We recently took a quick trip down to the Destin/Ft. Walton, Florida area and decided to stay on Okaloosa Island. This was our first time to the area, so we did a bit of driving around exploring “The Emerald Coast”. It was stormy the first day we got there and we missed out on getting to see the colorful ocean colors.
We chose Okaloosa Island to stay as we try to steer clear of crowds and my brother-in-law had lived in the area and said this was the place. We arrived without reservations as we didn’t know what to expect, so we drove by the condo units and picked out a group that looked pretty new, Pelican Isle Condominiums. The girl that was working was very friendly and showed us an available unit on the top, seventh floor. It looked great so we checked in and relaxed after the long drive from Tennessee.
Buildings can not be higher than seven floors on Okaloosa Island, so this keeps the people density down. Our view from the ocean-front balcony was great and we enjoyed watching dolphins cavort along in the water.
The guys dropped me off at DeFrance Antique and Flea Market just a few minutes away from our condo in Ft. Walton to let me look around while they ran errands. I enjoyed checking out the Florida “antiques” and flea market finds.
Our condo had a fully stocked kitchen, so Wally had to check out the local seafood distributors to go pick up some fresh seafood to cook back at the condo. Wally was a bit shell-shocked after coming back from the local grocery at how high their prices were but it was cheaper than eating out for several meals.
Sexton’s is across the big bridge in Destin, and we took a drive around Holiday Isle and then went on down to Sandestin to check out the big golf resort. Wally admired the boats, we admired the high prices at the restaurants in the Sandestin “village”, drove around the golf course and headed back towards Okaloosa Island.
One afternoon we decided to try a little fishing so drove over to the big bridge going to Destin.
There’s a nice sandy area right next to the bridge where locals like to go and fish. One family had set up an outdoor kitchen and must have spent all day there! There’s a wildlife and bird preserve area there and the cranes watch the fisherman as they bring in fish, creeping towards them to see if they can steal one.
It was turning in to a fabulous sunset as we drove home…
I had Wally pull off at one of the recreation areas on the Ft. Walton/Okaloosa side to snap some pictures of the sun sinking…
One day for lunch we ate at High Tide Restaurant and Oyster Bar, just down the street from our condos. It has been in business for decades and I loved all their nautical memorabilia and old local pictures. We ordered raw oysters for appetizers and split a grouper sandwich, which was excellent!
Our last evening we sat out on the balcony, drinking cocktails and watching the sky fire up again for another amazing sunset. The water began to glow first gold, then a dark pink…
It was time for dinner and the boys had picked out the Old Bay Steamer just down the street for our last meal in Florida. We ordered one of the dinners for two and it was enough for all three of us.
That’s all for this adventure! Here’s all the important web links to plan your trip…
The management of our Pelican Isle Condos was Brooks and Shorey Resorts, and several of their other places looked really nice. They also offer 3 and 4 bedroom units.