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Seattle, Washington
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best beach emerald coast

Hi everyone,

My husband and I just booked our flight to Fort Walton Beach. We are really looking forward to seeing the white sands of the Emerald Coast. We arrive to VPS on Friday morning and fly out on Sunday. Can someone recommend the best beach in the Emerald Coast? We are interested in relaxing in a beautiful beach after a long flight =).

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1. Re: best beach emerald coast

Are you asking where to stay?

The white sands & beautiful beaches are easy to see....all along the Gulf coast. We always stay at The El Matador, cause it is the very last resort with only miles & miles of undeveloped Island from there....so you can walk along the beach "forever" & it's not uncommon to be the only one around :-)

Woodbury, Minnesota
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2. Re: best beach emerald coast

Okaloosa Island is much less crowded then Destin, so walking on the beach would be a great way to relax. Since you are only there a couple nights, you are probably better off staying in a hotel vs a condo. You would have cleaning fees in a condo which for only a two night stay would not be cost effective. The airport is only about a 15 minute drive from the island, which is nice too. You did not mention when you arrive, summer will be crowded.

Chicago, Illinois
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3. Re: best beach emerald coast

As stated, the beaches and water are beautiful all along the panhandle. Where you stay should depend on your particular preferences: do you want to be close to activities, shopping, etc., or would you prefer quieter less-developed surroundings? You'll find exactly what you want and if it's a community other than Ft Walton, the drive is worth it to any of these beaches. You're going to be sorry you don't have more time!

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4. Re: best beach emerald coast

I would suggest deciding soon and booking a place. This week is crowded due to spring break and the Easter Holiday. I know we were looking for a place a few weeks ago and options were limited due to high demand.

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5. Re: best beach emerald coast

The Four Points by Sheraton has some great beaches and they are next door to a lot of night life, restaurants, etc. They have a tiki bar on the beach, two heated pools and beach service with umbrellas, chairs, kayaks, etc.

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