General Information & Tourism
The Walton, Okaloosa, and Bay counties are all located on the 100 mile stretch of The Emerald Coast. With beautiful white sand beaches and emerald green water, these counties are not only prime vacation destinations, but home to some of the best cities to raise a family.
Walton County is located in the Florida Panhandle and is among the largest geographic counties in the state of Florida extending from the Alabama state line to the scenic Emerald Coast along the Gulf of Mexico. Walton county offers its residents and visitors with powdery white beaches, emerald waters, enjoyable golf courses, and much more.
Walton County Website
Okaloosa County is a county located in the northwestern portion of the state of Florida, extending from the Gulf of Mexico to the Alabama state line. As of the 2010 census, the population was 180,822 and its county seat is Crestview.
Walton County Website
Bay County is a county in the state of Florida. As of the 2010 census, the population was 168,852 and its county seat is Panama City, Florida. Bay County is included in the Panama City, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area. The county is best known for its white sand beaches and crystal blue water, where large pods of dolphins swim year-round. These beaches attract hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world each year.
Bay County Website
Airport & Transportation Services
Airport General Information
Destin Executive Airport (DTS)
The Destin Executive Airport (DTS) located at the south end of Okaloosa County is a community airport that serves general aviation. With a 5,000 foot runway, full service amenities, and close proximity to “the south’s most beautiful beaches”, Destin Executive Airport (DTS) is an essential transportation resource.
Destin – Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS)
Destin – Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) is the preferred aviation gateway to Florida’s Gulf Coast and is an excellent option when making travel plans to Northwest Florida. Convenient and centrally located within the top ten places to live and do business throughout the United States, Destin – Fort Walton Beach Airport (FlyVPS) is an exceptional resource for travelers who favor distinct modern amenities without congestion.
Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP)
The Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport is a public airport 18 miles northwest of Panama City, in Bay County. The airport is owned by the Panama City-Bay County Airport & Industrial District. and is north of Panama City Beach, Florida, near West Bay. It replaced Panama City-Bay County International Airport, which was in Panama City.
Additional Transportation Services
These services facilitate your transportation in the surrounding areas. Taxi, shuttle, and limousine information is provided below.
Walton County Transportation Services
5 Star Taxi
Destin Economy Taxi & Shuttle (24 hrs.)
Okaloosa County Transportation Services
Bay County Transportation Services
Red Cabs of Panama City
Lemon Taxi & Shuttle Service
Health & Services
This section provides information for public services regarding medical care. If you encounter a life-threatening condition, you should contact 911.
Urgent Care Services
Urgent Care services provide walk-in care for non life-threatening illnesses and injuries. These services are faster and less expensive than the emergency room, and typically more convenient than your family doctor.
Walton County Urgent Care
Doc Smiley’s Urgent Care
Walton County Urgent Care
Emerald Coast Urgent Care
Okaloosa County Urgent Care
Florida Urgent & Family Care
Golf Coast Immediate Care
Bay County Urgent Care
Coastal Urgent Care
Bay Walk-in Clinic
Hospitals and Emergency Services
Hospital services provide a wide variety of inpatient and outpatient services as well as immediate emergency care.
Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast
Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast is a 58-bed hospital located just east of Destin in Miramar Beach. Recognized by Thomson Reuters as one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals’ in 2008. Sacred Heart offers a wide range of medical and surgical services, including 24-hour emergency care, an intensive care unit, a dedicated joint replacement program, cardiac diagnostics, cancer care, rehabilitation services, laboratory and radiology services, and comprehensive women’s services with the Family Birth Place and the Olson Women’s Diagnostic Center.
North Okaloosa Medical Center
North Okaloosa Medical Center is your community healthcare provider; a 110-bed facility with complete inpatient and outpatient care. We believe in the power of people to create great care. We’re more than 600 healthcare professionals strong. We are a Joint Commission and Mammography accredited facility. And we work hard every day to be a place of healing, caring and connection for patients and families in the community we call home.
Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center
At Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center, you’ll find a hospital that has earned the Joint Commission’s National Gold Seal of Approval for our spine, stroke and wound care programs. Additionally, our cancer program is accredited with commendation by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.
Each of these counties are home to a Sheriff’s Department that is an agency of the state of Florida.
Walton County Police Department
Website | 850.892.8111
Okaloosa County Police Department
Website | 850.689.5705 N. Okaloosa | 850.651.7400 S. Okaloosa
Bay County Police Department
Website | 850.747.4700