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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

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...
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"...

Sandestin

A massive (2,400-acre) golf and beach resort located just a few miles west of Scenic Highway 30A, Sandestin is home to 30 distinct neighborhoods, including pockets of beautiful villas, town homes, condos, resort homes and hotels. The lushly landscaped resort boasts seven miles of Gulf beaches and bay-front property, four championship golf courses, 15 tennis courts, 19 swimming pools, a...

Blue Mountain Beach

Said to be the highest point anywhere on the Gulf of Mexico (at a whopping elevation of 64 feet), "Blue Mountain Beach" is hardly a mountain... but at least they got the beach part right. As for the blue? Folks say it likely originated from the blue lupine flowers that still flourish between the homes here. At one time, they...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Rosemary Beach

One of 30A's planned New Urbanist communities, Rosemary Beach is an architectural treasure trove, boasting influences from the West Indies, New Orleans, Charleston and St. Augustine, among others. The grand homes (many with adjoining carriage houses that are just as extraordinary) are interconnected by a discreet network of pedestrian paths and boardwalks, which become even more charming at night, basked...
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