New Emerald Coast Developments

Accommodations

Candlewood Suites

Expected to open in 2018, the Emerald Coast is proud to welcome Candlewood Suites to our lineup of hotel accommodations in Fort Walton Beach. The three-story hotel will offer 98 rooms and is located just west of downtown on Highway 98.

Holiday Inn Express

Also expected to open in 2018 is the Holiday Inn Express. This four-story hotel will feature 95 rooms and offer guests a wonderful location near downtown Fort Walton Beach and the beautiful beaches of Okaloosa Island.

Restaurants

Cuvee Kitchen & Wine Bar

From the innovative minds that brought Destin Jackacuda’s Seafood and Sushi, and Brotula’s Seafood House & Steamer comes Cuvee Kitchen and Wine Bar. The name ‘Cuvee’ is not new in Destin, but this incarnation certainly is!

Located in what was previously known as Chef Tim Creehan’s Cuvee Bistro, this new and updated restaurant features a seasonal, handcrafted menu, premium seafood and farm fresh ingredients. Small plates and sushi will tantalize you before you dive into a signature dish, such as the 40oz Bone-In Tomahawk for Two or even lobster. Sip your craft cocktail as you take in the remodeled and refreshed décor. Bringing a group? Be sure to ask about reserving their private wine room.

Half Shell Oyster House

Known for serving up local Gulf oysters, the Half Shell Oyster House is the newest seafood addition to the Emerald Coast. If oysters aren’t for you, don’t worry; you can also choose from fish, shrimp and even lobster. Land lovers will enjoy their sumptuous steaks, as well as pasta offerings. There’s even a gluten free menu!

Located just off the beach near the Destin community of Crystal Beach, Half Shell Oyster House serves up an elegant but comfortable atmosphere along with their culinary concoctions. Be sure to order up a specialty martini or ask your server about the best wine or beer pairing for your entrée!

Bella Sera Bistro 

Featuring expansive views of the Destin harbor, as well as an incredible wine list, Bella Sera Bistro is the newest restaurant to open at HarborWalk Village. Located just above Crab Island Cantina, here you can enjoy a decadent meal before taking a stroll along the harbor and delighting in the many activities and events of the village.

The menu at Bella Sera Bistro ranges from tapas to pizza and traditional Italian fare. The chefs worked with renowned local Italian chef Guglielmo Ianni, whose creations you may know from Tuscany Italian Bistro and Ciao Bella Pizza, to create their culinary delights. Offering delicious food, an incredible view and even live entertainment during the week, Bella Sera Bistro will make a scrumptious addition to your vacation.

Attractions

Wild Willy’s Adventure Zone – Expansion

You already know and love Wild Willy’s Adventure Zone on Okaloosa Island. With its ropes course, mini-golf, arcade and yummy yogurt and pizza shops, it’s a one-stop shop for family fun during an Emerald Coast vacation in Fort Walton Beach. But, they aren’t stopping there. Slated to open by October 2018, the expanded area of Wild Willy’s will offer a variety of expanded attractions such as two go-cart tracks, bumper boats, merry-go-round and even a maze!