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South Walton, or “SoWal” as the tight-knit local community calls it, is a 26-mile stretch nestled between Destin and Panama City Beach. The beach towns that make up this area embody the laid back, beach attitude lifestyle that most vacationers are striving to attain--if only for a week. This is a place where you can “beach like a local,” so grab your paddleboard and kiss city life goodbye!
South Walton is, of course, most famous for its powdery white sand beaches and sparkling turquoise waters. However, it’s the unique pace of life that sets this vacation destination apart from Destin and Okaloosa Island. SoWal is a thriving arts community that boasts an eclectic array of beach cuisine serving up everything from just caught seafood to fine steaks. Often these restaurants provide live entertainment from brilliant local musicians. Enjoy a wide variety of unique boutiques, outdoor eco-adventures, golf and tennis facilities, and many exciting events and festivals.
South Walton is a great place to uncover and discover some of the earth’s most inspiring landscapes shaped by centuries of wind and water. About 40% of South Walton has been preserved for nature and nature enthusiasts in the form of five state-owned portions of pristine coastal wilderness just waiting for you to explore. Topsail Hill State Preserve, Point Washington State Forest, Deer Lake State Park, Eden Gardens State Park, and Grayton Beach State Park all provide a distinctively different yet equally enchanting experience to those who dare to discover their charm!
South Walton is a destination that truly shines. If you’re looking to forget your stresses, trade your automobile for a bicycle, hang out just off the beaten path, and find out what beach living is all about, South Walton is the perfect destination for you and yours!