James Lee Park
My favorite beach!

Although James Lee Park is the farthest from my home, it is worth the drive. It became my favorite beach more than 30 years ago, and even though there has been tremendous development up and down Scenic Highway 98, it has retained its place of honor.

In fact, my most recent visit was late July 2018 where I took the picture above.  It was a perfect day, the water was absolutely perfect, clear cool and refreshing.  Today the water was more of the traditional light emerald green in color! We were there before the crowds showed.

This beach park (like most of the larger ones) uses a little commercial develoment to make the park better.   An on-site quality restaurant called the Crap Trap is pure dining pleasure.

Now this is my idea of an Infinity Edge Pool!

It is hard to describe just how relaxing this is.   I come here because it just seems that the water is always the clearest here!  The general area is known as Crystal Beach.  I honestly do not know how it came to be known as Crystal Beach, but even when other beaches have too much seaweed, this beach will have very little or none.  I especially love to snorkle here because of the clarity of the water.

Even the sunsets here can be quite colorful!

James Lee Park details

You can find my favorite park on Old Scenic Highway 98 at the eastern edge of Okaloosa County.  You can pull into one of the 166 parking spaces and immediately enjoy the scenic view.  During the peak summer months, it is best to get there early!   

This is a family park, so there is even a playground for the small children to play on.

You can pile your stuff on one of the 41 picnic tables under one of the 3 large pavilions, or use one of the 9 dune walkover paths to get closer to the water.  There are large well maintained restroom facilities and changing rooms available.

We generally bring our own beach chairs, blankets and coolers.  You can rent beach chairs and umbrellas like most of the larger beaches.  I have rented these before, and I really appreciated the umbrella when the July sun was shining down on me.  (Price $40 + tip).  You can rent paddle boards and kayaks here too!