Fort Walton Beach Journals

Escape to Florida

A September 2002 trip to Fort Walton Beach by beachcombinggypsy

Quote: There's no better way to extend the feel of summer by escaping to Florida when it starts getting cooler in the northern states.

Escape to Florida

Overview

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On the Emerald Coast, the beach is the only place to be. The sun, the sand and the surf beckon travelers to bare a little skin, throw down a towel and leave their troubles behind. With dozens of access points to public beaches, the ocean is always just minutes away and it doesn't cost a dime. Just be sure to remember the sunscreen.Quick Tips: To make the most of your particular trip, go to the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Tourist Development Council Visitors Center on the east end of Okaloosa Island at Beasley Park just before the long stretch of public beaches. They have dozens of brochures, pamphlets and maps on things to do and see, places to eat and stay and just about anything else you can t...Read More
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Best Things Nearby:It's only a mile to the beach and just a few miles from the Gulfarium, which seems pretty popular. The resort is also walking distance from a few little shops, bars, restaurants, the marina and a public park. Within a short drive, there are dozens of other stores, restaurants, a mall and a movie theater.Best Things About the Resort:The staff was very informative about things to do and places to eat. The deck on the marina had a lovely view of the bay and the boats coming in and out. A blue heron seemed to have taken up residence there.Resort Experience:The rooms, furniture and amenities were pretty standard. Most of the items that were not p...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 26, 2002

Marina Bay Resort
80 Miracle STRP Pkwy Se
Fort Walton Beach, Florida 32548
(850) 244-5132

The Crab Trap

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Restaurant

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I ordered the marinated chicken breast dinner with mixed vegetables and garlic mashed potatoes, a house salad with ranch on the side and an unsweetened ice tea with no lemon. Waiter got everything right with the exception of a lemon in my tea. Salad was a nice suprise since it had other mixed greens, not just iceberg lettuce, also big croutons and shredded parmesan cheese. The chicken was moist and flavorful. The garlic potatoes were superb, moist yet fluffy and garlicy without being too salty. The vegetables though were a little bland. The view was spectacular from the deck above the beach, watched a nice sunset while eating, sound of waves very relaxing. Restaurant caters...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 28, 2002

The Crab Trap
1450 Miracle Strip Parkway South East
Fort Walton Beach, Florida 32548
(850) 301-0959

Breakers Restaurant

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Restaurant | "The Breakers"

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Indoor dining with floor to ceiling windows offering a view of the beach and ocean. Music was instrumental favorites from the 40s played quietly in the background. Very relaxing and peaceful. Glass top tables with cloth napkins, waiters in dress pants and white shirts, definately a more upscale restaurant. Ordered prime cut sirloin with mushrooms and onions, fresh green beans and rice pilaf, ice tea and house salad. Everything came just as I ordered. Waiter was attentive but unobtrusive. The steak was flavorful and juicy as were the green beans. The rice was fluffy and lightly seasoned and sprinkled with parsley. Ordered some kind of chocolate extravaganza to take with me for dessert late...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 28, 2002

Breakers Restaurant
12627 Front Beach Road
Panama City Beach 32407
(850) 234-6060

Pepitos

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Restaurant

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Pepitos is casual dining with a pleasant atmosphere. Spanish music played quietly in the background. Service was prompt, pleasant, attentive yet unobtrusive. Booths and tables with paper napkins. Customary chips and salsa preceeded meal. Salsa was mildly spicy, not pureed to soup but not too chunky either. Ordered shredded beef chimichanga with no guacamole, and all rice, no beans as the side. This was one of the few restaurants I went to that actually served Pepsi products. Ordered a huge Mt. Dew. Was rewarded with gigantic cup which came just in time since salsa was heating things up. Food was freshly prepared but served promptly. Huge plate of food, excellent portion si...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 28, 2002

Pepitos
757 Harbor Boulevard
Fort Walton Beach, Florida 32541
(850) 650-7734

Harry T's

Restaurant

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Very nice casual dining atmosphere. Lots of nautical, kitschy decorations but they didn't overwhelm the dining room. Windows with nice view of marina. Mellow mix of tunes played quietly in the background. Some noise from bar downstairs but not obtrusive. Cloth napkins. Balloons and decorations clearly oriented toward children. Had grouper strips with tartar sauce, french fries and cole slaw. I usually dislike fish and seafood but tried grouper on the recommedation of a relative. It was fantastic and worth the risk. No fishy flavor at all. So tender, the strips fell apart. Moist with no fishy flavor, just something new and delicious. Portion size was huge, got about half a dozen or more grouper str...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 28, 2002

Harry T's
320 Harbor Boulevard
Fort Walton Beach, Florida 32541
(850) 654-4800

Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier

Attraction | "Okaloosa Isand"

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Was visiting in the off season so parking was no problem. Can see how it would be trouble during spring and summer. The sand was clean with no signs of animal droppings or trash. Flags posted visibly on beach designated tide and wave danger in the water. Lifeguards usually not present on beach. Not very many people on beach despite number of resorts and hotels. Was told by people at resort that these beaches were less populated even during the season.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 28, 2002

Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier
1030 Miracle STRP Pkwy Se
Fort Walton Beach, Florida 32548
(850) 244-1023

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If your sweettooth starts bugging you while you're in the Fort Walton-Destin area, there are dozens of places to satisfy it but my top three are: Krispy Kreme donuts store, 795 Highway 98 E, Destin; Candymaker, 1655 Hwy. 98 E., Destin; and the Marble Slab Creamery, 34904 Emerald Coast Parkway, in the Crystal Beach Plaza behind O'Charley's, Destin. Krispy Kreme serves hot donuts which are uncomparable. Kids will love watching how the donuts are made, just be sure to watch for the HOT sign out front to be lit up. You can get them just about anytime of day. The regular glazed and glazed creme-filled are my all-time favorites but they're all delicious. You can also pick up Krispy Kreme collectibles li...Read More

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