This was my fourth visit to Florida and I would’ve never chose the retirement capital of the Emerald Coast for a mid winter escape, except that my good friend Brady was living there. After a couple of days in this hidden gem however, I was pleasantly surprised at what a beautiful location it was and hoped one day that I would be rich enough to spend my retirement years by the beach as well.
The beach however is beautiful! Although for Floridians it was ‘cold’, I was grateful to be sitting on a beach on March 1st in my bikini. The water is crystal blue and there was no body in sight! The white sands made it seem like I was on another planet, and then I realized that’s why they call it the Emerald Coast. Ookaloosa Island is a must see and is also known for fishing. In the summer this area of the coast is super packed so I was glad I got to see it in the winter, where there were no crowds and I finally got some beach time. Florida has so many hidden gems like this town. You could just drive for hours and the locals are also friendly. We had a wonderful conversation with a cab driver after a night at the bar where she told her entire history of living in Fort Walton Beach!
I will miss the friendliness that comes from being in a small town, and of course, the sunshine and the beautiful ocean!