South Walton Beaches: The Ideal “Nursery” for Baby Sea Turtles

Protective dunes, swaying sea oats, and fine white sand that’s like sugar. Crystal clear water and gentle breezes. These are just a few things that bring visitors from around the world to our beautiful beach communites in South Walton every year. But our picture-perfect beaches are also a draw for the tiniest, most precious of visitors— the baby sea turtle. Every year, from May until October, hundreds of female loggerheads and green sea turtles make the long trip back to … Learn more »

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Sixteen Beautiful Beach Communities – One Unforgettable Destination, South Walton

Travel is all about discovery–new experiences, new people, new places. When you visit South Walton, our sixteen diverse beach neighborhoods offer new discoveries around every bend on Scenic 30A. Find the perfect 30A neighborhood for your next beach vacation.

Beautiful view of a coastal lake. We have vacation rentals nearby.

Coastal Dune Lakes: Rare, Beautiful, and Right In Our Backyard!

If you’ve been to South Walton, Florida you know what a magical place it is. The crisp, white sand beaches and clear, turquoise water are exactly what you think of when you imagine the perfect beach. But has your vision of the perfect beach ever included a lake— hidden behind the dunes? Probably not. Did you know that South Walton is home to this extremely rare natural phenomenon? And not just one. There are fifteen coastal dune lakes here! Coastal … Learn more »

Top 10 Reasons to Check Out Topsail Hill Preserve State Park!

The Northwest Florida Panhandle is home to some of the most breathtaking beaches in the world. Sand that’s like warm sugar under your flip-flops. Crystal clear, emerald-green water. Gentle sea breezes swaying through the sea oats. This is the place dreams are made of. Dune Allen Beach, Blue Mountain Beach, Seagrove Beach, Inlet Beach and Santa Rosa Beach are a few of the popular beach spots in South Walton to soak up the sun. But there are other gems you … Learn more »

Spring Forward on 30A in South Walton!

Spring is on the way, and we simply can’t wait to move our clocks forward one hour on March 10th and enjoy a little more daylight each day. As we put the cool, short days of winter in our rear view mirror and look forward to the glorious, longer sunny days of spring, we thought we should share some of the fun, family-friendly events happening on 30A. So, if you’re planning a visit to any of our beautiful South Walton … Learn more »

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Celebrating Memorial Day Weekend in South Walton

Memorial Day is almost here, and so we honor those brave men and women who gave their lives to protect and defend our country. Many will spend this holiday of remembrance and gratitude enjoying our beautiful beaches here in South Walton, as Memorial Day weekend also marks the unofficial start of South Walton’s summer vacation season. Memorial Day was originally celebrated as Decoration Day and originated in the years following the Civil War which ended in 1865, claiming more lives … Learn more »

30A Secrets… shhhhhh.

I’ve lived in South Walton for quite some time now, and it’s a special place for sure. We have some of the most beautiful beaches anywhere, a variety of fresh, local seafood at our fingertips, numerous talented artists and musicians, and a slower pace of life. Yep, I feel pretty darn lucky to call 30A my home. Many visitors to South Walton Beaches are curious about what it’s like to live here full time, and the locals, population 12,000, can … Learn more »

There’s a New Restaurant in South Walton, Shunk Gulley… Happy Eaters, Happy Fish!

There’s a new restaurant in South Walton, and people are talking (and eating)… talking about Shunk Gulley Oyster Bar. It sits majestically on the corner of 393 and Scenic Highway 30A, boasts 2 levels with 40 ft. of unobstructed Gulf of Mexico views from the 2nd level, and provides one of the finest spots around these parts to watch our famous, breath-taking sunsets. Shunk Gulley Oyster Bar is named after the hard-to-find fishing reef located in front of the restaurant … Learn more »

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Endless Summer

We celebrated summer’s arrival greeting long-time guests and friends to our gorgeous South Walton beaches. Before we knew it, fireworks were bursting over the water on the 4th of July. Now suddenly, the kids are returning to school, our pristine white beaches are becoming quieter and calmer, and the summer months are slipping away. But, we have the luxury of living on the Emerald Coast, where the summer seems to be endless. Dune Allen Realty is a small, family-owned and … Learn more »

A Legacy on Dune Allen Beach

In 1958, there was only one house resting on the south side of Scenic 30a on Dune Allen Beach. Just one. Bo Rentrop (she prefers just ‘Bo’) and her late husband, Billy Rentrop, were there, and Bo remembers that ‘one’ house very well. Louisiana natives, they actually didn’t return to Dune Allen Beach again until 1969; there were more houses on the south side, but not much else had changed. There weren’t many restaurants or establishments yet; everything felt quite … Learn more »