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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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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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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.

Click here for a list of 30A’s Hottest Fishing Guides, as voted by 240,000+ 30A fans!

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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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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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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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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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