A Guide to All 16 Beaches of South Walton, FL
South Walton is a small beach town that has 26 miles of white sand, and its location on the Gulf of Mexico lends itself to year-round outdoor activities, nature-inspired art and tons of places to explore.
There are 16 South Walton beaches, each with their own unique neighborhood. Find artsy to exotic and many great restaurants and things to do. With so much to see and do, we’ve rounded up a quick list of what to expect at these locations. Check out our guide to all the beaches, and get ready to pick your favorites!
A 20-acre nature preserve and outdoor sculptures beckon guests to experience natural beauty. A mix of modern and natural, Alys is know for palm trees and style. Live entertainment and movies often play in the green spaces, and stop at George’s, Caliza and Fonville Press Coffee Shop for meals.
Named after the area’s blue lupine flower, this neighborhood appeals to those looking for a laid-back vibe. Known for an eclectic food scene, this area has several restaurants ranging from an Irish pub to Greek to homemade ice cream. Enjoy incredible views atop the neighborhood, which sits slightly more elevated than the rest.
This community has three coastal dune lakes and 5 miles of trails to explore. Stop by for a photo opp at Oyster Lake Bridge, and try one of the area’s raved about restaurants. Stinky’s Fish Camp was named one of the top 10 to eat like a local by USA Today. Fishing is big here as home to Stinky’s Bait Shack – the only live bait shack on 30-A.
A pet-friendly spot with a motto of “nice dogs, friendly folks,” Grayton Beach celebrates music by offering live shows nearly every night of the week. Three fishing excursions take visitors on the water, while several local artists living in the area open studios and galleries to the public. Find a dozen places for any meal of the day, including bars, coffee shops and more.
This artsy community has several boutiques, cafes and restaurants for those who enjoy local culture. Guests will find handcrafted treasures to take home and an artist colony at Artists at Gulf Place. Kristy’s Paint Party offers casual painting classes for all ages. Diners will enjoy creating their own pizza at Pizza by the Sea, and other top restaurants include The Perfect Pig and Sunrise Coffee Co.
This community attracts those who want a cozy, care-free vibe. Inlet Beach has the largest public beach access point – catering to beach lovers – and is surrounded by 13 acres of protected dunes. Enjoy scenic views at one of the area’s restaurants, including Donut Hole Cafe and Bakery, a South Walton staple.
Enjoy Gulf views and lots of dining and shopping in Miramar. Home to Silver Sands Premium Outlets, shoppers will love browsing one of the largest designer outlets in the U.S., and Antiques on Holiday features a changing inventory of European antiques. Families can learn to stand-up paddleboard with YOLO, or learn to surf with Ride on Surf School. Dozens of restaurants from chains to locally owned provide the perfect fuel to continue the adventure.
Known as one of CNN’s most romantic small towns, this neighborhood offers lots of shopping for everyone in the family. Dozens of boutiques will keep guests on their feet, while Bamboo Bike Co. offers bikes, tandems and more for those looking to ride. Foodies should try one of the area’s many highly praised dining spots.
One of the area’s most popular spots, Sandestin offers outdoor fun for all ages. Visitors will love ziplining and rock climbing at the Village of Baytowne Wharf. Take a boat out with SunVenture 1, or let the kids play in the arcade or laser maze at BLAST. Several restaurants are located throughout the area, including Lazy Gecko, Another Broken Egg Cafe and Poppy’s Seafood Factory.
Santa Rosa Beach
Timeless and classic best describe historic Santa Rosa. Established in 1910, this neighborhood offers tons of outdoor recreation, including horseback riding and sandcastle lessons. Explore the arts at the Bayou Arts Center, or visit one of the area’s known artists. Find barbecue, doughnuts and Philly cheese steaks – and several more treats – at one of the many restaurants.
Spend the day exploring Seacrest, which features bird-watching and walking trails. Renting a bike from Peddlers provides an easy, healthy way to see the area. Those looking to immerse in Southern culture, should check out Acme Ice House, and other restaurants include La Cocina and 30A Bagels and Coffee.
Beautiful, well-kept landscaping attracts travelers to Seagrove, home to upscale boutiques, two coastal dune lakes and a state park. Deer Lake State Park is an ideal place to spend a day picnicking or walking the boardwalk and trails. 723 Whiskey Bravo and Cowgirl Kitchen and Cafe are just two of many dining options.
Perfect for outdoor lovers and active vacationers, the Seascape resort features tennis courts, bike and walking trails and a championship golf course. Two top-rated restaurants located on site include Whale’s Tail and Cabana Cafe.
This walkable – and bikeable – neighborhood offers an arts vibe and its own theater troupe. Browse a dozen galleries and studios featuring local artists, and try a new dish at one of the top restaurants. Reviews rave about The Meltdown, Modica Market, Great Southern Cafe and Amavida Coffee.
Popular for special events, this community has a spa and its own wine bar, Chan’s Wine World, which also manages an attached family-friendly restaurant. Find that perfect gift or souvenir in one of the boutiques, or get in the water with one of the adventure outfitters. Above all, remember to explore the natural areas.
New England-inspired architecture and pristine beaches welcome guests to this gated resort. Shop the farmers market for fresh produce, and play a round at one of WaterSound’s golf courses. The Hub 30A is a popular gathering spot for all ages, and don’t miss the Origins Trailhead, a 5-mile walkable connection to Panama City Beach Conservation Park.
Ready to plan a trip to your perfect beach? Find your place in South Walton!