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How to Spend a Winter Vacation in South Walton


Winter is the perfect time to start a new tradition at the beach. When the holiday season heats up and things start to get crazy everywhere else, the beach stays laid back. That means that when everyone else is worrying about all the details, you can kick back and enjoy yourself.

Stinky's Fish Camp - South Walton, FL

Plan a holiday in a new setting, with family or friends.

The holidays are often based on traditions, but new traditions need to start somewhere. Bring your family to the beach for Thanksgiving or Christmas once, and we're sure you'll have a cherished family tradition for years to come. Similarly, a Friendsgiving at the beach is sure to set itself apart from any other event you can plan with your nearest and dearest.

In addition to being relaxed and unplugged for the holidays, you can also count on some truly sensational meals. The Thanksgiving spreads at Stinky's Fish Camp and Great Southern Café have become legendary, both for the food and the atmosphere. With the freshest Gulf seafood and local produce, you're in for a Turkey Day like you've never had before.

If a Christmas celebration is what you're looking for, restaurants like Havana Beach Bar & Grill in Rosemary Beach go all out, with events for the kids like cookie decorating with Santa, as well as a traditional festive dinner. On top of that, the 25-foot Christmas tree in South Barrett Square, just steps away, is truly a spectacle your family will anticipate each year.

Couple overlooking Gulf of Mexico

Sneak off on a romantic getaway.

The beach is the perfect escape for you and that special someone, for any number of reasons. Relaxing and unwinding is easy here, and you can be as engaged and activity-oriented as you choose.

Whether you stay in a cozy beach cottage or an all-inclusive resort, you can pick the accommodations that form home base for the trip of your dreams.

Pamper each other with a spa day. Choose from manicures, pedicures, facials, scrubs or a couple's massage at a luxurious spa in one of our 16 beach neighborhoods. Engage in retail therapy and shop for gifts at one of the country's largest designer outlet centers or local boutiques.

Gallery hop and take in the world-class local art, or simply enjoy the spectacularly pristine natural setting. Then follow that up with dinner for two overlooking the Gulf. Your ability to eat a top-notch meal with such a stunning view is unmatched anywhere else, and at the end of the day, you'll be thrilled to be at the beach in the winter.

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