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Escape to Waterscape!

by Julia Sayers Gokhale on August 7th, 2022
Aerial view of Waterscape Resort
The pools, lazy river, lush landscaping and family-friendly beachfront location make Waterscape Resort one of the most popular destinations on the Gulf Coast.

Imagine the sound of the crashing waves and the feel of warm sunshine on your skin. You take a deep breath and you’re intoxicated with the smell of coconut sunscreen and salt in the air. A gentle sea breeze washes over you as you sip a frozen pina colada. To your left, a sparkling pool awaits. In front of you: a view of the Caribbean blue waters and sugar-white sand of Fort Walton Beach at Waterscape Resort Okaloosa Island. Relax, you’re in paradise now.

Amenities at Waterscape

The main attraction at Waterscape is the oasis of pools and lazy river

Waterscape Resort at Fort Walton Beach is one of the area’s premier luxury resorts. Nestled on ten acres of Okaloosa Island with five hundred feet of beachfront, Waterscape is highly sought after for its beautiful setting, vast amenities, and convenience to area activities. 

The centerpiece of the resort — and one of the main reasons people book Waterscape — is its pool area. But it’s not just one pool that Waterscape has: you’ll find multiple pools including a zero-entry pool, a lazy river, and a children’s splash pad area with slides and climbing features. Cool down under a 10-foot waterfall and float the day away on the long, curving lazy river. Some outdoor pools are seasonally heated so you can enjoy swimming year-round. While you’re by the pool, order a drink or some food from the resort’s snack bar. 

Meandering Lazy River at Waterscape

Other on-site amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness center, gazebo areas, and a conference room (perfect for those working remotely!). Play shuffleboard on one of the resort’s courts while you’re waiting for your dinner to finish up on the nearby community gas grills.

Waterscape Resort’s state-of-the-art fitness room faces the pool area.

Waterscape Resort Map

Waterscape has a variety of condos that fit every family’s — or couple’s or individual’s — needs. The resort has options for one-, two-, and three-bedroom condos. About 90 percent of them have been recently updated, and all three-bedroom condos have a beachfront view. One-bedroom and two-bedroom condos mostly have separate bunk rooms that kids love.

Waterscape Resort map showing where each condo is located.
All condos in this horseshoe shaped complex have a private balcony that faces the pool, beach, or community parking with partial beach views.

When you’re ready to hit the beach, all you have to do is walk out the door. When you rent on BeachGuide, the rental chairs and umbrellas are usually included in the rental price. (Seasonal beach service is March through October.) After a day spent basking in the sun and splashing in the waves, watch the sunset from your condo’s patio. Or take advantage of the resort’s location to walk to many of the nearby amenities. 

The soft, white-sand beach in front of Waterscape Resort, with the Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier in view just a short stroll down the beach.

Attractions near Waterscape Resort Okaloosa Island

In addition to proximity to necessary amenities like Publix, Walgreens, and Walmart, Waterscape Resort is conveniently located within walking distance of many of the area’s great restaurants. Devour fresh-caught seafood at Old Bay Steamer or catch some live music at AJ’s Oyster Shanty. The place to go for breakfast is Asiago’s Skillet. Walk off a good meal at The Boardwalk at Okaloosa Island. Throughout the summer, The Boardwalk has weekly fireworks shows. Check BeachGuide for details on all Fort Walton Beach events.

Other Fort Walton Beach attractions great for families include The Emerald Coast Science Center, the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, and the Fort Walton Beach Landing Park, a waterfront park with play areas, a rock-climbing wall, and a concert stage. Vacationing couples love to visit the Heritage Park and Cultural Center, a park with multiple museums featuring local history exhibits. Ross Marler Park is a scenic park with opportunities for fishing, swimming, and nature trails.

Book your stay at Waterscape

Waterscape Resort is available to book on BeachGuide’s website directly through a number of management companies with no added fees. (Some international rental sites such as vrbo, airbnb and tack on fees that can add up to an extra 18 percent.) With BeachGuide you’ll know you’re getting the best deal possible. BeachGuide vacation planners are familiar with all of the Waterscape condo rentals, locations and policies, and are happy to answer any questions or book your stay on the phone (888-404-2602) — or even recommend nearby Fort Walton restaurants, fishing charters and other fun things to do in Fort Walton.

Each unit like this 3 bedroom condo at Waterscape Resort is uniquely owned and decorated.
All the 3 bedroom condos face the Gulf. According to BeachGuide vacation planners, they fill up quickly so book well in advance.

Book your Waterscape Condo rental today, and before you know it, you’ll be sitting in a pool chair overlooking Fort Walton Beach without a care in the world.

This article was originally written by Julia in 2021 and updated by BeachGuide editors in 2022.

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