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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30A South Walton  Justin Gaffrey Studio / Gallery

Justin Gaffrey

Justin Gaffrey Studio / Gallery

Over the years, Justin Gaffrey has become 30A’s signature artist, with his unique “sculpting with paint” technique.

Justin’s style of work is instantly recognizable. His Studio / Gallery in Blue Mountain Beach has also become a “must see” local attraction.

Once a renowned chef and South Walton restaurant owner, Justin left the daily grind of the restaurant business in 2001 to instead pursue the full-time creative lifestyle of a visual artist. With a palette knife and pure acrylic paints, Justin sculpts vibrant, deeply textured and multi-dimensional works of art. And although many of his works are wildly colorful, Justin also works with softer palettes, and even occasionally sculpts entirely in white.

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30A South Walton Sandestin Towers Golf 252x252 Golf

Sandestin, Florida

Some people love the beach. Some people love golf. Some people love both… and those are the people who come to South Walton, round after round, to indulge in the best of both worlds.

In fact, South Walton’s home to some of Florida’s top-rated golf courses.

To the west, Sandestin offers several great courses, including Baytowne Golf Club, Burnt Pine Golf Club, Raven Golf Club and The Links Course. Nearby Seascape also boasts its own course on-property.

In Santa Rosa Beach, it’s hard to beat the convenience of Santa Rosa Golf & Beach Club, a long-time local favorite, while to the far east end of Scenic 30A (just a chip away from the communities of WaterSound, Alys BeachSeacrest and Rosemary Beach) is the award-winning Camp Creek Golf Club.

For South Walton’s best golfing options, visit www.30Agolf.com!

30A South Walton 30A Beach Cruiser 960x600 Biking

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.

30A South Walton Rent Gear Here Biking

30A South Walton surf blur Surfing

Photo: Modus Photography

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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30A South Walton pickos ski school 300x248 Pickos Ski & Wakeboard School

Photo: Jacqueline Ward Images

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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30A South Walton EO Wilson Biophelia Center 300x257 E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center

Photo: Jack Gardner Photography

Think you’ve explored everything that South Walton has to offer? Well, that’s certainly not the case unless you’ve been to the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center.

E.O. who and what?

Watch the video below. Harrison Ford will explain it to you. (Seriously.)

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30A South Walton Grayton Beach Fishing Dead Fish Fishing

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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