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Enjoy Our Beachfront Resort Located on the Gulf of Mexico

Welcome to The Island, by Hotel RL, an iconic beachfront resort perfectly situated on the island of Okaloosa off the panhandle of Florida.  A landmark to endless fun in the sun on the sandy beach, The Island features direct access to white sands, restaurants and bars, pools, tropical gardens and vast event space. Our coastal atmosphere delivers moment to moment fun for road-tripping families or epic social getaways. All here at The Island, by Hotel RL.

Near Emerald Coast Convention Center, Okaloosa Fishing Pier, the Gulfarium, and seconds from the Gulf of Mexico shoreline, we are the perfect destination for business or pleasure. 

With 14,000 square feet of event space, The Island is the perfect beachfront venue for scenic destination weddings and gives a laid back feel to work conferences. 

Please note our SplashPad is closed for upgrades starting September 10th until January. 

Top Features at our Hotel

  • Stunning Beachfront Location
  • Beachfront & Poolside Guest Rooms
  • Two Outdoor Pools, with One Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Nineteen66 Tap House
  • The Island Grille (seasonal)
  • Tripp Tide Beach Bar
  • The Grotto Swim-Up Bar (seasonal)
  • The Island Market for Sundries & Souvenirs
  • In-Room Dining
  • Access to Fitness Center
  • 14,000 Square Feet of Event Space
  • Indoor & Outdoor Venues
  • Free Parking

Get Local At Nearby Attractions:

  • The Okaloosa Island Boardwalk
  • Emerald Coast Convention Center
  • Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park
  • Wild Willy's Adventure Zone
  • Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier

*Please note all guests arriving March 1st, 2019 - September 14th, 2019 will be charged a one night deposit.  Both Group EPO and Transient apply. 

Features at The Island, by Hotel RL

Relax in the hot tub, grab a drink at the poolside bar, or take advantage of the on-site guest laundry. Enjoy a swim through our five-story waterfall and two heated outdoor pools. 

Features At Our Okaloosa Island Hotel

  • ATM
  • Garden Cafe & Lounge
  • The Lobby Bar
  • Island Grille (seasonal)
  • Grotto Swim-up Bar
  • The Beach Bar (seasonal)
  • Room Service
  • 600 feet of sugar white sand beach
  • Children's Splash Garden (seasonal)
  • Business Center
  • Fitness center
  • Hot Tub
  • Children's Pool
  • Gift shop (seasonal)
  • Guest Laundry Facility
  • Free parking
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Meeting Room
Onsite Restaurant & Bars

During your visit, dine with us in one of our restaurant, Grills or Lounges. Our Island Grill (seasonal) offers breakfast, 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. The Island Grill offers local and domestic beer by the can. 

Never has nostalgia been this delicious. Fried green tomotoes, Gulf gumbo, po'boys and entrees from the land and sea anchor the menu at our signature restaurant Nineteen66 Tap House.

Now offering breakfast daily

Traveling with a large group?

Reserve your group block of 10 or more guest rooms or meeting space by working directly with our dedicated Sales team. Contact our Sales team at 800-472-1790, or send us an email to [email protected].


Let Us Plan Your Next Event or Book a Block of Rooms

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Things To Do on Okaloosa Island and Beyond

The Island, by Hotel RL is located on Okaloosa Island in Fort Walton Beach just west of Destin on Florida's Panhandle. Featuring 600 feet of beachfront on the Gulf of Mexico, the resort features an extensive list of amenities and is 1/2 mile from the Emerald Coast Convention Center, the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park and adjacent to the Okaloosa Island Boardwalk. Both Eglin AFB and the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) are within a 20-minute drive.

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 
  • SunVenture Cruises – 6 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
Free Parking
Business Center
Room Service
Smoke Free
Environmentally Friendly
Flat Screen TV

Room Types