Local Area Guide

Santa Rosa Beach:  “Hot Spot” is Gulf Place – Stroll along Gulf Place’s sugar-white sand and lush green spaces; Stroll outside and visit the quaint boutique stores and restaurants at Gulf Place Town Center.  Energize with a refreshing dip in the Gulf at Ed Walline beach access, or splash around in one of the swimming pools, enjoy a game of tennis, or a jog and ride a bicycle along the Timpoochee Trail.  Eat, drink, and relax at a family-friendly spot like La Playa. Gulf Place is the perfect spot to please almost any palate, and easygoing enough to welcome any type of visitor.

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Blue Mountain Beach: Blue Mountain Beach Florida is the highest elevation found along Florida’s Gulf Coast, which means it also has the best views. Early sailors christened it Blue Mountain after seeing its high sand dunes covered in the rare blooms of the Blue Lupine flower (which are blue). Now you can enjoy the breathtaking sunset views in Blue Mountain Beach, FL! A small community with a neighborly feel, Blue Mountain Beach FL has a popular ice cream shop, natural foods store, bakery and delicious restaurants within walking distance. The community also features two rare coastal dune lakes and connects to nature trails in the Point Washington State Forest and the bike path along Scenic 30-A.The vibe in Blue Mountain Beach in Florida is laid-back, relaxed and friendly. It is a quiet community that is located close to Grayton Beach, Seaside and Dune Allen Beach. Families often walk up from the beach to grab an ice cream cone or fresh fruit smoothie and the restaurants here serve some of the finest fried shrimp on Scenic 30-A. If you are looking for an old-fashioned beach escape that is not crowded, but close to everything — then Blue Mountain Beach Florida is the perfect beach escape.

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Grayton Beach: The town of Grayton Beach is mostly nestled inside Grayton Beach State Park and spreads right down to the beach and the Gulf of Mexico. Named as the most beautiful beach in America by “Dr. Beach” – it’s wide and clean and a genuine piece of paradise. Just off the beach you’ll find the famous Red Bar – a must visit for all our visitors – great food, drinks, music and an interior decor you have to see to believe.

On the beach you can relax and watch families play where Western Lake kisses the Gulf, sometimes opening and exchanging salt and fresh water. Wildlife and fish are abundant. Heading out right from the beach every day are the boats and captains. Grayton Beach is the heart and soul of South Walton County – a diverse string of beach towns including Rosemary Beach, Alys Beach, Seagrove, Seaside, WaterColor, Blue Mountain and Sandestin. Almost half the land in South Walton is protected as state forest and state parks. Grayton Beach is a comfy place with quaint historic cottages next door to modern beach homes. It’s an eclectic beach burg with good times, picket fences, funky art, and great dining & shopping. When you walk down one of Grayton Beach’s well-worn roads, you get the feeling things haven’t changed much in the last hundred-plus years since the town’s founding.

grayton-beach-media-photoWatercolor: This active, upbeat beach neighborhood boasts a beautiful landscape and stunning architecture shaped to complement the area’s natural features. Spend time relaxing on WaterColor’s sugar-white sand; then, treat yourself to time in the boutique shops and luxurious spas of this beach neighborhood. Get out and explore WaterColor’s outdoors with a trip to Western Lake or Point Washington State Forest; come back and treat yourself to a delicious meal at one of this beach neighborhood’s many restaurants.

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SEASIDE®, built on 80 acres on Florida’s Gulf Coast, is located on South Walton County’s Hwy. 30-A, between Panama City Beach and Destin. Acclaimed world-wide as one of the iconic examples of New Urbanism, SEASIDE® offers a thriving town center with shopping and dining, all within walkable distance to homes, cottages and offices. Consisting of more than 300 homes, many of them vacation rentals, the community offers more than 12 restaurants and eateries, and 41 shops and galleries.

SEASIDE® is currently being featured on the Cooking Channel’s Emeril’s Florida, was recently named the “Best Beach on Earth” for families by Travel + Leisure magazine and included in USA Today’s “Top 10 Best Beach Towns in Florida (2013) by “Dr. Beach.” The holiday town was also the primary filming location of the classic movie “The Truman Show.”SEASIDE® has become a prominent topic in architectural schools and in housing-industry magazines, is visited by design professionals from throughout the United States, and is included in the American Institute of Architects (Florida chapter) list of Florida Architecture: 100 Years 100 Places.

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Seagrove Beach: Discover the charm of Seagrove, a beach neighborhood that locals and guests love. Lush oak trees, magnolias, and pines have spread deep roots in Seagrove — and so have long-time visitors who keep coming back.  Enjoy a leisurely bike ride along the 30a bike path or take a stroll to nearby beach communities.

Laid-back but luxurious, Seagrove is a place that embraces variety. From upscale boutiques to casual cafes, this beach neighborhood offers a little bit of everything — including two rare coastal dune lakes, a state park, and sugar-white sand.

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Seacrest Beach: This easygoing beach neighborhood is the perfect place to escape for a beach vacation. Spend a day wandering through the shops and sights of Seacrest — you’ll spot everything from gorgeous dune lakes to gourmet restaurants. Then, unwind with a stroll along Seacrest’s sugar-white sand. A lively community gathers in Seacrest’s Peddler’s Pavilion. Sip coffee on an outdoor patio, stock up on homemade sweet treats, or rent a bicycle and go exploring. With wide-open green spaces and plenty of exploring opportunities, this beach neighborhood is a perfect fit for active vacationers.

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Inlet Beach:  Inlet Beach is one of our unique and eclectic beach communities along the Gulf Coast. It is made up of cozy beach cottages and mixed with modern homes surrounded by sweeping sand dunes, quaint footpaths, and natural Florida greenery.  The best way to explore Inlet Beach is by foot or bicycle, which allows you to discover some fantastic local restaurants and charming boutiques and markets in the adjacent Rosemary Beach.  As you stroll or ride along the coast, you will have breathtaking views of the gulf waters and white sand beaches that stretch for miles.  Staying in a vacation rental located in Inlet Beach is the best of both worlds – tranquility and convenience.

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Carillon Beach:
 Carillon Beach is an exclusive modern family resort located on the pristine beaches and emerald waters of the Florida Gulf Coast.  Carillon Beach is all about the beach and beach living.  Whether you want to engage in active water sports such as:  swimming, skim boarding, surfing, paddle boarding, fishing, sailing, or just relaxing at the beach with a good book, the beach is where fun and activity all happens.  The community of Carillon Beach has over 3,900 linear feet of beach, so don’t forget to take a walk daily and enjoy the beautiful sunrises and sunsets while taking a stroll, picking up a few shells, and don’t forget to check out the historic pier at Camp Helen for great photo opportunities.
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Panama City Beach:  Panama City Beach is a family favorite destination for a great beach vacation that allows for plenty of adventure and local discovery.  There is a good blend of local charm, entertainment, amusements, and fantastic shopping at PIER PARK, and fun filled beach and water activities such as: parasailing, wave running, snorkeling,  paddle-boarding, and kayaking.  Panama City Beach is also located near several water parks and zoo, so there’s plenty to see and do when you’re not at the beach soaking up the sun.  The white sand beaches stretch for miles in either direction, so whether you are playing in the sand or splashing in the emerald green waters, the beaches are never crowded and you will be able to relax, rejuvenate, and enjoy your time away from home.

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