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Alaqua Animal Refuge’s Laurie Hood

A source of great local pride (and for great reason), Alaqua Animal Refuge and founder Laurie Hood have won the hearts of everyone that learns of their saintly mission.

The refuge was founded on a 10-acre farm in Freeport in 2007, after Laurie learned that countless animals were being euthanized every month due to the fact that a “no-kill” shelter didn’t exist in our area.

Today, animals that were once homeless, lost and abused can instead “run and play in sun-soaked pastures, swim in cool, clean ponds, relax on breezy screened porches and graze in lush, green fields.”

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Seaside Repertory Theatre

Founded in 2001, South Walton’s Seaside Repertory Theatre (often referred to as “The REP”) isn’t your typical small town community outfit.

This is Northwest Florida’s premier professional theatre company, with seasonal shows produced and performed by professional actors from around the U.S. who are eager to refine and share their craft.

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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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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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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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Photo: Jeff Rogers

Whether you’re in a $1 million RV with flat-screen TVs and granite kitchen counter tops, or a 2-person pup-tent with a gas lantern and mosquito net, South Walton is truly a camper’s paradise.

Routinely voted one of the best campgrounds in America, the Gregory E. Moore RV Resort at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park has gorgeous shaded lots, full hook-ups, cabins, exceptional amenities, vast miles of hiking and biking trails to explore and access to over 3 miles of state-protected beaches.

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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!

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