There's a reason this stretch of the fabulous Florida shoreline is called the Emerald Coast: it's because the water sparkles like a beautiful green jewel. Even better, the beaches bordering the Gulf here are blessed with powdery white sand - the kind perfect for stretching out on under the warmth of the sun, or building sand castles with the kids...which is why a Fort Walton holiday is just perfect for families.
Fort Walton's barrier island Okaloosa has superb stretches of sugar white sand and it's here you'll find families picnicking, teenagers messing about in the surf, the odd game of volleyball in progress and fishing fans reeling in their catch from the pier. This is a something-for-everyone kind of place and there's more going on behind the beach. The boardwalk is the place for a stroll, plus there's amusements for the kids and a clutch of other attractions.
Watersports are big news on a Fort Walton holiday, and you can play in the waves any which way you want. There's everything from water skiing to windsurfing and parasailing, or you might want to get up close to the ocean without getting wet - in which case you could take a sunset cruise, a glass-bottom boat trip or go dolphin spotting. The fishing here is also some of the best in America, and anglers are pretty much guaranteed a good haul.
The golf is top notch too on a Fort Walton holiday, and there are a couple of classy public courses, The Oaks and The Pines nearby, while championship courses like Destin's Regatta Bay are also close at hand. Add in good shopping both downtown and along the boardwalk on Okaloosa Island, plus plenty of fresh seafood and buzzy nightlife, and you have the perfect recipe for a great holiday.