stay at Holiday Inn Fort Walton Beach, just click this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).