The Ultimate Gulf Getaway

The Ultimate Gulf Getaway

Savor summer in South Walton

Words by Paige Townley

As the warm sun kisses the sugar-white sands and the turquoise waves gently lap against the shore, it's easy to see why South Walton is the ultimate destination for a summer getaway. Nestled along the perfectly picturesque Northwest Florida Panhandle, this hidden gem boasts 26 miles of pristine coastline, dotted with 16 unique beach neighborhoods, each with its own distinct charm and allure.

For those seeking luxury accommodations and refined experiences, South Walton delivers in delightful abundance. From charming beach cottages to upscale boutique hotels and full-service resorts, there's a perfect lodging option for every taste and preference. And with a plethora of chic boutiques and local art galleries to explore, each beach neighborhood offers a delightful blend of sophistication and relaxation. 

But South Walton is not just about lounging on the beach – although that's certainly a highlight. It’s a haven for outdoor enthusiasts with a myriad of activities to enjoy. From championship golf courses and tennis courts to stand-up paddleboarding and yoga on the beach, there's no shortage of ways to stay active and adventurous. And with nearly 40 percent of the land preserved for nature, visitors can immerse themselves in the area's stunning beauty, from turquoise Gulf waters to 15 rare coastal dune lakes.

One of the best ways to experience the natural wonders of South Walton is by hitting the trails. With over 200 miles of hiking and biking trails, four state parks, and a 15,000-acre state forest, there's plenty of opportunities to explore the great outdoors. And for those who prefer a leisurely stroll, the 19-mile Timpoochee Trail offers panoramic views of New Urbanist neighborhoods and breathtaking scenery at every turn. 

No trip to South Walton would be complete without indulging in the area's diverse culinary scene. With over 200 restaurants to choose from, visitors can savor thoughtfully inspired cuisine that highlights fresh-from-the-Gulf seafood and locally sourced ingredients. From waterfront dining with stunning views to casual eateries within picturesque town squares, there's something to satisfy every palate. 

For those looking to venture beyond the beach, South Walton offers plenty of opportunities for day trips and exploration. Head north of Choctawhatchee Bay to historic downtown DeFuniak Springs for unique shops and restaurants, or take a dip in the crystal-clear waters of Morrison Springs for a refreshing escape. 

Whether you're seeking relaxation, adventure, or a little bit of both, South Walton, Florida, is the perfect destination for creating lasting summer memories. Start planning your perfect getaway at