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Beach fun at Fort Walton Beach vacation home rentals

This gentle Floridian city is so laid-back we're surprised it hasn't dozed off and slipped into the sea. A Fort Walton Beach vacation rental is about sunning yourself on the white sand beaches, and maybe soaking up a bit of history and culture while you're at it. Home to a mix of fun-loving locals and sun-loving seasonal travelers, Fort Walton Beach is the sort of place that doesn't take itself too seriously. Want to see what we mean? Just rock up for their annual pirate festival and you'll soon get the idea.

History

Historic sites near vacation rentals in Fort Walton Beach

Fort Walton Beach has an array of historic attractions where you can learn more about local history. Vacation homes are available near fascinating places like the Indian Temple Mound Museum, a museum with ceramic artifacts and lifestyle exhibits from Southeastern tribes, and Camp Walton Schoolhouse Museum, a historic school building with tours and exhibits of life in the past. The Air Force Armament Museum, an air base with warplane relics and artifacts of military history, is also interesting.

Things to do

Sightseeing near Fort Walton Beach vacation homes

It might not look like it now, but Fort Walton Beach has old stuff stretching right back to prehistory, and you can find most of it at the Heritage Park & Cultural Center. There are exhibits covering everything from the earliest human activity at Fort Walton Beach, right through to Native American and colonial museums, and Civil War collections. And if you're more about the here and now, check out the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park. This local marine park is one of Fort Walton Beach's most popular attractions, with the dolphin shows topping the list of crowd-pleasers.

Activities

Activities near Fort Walton Beach vacation homes

With a Fort Walton Beach vacation rental, the clue's in the name. Think pristine white sands and warm, green seas, and you're kind of getting the idea. And if you're not the sort to bask on the sand all day working on your suntan, then how about getting those legs moving with a relaxing game of golf. Nothing too energetic—you're on vacation, after all. Among the quirkier aspects of Fort Walton Beach is its annual "Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival," when locals and visitors alike get geared up like Jack Sparrow and hold torchlight parades in celebration of a famous local buccaneer.

Weather

Local weather for your stay in Fort Walton Beach vacation rentals

When it comes to the Florida climate, you know the deal. A Fort Walton Beach vacation rental will give you the sort of weather that other states can only dream about. Summers are hot and humid, with occasional rain storms to clear the air out. Come fall, eagle-eyed vacationers might just catch that most Floridian of phenomena, the annual snowbird migration. Also, winters in this part of the world are so mild that people from all over the U.S. descend in droves every winter to warm their bones, well away from the white stuff falling further north.

Natural features

Every day's a holiday, when you're in Fort Walton Beach

You don't see white sand beaches like these every day—well, unless you're on a Fort Walton Beach vacation rental, in which case that's exactly what happens. The city's set on Florida's famous Gulf Coast, and these gorgeous emerald-colored waters are famous for their rich marine life. And in fact, that's why many travelers make for Fort Walton Beach in the first place, since the deep-sea fishing round here is second to none. Just off the shore is Okaloosa Island, a long barrier island covered in fancy vacation rentals. With any luck, you might even be in one of them.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Fort Walton Beach

Fly into Fort Walton Beach, FL (VPS-Northwest Florida Regional), the closest airport, located 7.2 mi (11.6 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you can also fly into Destin, FL (DSI-Destin-Fort Walton Beach), which is 8.1 mi (13 km) away.

Family friendly

Family attractions near Fort Walton Beach vacation homes

Kids of all ages will love the family-friendly activities in Fort Walton Beach. Vacation homes are available near places like Emerald Coast Science Center, a hands-on science center with exhibits on the human body, animals, and technology, and Wild Willy’s Adventure Zone, a family-fun center with mini golf, thrill rides, and an arcade. Kids will also enjoy Liza Jackson Park, a waterfront recreation area with play structures, picnic areas, and a boat launch.

How many vacation rentals are available around Fort Walton Beach, FL?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 9,784 vacation rentals around Fort Walton Beach. From 7,446 condo and apartment rentals to 1,613 house rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Fort Walton Beach?

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 Fort Walton Beach:

  • Crystal Beach: 1,313 vacation rentals
  • Holiday Isle: 1,948 vacation rentals
  • Dune Allen Beach: 1,375 vacation rentals
  • Baytowne Wharf: 417 vacation rentals
  • Frangista Beach: 2,984 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 Fort Walton Beach?

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

  • Northwest Florida State College - Fort Walton Beach Campus: 10,248 vacation rentals
  • Fort Walton Beach Golf Club: 11,780 vacation rentals
  • Emerald Coast Science Center: 11,815 vacation rentals
  • Camp Walton Schoolhouse Museum: 11,814 vacation rentals
  • Indian Temple Mound Museum: 11,811 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Fort Walton Beach 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 Fort Walton Beach?

Yes, of course. Vrbo has 7,446 Condos/Apartments in Fort Walton Beach. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Fort Walton Beach include:

  • Houses: 1,613 rentals available
  • Cottages: 67 rentals available
  • Villas: 90 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Fort Walton Beach?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 8,652 vacation rentals with pool available in Fort Walton Beach. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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