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Wednesday, March 27, 2019
One of the Gulf Coast's most luxurious resorts, WaterColor is a wonderland of activities for families, including expansive nature preserves, bike trails, lakes, shops, fitness facilities, a spa, parks, award-winning dining and nearby award-winning golf courses. (And, of course, the Gulf of Mexico's sugar-white beaches.) A Four-Diamond AAA Hotel, the resort's WaterColor Inn was also recently honored with a "World's Best"...

Alys Beach

One of Scenic Highway 30A'€™s newest -- and perhaps the most visually striking -- €”community features architecture influenced by the brilliant-white, traditional homes of Bermuda. When complete, the 158-acre resort town of Alys Beach will be twice the size of nearby Seaside and will consist of 900 custom villas and courtyard homes. As you enter Alys Beach, the first architectural features...

Seagrove Beach

Families have been making the pilgrimage to Seagrove Beach's soothing shores since the 1940s, and the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of those early pioneers still return to relax in some of the very same cinder-block cottages of their youth. That could be because, when you're in Seagrove Beach, you're arguably "in the middle of it all." Seaside, WaterColor and Grayton...

Seaside

Hailed by Time magazine as perhaps "the most astounding design achievement of its era," Seaside is credited with founding a global town-planning movement known as New Urbanism. Founded by Robert and Daryl Davis in 1979, Seaside's innovative "small town" design was carefully planned. With its nine unique beach pavilions, cobblestone streets, quaint cottages, white picket fences, and picture-perfect parks and...

Seacrest Beach

Tucked between Camp Creek Lake, Alys Beach and Rosemary Beach is a colorful and thriving beach community called Seacrest. Close to everything, and yet somehow quite relaxed, Seacrest is an ideal place to reconnect with friends and family. Bikes and flip-flops are the transportation of choice here, except for the occasional golf cart loaded up with kids, coolers, umbrellas and sand...

Santa Rosa Beach

The boundaries of Santa Rosa Beach can be a little hard to define. Technically, Santa Rosa Beach encompasses a large part of South Walton, including the smaller neighborhoods of Seaside, WaterColor, Grayton Beach and Blue Mountain Beach. Basically, anything with a "32459" zip code is considered to be part of Santa Rosa Beach, although each of Santa Rosa Beach's sub-communities...

Miramar Beach

Cruise or stroll along Old Highway 98 (strolling is often faster), and you'll discover some colorful shrimp shacks, t-shirt shops, condo high-rises, numerous golf courses, beach boardwalks, shopping, surfing and more. Maybe Miramar Beach is no longer the sleepy little surf-side corridor that it once was, but the stunning turquoise waters and bustling beach life keep the die-hard regulars coming...

Inlet Beach

Inlet Beach is just about as authentic 'Old Florida' as you'll find in South Walton, and perhaps anywhere. Quite quiet and bordered by 13 acres of protected dunes, this pristine beach neighborhood feels as if time somehow forgot it. Most homes here are classic Florida cottages. Think A-Frame with a front porch, concrete block cottages and houses raised high on...

Dune Allen Beach

With coastal dune lakes along the north side of Scenic 30A (including Stallworth Lake and Oyster Lake, which is shaped like an oyster shell, but also was reportedly once teeming with fresh oysters) and glimpses of the glittering Gulf of Mexico to the south, the mostly residential community of Dune Allen has been a favorite vacation destination for generations. Fishing...

Grayton Beach

If Seaside is the heart of Scenic Highway 30A, then Grayton Beach is her soul. In fact, in these parts, Grayton is where vacationing first began, with early travelers arriving by horse and buggy to these sugar-white shores. Populated with historic cottages, twisting oak trees, quaint shops and galleries, and fun and quirky residents (the community's unofficial slogan is "Nice...

WaterSound Beach

The serene beauty at WaterSound will certainly quiet your mind, but it's also likely to quicken your heart. Neighborhood boardwalks offer stunning views of Camp Creek Lake, a meandering coastal dune lake, as well as footpath access to a stunning white sand beach buffered by towering dunes. The grand homes in this gated 30A community lend a little Cape...
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