Walk in the Sand at Okaloosa Island

3 miles along the coastline

Okaloosa Island is the part of Santa Rosa Island in Fort Walton Beach. What makes Okaloosa Island stand out, is that it offers some of the best access points for residents and visitors.  Each accessway has parking, bathrooms, picnic area, showers and boardwalk to the beach. And parking is free.

The beach on Okaloosa Island is lined with mostly condos but includes 7 accessways  along the stretch of the island just west of the Pier. The pier and Beasley Park on the east of the pier, are the two large public beach areas.

Because we are walking west to east across the panhandle, we started at accessway #7 and walked toward the pier. The complete hike across the beachfront is 3 miles. You can also walk further on either end into the Gulf Islands National Seashore areas if you want to walk more miles or start at a different accessway if you want to walk less. The sand and shoreline is soft on the feet so kick off your shoes if you like to walk barefoot.

 

Okaloosa Island Access #7

Emerald Promenade Beachwalk
900 Santa Rosa Boulevard, Fort Walton Beach

Okaloosa Island Access #6

Mike Mitchell Beachwalk
820 Santa Rosa Boulevard, Fort Walton Beach

Okaloosa Island Access #5

Doris Jordan Freeway Beachwalk
700 Santa Rosa Boulevard, Fort Walton Beach

Okaloosa Island Access #4

Jerry Melvin Beachwalk
600 Santa Rosa Boulevard, Fort Walton Beach

Okaloosa Island Access #3

Seashore Beachwalk
530 Santa Rosa Boulevard, Fort Walton Beach

Okaloosa Island Access #2

Emerald View Beachwalk
399 Santa Rosa Boulevard, Fort Walton Beach

Okaloosa Island Access #1

Blue Dolphin Beachwalk
372 Santa Rosa Boulevard, Fort Walton Beach

The Okaloosa Island Pier

The Okaloosa Island Pier and Boardwalk is a perfect spot for the whole family. The Boardwalk features shopping, dining, playground, picnic areas and a marine center. 

Beasley Park

To the east of the Pier is Beasley Park with gorgeous coastal dunes along the Gulf Islands National Seashore. We walked about a mile along the Seashore. It is a gorgeous beachfront to take a hike on. 

Gulf Islands National Seashore River Side

On the other side of the island is the riverside beach area of Gulf Islands National Seashore. The sand here is not as white or fluffy soft, but the waves are calm and it’s a nice spot to take a walk. Keep you shoes on for this one. Walk about a mile down the shoreline and enjoy the views. 

A Perfect Beach Hike

Our day along Okaloosa Island was an absolutely gorgeous day. The water was perfect, calm, shallow, and crystal clear.

Okaloosa Island’s sand is just as soft and snowy white as the other Pensacola & Destin area beaches. 

For more details about Okaloosa Island and Fort Walton Beach with things to do, where to eat and stay, see the Ultimate Guide to Okaloosa Island Beaches

My Daily Walk in the Sand Inspiration & Thoughts

We were fortunate to be on this beach walk on this perfectly beautiful day. The weather was amazing, the water was glorious. It was the kind of day where you wish would last forever. Walking along the shoreline is the best hike in Florida! 

~ Patti Jewel