The Beaches of South Walton:
The area shown in the map is called The Beaches of South Walton, which is located in Northwest Florida on the Florida Panhandle. It is a world of natural beauty unlike any other - a special place that includes Seagrove Beach, Seaside, WaterColor, Grayton Beach, Blue Mountain Beach, Sunrise Beach, Santa Rosa Beach, Dune Allen Beach, Beach Highlands, Seacrest Beach, Rosemary Beach and Inlet Beach. This section of beaches stretches along a road called 30A. It is an area where development has come more slowly (construction is limited to 50' Max. height). Nature's treasures still remain unspoiled. The pristine shoreline along 30A is draped with the aroma of clean salt air and the fresh scent of deep pine forests. The majority of land is dedicated to state parks and forests. In addition to the fabulous beaches, there are miles of terrific biking and hiking trails, great golf courses nearby, and numerous opportunities for amusement, shopping and nightlife.
Sports and Recreation:
Beaches: Simply fabulous - the best! Enjoy 26 miles of sugar-white sand and emerald green waters.
Golf: For the golfing enthusiast within a 20 mile radius of Seagrove Beach there are 144 holes of great golf - on top rated, professionally designed, well manicured courses with gorgeous greens and fairways, driving ranges and fully stocked golf shops. The beautiful Fazio designed Camp Creek Golf Club and The Santa Rosa Golf Club (both open for public play) are only minutes away by car from your vacation home in The Grove By The Sea community.
Fitness, Biking and Hiking:
For the fitness enthusiasts in the family, the area has a fabulous system of bike trails and sidewalks. Along Scenic Highway 30-A there are over 20 miles of paved trails perfect for biking, hiking, jogging and rollerblading. In the adjoining State Forests and along the roads connected to 30-A there are many more miles of trails. Come enjoy and explore the beauty and surprises of Point Washington State Forest, Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, Grayton Beach State Park and Deer Lake State Park. Fitness studios in Grayton Beach, WaterColor and Seaside offer state-of-the-art equipment and instruction, full service spas, and massage. For more information on the state parks go to: www.dep.state.fl.us/parks For info on bike trails go to: www.BeachtoBay.org
There are plenty of freshwater, and coastal lakes to please even the most serious fisherman and fly fisherman in the family. Saltwater fishing opportunities abound in the Gulf of Mexico, and Choctawhatchee Bay. The Harbor at Destin is the berth for hundreds of fishing charters with daily and overnight trips into the Gulf of Mexico. For information on freshwater fishing go to: www.state.fl.us/fwc/fishing For saltwater infomation go to: www.state.fl.us/fwc/marine
The area is a tennis lover's haven with all levels of play available at Seaside (soft courts), and Rosemary Beach (soft courts). In our Grove by the Sea community you have your own tennis court (hard surface) just 150 yards away!
bulletWater Sports: You can enjoy sailing, boating, skiing, snorkeling, kayaking, canoeing, surfing and more! Marina and water-craft rentals are available. You have access to the public boat ramp just 4 miles away in Grayton Beach.
Entertainment and Historical Sites:
Seaside entertainment: Wonderful cultural and social events are scheduled throughout the year. The events range from wine tastes, concerts, theater, artist festivals, and writers' conferences, to antique car shows and to mega garage sales. Check out the "Events" section of this website for more details.
During the summer months on selected evenings there are free family movies shown outside, and on weekends local bands play for the vacationers on the Seaside village green. These are special - warm evenings by the sea relaxing on a blanket or chair, socializing with friends and family, and watching all the kids frolic while the band plays on - it just doesn't get any better!
Eden State Gardens & The Wesley Mansion: An absolutely beautiful location with landscaped grounds, large oaks with Spanish moss and a turn-of-the-century mansion filled with antiques. A terrific place for a change of pace picnic and outing overlooking the beautiful Choctowatchee Bay. Located at historic Point Washington, the gardens are open daily and guided mansion tours are available. For more information go to www.dep.state.fl.us/parks
Shopping and Dining:
There are exceptional shopping opportunities in Seaside, Gulf Place, Rosemary Beach and Sandestin with unique boutiques, antiques, and outdoor markets. For an outstanding outlet mall and rainy day shopping destination go to the Silver Sands Outlet Mall in Destin. Visit their website for more information at www.silversandsoutlet.com
For quick stop groceries ride your bike to a couple of special places - Modica Market in Seaside and the Seagrove Cafe Market (the grilled grouper sandwich is world class). For major grocery shopping, drive or bike to the Publix grocery store located just 1 mile away.
On the more serious dining side, you'll find some of Florida's finest restaurants (Cafe 30A, Basmati's) in the area ... and for more relaxed dining there are numerous great places that range from fresh seafood, Cajun, and Caribbean cuisine to down-home cooking. For more information on shopping and dining go to www.scenic30A.org or visit the restaurants section of this website.