Fort Walton Beach, FL
Fort Walton Beach, FL

Sun, Sand & Serenity

Embrace the casual life along Florida's Emerald Coast.

Richy Z Photography
Home > Florida > Fort Walton Beach, FL

Fort Walton Beach, FL

Near the west end of the Florida Panhandle is Fort Walton Beach, a resort and fishing community known as a prime tourist destination. However, this vibrant city, along with its surrounding communities, is also a haven for year-round residents.

Nicknamed “The Camellia City,” this friendly community has a history of drawing newcomers – from military families to snowbirds – who come for a visit or for service and decide to stay for awhile.

Two major Air Force bases border the area – Hurlburt Field and Eglin Air Force Base. Another strong industry is advanced manufacturing, led by the Boeing Company, InDyne and Precision Measurement Inc.

Have a hankering for a foodie destination? Some of the best seafood in the world is served at top restaurants here. Popular items include baked grouper, calamari, conch chowder, mahi-mahi, stone crabs, oysters and shrimp po’ boys.

You’ll also never run out of fun in Okaloosa County. Entertainment and cultural amenities include Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, Indian Temple Mound Museum, Air Force Armament Museum and Emerald Coast Science Center, and the city’s Uptown Station shopping district has 60 stores and restaurants.

Thinking about moving to Fort Walton Beach? Check out the new edition of the Livability Okaloosa County – Greater Fort Walton Beach Area magazine.

Quick Facts

Average Commute
18.6 minutes
Median Home Value
Median Household Income
Total Population
Walk Score
Median Property Tax

Experiences & Adventures

Newsletter Sign Up

Keep up to date with our latest rankings and articles!
Enter your email to be added to our mailing list.