The Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island has gorgeous beachfront views, fun shops and fresh seafood. Located within a few miles of Destin Harbor and just over the bridge from Fort Walton Beach, The Boardwalk offers a full day’s worth of fun for everyone.
Are you looking for a perfect Okaloosa Island T-shirt? Surfside Outfitters/Coastal Currents has a huge selection of adorable souvenir tees to wear on the beach and to enjoy later to remember your trip. While there, why not pick up a Corkcicle insulated tumbler, which is perfect for the beach since glass isn’t allowed. Choose from pearl and leather necklaces and bracelets, a signature look in beachy accessories and jewelry.
Just down the Boardwalk is another local shopping favorite, Islanders Coastal Outfitters. This shop has been a Fort Walton Beach tradition since the 1980s. Trusted outdoor apparel brands like Ray-Ban, Birkenstock, Olukai, Patagonia, Teva, Chubbies, Quiksilver are found here, but Islanders has amassed a loyal clientele because of the emphasis on service. Locals trust Islanders staff. You won’t get hassled about returns and they understand the fit and function of things like board shorts, waterproof watches and polarized sunglasses so you can buy with confidence.
Tired from all that shopping? Stop by Pino Gelato for a delicious break. Pino Gelato crafts small batches of rich Italian gelato using only fresh fruits and honest ingredients. Flavors are seasonal, based on ingredient availability, but the chocolate gelato puts all chocolate ice cream to shame. Try it and see. We recommend enjoying it while you take in the view of the Gulf of Mexico from the beach walkover.
Before you leave The Boardwalk, you have to visit the Kitty Hawk Kites shop to see what’s new in kite design. These kites are not your average multi-colored diamonds with a tail, we’re talking three-dimensional creations that will have your imagination soaring. Giant flying koi fish, grinning sea turtles, spinning geometric shapes that are a whirlwind of colors, the kites here range from creative to dazzling. A great little souvenir are wind spinners. These can decorate a garden, a front yard or a playground with no work required by you. It’s almost impossible not to smile when you’re at Kitty Hawk Kites and best of all? You can take your new kite for a spin at the beach.
Whether you’re looking for a day on the sand, a fun place to shop, somewhere to grab fresh Gulf shrimp or a late night meal of elotes ― Mexican street corn ― and quesadillas, The Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island has it all. Pack a beach towel, grab your wallet and get ready to have fun.