SoWal Stories


Alys Beach Outdoor Art is Diverse & Fabulous

July 29, 2020
The SoWal town of Alys Beach has a diverse collec

Volunteer Opportunities in South Walton

July 28, 2020
We are blessed with a caring and giving community, and during these difficult times,...

Walton County Florida Real Estate Report for May 2020

July 23, 2020
The most recent SoWal Real Estate Report covers all of Walton County incl

Point Washington Medical Clinic Seeking Volunteers

July 23, 2020
Point Washington Medical clinic is a donation-based clinic serving the SoWal community...

Walton Skate Park Complete and Immediately Popular

July 21, 2020
I checked out the completed park the other day and there were a lot of people already...

The Red Bar Rebuild Updates & Photos

July 16, 2020
The new Red Bar opened on July 15 for lunch 11-3 and dinner 4:30-10!

The Latest News & Info on COVID-19 (Corona Virus) in South Walton Florida

July 10, 2020
We post daily information about Covid-19 news, and the number of cases on the

South Walton Nature Walks

July 4, 2020
Nothing is better for your body and your mind than getting back to nature among the trees...

Vintage SoWal - Seagrove 4th of July 1979

July 4, 2020
This photo is from July 4th 1979 at the start of the annual parade with ten Jeeps decked...

Make a Difference SoWal - Create Wildlife Habitat in Your Backyard!

July 3, 2020
All South Walton backyards can be a gathering place for birds, butterflie

South Walton Beach Accesses - Beach Parking, Lifeguards, Restrooms

July 3, 2020
Everyone wants to know where to park at the beach in South Walton.

Caring & Sharing of South Walton Covid-19 Relief Fund

July 3, 2020
Like many organizations across the country,

Sign Up for the SoWal Beach Newsletter

July 3, 2020
Keep up with all things Beachy in South Walton with the SoWal Newsletter (est 2003) - we

CAA Emergency Relief Fund for Local Artists

July 3, 2020
Update 7/2/20: The CAA is accepting applications for the second round of grants

Walton County Florida Real Estate Report for April 2020

June 30, 2020
The most recent SoWal Real Estate Report covers all of Walton County incl

Staying Safe at the Beach in South Walton

June 25, 2020
At SoWal.com, we are committed to helping locals and visitors stay safe while enjoying...

New Photo Galleries of Every Beach, Bay & Lake Access in South Walton FL

June 25, 2020
Over the last few months we've added 1,400 new photos of every pu

Help Sea Turtles by Keeping SoWal Beaches Clean & Dark

June 17, 2020
South Walton beaches are a go-to destination for summer fun and for sea turtles.

Make an Artsy Scavenger Hunt at Rosemary Beach's Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit

June 15, 2020
Stop by the Rosemary Beach Town Administratio

Share SoWal! Free Access to Thousands of Beach Photos

June 12, 2020
Join us in sharing SoWal!

Free Admission to SoWal State Parks Summer 2020

June 2, 2020
Summer outdoor lovers in SoWal have free admission to

Grayton Beach State Park Named Best Beach in USA

June 2, 2020
Dr. Stephen Leatherman, aka Dr.

Seaside Pavilions are Unique Gateways to Beach Bliss

June 1, 2020
If you’ve ever driven down Scenic 30A through Seaside, then chances are y

Local Catch a Favorite SoWal Mainstay

May 30, 2020
Blue Mountain Beach is home t

Expanded WaterColor Beach Club & More at WaterColor Inn

May 27, 2020
WaterColor Inn guests can now enjoy two exciting, recently completed projects - an...

RUN/SUP Summer Race Series Fridays in July at WaterColor

May 27, 2020
Run/SUP Summer Series 2020 will take place at the BoatHouse Paddle Club in Water

Concerts in the Village Returns June 4

May 27, 2020
The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) is pleased to announce a new 2020 Concerts in

Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation Virtual Auction for COVID-19 Relief

May 27, 2020
Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF), one of the nation’s premier fundraising...

Food For Thought Outreach Helping More Than Ever

May 20, 2020
Food For Thought's mission is to remove the negative impacts of hunger, and to empower

Vacation Rentals Now Booking in South Walton

May 19, 2020
Vacation Rentals in Walton County are now permitted, pursuant to the county’s safety plan...

Viritual Hands Across the Sand May 16

May 13, 2020
Virtual Hands Across the Sand takes place on Saturday May 16, 2020!

Free Coronavirus Testing for Walton County Residents

May 13, 2020
Until recently Walton County’s coronavirus testing has lagged far behind neighboring...

Walton County Florida Real Estate Report for March 2020

May 13, 2020
The most recent SoWal Real Estate Report covers all of Walton County incl

Wildfire in South Walton Info & Updates - Arrest Made

May 11, 2020
Walton County Sheriff's Office is on scene of an outside woods fire with South Walton...

How To Get A Walton County Beach Driving Permit

May 5, 2020
For this year, all driving on the beach permits until August 1st, due to limited county...

Sea Turtle Nesting Season 2020 Underway in SoWal

May 4, 2020
May brings the start of sea turtle nesting season on the Gulf coast in So

SoWal Style - Old Florida Cottage in Grayton Beach

May 4, 2020
There is a lot of history in Grayton Beach.

Hibiscus Coffee & Guesthouse Operating Details & Specials

May 4, 2020
Greetings friends,  we are sorry you can't be with us at the beach right now.  The sky is...

Sundog Books Is A Seaside Original

May 1, 2020
Originally Pulished May 26, 2016

You Can Help Strengthen Our South Walton Community

May 1, 2020
South Walton is a strong and proud community, and an important part of our purpose at...

Point Washington Medical Clinic Freely Serves the Community

April 23, 2020
A doctor’s “bedside manner” will not usually appear on their resume, but

CVHN Receives $35,000 Grant for New Mobile Unit

April 17, 2020
Children’s Volunteer

Walton County Florida Real Estate Report for February 2020

April 10, 2020
The most recent SoWal Real Estate Report covers all of Walton County incl

Destin Drive Through Food Giveaway Apr 11

April 10, 2020
Destin Harvest, Farm Share, PERT, Event Tents, American Lunch,

Cheery Annual Holiday Markets in South Walton

March 27, 2020
It’s the most wonderful time of the year with more holiday mark

SoWal is "In a Relationship" with Tacos

March 27, 2020
If there's one thing SoWal knows, it's TACOS!

Cozy Spots on 30A for Date Night

March 27, 2020
For you food lovers and romance seekers, here is our latest

Where to Get Epic SoWal Pizza

March 27, 2020
Ninja Turtles love it. Travelers book flights to Italy for it.

Inspired Food Shopping at the Beach in SoWal

March 27, 2020
We enjoy discovering the freshest and most interesting foods whether its produce, cheese...

Get Fit in SoWal

March 27, 2020
We are lucky to have superb weather here in SoWal for much of the year, and being active...

30Avenue Defines Coastal Chic Lifestyle

March 27, 2020
30Avenue is a new upscale shopping and dining

Five Reasons We Love Grand Boulevard

March 27, 2020
With excellent stores like Anthropologie and Pottery Barn, Grand Boulevard’s retail mix...

Down, Set, Hike: SoWal Football Hotspots

March 27, 2020
While we may not call it America’s Pastime, a legion of frenetic fans get silly-excited...

Sip, Savor and Socialize at 45 Central Wine Bar

March 27, 2020
Everybody loves a good wine bar.

Beachy Brunch Spots in SoWal

March 27, 2020
South Walton sunsets rival any worldwide, as do the spectacular sunrises.

Lettuce Surprise You With Favorite SoWal Salads

March 27, 2020
It's the beach and in SoWal the livin' is easy.

Searching For The Best Beefy Beach Burgers

March 27, 2020
Long, hot days on the beach, and booze-infused nights call for serious nutrient...

Deck the Halls with Local Art, Jewelry, Clothes and More!

March 27, 2020
South Walton is chock full of rare and unique treasures that you can’t find just anywhere.

South Walton Adventures on the Water

March 27, 2020
People flock to South Walton from all over the world to enjoy the most beautiful beaches...

It's Time to Grab Some Food and Hit the Beach

March 27, 2020
Life at the beach is all about a having a free spirit and free time.

Wine Bars We Love in South Walton

March 27, 2020
We've got some great wine bars here at the beach in South Walton.

Sunny Side Up Breakfast Spots in SoWal

March 27, 2020
With so many great restaurants to choose from, it’s nearly impossible not to get a good

Finding a Fine Cup of Coffee on the Coast

March 27, 2020
Coffee shops in SoWal are the perfect places to perk up, grab a bite, do work, or just...

Tis the Season to Shop Local in South Walton

March 27, 2020
The best gifts are found at the beach!

Cozy Spots for Food and Drinks in South Walton

March 27, 2020
Many of our favorite spot in SoWal are big and boisterous, especially during busy season.

Stroll, Boat, Paddle or Bike to These Popular Outdoor Bars

March 27, 2020
Sun worshippers, surfers, beach babes, professionals, and entrepreneurs are all busy,...

South Walton Summer Fun for Kids

March 27, 2020
South Walton is bursting at the seams with events for kids and families in the summer...

Rent Great Gear for Your South Walton Adventure

March 27, 2020
You've finally arrived at the beach!

SoWal SpotsThat Hit the Sweet Spot!

March 27, 2020
Being at the beach sometimes calls for a tasty treat.

SoWal Sushi - This Is How We Roll

March 27, 2020
Sushi lovers are fanatical about their sushi.

South Walton Margaritas ¡Ay Caramba!

March 27, 2020
Ahhhh… the margarita – one of life’s lovely treasures.

SoWal Fashion Heats Up the Beach

March 27, 2020
South Walton fashion has changed so much over the years.

Pizza Any Way You Want It

March 27, 2020
We had the tough job of trying all the pizza in South Walton to bring you our latest

Oysters, Oysters, and More Oysters in South Walton!

March 27, 2020
Sowal is blessed to have access to some of the best seafood in the country, and our plump...

Get Geared Up and Beach Ready

March 27, 2020
It's always a beach day in SoWal and that means it's time to hit the sand!

Perfect Pampering Places in South Walton

March 27, 2020
We all love to relax on the beach, but sometimes a soothing massage, invigorating facial...

SoWal Spots for a Romantic Rendezvous

March 27, 2020
It’s always a perfect time to visit some of our most romantic South Walton spots to dine.

Take a Walk Through Old Florida at Camp Helen State Park

March 27, 2020
Do you love the REAL Florida? Do you love OLD Florida?

Nick’s on the Bay Still Fresh After Fifty Years

March 27, 2020
Nick’s on the Bay (aka Nick's in the Sticks) is famous for having the fre

Where to Go in SoWal When You Crave a Great Steak

March 27, 2020
Maybe it's an ancient survival instinct that causes us to crave steak.

Join The Effort To Designate 30A As A National Scenic Byway

March 26, 2020
Scenic Walton is looking for your help in

SoWal Style - Caribbean Flair Florida Cottage in Grayton Beach

March 17, 2020
On a quiet street in the quaint coastal town of Grayton Beach in South Walton, Florida...

SoWal Live BeachCams

March 17, 2020
From Inlet Beach to Miramar Beach, our LIVE BeachCams

The 30A Gallery Trail - Must Visit Artists in South Walton FL

March 16, 2020
South Walton has always attracted creative types who are drawn to our san

2020 Perfect in South Walton Award Winners

March 15, 2020
The Perfect in South Walton Awards, now in its sixth year, are both nominated and voted...

2020 New Stores and Events Happening at Grand Boulevard

March 10, 2020
We know how you feel! It's hard to keep up with everything happening in SoWal.

The Clubs by JOE Adds Private Aircraft Amenity for Members

March 10, 2020
We got up close and personal with the coolest new amenity from The Clubs by JOE: access...

Book Your Next Vacation from Destin to Inlet Beach with Destin Getaways Vacation Rentals

March 10, 2020
When it comes to booking your perfect vacation getaway,

Art in the Park at WaterColor Mar 21-22

March 10, 2020
Spring is here and so is one of the most beautiful events of the year!

30A Trolley is Rolling - Hop On, Hop Off

March 6, 2020
A new trolley service is rolling up and down Scenic 30A, offering scenic

Elmo's Grill Serving Succulent Seafood & More for Nearly 30 Years

March 4, 2020
Elmo’s Grill has been in business in SoWal for almost 30 years now and owners Brad and...

SoWal Style - Alys Beach Southside Luxury Living

March 4, 2020
Exquisite end to end, top to bottom.  Imagery and words attempt to describe the beauty...

Caliza Receives Top Honors for Dining Experience

March 4, 2020
Caliza Restaurant at Alys Beach, now open for the season, has received th

Purses with a Purpose Returns to Grand Boulevard May 14-16

March 4, 2020
Purses with a Purpose, a signature

Loving Lunch at La Cocina in Seacrest

March 2, 2020
Last week, I joined the SoWal team for lunch at La