The sound is located only about 200 yards from the house. However the coast is not accesible for public due to private residences.
Our clients use these beaches:
Misty water park - closest access to the sound only 1.7 mile, 4 minutes by car - a small public pier with parking. Suitable for launching a boat or paddleboard. Pier is also popular for fishermen.
Okaloosa Island - Santa Rosa blvd.- endless sandy beach of Gulf of Mexico, just 10 minutes by car  going east on coastal HWY 98. Cross Brooks bridge turn right and continue along the hotels and condominiums. Park at any of the 7 marked public entrances. Each beach entrance has a restroom/changing room and outdoor shower. Beaches are incredibly clean, well maintained. Beach chairs and umbrellas are for rent in summer season only. Bring your own snacks and drinks from home, there are no bars or restaurants there.. Only water, air, sun and snow-white sand. Beach is suitable for advanced paddleboarder or surfer.

Okaloosa Island - The Boardwalk. Located about 12 minutes by car going east on coastal HWY 98. Cross Brooks bridge, continue straight, turn right at next traffic light into the big parking lot. This beach is usually more crowded. There are several restaurants on the boardwalk, fishing pier, playground, beach volleyball fields and more. You swim at Gulf of Mexico.
Okaloosa Island - Ross Marler Park- 10 minutes by car going east on coastal HWY 98. Cross Brooks bridge, turn right and immediate turn right in front of the Tom Thumb gas station and continue driving under the bridge to the other side (there's no left turn at the intersection). Turn left at the traffic light and drive to the end to park in the public parking lot. This is the Choctawhatchee Bay. Because the bay is separated from the ocean  by Okaloosa Island, the water is pleasantly warm, without large waves. The beach is sandy, with some palm trees, suitable for small children. Ideal place to learn paddleboarding. There are also picnic shelters with barbecue grills and large playground. No restaurants or bars there.
Crab Island-  about 20 minutes by car going east on coastal HWY 98. Cross Brooks bridge, continue straight for about 5 miles until you reach Destin's Marler's bridge, park on right side of the bridge. Swim at the foot of the bridge in nice turquoise water, use a paddleboard or rent a pontoon boat and spend a day in most popular sandbar among many other boats and pontoon boats. Inflatable slides and refreshments available in summer season. Crab Island is accesible only on some type of watercraft. Can't just swim there. The currents are very strong! There are no restrooms and showers at this beach.
Santa Rosa Island - Navarre beach- 21 minutes by car going west on HWY 98.  Turn left onto Navarre Bridge and park in designated public parking areas (straight, left or turn right and drive further down).  There are clean changing rooms and restrooms, outdoor showers and picnic shelters with barbecue grills. The white beaches are again incredibly clean. You swim in Gulf of Mexico. At this beach you will find the most shells. There are few restaurants available nearby but not directly at the beach. So bring your own snacks and drinks.