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 »

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 »

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 »