SoWal is a nickname for South Walton County in the Florida Panhandle between Destin and Panama City Beach. Our area is often referred to as the Emerald Coast, Scenic 30A, and the world’s most beautiful beaches. The area is filled with vacation activities for all – live music, shopping, dining, community events, beach activities, biking, fishing, parks, state forests, dune preserves and more. Moving from East to West along the 30A corridor, our beach towns are as follows; Inlet Beach, Rosemary Beach, Seacrest Beach, Alys Beach, WaterSound, Seagrove Beach, Seaside, WaterColor, Grayton Beach, Blue Mountain Beach, Gulf Place, Dune Allen Beach, Sandestin, Miramar Beach – and a bit to the north are Santa Rosa Beach, Point Washington, Freeport, and WaterSound Origins.
The goal of our guide is to help folks just discovering South Walton find the right 30A community for their vacation needs. Each 30A beach town has unique characteristics which is part of reason SoWal is such a special place. Our vacation guide begins on the east end of 30A...
Rosemary Beach Vacation Guide
Rosemary Beach is among the most popular of the 30A towns. It offers some of the finest vacation homes in Northwest Florida. The entire master-planned South Walton community is easy to walk or bike within a short period of time. Wherever you stay in Rosemary Beach, you’ll have easy access the Gulf Of Mexico, pools, restaurants, boutiques and more.
Seacrest Beach Vacation Guide
Location, location, location... Seacrest Beach is perfectly located on the East end of the 30A corridor. You're just a short bike ride from the beach, eats, shops and all the area has to offer. Seacrest Beach is next door to Rosemary Beach and Alys Beach. If you are looking for a great time in a family friendly atmosphere, Seacrest Beach is the place to find your 30A vacation rental.
Alys Beach Vacation Guide
Ride your complimentary beach cruiser bike through Alys Beach and you’re sure to take note of the meticulously manicured landscaping, majestic palm trees and unique architecture. Alys Beach has much to offer families with kids as it’s home to the famous Charlie’s Donuts Food Truck, splash pads and a really cool nature trail.
WaterSound Beach Vacation Guide
WaterSound is where you'll find some of the most stunning sand dunes in South Walton and the entire Gulf Coast of Florida. The community is a collection of individual districts all of which are stunning. WaterSound boarders Deer Lake State Park and The Hub 30A. Great food, drinks and live music are just a short walk or bike ride away.
Seagrove Beach Vacation Guide
Seagrove Beach is one of the original 30A communities. It's a mix of Old Florida coastal style homes mixed with modern 30A beach rentals. Seagrove Beach is centrally located along the 30A corridor making it an ideal vacation destination. You'll find some of the best restaurants, shops and public beach access points in Seagrove Beach.
Seaside FL Vacation Guide
Easily the most well known nationally of the 30A Florida beach towns, Seaside has something for people of all ages. Food-trucks line the north side of scenic 30A while boutiques and Gulf front restaurants edge the south. Seaside is a "must-see" beach town regardless of where you decide to stay in South Walton County.
WaterColor 30A Vacation Guide
WaterColor is one of the largest 30A Beach communities and it has everything you need for a great Northwest Florida vacation. You'll find lazy rivers, tennis courts, hiking paths, community pools, gyms, restaurants, boutiques, Stand Up Paddle-boarding and the famous Beach Club. Watercolor boarders Seaside to the east the Grayton Beach State Park to the west.
Grayton Beach Vacation Guide
Grayton Beach is one of the most unique towns along the 30A corridor. It's home to the world famous Red Bar (set to re-open summer 2020) and some of the most beautiful natural wonders in the world. Grayton Beach is where Western Lake meets the Gulf Of Mexico. It's where people drive their Jeeps onto the sand and it's one of the last "original Florida" beach towns.
Blue Mountain Beach Vacation Guide
Blue Mountain Beach on the west end of 30A offers beautiful sand dunes, a laid back vibe, plenty of shopping and restaurants. Blue Mountain Beach is home to the highest natural elevation along the entire Gulf Coast. It offers great beach access points and is the perfect place for your family to make memories.
Dune Allen Beach Vacation Guide
On the west end of 30A you'll find Dune Allen Beach. It's home to Santa Rosa Beach Club (one of the best golf courses in NW Florida), Vue on 30a Gulf front restaurant, Gulf Place, great public beach access and more more! If you're looking for a more laid-back beach vacation then you'll want to take a good look at Dune Allen rentals.