Okaloosa Island Tourism

Okaloosa Island is an unincorporated community on Santa Rosa Island in Okaloosa County, Florida. Okaloosa Island is home to hundreds of residential homes, low rise condominia and major hotels and motels. The area is unincorporated and uses Fort Walton Beach as a mailing address but it is not actually part of that city. The island is part of Florida's Emerald Coast and features spectactular sugar-white sand beaches. Okaloosa Island is connected to Fort Walton Beach via the Brooks Bridge and to Destin, Florida via the Destin Bridge. Both 4-lane bridges are part of U.S. Highway 98. The island is surrounded by water with Santa Rosa Sound and Choctawhatchee Bay to the north and the Gulf of Mexico to the south. The other major thoroughfare on Okaloosa Island is Santa Rosa Boulevard. One unit of the Gulf Islands National Seashore is located on the island. An 875-acre (3.54 km2) parcel of Santa Rosa Island with three miles (5 km) of Gulf frontage was conveyed to Okaloosa County on July 8, 1950 in an informal ceremony at the county courthouse in Crestview, Florida. The county paid the federal government $4,000 to complete the transaction, which was the result of the efforts of Congressman Bob Sikes. This area had been known as Tower Beach with the establishment of an amusement park, boardwalk and hotel from the mid-1930s. Tower Beach, with a board walk, casino, restaurant and concession stands, and operated by Thomas E. Brooks, of the same family for whom the Brooks Bridge is named, was largely destroyed by fire on Saturday, March 7, 1942. Wartime priorities precluded its reconstruction. Thomas E. Brooks would serve as Fort Walton Beach mayor from 1953 to 1956. All of Santa Rosa Island that is in Okaloosa County is generally considered "Okaloosa Island" except for land owned and used by Eglin Air Force Base. The last of three county-owned buildings on Okaloosa Island was torn down on May 31, 1995. The buildings had originally housed the Okaloosa Island Authority and more recently the Okaloosa County Council on Aging. The 1.3 acre tract on the north side of Santa Rosa Boulevard was sold.


Find the best activities, restaurants and things to do in Okaloosa Island, United States. Explore Okaloosa Island travel guide before you plan your trip here. Okaloosa Island is located at a short trip away from Destin a major city in United States. Take a short trip from Okaloosa Island and set some time aside to explore the Destin. Dotted with places like Village Of Baytowne Wharf, Henderson Beach State Park, Big Kahuna's Water And Adventure Park; it will definitely be a good idea. Get in the character of the city, this city requires at least of 1 to 2 number of days of exploration.

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  • Know the pollution level of Okaloosa Island before you plan your visit.

    • Water Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 25 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 50 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 50 (Moderate)
  • How safe is Okaloosa Island for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Okaloosa Island.

    • Burglary and Theft 25 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 25 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 25 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 50 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 75 (High)
    • Attacks 25 (Low)
    • Drug offense 25 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 100 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 75 (High)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 50 (Moderate)
    • Safety Index 66.18 (High)
    • Climate Index 91.41 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 20.69 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 45 (High)
    • Health Care Index 77.78 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 1.95 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

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