Fort Walton

Offering some of the most affordable places to stay and as well as a wide array of watersports and nightlife activities, Fort Walton is a terrific place for young to middle aged vacationers to enjoy.


When it comes to fresh seafood, its hard to beat the Panhandle of Florida. There’s a reason they call Destin “the best little fishing village in the world”. The only real catch is, this fact is not a secret. Every year thousands of travelers come to sample the goods. Learn how to get a table the best, and sometimes most overlooked restaurants in beautiful Fort Walton.
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What Fort Walton lacks in nightclubs, it more than makes up for in live music, low cover charges, and well priced drinks. The bars are often open just as late as Destin (until 2-4 am daily depending on the bar) and being even closer to VPS airport it’s no problem if you want us to pick you up from the bars and take you straight to the airport… no judgments

Check out or list of favorite bar crawl strategies.

Annual Events

Fort Walton is home to the single biggest event on the Emerald Coast and many other exciting annual festivities that you can be a part of if you plan your trip accordingly. Our ground services can pick you up from the airport, keep you entertained while your rental is prepared, and make sure you have all the logistics support you need to pull it off in style.
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Outdoor Activities

So you know where you wanna be, but what can you do once you get here? What if it rains? What if its too hot? Its good to have options, which is why the 5 Ride has diligently researched all the best things to do both indoors and out during your Emerald Coast vacation.
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Let us help choose the best stay for your group’s needs. We know the best resorts and hotels, and as locals for over 10 years we have valuable insights about the best neighborhoods for renting houses or condos in Destin.
Fort Walton hotel and neighborhood picks.

While Fort Walton Beach (FWB) has plenty to offer younger kids, its probably not the best choice for teens, as they’ve likely aged out of the children’s museum and are too young to enter many establishments during entertainment hours. If traveling with teenagers, check out our DESTINation FUN page to learn more about the best all-ages family attraction, and the best hotels and neighborhoods to stay in for your family vacation on the Emerald Coast.