Local Favorites

Discover insider tips on unique experiences to find your perfect beach in South Walton. When in the area, do as the locals do and enjoy a few of their favorite things.

Mouthwatering Crab Cakes At Picolo’s And The Red Bar

This Grayton Beach standby offers some of the tastiest crab cakes on the Gulf. Think fresh, flavorful lump crabmeat grilled to perfection and crowned with a tangy citrus beurre blanc. But here’s the catch: locals know these crab cakes are usually on the dinner menu at The Red Bar on Friday and Saturday nights. Other sensational stops for seafood include Smiling Fish Café and Gravel Road.

Kayaking South Walton’s Rare Dune Lakes

South Walton has the world’s highest concentration of coastal dune lakes, offering breathtakingly beautiful flora and fauna. Rent a kayak and glide across one of the area’s 15 natural lakes, where you can spot an osprey in flight or fish darting through the brackish waters. Continue your outdoor adventures by trading in your paddle for pedals to cruise South Walton’s scenic bike paths, including 19-mile Timpoochee Trail along Scenic Highway 30A. Or, grab a rod and reel and angle for some fun at Grayton Beach State Park.

Hand-Blown Treasures From Fusion Art Glass

Illuminate your vacation with sparkling glass bobbles from Fusion Art Glass Gallery, located in Seaside and Grand Boulevard in Sandestin. The stunning pendants, earrings, bracelets and rings are all handmade by skilled glass artisans. If jewelry is your souvenir of choice, don’t miss strings of pearls designed with a modern twist at Arriaga’s Originals in Seacrest.

A Cup Of Coffee Or Glass Of Wine At Fonville Press

Sip into relaxation with a glass of wine or cup of freshly brewed coffee at Fonville Press in Alys Beach. Browse this international newsstand’s variety of periodicals, then settle down in the comfortable zen-inspired courtyard with a good read and a full-bodied red or creamy cappuccino. For other fresh vente and vino options, visit Vin’ tij Wine Boutique across from Silver Sands Premium Outlets or Amavida Coffee in Seaside.

Picnicking At Eden Gardens State Park

Step back in time at Eden Gardens State Park in Point Washington. Enjoy a picnic for two on Tucker Bayou, or treat the family to lunch alfresco on the sprawling grounds of this peaceful park. Afterward, explore oak-lined trails and flowering gardens, and tour Eden’s stately historic Wesley House. Other prime picnic locations include Deer Lake State Park and Topsail Hill Preserve State Park.

The Bright Inspiring Art Of World Six Gallery

See the area through the eyes of Allison Wickey, 2011 South Walton Artist of the Year, who creates antique-style versions of the area’s vibrant landscapes, animals and marine life from World Six Gallery in Rosemary Beach. Allison uses a 13-step, four-day process involving Venetian plaster, acrylic paint, glazes and an orbital sander to depict the beauty of South Walton’s coastal neighborhoods.

Additionally, South Walton’s 2010 and 2009 Artists of the Year, Michael Granberry and Michael McCarty, both hail from Dothan and have their artwork on display in South Walton’s art galleries.

Shopping Silver Sands

Stock up on great fashions and savings at Silver Sands Premium Outlets in Sandestin. Purchase a VIP Coupon Book at the Information Center before you hit the 110 designer and name brand outlet stores. 

Spa Pampering At Serenity By The Sea

Serenity By The Sea at Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa is one of many great spas in the area offering a full menu of supremely relaxing and rejuvenating services. Plan for a pre or post-treatment stay to get exclusive access to their whirlpool, sauna and steam-room. In Rosemary Beach, find a natural, peaceful escape at Solace Day Spa. Be sure to check into special offers and packages.

Free Concerts And Performances At Seaside Amphitheater

Bring a blanket and stake out a grassy beachside spot for an evening concert, or dance the night away during one of many free musical performances throughout the year. And every summer, the Seaside Repertory Theatre takes the stage with its children’s theater production – a simple but satisfying delight for the whole family.

Any Beach At Sunset

Take a surfside seat any time of year for an amazing sunset show. Watch the blazing orange sun dip below the Gulf of Mexico’s horizon in places like Grayton Beach or Seaside, Bud & Alley’s rooftop deck is a hotspot. It’s a perfect way to end the day in South Walton.