Pickos Ski and Wakeboard School

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Tucked away in a quiet neighborhood in Santa Rosa Beach, the Pickos Ski and Wakeboard School is the world leader in water ski and wakeboard vacations and instruction. Training both novices and world-class athletes, the school has one of the finest and most complete ski facilities found anywhere in the world.

In fact, the world-class facilities have been host to the Southern Regionals, the U.S. Nationals, The U.S. Open, The Jr. U.S. Open, and the 2000 Pan American Championships.

The school has also witnessed 10 World Records set on-site. In fact, more world records, champions and world medals have been seen here than all other schools combined!

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South Walton Eco Tours

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From the pristine emerald waters of our Gulf of Mexico to rare coastal dune lakes to the beautiful Choctawhatchee Bay and river system, South Walton is one of the most eco-diverse places you’ll ever find.

A great way to explore and learn more about South Walton’s rare coastal dune lakes is by joining Murray Balkcom of WalCo Eco Tours for a kayak or YOLO Board cruise across Western Lake. Murray takes both groups and individuals, explaining local plant and wildlife as you explore.

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Baytowne Wharf Dining and Nightlife

The Village of Baytowne Wharf

A bustling cobblestone town center perched at the edge of Choctawhatchee Bay, The Village of Baytowne Wharf is the thumping heart of the larger Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort that encompasses it. With dozens of quaint shops, excellent restaurants, nightclubs and plenty of attractions for kids (and kids at heart), Baytowne Wharf is a fun event-filled destination any time of day, night or year.

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Surfing in South Walton

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Although South Walton’s Gulf waters are often as smooth as glass, on many days of the year, the waves are ideal for surfing (particularly when there’s a tropical storm brewing somewhere down in the tropics).

Professionals and amateur surfers alike patiently bide their time, waiting for red flag beach conditions or a tropical surge that might create the perfect moment. When surf conditions are right, business calls suddenly go un-returned, and some offices abruptly close in the middle of the day. Facebook chatter pauses until nightfall, when tired surfers finally come home, with tales of epic proportions.

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Click here to rent an Official 30A Cruiser!

Click here to rent an Official 30A Cruiser!

One of the most authentic ways to enjoy South Walton’s stunning architecture and natural beauty is to do like the locals do — hop on a beach cruiser and take in the sights at the slower pace that life prefers here.

30A‘s 19-mile paved bike path (sometimes referred to the “Timpoochee Trail”) parallels the entire length of the scenic road and passes through all of its famous beach communities, from Dune Allen in the West to Seacrest and Alys Beach in the East. Enjoy the thrill of biking over rare coastal dune lakes and discovering a side of South Walton that’s difficult to see from a car.

For the slightly more adventurous, there’s Eastern Lake Trail, located within Point Washington State Forest. The trail system has 3-mile, 5-mile and 10-mile trail loops.

Bike rental and repair shops can be found throughout South Walton.

The 30A Cruiser (pictured above) is available for rent at 30ACruiser.com or call 888-750-7606.

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Miramar Beach YOLO Boarding

YOLO Boarding in Miramar Beach

Y.O.L.O…. You Only Live Once. It’s more than a hollow cliché here in South Walton.

For many locals, it’s become a battle cry.

The South Walton-based YOLO Board team might not have invented the Standup Paddle Board (SUP) phenomena, but they’ve certainly captured and inspired the SUP lifestyle in a way that no one else has.

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