Continuing our blog posts on waterfront properties, today we’re going to share a little about The Islander Beach Resort. Longtime residents of Fort Walton might walk into the lobby of the Islander with a weird sense of déjà vu. That’s because it used to be home to Jamaica Joe’s, a popular restaurant and bar on Okaloosa Island. Our marketing director used to work at the Islander, and she mentioned that every couple of weeks or so, someone would walk in to the lobby to check in, stop and take a look around with a puzzled look on their face. She could tell that they were trying to figure out exactly why/when they had been in there before. Inevitably, it was because they had spent some time at the bar at Jamaica Joe’s.

From a 1985 article in the Sun Sentinel:  “in Fort Walton Beach there`s the very popular Jamaica Joe`s at the Islander Beach Resort on Santa Rosa Boulevard, reminiscent of something romantically tropical in the islands. Jamaica Joe`s at this time of the year is packed elbow to elbow with those lining up for the best happy hour munchies on the Emerald Coast. Those who stay for dinner dig into a good assortment of steaks or the Steambucket for Two, a collection of just about everything from the deep.”

These days, the Islander is popular with vacationers. The property has a large gulf front pool, heated seasonally, beach service, and fitness facility. Unit 207 is a 1 bedroom, 2 bathroom coastline view unit. The Islander has some of the larger one bedroom units on Okaloosa Island. In addition to the living room, there is a separate sitting room, which means the unit can comfortably sleep 6, whereas most one bedroom units can only sleep 4. This extra space and the lower rental price of a coastline unit means these one bedroom units at the Islander are a great value for renters. Because they stay rented, they are also a great value for investors. Take a look!