30A Area Information
South Walton, from Destin to Panama City Beach, is home to the world’s most beautiful beaches. Here, in the heart of the Northwest Florida Panhandle, also known as the Emerald Coast, you will discover sixteen vibrant beach communities that run side by side along Scenic 30A, the Beaches of South Walton, and you will discover Destin, South Walton’s close neighbor just a few miles west. Discover it all in a Dune Allen Realty Vacation Rental.
Go ahead, kick off your shoes. You’ll surely want to stroll barefoot on our sugary soft sand. After all, Visit Florida did rank South Walton “Best Beach for Feet.” And while you’re at it, immerse yourself in the the warm gulf breezes and take in the clear emerald green waters. And there’s more, much more. A fabulous beach vacation destination full of southern charm and personality, South Walton boasts miles of pristine beaches like no others in the world; natural wonders, as are our state parks and rare to the world coastal dune lakes. Get ready to enjoy over 200 miles of hiking trails and the picture-perfect Scenic 30A bike trail. Here you’ll be delighted to play championship golf courses, to browse through our charming boutiques, to enjoy delectable meals from a wide variety of cafes and restaurants, and to sit back under the stars for some wonderful outdoor evening theatre. If you’re looking to relax, get ready to unwind; to get rejuvenated, be prepared to feel great.
Have it all in South Walton. And count on it lasting long after you leave. Our beaches are all about family fun and lifetime memories. That’s why beach bound families return year after year to our South Walton beach rentals to celebrate their vacation time together. Grandparents walk hand in hand along the beach with their grandchildren as old and new memories unite – that’s the beauty of South Walton. Family and friends head out together to catch the fish of a lifetime, on a deep sea fishing trip of a lifetime; bonds made forever from the beautiful shores of the South Walton coast. We hope you, your family and friends will join us for your Florida vacation in this very special part of the world, the Emerald Coast.
Beaches of South Walton (Scenic Hwy 30A)
It might surprise you that South Walton beaches are part of an island, one of the barrier islands that dot the northern Gulf of Mexico. By far the most tranquil beaches on the Northwest Florida coast, you will discover old-Florida coastal beach villages like Grayton Beach and Seagrove Beach, family oriented beach villages like Dune Allen Beach, Santa Rosa Beach and Blue Mountain Beach, trendy beach villages like Inlet Beach and Seacrest Beach, and upscale modern beach villages like Seaside, Alys Beach and Watercolor. The collection of these unique villages, each with its particular characteristics, will bring a special blend of diversity to your South Walton beach vacation.
If you’re searching for a peaceful and laid-back lifestyle on a beautiful Florida beach, surrounded by unique to the world coastal dune lakes, literally nature at its finest, then South Walton is the right choice for you. Noted as a top beach destination, here you will find the perfect place to play and relax in your selected South Walton beach rental. You won’t find high-rise condominiums, but you will find beautiful beach homes and old-Florida cottages. You won’t find long restaurant lines (with a few exceptions), but you will find some of the best food in the south. You won’t find department stores, but you will find great shopping at the boutiques and local markets all along 30A (besides, Destin is just next door). Don’t worry, you will find a very convenient grocery store – Publix (but it’s hidden from the beach).
Indeed, you’ll find everything you’ll need or want in a Florida vacation on South Walton beaches, including great activities, both on the beach and inland. Running along Scenic Highway 30A’s beach communities, a bicycle and walking path, better known as the Scenic 30A bike trail, makes visiting the Beaches of South Walton both healthy and fun for the entire family. After a nice ride or stroll, cool off with a dip in the Gulf of Mexico, then head on over to Local Catch and sink your teeth into the best fish taco you’ve ever tasted. Need a good late afternoon beach read? Head on over to Sundog Books, or simply grab the latest edition of The Walton Sun or The New York Times from the Grayton Corner Store. These are just a few of the many stops you’ll discover along 30A on South Walton beaches. From morning to evening, your days will be filled with leisurely fun; discovering the beaches of South Walton is simply one great experience after the other. And that’s what a Florida beach vacation is all about.
Also part of the same barrier island as the Beaches of South Walton is Destin, the Luckiest Fishing Village in the World. In fact, Destin Harbor is a world in itself; the morning light on the harbor catches the early departure of the fishing fleet through an entrance so narrow that you can nearly touch the boats. As the sun goes down, followed by anxious pelicans and seagulls, the fleet returns laden with red snapper, amberjack, grouper, and if you’re lucky, cobia. You’ll surely give into the temptation to settle at a table right on the harbor at Harbor Docks. Be sure to tell Charlie and Steve we say hello.
“The Luckiest Fishing Village in the World.”
If shopping is your bag, Destin offers shops galore from Silver Sands Outlet Mall to Destin Commons to the many boutiques and department stores that line Destin’s main streets. Of course if you’re a golfer, you must have heard of our area’s many championship golf courses. If not, let us clue you in. Water sports from surfing to parasailing to jet skis to chartering a boat can easily be found in Destin. Should you need assistance or information regarding water sports, we are happy to recommend local vendors.
Whatever your to do list reminds you to do in Destin, make sure to take a look at the beautiful turquoise water within the jetties at Destin’s most western tip – an awesome sight that you will never forget. You might even see a dancing dolphin or two.