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“Simply beautiful” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Okaloosa Island Pier

Okaloosa Island Pier
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Destin, Florida
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Simply beautiful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2013

I have been to the Great Barrier Reef and the Agean sea, but the waters of Okaloosa are just as beautiful and it is much easier to get there.

Visited October 2013
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“Great way to get out over the water”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2013

If you want to fish this place has equipment to rent. Nice view to look out over the pier. Some days you can see the fish schooling around. Good fishing

Visited July 2013
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Fort Walton Beach, Florida
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“Review for non-fishermans”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2013

Of course, the Pier is used by many for fishing. And another reviewer who does fish can tell you about that aspect. But many more stroll out onto the pier for something to do. First off, it does cost a few dollars to do this, and unless you plan to hang out somewhere on the Pier for a while, it is a short activity. There are several activities at the Boardwalk (eating/shopping) and people sometimes stroll out to the Pier while they are there.
The waters of the Gulf can be beautiful. And some days the water is more clear than others. And if you watch long enough you may see some fish (even hammerhead sharks) swim underneath. Birds sometimes hang out, waiting for dropped bait or a fresh catch. If you have fancy shoes, just beware there may be fresh fish guts to bird droppings along the way. And a strong smell of fish. The end of the pier can be crowded. Depending on the crowd fishing, will depend on how crazy it can be. One day, there was a group of about 10 men competing for the same fish swimming under the pier. They were running from one side to the other, trying to get the fish to pick their hook. In the meantime, they didn't seem to care who was there, or in their way. I was surprised that someone didn't get a hook in the face as they were running past. So if you have young ones, just be cognizant of the people around you and whether the fisher people are being courteous to those around them.
You do get a nice view of the beach from the Pier and can see down to Destin. Not sure that I would say it is a gorgeous view, but it is a different view if you have been spending time on the beach.
I would not recommend that someone drive a distance to experience walking out on the Pier. Certainly if you are in the area, or visiting The Boardwalk, for a few bucks you can walk out over the gulf.

Visited September 2013
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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“One of the best places to watch the sunset on the Gulf”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2013

We spent a couple of hours watching the sun set over the Gulf. The view was spectacular! the cost is $2 per person but it is well worth it. There are restrooms at the end of the pier and at the beginning.

Visited November 2013
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Spring Mills, Pennsylvania
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“Great views!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2013 via mobile

You have to pay $2 to walk the pier but fun to do. You can watch all the people fishing...didn't get to see anything big caught but was fun to anticipate!!

Visited October 2013
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