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Aerial View of The Island
Outdoor Pool Area
Outdoor seating along beach
Exterior view of hotel
Beach Landscape with ocean and palm trees
Close up of ocean surf
Exterior seating
Aerial view of hotel exterior
Walking paths along hotel exterior
Outdoor Gazebo area
Outdoor Bar Area
Bar seating area
Outdoor swim up bar
Indoor Bar seating
Outdoor gazebo and bar
Outdoor Pool Area
Outdoor food truck area
Umbrellas and chairs along beach front
View of outdoor pool area

Welcome to Okaloosa Island & Fort Walton Beach

Ft. Walton/Destin beachfront resort with pools and restaurants  

Located on sunny Okaloosa Island in Fort Walton Beach, just west of Destin on Florida's Panhandle, our beachfront resort offers easy access to our 600 feet of white sands on the Gulf of Mexico, nearby popular shops, and top local attractions. With two pools, a beach bar, on-site restaurants, and much more, there’s plenty to enjoy right here around our beautiful property. Plus, with free WiFi, several lounge areas, and convenient room amenities, you’ll have all the comforts you need for a fantastic getaway.

Stay comfortable. Stay inspired. Stay Curious at Hotel RL.

A $15 daily resort fee will be assessed for stays between starting Friday May 28, 2021 through Monday September 6th, 2021.

Pool and rock waterfall

Exciting Amenities & Authentic Service

Enjoy our beachfront location, pools, and on-site bar and restaurants

There’s fun for everyone joining us at The Island. Spend all day lounging on the white sand beach or splash around in our outdoor pools, hot tub, and five-story waterfall. You’ll have plenty of options when it comes to food and drinks with beach and pool bars, as well as two on-site restaurants and a coffee truck. When it’s time to unwind, we have many lounge areas, an atmospheric lobby bar, and a fitness center for those looking to work out. Stay rested in our comfortable guest rooms outfitted with plush bedding, an HDTV, mini-refrigerator, and more. Plus, you’ll have everything you need with free WiFi, on-site laundry facilities, and a market shop. If you need anything else, our helpful staff is here to make your stay smooth sailing.

Features At Our Okaloosa Island Hotel:

  • 600 feet of white sand beach
  • Fish House - Lobby Bar
  • Fish House Restaurant
  • Island Grille (seasonal)
  • Grotto Swim-up Bar (seasonal)
  • Tripp Tide Beach Bar (seasonal)
  • Banquet facilities
  • Meeting rooms
  • Call ahead + pick up food orders
  • Business Center
  • Fitness center (7 AM - 8 PM Daily)
  • Hot tub
  • Children's pool
  • Lobby market shop
  • Guest laundry facility
  • Free parking
  • ATM

Pet Policy:

No pets allowed at the property.

beach chairs on beach

Onsite Rentals at La Dolce Vita

  • 2 Chairs & 1 Umbrella: $35 a day / half-day rate $25 (9 AM to 1 PM or 1 PM to 5 PM) $25 / $175 a week
  • Beach Bed & 2 Chairs: $150 a day / $750 a week
  • 5 Chairs & 14-Foot Giant Umbrella: $100 a day / $500 a week
  • Chair Rental Only: $10 a day
  • Umbrella Rental Only: $20 a day
  • 14-Foot Giant Umbrella Only: $60 a day
  • Kayaks & Paddleboards: $35 per hour / $75 half day (9 AM to 1 PM or 1 PM to 5 PM) / $100 full day
  • Waverunner: $70 half hour / $100 hour
  • Banana Boat Ride: $25 per person
  • Beach Wheelchair: $200 a week (plus delivery fee)
  • Bikes & Golf Carts: Call (850) 243-9161 for availability

***A week is 6 days, rates do not reflect sales tax***

gift shop door

Onsite Gift Shop

Be sure to visit our on-site gift shop for fresh coffee, snacks, and souvenirs, open daily from 7 AM–10 PM.  In need of a last-minute gift after hours? No problem—the gift shop can be accessed after hours, just ask our guest services or reception staff for assistance.

Onsite Restaurant & Bars

During your visit, dine with us in one of our restaurants, grills, or lounges. Our Island Grill (seasonal) offers lunch and dinner 7 days a week with an all American influenced menu. Our beach bar offers a full liquor bar with tips and local brews, while The Island Grill offers local and domestic beer by the can.  And never has nostalgia been this delicious at our signature restaurant Fish House featuring Southern Fried Chicken, Island Fish & Chips, and our Signature Pizza—our menu is the perfect combination of land and sea!


close up of beer taps

The Island's Signature Restaurant

The resort’s new signature restaurant serves Southern-inspired entrees from land and sea. During your stay, head to Fish House for breakfast, lunch, and dinner served daily, 7 AM to 10 PM. Come relax in a friendly community environment with great local craft beers on tap, signature cocktails and wine. 

Restaurant Hours:

  • 7 AM - 10 PM

Breakfast Menu

All-Day Menu

Kids Menu

The Island Grille

The Island Grille

The Island Grill offers a casual outdoor setting perfect to enjoy burgers, sandwiches, salads, wraps, and cold beverages from 12 PM to 7 PM. Take advantage of our umbrella-topped tables encircled by shade trees, palms and gardens, convenient to the pools.

Island Grille Menu

colorful drinks at sunset

Tripp Tide Beach Bar

Sip on your favorite beverage while taking in the panoramic Gulf views at our newly remodeled beachside bar. Our on-site Tripp Tide Beach Bar at The Island by Hotel RL presents you with bar, table, and rail seating, along with signature cocktails from 11 PM to 9 PM daily. Food is available for call ahead ordering and pick up at our signature restaurant Fish House.


  • 12 PM - 9 PM


Drink Menu

Grotto Bar at night

The Grotto Bar

Sip on a cold beverage while hanging in the pool at The Island’s iconic swim-up bar, The Grotto Bar. Enjoy the ambiance of a refreshed interior with new lighting and waterfall feature. Open seasonally.


Food truck

Fresh Ground Coffee & More

Looking for a unique place to enjoy a fresh cup of coffee or a hand-crafted cocktail made by a seasoned mixologist? Look no further than our Signature Hotel RL Coffee Truck. Walk-up for made-to-order coffee drinks, Margaritas, and tropical favorites.

Featuring Victrola Coffee Roasters

Built for modern coffee aficionados, our The Island has partnered with Seattle’s own Victrola Coffee Roasters to bring their celebrated brews to our properties. Victrola, acknowledged as one of the world’s best craft roasters, sources beans from farms in Uganda, Honduras, Indonesia, and under-the-radar locations like Yemen. Hotel RL will serve Victrola’s acclaimed single origin coffees and innovative blends in an environment meant to inspire, engage, and enrich life’s simple moments for guests and locals alike.

coffee, cookies, and notebook

The Island Market

Join us at The Island Market, located in the lobby, and enjoy a large assortment of refreshing beverages and snacks daily.

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Plan Your Meeting, Event, or Group Trip With Us

Plan your next business meeting, special event, or sports team travel with us. Our distinctive property offers a welcoming atmosphere with over 25,000 square feet of flexible space for events and meetings, along with full-service catering and audio-visual capabilities. We also accommodate groups and teams, with block room rates, breakfast options, special services, and more. You can reserve meeting space or your group block of 10 or more guest rooms by working directly with our dedicated sales team. Please contact them at 800-472-1790 or [email protected].




kids playing soccer

Sports Team Certified to Win on the Road

At The Island by Hotel RL, from tee-ball to the minor league, we go above & beyond to welcome sports teams of all ages and types. Our Fort Walton area location, with tons of amenities, makes us a favorite among sport team group travel hotels in Florida.

We are proud to uphold our Sports Certified status through Red Lion Hotels Corporation. Being certified means that our hotel has undergone industry specific training and has demonstrated the ability to successfully house sports groups and offer special amenities that focus on creating convenience and value for your team, so you can concentrate on the game.

  • Team breakfast options
  • Team parking options
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Special team welcome on arrival
  • Pre-keyed and pre-blocked rooms
  • Double rooms on property
  • Complimentary meeting space (if available onsite)
  • Customized Sports Group Resume prepared and shared with staff before your arrival to get to know your team before you arrive.
  • Onsite restaurants, grills and lounges offering breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week


Call one of The Island by Hotel RL group travel planners at (850) 243-9161 or to request a group proposal for your sports team today.


Submit A RFP

meeting room

Island Events Made Easy

The Island Beachside Resort offers over 25,000 square feet of flexible space for events and meetings along with full-service catering and audio-visual capabilities. The largest of our meeting rooms, the Maui Ballroom can accommodate up to 350 guests in reception format. Throughout your function, dedicated event planners will be available to ensure that no detail is overlooked. Please contact our sales team at 800-472-1790 or [email protected], or request a proposal below to start planning.

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Things To Do on Okaloosa Island and Beyond

The Island is located on beautiful Okaloosa Island in Fort Walton Beach near Destin. Situated on the Gulf of Mexico, our 600 feet of beachfront provides white sands and blue waters for some spectacular fun in the sun. When you’re ready to get out and about, you’ll be right near the best local attractions, shopping, and entertainment.

Local Attractions:

  • Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park – ½ mile
  • Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier – ½ mile
  • Wild Willy’s Adventure Zone – ½ mile
  • Emerald Coast Convention Center – ¼ mile
  • Indian Temple Mound & Museum – 4 miles
  • Fort Walton Beach Golf Club – 4 miles
  • Big Kahuna’s Water & Adventure Park – 5 miles
  • Gator Beach – 6 miles
  • U.S. Air Force Armament Museum – 9 miles 
  • The Track Family Recreation Center – 14 miles 
  • Silver Sands Premium Outlets – 14 miles 


Local Area Distances:

  • Destin Florida – 4 miles 
  • Hurlbert Field Air Force Base, Mary Esther FL – 9 miles 
  • Elgin Air Force Base – 10 miles 
  • Pensacola FL – 46 miles 
  • Panama City Beach FL – 55 miles 
  • Gulf Shores AL – 75 miles 
  • Tallahassee FL – 112 miles 
  • Mobile AL – 175 miles 

Hotel Amenities

Here are a few of the main amenities this property offers. If you have questions about anything you don't see here please feel free to contact the Front Desk.

Accessibility Features
Air Conditioning
Outdoor Pool
Paid Parking
Business Center
Room Service
Smoke Free
Flat Screen TV

Room Types

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