On a sunny stretch of coast along the Florida panhandle lies the laid back scenic vacation destination of Oskaloosa Island, connected by bridges on either side from Destin and Fort Walton Beach. Oskaloosa Island offers a romantic escape or a fun getaway with friends, but it's also very popular for families, since the beaches are clean and safe, the waves are gentle, and there are plenty of fun activities to keep kids entertained.
Come here to take a break and get away from the bustle of everyday life. Find a villa a few steps away from the beach or an ocean condo on the bay side. A vacation rental of your own will allow you to plan the day's adventures at your own pace and also offers the space you need to store your beach gear. Spend your days here wandering along the boardwalk, exploring the quirky shops and boutiques, building sandcastles, snorkeling, or taking a charter sailing trip. Be sure to save time for a round of golf and a spa treatment as well.
Here are a few additional suggestions for your trip:
-Stroll the boardwalk: Oskaloosa Island offers several points of public beach access along one side of the boardwalk, and the other side is lined with shops, cafes, and delicious crab shacks.
-Rent a bicycle: A bicycle can be a great way to get around on the island. Peddle along the boardwalk or pack a picnic lunch and head to a local park.
-Play golf: Champion caliber golf courses and fun mini golf courses can be found on the island and just over the bridge in Fort Walton Beach.
-Go fishing: Take a deep sea fishing trip from the harbor at dawn and bring home the day's catch of grouper, swordfish, or tarpaulin.
-Play on the beach: The long stretch of Oskaloosa Island beach is a busy, fun place to relax in the sand with a book, go parasailing, or take a surfing lesson.
-Go diving: The reef ecosystems in the gulf are teeming with brilliant undersea life including colorful fish, turtles, and sea stars.
You'll never run out of fun things to do on Oskaloosa Island, especially with the energetic nightspots and attractions of Destin and Fort Walton Beach just minutes away. Come to Oskaloosa Island to relax, reconnect, and start making lasting vacation memories.
As featured in USA TODAY and recommended by Travel + Leisure in its annual Villa Guide:
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