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Airport Codes:
IATA: VPS
ICAO: KVPS
 
Distances from VPS to:
Fort Walton Beach 11 miles
Pensacola 36 miles
Panama City Beach 49 miles
Dothan 101 miles

Nearest Major Airports:
8 miles: Northwest Florida Regional Airport (VPS)
34 miles: Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional Airport (PNS)
49 miles: Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP)
94 miles: Dothan Regional Airport  (DHN)

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Fort Walton Beach Guide

Entertainment for tourists is very simple in Fort Walton Beach. There’s obviously the beach which is long, pale golden and sandy whilst the Gulfarium is an aquarium dedicated to the ecology of the Gulf of Mexico. The presence of the US military has spawned an interesting museum but the most fascinating place to visit is the old Indian Temple Mound and Museum which honours the original inhabitants of the region. Visitors to the city in June can enjoy the farcical and hilarious Billy Bowlegs Festival, full of piracy, grog and sea shanties – of a sort!


Fort Walton Beach Directions

Following the Eglin Parkway road will take you all the way from the airport to the centre and beachfront of Fort Walton Beach. The journey is around twenty minutes in a hire car.


Fort Walton Beach Parking

Parking arrangements are simple at Northwest Florida Regional Airport with just long and short stay areas with the first ten minutes free in both. The airport prides itself on having cheap parking and there are special arrangements for the less mobile traveller.


Fort Walton Beach Flight Information

Whilst regional, Northwest Florida Airport has many flights from US hubs which can be accessed directly from the UK and Europe. Consider Atlanta or Chicago for the best deals on flights


Hotels Near Fort Walton Beach Airport

Our favourite is the Four Points by Sheraton Dustin, right on the beach and with superb amenities. It’ll cost you around $99 a night but well worth the cost. The Fairway Inn is half the price but has equally good facilities, it’s just not near the beach!


Fort Walton Beach Time Zone

Fort Walton Beach is five hours behind Greenwich Mean Time and located in the Eastern Time Zone (GMT-5)

Fort Walton Beach Info

Fort Walton Beach is a very popular year round fishing and beach holiday destination. Struggling to gain a hold in northern Florida, it wasn’t until a fort was built there to protect the inhabitants from Native American attacks that it began to grow. Since the Second World War, the biggest boost to the economy and population has been the presence of two USAF bases although tourism is gaining a foothold in this beautiful region.

Fort Walton Beach Trivia:
  • Fort Walton Beach is a wonderful resort located on Florida’s Emerald Coast
  • The excellent climate makes it the perfect year round destination
  • First discovered by Europeans in 1528, there were no signs of settlement until forty years later
  • Despite the area’s reputation, there were no pirates operating from the area
  • The city only really grew when the fort was built to defend Florida from the Seminole
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