Words by Sarah Deloach
Located in Northwest Florida, there is a little piece of paradise known as South Walton—a place continually recognized as a top vacation destination. If you are looking for a never-ending summer getaway, take a trip down to the Gulf of Mexico to see what South Walton is all about.
The beaches are unmatched in their beauty but also the quality– being some of the best beaches in the continental United States. With 26 miles of stunning sugar-white sand and turquoise water, beach days with loved ones are sure to be jam-packed.
Plan a trip to the 16 unique beach neighborhoods that make up South Walton, all offering their own personality and style so you are sure to find your perfect beach. Make sure to take advantage of the incredible weather during each season, because this is a must-visit destination year-round. Whether it's a cool fall evening or steamy summer night, you are sure to see some of the most beautiful sunsets.
This part of Florida is easily accessible, whether you’re driving or flying, and the accommodations can range from charming beach cottages to luxury boutique hotels and full-service resorts. Along with the incredible lodging, the food is out of this world. Award-winning chefs showcase fresh-from-the-Gulf seafood and locally-sourced ingredients. Not to fret if fancy restaurants do not intrigue you, because there are hundreds of delicious places that serve you no matter the attire, so you can come straight from the beach in your bathing suit to enjoy a fabulous meal. If the beaches were not enough to get you to South Walton, then maybe all of their acclaimed restaurants will convince you. Check out some of the excellent dining offered, here.
You can challenge yourself on the tennis court or tee off on a championship golf course, but if shopping is your passion, take time to browse the area’s eclectic mix of chic and sophisticated boutiques.
If diving into nature interests you, do not forget to visit the 200 miles of hiking and biking trails, four state parks, a 15,000-acre state forest and 15 rare coastal dune lakes to explore. Vast nature preserves account for 40 percent of South Walton’s land and offer the perfect setting for adventure. The 19-mile Timpoochee Trail leads runners and bicyclists past New Urbanist neighborhoods and offers panoramic views of the stunning scenery.
Beautiful beaches, championship golf courses, outdoor adventure, boutique shopping, art galleries, and award-winning restaurants are what gives South Walton its distinct personality. An upscale, yet casual place to unwind – South Walton is the ideal place to create lasting memories and find your perfect beach all year round. Check out even more inspiration for your next getaway here.