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Fort Walton Beach Car Rentals & Travel Guide

Secluded white sand beaches, warm sapphire waters, and expansive sunny skies are usually the hallmarks of an exotic tropical destination. You could go island-hopping on a private yacht in hopes of finding an enchanted seaside paradise like the one described…or you could escape to Florida’s Emerald Coast and have it all…including a full bank account.

Tucked between Pensacola and Panama City, Fort Walton Beach features a number of attractions to strike your fancy. Stake a claim at one of the local beaches, or get out and about in the surrounding area. Travelocity helps you find cheap rental cars in Fort Walton Beach FL that let you explore every mile of its pristine shoreline. Reserve one of the beachfront hotels in town to stay within a few short steps of your own dune-side dreamland, where you can while away the days in the revitalizing Florida sun. Uniquely situated on a south-facing shore, Fort Walton Beach offers a front row seat to sunrise and sunset views as our golden orb rises out of and falls back into the Gulf of Mexico. You might want to spend at least one entire day of your getaway in your lounge chair…in fact, you probably should.

Where Are the Best Places to Stay in Fort Walton Beach?

It’s a great idea to rent a car in Fort Walton Beach. While relaxing on the sand to the rhythm of the tide is an enticing activity, there is more to the area that begs to be explored. Here are some of our favorite Fort Walton Beach hotels to serve as your home base during your time along the Emerald Coast, all with plenty of free self-parking:

  • Wyndham Garden Fort Walton Beach Destin – This full-service is nestled just behind the sand-capped dunes, giving you easy access to the serenity on the sand. In addition to its comfortable rooms, the Westin features an outdoor pool, restaurant, lobby bar, and discounts to nearby golf courses and attractions.
  • Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort – More than a hotel, the Sandestin sits on a 2,400-acre property where you’ll find everything from a challenging golf course to an adrenaline-pumping zip-line. Boasting over 1,250 rentals—including studios, four-bedroom units, condos, and villas—there is a well-appointed room that will be a perfect fit for your entire group.
  • The Palms of Destin – With resort amenities as well as conference facilities, the Palms is an ideal option for both vacationers and business travelers. No matter what brings you to the property, you’ll enjoy the area’s largest lagoon pool, tennis and basketball courts, access to the beach, and an enchanting day spa.
  • Emerald Coast Inn And Suites – Thanks to a recent remodel, the Emerald Coast Inn is even more inviting than ever before. Guests enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast and spa-inspired guest room amenities. Add to that easy to the beach, boardwalk, and fishing pier, and you have the makings of a relaxing vacation.

From VPS to Fort Walton Beach

Flights to Fort Walton Beach arrive at the Destin-Fort Walton Airport (VPS), an eight-mile drive north of the coast. Book a rental car in Fort Walton Beach ahead of time, and then pick up the keys in the airport’s baggage claim lobby. From there, hop on FL-85 S and arrive at your accommodations steps from the teal-blue tranquil waters of the gulf. Fort Walton isn’t the only beach in the area, though. Take your Fort Walton Beach car rental for a spin, and cruise on the US-98 E to get to June White Decker Public Beach Park, located on Okaloosa Island. Or continue east on US-98, past Okaloosa Island, to end up on Henderson Beach State Park, just over 11 miles away from city center. While you’re there, a dip in the gulf or cast a line in search of a new trophy fish to adorn your living room.

Explore the Emerald Coast

You deserve a getaway at the seaside, so let Travelocity make it happen. We offer affordable rental car deals in Fort Walton Beach. Plus, you can bundle your airfare and accommodations together to save even more. To make your travels even easier, you can use the Travelocity app for mobile-exclusive offers. Scoop up a sporty Fort Walton Beach rental car for the freedom to zoom around the gulf. “The Heart of the Emerald Coast" is waiting, so get in vacation mode and make your reservations today.

Here at Travelocity, we’re committed to helping you score cheap deals on Fort Walton Beach car rentals. We’ll have your rental car waiting for you as soon as you arrive in town. Traveling with your whole family in tow? Choose a spacious and affordable van to keep your crew sane throughout the trip. Exploring the city with your sweetheart? Reserve a swanky two-seater as you paint the town red. With our low rates on rental cars in Fort Walton Beach, you can go out and smell the roses, without stressing out your bank account. You can even use our mobile booking app to snag exclusive deals, so you can spend more on your adventures and less on your vehicle.