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Photo: Shelly Swanger Photography

The very first “Grayton Beach Fine Arts Festival” was held in 1989, and because of the event’s ever-increasing popularity, the Cultural Arts Alliance (CAA) was founded to help organize and promote this unique artistic celebration throughout South Walton.

Today, over 20 years later, that event is known as ArtsQuest, and this non-profit organization of artists and art lovers not only organizes other amazing annual events (such as 30A Songwriters Festival and Flutterby Children’s Art Festival), but it also provides grants and scholarships to aspiring and established talents in our community.

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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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Fishing Charters launch daily from Grayton Beach

Professional and amateur anglers alike have been coming to South Walton’s sugar-white shores for over a century, because they truly offer some of the best sport fishing in the world.

Although the bustling harbors in Destin and Panama City Beach are better known for deep-sea fishing excursions (mainly because their harbors have direct access to the Gulf), that certainly doesn’t mean that you need to drive to either place to satiate your fishing fix.

In fact, every day, fishing charters depart directly from our sand at Grayton Beach, returning a few hours later with Grouper, Cobia, Wahoo, Red Snapper, King Mackerel, Flounder, Jack Crevalle, Amberjack, Trigger Fish, Spanish Mackerel, Blackfin Tuna, Mahi Mahi and other fresh treasures.

From the beach, you can catch Pompano (if you know how to catch sand fleas… or if you know Pompano Jim), and South Walton’s Choctawhatchee Bay is filled with Redfish, Flounder and the silvery Speckled Trout.

Or, get a cast-net like the true old school locals and have an old-fashioned mullet-fry. Hey, don’t knock it ’til you fried it, folks.

For a complete list of our local fishing guides, visit 30Afishingcharters.com!

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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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30A South Walton 1782088 728107897213190 470053258 n Furry Fest 2014: A Day of Furry Friendly Fun at Gulf Place

Furry Fest 2014 will take place at the Gulf Place Amphitheater and Lawn today, February 22nd, from 11 am to 3 pm.

The event’s goal is to raise funds for Alaqua Animal Refuge and H.E.A.R.T Animal Rescue, which will be used to help shelter pets throughout Florida’s panhandle.

The event will feature a silent auction and live music by KC Phelps, Kristen Barkulou, Andy Durand, Gary Clark and others. Pug Rescue of Florida will be also be there with pugs needing their FOREVER homes.

For more info, contact April Madr or call 850-685-6776.

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The constant ebb and flow of the Gulf tides create a natural rhythm here, and that tempo certainly carries over into 30A’s passion for live music.

Whether it’s an outdoor concert featuring regional headliners, an impromptu celebrity jam session at Red Bar, or just another laid-back night listening to our world-class local talent, South Walton’s music scene is as bright as the white sands on its shores.

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Rosemary Beach, Florida

Tennis fanatics won’t have any problem feeding their addiction here in South Walton. In fact, Rosemary Beach is well-known for facilities and annual tennis tournaments that lure players and pros alike from all over the U.S.

WaterColor also has a beautiful tennis facility, and it’s connected via a sandy path with Seaside‘s courts. Sandestin and Seascape also boast great amenities, but it’s Tops’l Beach and Racquet Club between 30A and Miramar Beach that takes the match, having been named the “10th Best Tennis Resort in the World,” with 12 Rubico Clay Courts and other world-class tennis amenities.

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George’s at Alys Beach

Fresh right-out-of-the-Gulf seafood? Check. Locally grown farm-fresh ingredients? Check. Award-winning creative chefs? Check.

South Walton has all of the necessary ingredients to whip up that perfect beach dining experience, and as such, it’s home to some truly exceptional restaurants. Some settings feature stunning Gulf-front vistas, while others are tucked away from the tourist tracks and must be discovered to be savored.

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