John C. Beasley Park
Beasley Park, located on Miracle Parkway adjacent to the visitor center, is the perfect place to get to know the beaches, Gulf waters, dunes, wildflowers, and wildlife of Okaloosa Island. To reach the sugar white sand so iconic on the Emerald Coast, park in the extensive parking area and head through Beasley Park’s visitor building. Overhangs provide shaded picnic spots, while restrooms and freshwater showerheads are available for rinsing off. Short boardwalks, including a handicap ramp, take you to the beach itself, while Indian Blanket and Dune Sunflowers bloom near the parking area. Looking west visitors can see the Okaloosa Fishing Pier, while looking east they will see a long expanse of beach that eventually stretches all the way to the West Destin Jetty. Much of this area is owned by the Eglin Air Force Base. The waters here are the iconic emerald green, and can be absolutely calm or provide fun waves, depending on the weather. A lifeguard is on duty during the summer months, right in front of the boardwalk.
1550 Miracle Strip Parkway, Fort Walton Beach, FL, 32548VISIT WEBSITE
- What to bring?
- Snorkel, towels, sunscreen
- Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy the pavilion