John Beasley Park: plan your perfect beach day

If you’re looking for a place to visit the beaches along the Heart of Florida’s Emerald Coast then a trip to John Beasley Park is a perfect choice. This scenic public beach access is nestled between Destin and Fort Walton Beach on the Gulf side of Okaloosa Island. The park is easy to find, conveniently located, and offers an ample amount of parking even on busy summer days.  It sits directly off Highway 98 and neighbors the Emerald Coast Visitors Center.

On your way to the John Beasley Park, take a few moments to stop in the Visitors Center to learn about local happenings and to plan your activities while here in Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Okaloosa Island.  Our knowledgeable staff can provide suggestions based on your interests and you’ll find there is a lot more to explore than just our beautiful beaches!  A visit to the beach is a given but you’ll also discover Gulf-to-Table dining, fishing excursions, and a vibrant arts and culture scene here on the Emerald Coast.

Upon entering John Beasley Park, you’ll find a boardwalk surrounded by white sand dunes and shaded pavilions that overlook the Gulf of Mexico. The pavilions make a lovely area to share a picnic lunch while taking a break from the sand and sun.  This vantage point is a great place to watch the sun set over the Gulf or just relax and enjoy the fresh sea-salt air.  As you head down to the beach from the walkway, you’ll notice the lifeguards stationed for your safety and an expanse of sugar-white sand to bury your feet in.  There is plenty of beach to set up your umbrella and enjoy a relaxing day in the sun or partake in fun water activities such as paddle boarding or fishing with permit.

It’s easy to spend the whole day at the beach with the amenities that the park hosts.  You’ll find freshwater showers, changing rooms, and restrooms. John Beasley Park also has beach ramps making it easily accessible beach location for disabled guests. Enjoy an entire day at the beach without worry.  John Beasley offers everything you’ll need so come escape for a day of fun on the beaches of the Heart of Florida’s Emerald Coast.  Enjoy!


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Events in Destin-Fort Walton Beach

It’s always the best time of the year to visit Destin-Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Mild temperatures and warm gulf waters make the area enjoyable no matter the season. And with a running lineup of exciting local events and festivals, there’s always something to do in Destin-Fort Walton Beach!

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