Tips & Trips
South Walton's Sunset Secrets
As long as man has walked the earth, beach sunsets have been an awe-inspiring natural phenomenon. Here in South Walton, our sugar-white sand helps make nature’s evening sky show even more spectacular. From seaside proposals to stunning photography or just quiet reflection, South Walton sunsets are one of the area’s most beautiful and popular attractions. You’ll find a great sunset just about anywhere along our 26 miles of beaches, but here’s a quick list of some special viewing spots:
Bud & Alley’s, Seaside
Every sunset is a special event on Bud & Alley’s upstairs deck, where patrons guess the exact time that the sun will disappear below the horizon and a bell is rung to celebrate the occasion. Toast the end of an amazing day as you watch the sun set onto the Gulf behind the amazing artistic architecture of Seaside’s Coleman Pavilion.
Grayton Beach & Topsail Hill Preserve State Parks
If you’re looking for a more private sunset celebration, you can usually find your own personal section of sugar-white sand at these two pristine beach preserves. Undeveloped and unchanged for centuries, South Walton’s natural coastal parks offer just enough isolation to make the sunset especially personal and romantic.
South Walton doesn’t have very many high-rise accommodations, but if you happen to be staying in an upper-floor room facing the Gulf, the view from a deck over the beach is superlative. You’ll see the sun setting over miles and miles of beach and a seemingly endless expanse of turquoise Gulf water. Miramar Beach, Seascape, Sandestin, and Seagrove are a few of the places you can get an unparalleled aerial view of the sunset.
Sometimes, a spectacular sunset is the perfect complement to a great meal and glass of wine, and South Walton has several gulf front restaurants where a colorful sunset is on the menu every night. Among some of the favorites are Fish Out of Water in WaterColor, Pompano Joe’s in Miramar Beach, and Barefoot’s Beachside Bar & Grill at the Hilton Sandestin.
Geography has given Inlet Beach a natural advantage for sunset seekers, as the curve of the coastline points the beach most directly toward the southwest at the eastern end of Scenic Highway 30A. Inlet Beach also has wide swaths of sugar-white sand and the largest beach access point in South Walton, so it’s a popular place to go for those large group photos and stunning beach sunset views.
Dune Lake Kayak or Canoe
The stunning serenity of a dune lake is another ideal spot to catch the changing hues of a sunset sky, especially if you’re quietly gliding along the glassy water on a kayak or canoe. Western Lake and Camp Creek Lake are particularly perfect places to see the sun go down while enjoying the natural peace and quiet of a rare coastal dune lake.
You don’t even need to be on the beach to see a majestic Florida Gulf coast sunset. The family owned Solaris yacht sets sail for public sunset dinner cruise on Choctawhatchee Bay three times a week from Baytowne Wharf, and combines your sunset view with fine dining and entertainment.
Modified: October 01, 2012 7:36 am