About Destin/Fort Walton Beach/Okaloosa Island
EMERALD COAST VISITORS
Destin / Fort Walton Beach are located about 35 miles west of Panama City Beach & 40 miles East of Pensacola, FL
Okaloosa Island is the 10 mile Gulf front Island that connects Destin to Fort Walton Beach
What is the Emerald Coast? White Sugar Sandy Beach, Dolphin cruises, open-air shopping and fresh local seafood restaurants. It’s fun family vacations. Get a little sand in your soul in Destin, Ft. Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island, the Heart of Florida’s Emerald Coast.
Destin – Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island are on the Emerald Coast of Florida. The name Emerald Coast name came about in 1983 by a junior high school student, who won $50 in the contest for a new area slogan. Since then, the term has been expanded by popular usage to cover all of the northwest coast of Florida from Pensacola Beach to Panama City Beach.
The Emerald Coast area is also home to thousands of military personnel. The area is home to the Eglin AFB (the largest Air Force Base in the world at over 700 square miles) and Hurlburt Field (Home of the Air Force Special Operations Command). Pensacola Naval Air Station is home to the World famous Blue Angles.