30A South Walton bay sunrise2 Choctawhatchee Bay

Choctawhatchee Bay is a wonderful place to catch a sunrise…

Stretching some 30 miles from end-to-end and spanning 4 to 6 miles across at any given point, Choctawhatchee Bay is home to a teeming abundance of redfish, speckled trout, shrimp, oysters, gulf menhaden, blue crab, flounder, striped mullet, white mullet, and of course, the ever-delightful dolphins.

Choctawhatchee Bay’s also home to endangered species, including the giant gulf sturgeon (think huge alligator-looking fish), which seasonally migrate through the bay up into the Choctawhatchee River system to spawn.

The bay and its adjoining bayous and rivers are ideal for boating, fishing, YOLO boarding, kayaking and eco tours. For deep-sea excursions, the Gulf can easily be accessed through the pass in Destin, or using the gorgeous Intercoastal Canal to travel east to the pass in Panama City Beach. Both Destin and PCB have lively harbors lined with fun restaurants and bars for boaters to enjoy.

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SunQuest Cruises’ Solaris

Cruising every week from Sandestin‘s Baytowne Marina, the Solaris is a truly unique venue for special occasions, including banquets, corporate retreats, V.I.P. functions, and of course, weddings and rehearsal dinners. The Solaris also happens to be one of the very best places to enjoy a South Walton sunset (in the summer months, the sun sets over Choctawhatchee Bay, not the Gulf).

The family-owned 5,300 square-foot dinner/dance yacht (built right here in Walton County) features two dining salons, a full-service gourmet galley and a full-service bar.

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South Walton and Scenic Highway 30A are home to many boating options…

Whether you’re into fishing (gulf, bay, river or lake), skiing or wakeboarding, sailing, sunset dinner cruises, or just gliding over to The Village of Baytowne Wharf, Crab Island, Shell Island or Destin Harbor for a full day of fun in the sun, there’s just nothing quite like being on a boat.

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Photo: Ocean Jewel’s Images

Scenic Highway 30A is known worldwide for its diverse architectural styles and its groundbreaking town planning methodologies. In fact, Seaside Town Founder Robert Davis changed the development world when he, his wife, Daryl, and Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk of DPZ founded the New Urbanism movement (quite accidentally, at first).

The resort towns of Rosemary Beach and Alys Beach were later designed by DPZ, and WaterColor was certainly influenced new New Urbanist principles as well.

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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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Kids of all ages love the beach. Hey, swimming, sandcastles, skim-boarding, wake boarding, snorkeling, surfingfishing, shell collecting… what’s not to love? But let’s admit it, eventually sand fatigue sets in, and sun-weary kids and parents alike look for alternative family-friendly activities to enjoy.

Fortunately, South Walton is home to numerous state parks, playgrounds, kids camps, shops and kid-friendly festivals and events.

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Photo: Shelly Swanger Photography

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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30A South Walton yolo lake Coastal Dune Lakes

YOLO Boarding on a Coastal Dune Lake

Coastal Dune Lakes are a very rare natural phenomena that only occur in a handful of locations around the globe, including New Zealand, Australia, Madagascar and South Walton, Florida.

In fact, South Walton has 15 named coastal dune lakes along its 26 miles of coastline.

They are (moving from west to east): Fuller Lake, Morris Lake, Campbell Lake, Stallworth Lake, Allen Lake, Oyster Lake, Draper Lake, Big Redfish Lake, Little Redfish Lake, Alligator Lake, Western Lake, Eastern Lake, Deer Lake, Camp Creek Lake and Lake Powell, adjacent to Camp Helen and Inlet Beach.

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