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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Biking in South Walton

30A‘s 19-mile paved bike path (sometimes referred to the “Timpoochee Trail”) parallels the entire length of the scenic road and passes through all of its famous beach communities, from Dune Allen in the west to Seacrest and Alys Beach in the east. Enjoy the thrill of biking over rare coastal dune lakes and discovering a side of South Walton that’s difficult to see from a car. For the...
Captain Andy Coleman knows the Choctawhatchee River. He’s been cruising up and down its wild waters just a few miles north of Santa Rosa Beach since the mid-70s. He knows the river’s story, the people who live tucked in little communities most easily reached by boat and the history of their lives on the water and somewhat off the grid. He...

Dining

Fresh right-out-of-the-Gulf seafood? Check. Locally grown farm-fresh ingredients? Check. Award-winning creative chefs? Check. South Walton has all of the necessary ingredients to whip up that perfect beach dining experience, and as such, it's home to some truly exceptional restaurants. Some settings feature stunning Gulf-front vistas, while others are tucked away from the tourist tracks and must be discovered to be...
The very first "Grayton Beach Fine Arts Festival" was held in 1989, and because of the event's ever-increasing popularity, the Cultural Arts Alliance was founded to help organize and promote this unique artistic celebration throughout South Walton. Today, nearly 25 years later, that event is known as ArtsQuest, and this non-profit organization of artists and art lovers not only organizes...

Boating

Whether you're into fishing (gulf, bay, river or lake), skiing or wakeboarding, sailing, sunset dinner cruises, or just skimming over to The Village of Baytowne Wharf, Crab Island, Shell Island or Destin Harbor for a full day of fun in the sun, there's just nothing like being out on a boat. South Walton truly offers something for every boater, from eco tours of the untouched...

Tennis

Tennis fanatics won't have any problem feeding their addiction here in South Walton. In fact, Rosemary Beach is well-known for facilities and annual tennis tournaments that lure players and pros alike from all over the U.S. WaterColor also has a beautiful tennis facility, and it's connected via a sandy path with Seaside's courts. Sandestin and Seascape also boast great  amenities, but...
Clear and deep sea or brackish and shallow, however you like your fishing conditions, South Walton offers almost too many options. Whether you’re an amateur or a passionate professional, you’ll quickly find that we have some of the best fishing in the world. Although the bustling harbors of Destin and Panama City Beach are better known for deep-sea fishing excursions (mainly because their...
Think you've explored everything that South Walton has to offer? Well, that's certainly not the case unless you've been to the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center. Just a few miles north of Choctawhatchee Bay is a truly remarkable educational and environmental facility designed to serve students, academics, scientists and those who are eager to learn more about the world in which...
South Walton is known worldwide for its diverse architectural styles and its groundbreaking town planning methodologies. In fact, Seaside Town Founder Robert Davis changed the development world when he and his wife, Daryl, founded the New Urbanism movement (quite accidentally, at first). The resort towns of Rosemary Beach and Alys Beach were later designed and WaterColor was certainly influenced new New...

Alaqua Animal Refuge

A source of great local pride (and for great reason), Alaqua Animal Refuge and its founder Laurie Hood have won the hearts of everyone who learns of their saintly mission. The refuge was founded on a 10-acre farm in Freeport in 2007, after Laurie learned that countless animals were being euthanized every month due to the fact that a "no-kill" shelter...

Camping

Whether you're in a $1 million RV with flat-screen TVs and granite kitchen counter tops, or a 2-person pup-tent with a gas lantern and mosquito net, South Walton is truly a camper's paradise. Routinely voted one of the best campgrounds in America, the Gregory E. Moore RV Resort at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park has gorgeous shaded lots, full hook-ups,...
Y.O.L.O…. You Only Live Once. It’s more than a hollow cliché here in South Walton. For many locals, it’s become a battle cry. The South Walton-based YOLO Board team might not have invented the Standup Paddle Board (SUP) phenomena, but they’ve certainly captured and inspired the SUP lifestyle in a way that no one else has. Just two or three years ago, seeing someone paddle...

Music

The constant ebb and flow of the Gulf tides create a natural rhythm here, and that tempo certainly carries over into South Walton's passion for live music. Whether it's an outdoor concert featuring regional headliners, an impromptu Nashville celebrity jam session at the Red Bar, or just another laid-back night listening to our world-class local talent, South Walton's music scene...

Surfing

Although South Walton's Gulf waters are often as smooth as glass, on many days of the year, the waves are ideal for surfing (particularly when there's a tropical storm brewing somewhere down in the tropics). Professionals and amateur surfers alike patiently bide their time, waiting for red flag beach conditions or a tropical surge that might create the perfect moment. When...
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