Park It: Walkable South Walton
Pull up in your car, park and leave it for the rest of your trip. South Walton is designed to be accessible, and between walkability and bikeability, you won't think twice about your car while you're here. In addition to natural beauty, a large part of what makes our 16 beach neighborhoods so appealing is how well-designed they are.
New Urbanism in America was born in South Walton, Florida. An architectural and design movement centered on making neighborhoods walkable, bikeable and built on human scale, it first took shape in Seaside, before shaping WaterColor, Rosemary Beach and Alys Beach. With gridded street systems, town centers, parks and sprawling green spaces, New Urbanist towns are ideal for families. In addition to these features and recognizable architectural flourishes, New Urbanist communities encourage interaction between neighbors – a certain friendliness that helps to define your beach experience here.
But the New Urbanist movement doesn't mean everything is the same style. Buildings can be any style that fits within the building code, which only prescribes rules that clearly define the public space. That means that every building contributes to making a neighborhood feel like a neighborhood, rather than a collection of random houses.
And because each of our 16 beach neighborhoods is different, with varying styles and activities, walkability is all the more important. The fact that you’re able to explore local restaurants and shops – and of course, the beach – within walking distance is one of the most unique features of South Walton.
If you prefer to pedal, South Walton is exceptionally bicycle-friendly. Bike rental is a piece of cake, and cyclists are everywhere, so bike safety and respect are built into the culture here. The Timpoochee Trail, which runs the length of Highway 30A, is the perfect way to get up close and personal with nature while seeing the sights along the beach. Enjoy a breathtaking view of South Walton’s sugar-white sand and turquoise water along the paved multi-use path on Scenic Gulf Drive in Miramar Beach.
Are you looking to explore South Walton by bike, but want to let your bike do the work for you? Be sure to try out an electric bike from Pedego. Whether you are interested in exploring local eateries or nature trails, you’ll be well on your way to a day of adventure on an electric bike.
One last thing: when your trip comes to an end, don't forget where you parked!