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Waves of the Emerald Coast Realty

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Fort Walton Beach

Located on the Gulf of Mexico coast in the Florida panhandle, Fort Walton Beach is part of a metropolitan area that includes nearby coastal cities like Destin and Miramar Beach. Though closely linked, Fort Walton Beach distinguishes itself by its primarily inland location. With a delightful historic downtown and the stunning beaches of Okaloosa Island, it offers a perfect blend of urban charm and coastal allure.


Fort Walton Beach, a coastal city in Florida, is home to 20,998 residents across 15 neighborhoods, ranking 140th in size statewide. With a notable military presence, the city thrives with service members actively engaged in community life. Known for its concentration of professionals in computers and mathematics, Fort Walton Beach offers historic waterfronts for recreation. The city also boasts an above-average educational attainment of 27.64% with at least a bachelor's degree. While its per capita income stands at $32,350, Fort Walton Beach embraces a diverse socioeconomic mix. Reflecting its diverse population, the city celebrates a rich tapestry of racial and ethnic backgrounds, with English, Spanish, and Thai as prominent languages spoken.

Downtown FWB offers a variety of bars & restaurants to suit many tastes. Local favorites include: The Boardroom, Jake & Henry's, and Fokkers Pub.  If you head north, you will come across one of FWB oldest restaurants, Robinsons Cruise Thru, and the favorite lunch joint, Sax Grille. For Seafood, locals stick to Florida's rated top seafood restaurant, Stewbys. 


Fort Walton Beach, FL is an outdoors town activity town.  Local favorites include beaching it at one of the 7 beach access locations on Okaloosa Island, or even head to Navarre Beach to stay away from tourists. FWB has a local farmers market and various outdoor events throughout the year. 


Uptown Station is FWB's most updated outdoor shopping center. While some popular shopping chains are local, when locals need to SHOP, they venture to Destin, FL to either the outlet mall or Destin Commons. 


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