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Okaloosa Island

Fort Walton Beach, FL
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English first
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

My family and I have vacationed here for many years. Quiet, family oriented beaches. Small less crowded area, but close enough to drive a short distance to do things. There are spectacular views of the gulf, and sound from the island.

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Macon, Missouri
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

It's gorgeous!! Easy drive into Destin. Traffic can be busy - LONGEST stop lights ever. Perfect for beach combing - relaxing and enjoy the beach!!

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Ravenna, Kentucky
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This was our first family trip to Okaloosa Island. There are plenty of stores, hotels and adequate dining for a short trip. Right over the bridge from Destin but less traffic on the actual island. The weather didnt cooperate while we were there but we would definitely return in the future. The sand is beautiful! There was some June grass... More

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Houston, Texas
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90 reviews 90 reviews
49 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The kids thoroughly enjoyed snorkeling on the bayside. The water was clear, the sand was white (perfect for building sandcastles) and you can walk and walk forever in waist deep water while watching the kite boarders.

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Blountville, Tennessee
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

WARNING.....If you are going the smell on the beach is sickning...rotten dead fish all in water and beach...I would not recommend getting in Ocean, the smell is horrible, something called June grass everywhere. Read others reviews. Our last trip.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

The sand looks like sugar on the beach, and the blue and green water is crystal clear. There is plenty of shopping, entertainment, and dining on the Island and nearby. Even though there are many commercial establishments in this area, the island is full of preserved nature. The protected sand dunes are beautiful. There is a strong law enforcement presence... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

Plenty of free parking at the several parking areas. Easy beach access. The seaweed floating around stuck to everything.

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AustinTexas area
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31 reviews 31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

The area has a little less traffic but not as much to do as Destin. I didn't think it was as "nice" because parts of the island seem to be a little bit "seedy". The beaches were very nice though and Destin is a short drive away.

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Kentucky
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58 reviews 58 reviews
10 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The beach here was a little less crowded than Destin and Panama City and we loved that it was very comfortable with a family vibe! We enjoyed the free fireworks display on July 4th! We would definitely recommend renting a condo at Waterscape!

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Okaloosa Island is not crowded but close to everything we wanted to do. Not as crowded as Destin but still close enough to go to.

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