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“Beautiful Beaches, but......” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Okaloosa Island

Okaloosa Island
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Beautiful Beaches, but......”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2013

We just returned from a week at Destin West Beach and Bay Resort and we had a blast. We staid on the beach side and had a great view of the pool and ocean. It was just myself and my girlfriend and the resort was mostly families which we preferred. Main area of Destin is only a 10 minute drive away. The pool area was great and never too crowded and the beach was the same. There was plenty of things to do for kids. Every night you would see families going up and down the beach with flash lights hunting for crabs. There was a lazy river on the bayside for kids, and the fishing peer was great as well for photographs. The sand was white and soft and the weather was near perfect everyday. Two things we did that I loved was renting a pontoon boat and hitting crab island and cruising the bay. You have to watch your timing on this one because it can be a party area but the week we went June 22nd - 29th it wasn't and was well worth the money. The water is crystal clear and waste deep or lower (I'm 6'2) with soft white sand. Little crabs for kids to find and we even seen some wild Dolphins in the distant water playing around.

The bad: The pool area closed down at 11pm and It would have been nice to have some adult time at the pool, also we were bummed there were no swim up bars. We had access to the Ramada next door which had a swim up bar, but we didn't like their pool area. The #1 worst thing about our trip was humans. I would get up at 5am everyday to shoot photographs as I'm a photographer on the side and I was horrified by the amount of trash that people would leave behind daily on the beaches. Most would never see it because they would come out and clean the beaches early in the morning but it just blew my mind that people had such little respect for mother nature and our planet. I spent a lot of time walking the beaches picking up trash. Please if you visit the beach clean up after yourself and teach your children the importance of keep out planet beautiful.

Visited June 2013
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great place to stay!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2013

We loved Okaloosa Island! It is beautiful and busy...but not too busy. It's close enough to Destin to enjoy more of the activities they have to offer while not being nearly as busy. Definitely family friendly. Plan to return!

Visited June 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Expected more”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2013

Sand was beautiful and white. Water was green & like pea-soup that was hard to swim in and enjoy (June 2013). Ft Walton beach was not as family friendly as expected. Not a lot to do with young children except a couple of expensive "arcades" and a dolphin cruise. There is a waterpark, but why spend so much to take a vacation at a beach just to spend more for a waterpark that I can do any other time. Not one mini putt-putt game. Something of a must have for my family. Seemed Ft Walton Beach was more of a fishing hole than a family beach. A trolley of some sort is desperately needed for parking lot (city-built) to harbor village (an attraction 1/2 mile away) in Destin. A trolley to and from FW & Destin would have been great. Need more kid and family things to do. Cruising for dolphins is a MUST that was worth doing!!! Would not recommend shelling. Save your money and buy the seashells by the seashore.

Visited June 2013
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“bonniem”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2013

Beaches very clean. Short distances from hotels to beaches to entertainment. Entertainment for all ages. Will make this a yearly event.

Visited June 2013
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Wigan, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“A nice place to visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2013

Beautiful sandy beaches for relaxing on, clear water for swimming and plenty of fishing areas. A really great place to go for a family day out

Visited May 2013
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