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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...
Some people love the beach. Some people love golf. Some people love both... and those are the people who come to South Walton, round after round, to indulge in the best of both worlds. In fact, South Walton's home to some of Florida's top-rated golf courses. To the west, Sandestin offers several great courses, including Baytowne Golf Club, Burnt Pine Golf...
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...
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...
From the pristine emerald waters of our Gulf of Mexico to rare coastal dune lakes to the beautiful Choctawhatchee Bay and river system, South Walton is one of the most eco-diverse places you'll ever find. A great way to explore and learn more about South Walton's rare coastal dune lakes is by joining Murray Balkcom of WalCo Eco Tours for a kayak...
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...
Coastal Dune Lakes are a very rare natural phenomena that only occur in a handful of locations around the globe, including New Zealand, Australia, Madagascar and South Walton, Florida. In fact, South Walton has 15 named coastal dune lakes along its 26 miles of coastline. They are (moving from east to west): Fuller Lake, Morris Lake, Campbell Lake, Stallworth Lake,...
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...
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...
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...
Kids of all ages love the beach. Hey, swimming, sandcastles, skim-boarding, wake boarding, snorkeling, surfing, fishing, shell collecting... what's not to love? But let's admit it, eventually sand fatigue sets in, and sun-weary kids and parents alike look for alternative family-friendly activities to enjoy. Fortunately, South Walton is home to numerous state parks, playgrounds, kids camps, shops and kid-friendly festivals and...
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...
Tucked away in a quiet neighborhood in Santa Rosa Beach, the Pickos Ski and Wakeboard School is the world leader in water ski and wakeboard vacations and instruction. Training both novices and world-class athletes, the school has one of the finest and most complete ski facilities found anywhere in the world. The world-class facilities have been host to the Southern...
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