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Why South Walton is a Beach Apart

You've probably heard someone say, "a beach is a beach," implying that one is as good as the next. And we get it – beaches are generally pretty nice places to be. But beyond the sugar-white sand and turquoise water in South Walton, there are quite a few reasons that our beach stands out from the crowd.

Beach path in Blue Mountain

1.  Ecosploring:

Other beaches are typically not situated next to over 25,000 acres of preserved land. Over 40% of Walton County's acreage is dedicated to preserving the local environment. That makes for some incredible recreational opportunities, from hiking and biking to bird-watching. You can even go snorkeling amongst artificial reefs that benefit the health of the underwater ecosystem in the Gulf.

Colorful artist shops in Gulf Place

2.  Arts:

With an international reputation for the arts, South Walton would be a destination for art lovers if the beach didn't exist! Growing organically from likeminded locals, numerous artists' colonies have developed to foster creative exchange between painters, crafters and sculptors. Live musicians have long come to South Walton for the culture and inspiration, and local theater is outstanding.

The Red Bar in Grayton Beach

3.  Dining:

Taking advantage of the unparalleled seafood and local produce, area restaurants have long been destination dining. Whether you're looking for a casual, open-air dinner, or a four-star fine dining extravaganza with a view, South Walton has a range of restaurants that fit the bill. And if you're in a vibrant bar with creative plates, a landmark donut shop or a romantic spot with a beach view, you can count on one thing: the Gulf-to-table food alone will be worth the trip.

Rows of colorful bikes in South Walton

4. Walkability (or Bikeability!):

When the weather's this nice and there's so much to do, why spend any of your time here in the car? One of South Walton's most underrated features is the ability to walk or bike to countless cultural experiences, restaurants and outdoor activities. The Timpoochee Trail runs the length of Scenic Highway 30A, paralleling the fun you'll have at any point along the way, and the beach neighborhoods are exceptionally pedestrian- and cyclist-friendly. Plus, walking from one beach neighborhood to the next is like visiting a whole new town, but much easier! So rent a bike or put on your walking shoes – it's easy to get where you're going here!

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