John C. Beasley Park
An area favorite

Beasley Park is a wonderful public beach park located on Okaloosa Island Between Destin and Fort Walton Beach, FL.  It offers a more casual beach visit suited for families or couples looking to relax and enjoy the surf and sand.  My observation is that this beach does not draw the wild party-animal types.  

Beasley Park Details

It has a tremendous amount of scenic beauty, which makes it a favorite location for a beach wedding.  You can see them happen throughout the year, but most frequently during the early summer and fall months!  I also think this beach location provides the backdrop for more "beach portraits" than any other area beach.

One of the two pavilions is able to be reserved for special occasions, while the other one is used on a first-come, first-served basis.  If you would like to reserve a pavilion for a special event, please call Okaloosa County Parks at (850) 689-5790.  There is a fee to reserve a pavilion.

There are full bathroom/changing rooms at this park, as well as strategically located showers to rinse off the salt and sand after a happy day at the beach.  During the peak season, they rent beach chairs and umbrellas, skim boards and belly boards.  They also provide a lifeguard during posted hours.

It is also one of the parks providing wheelchair access.  Wheelchair access is provided by long ramps that lead up from the parking lot to the bavilions at the top of the dunes and then back down to the beach.  When we took our wheelchair bound parents to the beach, this was the only one we went to.

All public parks use a Flag System to signify the various safety conditions.  It is for your own safety to observe the warning flags, whether the lifeguard is there or not.