The Beaches of South Walton are located in Northwest Florida, about halfway between Destin and Panama City Beach. In the beaches of South Walton, you’ll find some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. With 26 miles of sugar-white sand nestled against emerald green waters, the area’s 14 unique beach communities, including Sandestin, Seaside, Seagrove, and Rosemary Beach, are renowned for their luxury accommodations, challenging golf, eclectic shops, funky art galleries, and award-winning dining. This area is home to 207 holes of the gulf’s top-rated, professionally-designed, courses as well as home to a large diverse ecological community which includes beach dunes, marshes and dune lakes. The area’s 17 coastal dune lakes are so rare that they are only found in the Beaches of South Walton and remote portions of Africa and Australia. More than 40 percent of the Beaches of South Walton is preserved through state parks and forests, creating an ideal place to hike, bike, kayak and fish. The Beaches of South Walton holds the designation as the only destination in the country to have all 26-miles of coastline certified as “Blue Wave Beaches,” an environmental seal of approval from the Clean Beaches Council.
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Located in the northwest region of Florida , the area’s climate is more mild than other parts of the state. Average temperatures:
- Winter: air 68 ° F / water 64 ° F
- Spring: air 79 ° F / water 74 ° F
- Summer: air 91 ° F / water 84 ° F
- Fall: air 80 ° F / water 79 ° F
The State of the Arts
This region celebrates a richly diverse palette of art and culture. An art tour through the destination unleashes a diverse array of art and home-grown artists. Each beach community is home to a variety of galleries that showcase colorful art, unique sculpture and fascinating furniture. Seaside has been used in many photo shoots (ie:Pottery Barn and Coastal Living Magazine), Films, like Jim Carey’s “The Truman Show”, and special events like the Mountain Film Festival.
Culinary Excitement is Always on the Menu
A meal at the beach usually starts with a dozen raw oysters and follows with a fish sandwich or hearty shrimp po boy. However, Beaches of South Walton boasts a large concentration of award-winning restaurants and classically trained chefs along the gulf coast. Chef-owner Johnny Earles is renowned for passionately-inspired Creole/Caribbean cuisine at Criolla’s. Some of the best Asian cooking in the country, Basmatis provides a quaint and fabulous meal of many options, and the ever popular Café 30-A is renowned for its innovative southern favorites including quail with grits. Fish Out of Water’s casual chic, elegance is complemented by the chef’s use of freshest local fish and meats, and eclectic approach to traditional ways of preparing and serving food. This area is home to some of Florida Trend’s Top 500 restaurants in the state.
With 207 challenging holes on nine of the gulf’s top-rated courses, Beaches of South Walton is a golf enthusiasts’ dream. Among the area’s many accolades, The Raven at Sandestin’s Golf and Beach Resort was recognized as the region’s first marquee resort course by Golf Magazine and is the new home of the PGA Champions Tour, The Boeing Championship at Sandestin. Other must play courses including Tom Fazio-designed Camp Creek Golf Club and the area’s newest course, Windswept Dunes Golf Club, rated in Golf Magazine’s Top 10 list.
Beaches of South Walton, known as a pure and simple vacation experience, is catering to visitors in entirely new ways by offering the latest in luxurious day spas offering a range of treatments sure to pamper and revitalize guests. Solace Day Spa in Rosemary Beach pampers guests with signature services such as the Marine Firming Facial and Rosemary Body Scrub. WaterColor’s InnSpa provides coastal blues and green mixes with seaside textures while introducing special services for men, including an “Old Fashioned Rub Down” and a conditioning pedicure especially for guys. Aquarius Spa in Seaside is a favorite of many for massages and facial treatments too. Since today’s traveler is looking for even more personalized services, there is a variety of certified massage therapists available to come directly to the vacation home or condo for visitors who do not want to leave the comfort of their own sanctuary.
Shopping is one of the top activities travelers enjoy while on vacation. The destination offers an abundance of shopping, from designer and name brands to hand-made art and boutiques of every kind. Silver Sands Factory Stores is the nation’s largest designer outlet center with more than 100 stores filled with designer merchandise. Grayton Beach offers an abundance of shops from galleries to boutiques. With 50 shops to choose from, Seaside offers an abundance of boutiques and galleries all within walking distance. The finest resort shops and boutiques are located in the Village of Baytowne Wharf and Market Shops at Sandestin in Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort.
Beaches of South Walton is a destination for children of all ages to enjoy the beach, explore new activities and learn new skills and about the world around them. At Camp WaterColor, designed for children age five to 12, activities range from scavenger hunts, sailing, tennis, snorkeling, canoeing, and arts and crafts. Children can learn new skills, such as culinary arts, planting vegetables, gardening and hiking. During certain seasons (Spring and Summer), Seaside provides FREE outdoor movies and assorted concerts for everyone to enjoy. There is always something going on in the area like giant Yard sales, Car sows, Bike and Run Races, and the Flutterby festival.
Preserving a Way of Life
Since the development plan for Walton County includes strict building codes that ban buildings over four stories high, drivers can meander down Scenic Highway 30-A and experience a generous view of the destination’s pristine coastline. Many of the beach communities are designed to fit, rather than intrude, into the coastal environment respecting the delicate balance with nature. That is why you will not see many high-rise buildings, few hotels and much less people and traffic as most other vacation getaways. Approximately 40% of South Walton’s 56,000 acres is owned by the State of Florida and protected from future development.
- Air Service: ASA/Delta Connection, American Eagle, Delta, Northwest, Gulfstream International, Continental Express Jet
- Car Rentals: AVIS, Budget, Hertz, National/Alamo, Enterprise , Thrifty/Dollar
- Distance to Beaches of South Walton: 35 miles
- Air Service: Delta, Southwest
- Car Rentals: Alamo, AVIS, Budget, Hertz, National, Enterprise
- Distance to Beaches of South Walton: 35 miles
- Air Service: AirTran, Continental, Continental Express, Delta, ASA/Delta Connection, Comair, Sky West, Northwest Jet Airlink, US Airways, USAir Express
- Car Rentals: Alamo, AVIS, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, National, Enterprise, Thrifty
- Major Corridors with close proximity to Beaches of South Walton: I-10, I-65, I-55, & US HWY 331
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