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Old 06-03-2017, 08:28 AM
 
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We will be driving from New Orleans to Okaloosa Island(South of Fort Walton Beach).

1) What route would you suggest to take? any toll roads/bridges?

2) Any recommendations for restaurants in Okaloosa Island?

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Old 06-03-2017, 09:31 AM
 
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For speed, you can take I10 and cut south on 85. For uninterrupted views, you can travel south at Pensacola to the Okaloosa National Seashore. For a direct route, you can take 98. -- What is your objective?

As with routes, there are an almost range of restaurants ... including those across the bridge in Destin. Sealand and Magnolia Grill in Fort Walton are nice. Asiagos on Okaloosa Island is good for breakfast. Additionally, there are a ton of chains and tourist traps. Again, what is your objective?
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Old 06-03-2017, 03:51 PM
 
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For speed, you can take I10 and cut south on 85. For uninterrupted views, you can travel south at Pensacola to the Okaloosa National Seashore. For a direct route, you can take 98. -- What is your objective?

As with routes, there are an almost range of restaurants ... including those across the bridge in Destin. Sealand and Magnolia Grill in Fort Walton are nice. Asiagos on Okaloosa Island is good for breakfast. Additionally, there are a ton of chains and tourist traps. Again, what is your objective?

road objective: find the best route based on what people say.

restaurants objective: make a list for eats based on what people recommend.

thanks,
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Old 06-04-2017, 09:33 AM
 
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I believe you mean Gulf Islands National Seashore, which is accessible from Hwy 98. There is a small park on Okaloosa Island that is part of the National Seashore, but it is mainly used for kite flyers etc. on the bay.

As for restaurants, there a few on the Island itself, most of the located at the Boardwalk. Yes they are all tourist traps, but can be fun. We like the Black Pearl if you get a set by the beach. The newest restaurant on the Island is called the Gulf, which is actually located on the Bay, go across 98 to the Bay side and you see it. (Ignore the strip joints) It is a fun place as well. Old Bay steamer is located on Santa Rose Blvd, but I hear it has gone downhill...depends on what you are looking for. Destin has the better restaurants, Dewey Destins is my favorite. There are plenty to choose from at the Destin Harbor. If you head to FWB, then Giovanni's 189 is good, if not easy to get to coming from the Island. Bay Café is good as well (French=$$$). Magnolia Grill is a great place to go for a short history of FWB, but I personally find it a little heavy for summer time eating.

Coming from LA I would take I10 to 85 south at Crestview. If you don't want tolls take it to FWB, if you don't mind tolls you can take the bypass around Niceville to the Mid bay bridge, then head right once you reach Destin, that will give you a good view of Destin to see the options there.
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Old 06-05-2017, 01:16 AM
 
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No reason to take the mid-bay bridge if you're coming to Okaloosa Island from the west. All you do is add travel time (the bridge backs up horribly on Saturday afternoons and evenings in Niceville in the summer) and distance. Just go to your hotel/condo via 85 or 98, check-in and freshen up and then do the pretty Gulf front drive on 98 from the Island to Destin.
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Old 06-05-2017, 12:53 PM
 
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Whatever Beachmouse says, I would do that.
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Old 06-05-2017, 05:26 PM
 
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No reason to take the mid-bay bridge if you're coming to Okaloosa Island from the west. All you do is add travel time (the bridge backs up horribly on Saturday afternoons and evenings in Niceville in the summer) and distance. Just go to your hotel/condo via 85 or 98, check-in and freshen up and then do the pretty Gulf front drive on 98 from the Island to Destin.
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