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South Walton is a destination with countless beyond-the-beach activities for a relaxing getaway any time of year.

It’s the quiet season along the Gulf. Autumn and winter bring vivid sunsets and a world of wonder to discover. This time of year is perfect for weekend getaways, an extended stay for a romantic time away or a reunion with family or friends. The quiet season at the beach creates a simple, laid-back atmosphere that encourages relaxation and rejuvenation. 

South Walton, Florida is the place to find your perfect off-season retreat, with 26 miles of sugar-white sand, turquoise water and 16 beach neighborhoods, each with its own personality and style.

Hiking and biking trails abound in South Walton, leading riders past New Urbanist neighborhoods, breathtaking scenery and unique architecture.

In South Walton, you can find a mix of shops and restaurants that perfectly complements the area’s natural attractions and activities, from kayaking and golfing to tennis and bicycling.

Explore more than 200 miles of trails, four state parks, a 15,000-acre state forest and 15 rare coastal dune lakes. Run or bike on the 19-mile Timpoochee Trail for panoramic views of New Urbanist neighborhoods and stunning scenic beauty. You will discover vast nature preserves that create a relaxed respite not often found in similar destinations.

 For indoor activities, book a rejuvenating yoga class, spa day or visit an antique bookstore. Check out the destination’s arts and culture by exploring local artists’ unique galleries and studios. And check the calendar, world-class festivals of food and wine, art and film are all a part of the year-round events in South Walton.

Some of the best indoor experiences revolve around food. From casual fresh Gulf seafood to upscale dining experiences, South Walton is set apart by its diverse culinary scene. 

More than 200 restaurants, including award-winning chefs, highlight a fusion of flavors using fresh-from-the-Gulf and locally sourced ingredients. Whether you’re in search of waterfront dining or local favorites within quaint neighborhoods and unique town squares, you can find the perfect location for every craving.

Or opt for a private culinary experience, where Walton County’s finest chefs will prepare a one-of-a-kind meal in the comfort of your own home or rental property.

For even more variety and a day trip or quick detour with picturesque views, head north of Choctawhatchee Bay to check out DeFuniak Springs.

Here you can explore the historic downtown district for unique shops, restaurants and boutiques. Walk around Lake DeFuniak for views of nearly 200 historic homes and buildings, about 40 of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

With summer at the beach fading into memory, it’s time to plan an easily accessible getaway, a mere four hours away from Birmingham. Find your perfect beach at

Architecturally beautiful and lively, Rosemary Beach is a neo-traditional beach community that mixes New Urbanism – the design style that places everything within a short walk of town center – and West Indies style with pristine beaches, a bustling town square, and award-winning restaurants.


DeFuniak Springs is home to a once-gated campus/resort built during the Victorian era and marketed to the nation as “The Education Resort of the South.” The historic grounds of this campus/resort welcomed visitors to the annual, multi-week Florida Chautauqua Assembly from 1885 to 1927. Incredibly, the grounds are mostly intact today and the charming structures collectively are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


2015 South Walton Artist of the Year Francisco Adaro’s gallery is located at The Big Chill in WaterSound.


Located at 24215 US Hwy. 331 South, The Bay is Chef Jim Shirley’s family-friendly waterfront restaurant that features mouth-watering Southern Gulf Coast cuisine, seafood, sushi, a 12-draft beer system and plenty of live music.

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