Destination guide

White beaches and blue waters on Florida's Emerald Coast

Located on the Emerald Coast of Florida's panhandle, Okaloosa is a barrier island full of white sandy beaches set against the crystal clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico. With stunning coastlines and plenty of beautiful parks scattered throughout the island, you can spend your days in the sun, and your nights exploring the Okaloosa Island bar scene. But no matter how you split your time, know that a stay in an Okaloosa Island vacation rental might have you seriously questioning if you actually have to return to your real life when vacation comes to an end.


A dozen beaches makes for a whole ton of fun

Thanks to Okaloosa's 12 stunning beaches, you'll find plenty of ways to have fun in the sun. Take a dolphin-watching or sunset cruise into the Gulf, or test out any of the local water sport rental spots along the coast. If you need a break from the sand and surf, take your more active travel buddies for a hike at either Newman Brackin Beach Park or John Beasley Beach Park. Fishing enthusiasts and birdwatchers should be sure to spend some time at the Okaloosa Island Pier, where you can also spot fireworks during the summer festival season.


Okaloosa Island is practically always a good idea

Florida's Emerald Coast is blessed with amazing weather nearly all year round, so there's rarely a bad time of year to book your Okaloosa Island vacation rental. The late spring through early fall is ideal for beach hopping, and in the height of summer, it feels like everyone in Florida has flocked to the coast. You'll also find that the winter days are sunny and warm, with temps that hover around 60 degrees. Expect rain if you're traveling in July or August, and keep in mind that hurricane season in the Gulf lasts from May through November.

Natural features

Living the island life off Florida's panhandle

As a barrier island to the Florida panhandle, Okaloosa Island has all the benefits of its Gulf of Mexico positioning. Thanks to white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, it's an ideal place for swimming, snorkeling, and fishing. A large area of the island is also protected, with land included in the Choctawhatchee National Forest and the Gulf Islands National Seashore. Whether you opt for an Okaloosa Island vacation rental on the beach or closer to town, you're likely to spend much of your time by the sea.


How to get to and around Okaloosa Island

Fly into Destin, FL (DSI-Destin-Fort Walton Beach), the closest airport, located 6.7 mi (10.7 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could book a flight to Fort Walton Beach, FL (VPS-Northwest Florida Regional), which is 7.2 mi (11.6 km) away.

Where to stay around Okaloosa Island, FL?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 8,630 vacation rentals near Okaloosa Island. From 6,721 Condos/Apartments to 1,378 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Okaloosa Island for a holiday or a weekend are on Vrbo.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Okaloosa Island?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Okaloosa Island:

  • Crystal Beach: 1,239 vacation rentals
  • Sugar Beach: 508 vacation rentals
  • Dune Allen Beach: 1,328 vacation rentals
  • Holiday Isle: 1,887 vacation rentals
  • Baytowne Wharf: 417 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular point of interests near where I can stay when traveling to Okaloosa Island?

Vrbo offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Okaloosa Island. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Okaloosa Island Pier: 11,309 vacation rentals
  • Fort Walton Beach Park: 11,261 vacation rentals
  • Emerald Coast Convention Center: 11,316 vacation rentals
  • Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park: 11,312 vacation rentals
  • Wild Willy's Adventure Zone: 11,311 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Okaloosa Island listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Okaloosa Island?

Yes, of course. Vrbo has 6,721 Condos/Apartments in Okaloosa Island. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Okaloosa Island include:

  • Houses: 1,378 rentals available
  • Cottages: 62 rentals available
  • Villas: 87 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Okaloosa Island?

Yes, you can select your prefered vacation rental with pool among our 6,708 vacation rentals with pool available in Okaloosa Island. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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