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Destin-Fort Walton Beach Filming Locations and Permitting

Destin-Fort Walton Beach, Florida features an array of film locations to give your next production a true sense of place. From beaches to farms, military bases to performing arts centers, the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Film Commission can help you find the perfect spot for your next shoot. Plus, we’ll even help you navigate the permitting process, so there’s one less thing to worry about.

Destin is an excellent film location for luxury resorts and salty local bars. It’s also home to North America’s largest commercial fishing fleet. Each October, the town celebrates their oneness with the water with the Destin Fishing Rodeo, complete with weigh-ins and a festival. Golf courses and water sports provide ample opportunities for recreation shots.

Capture your audience with the downtown flavor in Fort Walton Beach. Lively breweries, ancient relics, and bayfront parks are sure to lend a sense of excitement and wonder to your production.

Okaloosa Island is another location that’s ideal for capturing recreation on film. Kite boarders fly above the waves, while anglers reel in big ones off the Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier. Beachfront dining scenes and resorts with picturesque pools are perfect for lifestyle shoots.

While Destin-Fort Walton Beach is known for the beach life, Okaloosa County is much more than that. Whether you’re filming a rural farm scene or an action-packed military base scene, like in “Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon,” it’s the place to be.

The Destin-Fort Walton Beach Film Commission acts as your virtual scout, with comprehensive galleries of all the best film locations in the area. Browse media galleries, submit your request for film permits, and start planning your shoot in Destin-Fort Walton Beach today.

Film Locations in Destin Florida

Luxury resorts, white sand beaches, wooded areas, and a busy harbor are just a few of the Destin locations that make this destination film worthy. Known as the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village,” diverse scenery and unique locales add to Destin’s appeal as an excellent setting for films, commercials, print ads, and television shows.

Although the city sees around 4 million tourists each year, it is a small fishing community at heart. This allows Destin to combine urban vibes with small town charm

A mild climate year-round offers comfort and flexibility when scheduling shoots. Emerald green waters and white sandy beaches create a picturesque setting.

Along with beautiful beaches and a bustling harbor, Destin is home to forests and woodland environments. Urban shopping centers and North America’s largest commercial fishing fleet are additional points of interest.

Recreation is huge in Destin, where manicured golf courses and action-packed watersports take center stage. Just a short drive away, the Eglin Air Force Base and Hurlburt Field Air Force installation round out a diverse list of shooting locations.

The Destin area has been featured in past film productions such as “Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon.” Television shows filmed in Destin include HGTV’s “House Hunters,’ “House Hunters Renovation,” and “Beachfront Bargain Hunt” as well as Bravo TV’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta” to name a few.

Filming Locations Fort Walton Beach

Destin-Fort Walton Beach is best known for its beautiful beaches and popular tourist attractions. Fort Walton Beach is eclectic, laid-back city, showcasing funky downtown vibes and tranquil waterfront parks.

Fort Walton Beach film locations feature an array of destinations to capture in your next production. You’re bound to find the perfect locale, whether shooting a commercial, television show, feature film, or print ad.

Comfortable hotels, unique bars and restaurants, manicured city parks, and special museums provide ample filming opportunities. Lively downtown bars and local breweries with cozy courtyards set the nightlife scene. The ancient Indian Temple Mound is a sight to behold. You can practically feel the spirits of the ancestors.

A variety of productions have been filmed in Fort Walton Beach, capturing the small town and beach community. Scenes from “Jaws 2” were shot on nearby Okaloosa Island.

If you’re looking to capture a city by the bay, Fort Walton Beach provides the beach town feel you’re looking for. The Destin-Fort Walton Beach Film Commission assists with film production resources, including location scouting, permitting, talent agencies, and film crew. Browse Fort Walton Beach film location galleries and bring your next production to Destin-Fort Walton Beach.

Filming Locations on Okaloosa Island

Okaloosa Island film locations feature gorgeous white sand beaches ― perfect for setting the scene for your ad, feature film, or television show. Scenes from “Jaws 2” were filmed here. However, capturing a real-life Great White on camera would be a rare occurrence indeed.

Even still, capturing other wonders of nature is easy on Okaloosa Island. Wildlife preserves with nesting herons and towering dunes abound. A public fishing pier stretches out over the emerald water where anglers pull up a variety of species from the deep. (Spoiler alert: not Jaws.)

In addition to fishing, opportunities for filming recreation include an intimate RV park. Film kite surfing above the waves and kayaking in the Gulf. Okaloosa Island provides a spectacular backdrop for sunset sailing scenes.

Shooting a dining scene? Okaloosa Island film locations include restaurants with sandy boardwalks that lead from the beach to waterfront seafood dives and taco joints.

Accommodations on Okaloosa Island feature, family friendly resorts with interesting visuals, such as lagoon pools with waterfalls. The Island is also home to the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Convention Center. The venue has ample space to shoot and host large scale productions.

The Destin-Fort Walton Beach Film Commission is happy to help you scout Okaloosa Island film locations. We have provided a gallery for added convenience. We also assist with film crews, permitting, and equipment. Contact us to get the ball rolling on your next production.

Filming Locations in Okaloosa County

Filming a movie? Shooting an ad concept? Producing a television show? Okaloosa County film locations feature a diverse range of scenes for your project. Airports, farms, military bases, and schools are all fair game. So, let your imagination run wild!

A large military presence carries a lot of weight when it comes to film production in Okaloosa County. The Doolittle Raider’s practice runs, and other scenes, were shot at Eglin Air Force Base in 1944 for the film “Thirty Seconds over Tokyo.”

Additionally, “Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon” was filmed at Hurlburt Field and Northwest Florida Regional Airport to great local fanfare.

Mattie Kelly Arts Center has an intimate theatre venue with immense possibility. And Northwest Florida State College has an indoor sports arena perfect for capturing action packed shots.

You could let North Okaloosa Medical Center take center stage for the next binge-worthy medical drama.

The Destin-Fort Walton Beach Film Commission is happy to help you find the perfect location for your next production. We’ve assembled a gallery of all the best in Okaloosa County film locations. Feel free to browse and plan out your scenes.

Looking for talent? Assembling a film crew? In need of equipment? The film commission can assist with those, too! Once you’ve finalized your decision to film in Okaloosa County, simply fill out the permitting form and let us assist with bringing your vision to life.

Filming Permits in Destin-Fort Walton Beach

Planning a shoot in Destin-Fort Walton Beach or another location in Okaloosa County? The Destin-Fort Walton Beach Film Commission invites you to begin the film permitting process today.

We get it. Filming in Okaloosa County is a dream. From white sand beaches, to luxury hotels, and lively harbors, scenes along the coast have a way of captivating audiences.

In addition to permitting, the Film Commission will act as your main contact throughout the scouting and filming process. We’re happy to provide you with production resources to help your project run smoothly. Our listings of local film crews will make assembling the right team a breeze. And our world class accommodations and restaurants provide the perfect respite after a long day of shooting.