What’s strange is that Fort Walton Beach area is so much more tourist-oriented than Fort Myers Beach. In FMB, you can drive and drive down the eternally repaired road, alongside beach rentals, and not find a place to shop or eat out. We’d go to a single sad “Mexican” restaurant (which no actual Mexican would identify as such) because there’s nothing else for miles and miles.
FWB is a lot more touristy. Everything is crazy expensive but the area clearly tries to make a living catering to tourists. There are tons of seafood places with regional seafood. And there are many activities for families.
It’s all the same kind of beach throughout Florida but everything else varies greatly.