June 23, 2003
Located directly on the Gulf of Mexico with an enclosed playground literally on the beach. Two pools, one on the beachfront with drinks and food available.
Buffet breakfast is included with the room and includes standard american breakfast fare. Restaurant is open for dinner only as a prime rib-seafood buffet, but there are so many good seafood restaurants, why go there?
Two double beds in the rooms, TV with HBO and cable. This year, the beds were rather uncomfortable, either because I'm getting older or they've made a change. I woke up with a back ache every morning. Fortunately, the beach is only a few steps away and a long walk cured that.
After Hurricane Opal made a near direct hit on the Sheraton five or six years ago, they have totally rebuilt and have become a very family friendly hotel. There are daily activities for kids, and families and conference attendees dominate the guests. A new convention center was opned this year, just across the street. Ft. Walton Beach is building, with new restaurants, condos etc., but it can never become quite as crowded as other parts of Florida because a large national seashore and untouched dune areas or Eglin Air Force Base take up most of the island on which the beach is located.
From journal Return to Ft. Walton Beach