Your Beach Neighborhood Guide


A 26-mile stretch located along the Gulf of Mexico in Northwest Florida, South Walton encompasses a strand of 16 beach neighborhoods, each with unique personality, architecture and energy. Find your perfect beach in neighborhoods renowned for scenic beauty, sugar-white sand beaches and turquoise water.

MIRAMAR BEACH The first beach town in Walton County features  everything from jet-ski rentals, and parasailing to exploring endless shopping opportunities at one of the nation’s largest designer outlet malls, Silver Sands Premium Outlets.

SEASCAPE This upbeat beach neighborhood boasts 2,000 feet of sugar-white sand to enjoy. With eight lighted tennis courts, five swimming pools, a world-class golf course, miles of bike trails, and a fully equipped fitness facility, Seascape is designed for the active vacationer. Seascape Towne Center features restaurants and food vendors, live entertainment, arcade and laser tag, boutique shops and markets, and a multitude components including a ropes course, climbing walls, golf chipping, etc.

SANDESTIN Championship Golf courses and world-class tennis facilities, full service spas, and outdoor adventure activities make Sandestin perfect for the all-inclusive beach vacation. Home to the vibrant Village of Baytowne Wharf and South Walton’s sole marina- Baytowne Marina, Sandestin hosts numerous festivals and events year-round. Grand Boulevard Town Center is home to a state-of-the-art 10-screen theater, featuring IMAX and dining club options.

DUNE ALLEN Serenity now in Dune Allen, one of South Walton’s most stunning beach neighborhoods with three rare coastal dune lakes, an abundance of walking trails, and beach access. The raw, untouched ambiance of Dune Allen draws photographers, birdwatchers, fishermen and nature lovers from around the world.

GULF PLACE Known for its brightly colored European style town center, vibrant artist colony, an amphitheater with precisely manicured lawns, and sidewalks lined with lush native plants and towering palm trees, Gulf Place is a great gulf destination. Shopping, dining, or entertainment; even a pharmacy is located in the town center.

SANTA ROSA BEACH Founded in 1910, Santa Rosa Beach was the start of the beachy South Walton we know today. Home to luxury beach houses, upscale dining and the beautiful Eden Gardens State Park. There is an endless array of indoor and outdoor activities offered in this historic beach neighborhood– such as kayaking Choctawhatchee Bay, playing a round of golf on a championship course, exploring the eclectic artsy community, and great dining.

BLUE MOUNTAIN Blanketed with native blue lupine flowers and some of the highest dunes on the Gulf Coast, Blue Mountain is naturally laid back. Centrally located, Redfish Village is the hub of Blue Mountain, offering great shopping and dining without ever leaving the neighborhood. Stay active with adventures such as hiking through cypress swamps and pine groves in Point Washington State Forest or biking the scenic Timpoochee Trail.

GRAYTON BEACH The neighborhood motto is “Nice Dogs, Friendly Folks” and it fits Grayton Beach. From the narrow neighborhood streets lined with live oaks and the old- style wooden beach bungalows to the “bohemian kitsch” feel of the iconic Red Bar. Destroyed in a February fire, a rebuild is underway.

WATERCOLOR WaterColor seamlessly weaves award-winning restaurants, shops, and more amidst its natural landscape, creating a perfect mix of indoor and outdoor adventure. In WaterColor, you can get away from it all in a cozy cottage or quiet resort or check out the Boathouse Paddle Club for an outdoor adventure.

SEASIDE This beach neighborhood has a profound sense of community, a family-friendly feel, and a whimsical sense of fun. An outdoor amphitheater, nationally acclaimed wine festival, a collectioof charming airstream trailer restaurants, and a local repertory troupe make Seaside amazing.

SEAGROVE With an eclectic mix of old beach homesteads and newer cottages, Seagrove has a great menu of beyond-the-beach activities that include biking along Scenic Highway 30A, browsing beach shops and dining out. Seagrove Village Market Café is the place to go for fried seafood. Been that way since 1949.

WATERSOUND Watersound is all about recreation and leisure. Bike the Deer Lake State Park boardwalk or a more rugged trail for an up-close look any of Watersound’s three rare coastal dune lake ecosystems. Play golf on a course designed by the renowned Tom Fazio without a view of residential or commercial development.

SEACREST Peddler’s Pavilion is the heart of Seacrest, a town square with boutique shopping, upscale dining and beach cruiser rental bikes. The town is wide open to the Gulf with a luxury lagoon pool across from the beach. Try Grits and Grind for a great beach town breakfast.

ALYS BEACH  Simplicity and luxury come together at Alys Beach, a community focused on walkability, sustainability, and artistic detail. Elegant white stucco Mediterranean style buildings make this beach town a singular experience. Try Caliza Restaurant for stunning al fresco dining around the pool. The menu centers on artisan, seasonal ingredients sourced regionally.The open-air bar is a great place for a cocktail.

ROSEMARY BEACH Rosemary Beach offers more than 100 acres of lush greenery and wide sidewalks and boardwalks for strolling and biking. The whole place has a real feeling of community, even if you are just there for a weekend.  Search out local shops and luxe restaurants. Curate is an art gallery owned by the same people who brought Vinings Gallery to Atlanta. It’s a great place to immerse yourself in art. For some great seafood and elegant but casual surroundings, try dinner at Edward’s Fine Food and Wine.

INLET BEACH

Inlet Beach is laid-back even by beach standards. It is peaceful and quiet with great beach access. Explore the 30Avenue, the white stucco and brick-walkway shopping and lifestyle center that has brought new restaurants and shops like Willow + Mercer for women’s clothing and accessories and Amici 30A Italian Kitchen.•

 

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