Seagrove Villas Motel Final Photos and Memories

August 30, 2012 by SoWal Staff

The historic Seagrove Villas Motel has welcomed SoWal beach lovers for over 60 years, but the doors have closed and the neon sign dimmed for the final time.

All that will remains are the memories of so many beach lovers who have stayed at the motel and villas over the years. Thankfully, a few of the cottages on the north side of Scenic 30A will remain as shops. Perhaps to some a sad reminder of sunny days gone by when they visited the motel as part of "Old Florida".

Since 1952, the Seagrove Villas were a popular South Walton getaway, and in many ways a reflection of real estate development in our area. The mom-and-pop motel started as a summer retreat with two concrete-block duplex cottages in the middle of nowhere. And what a magical nowhere it was back then -- a 30-foot bluff right on the Gulf along a pristine stretch of the Panhandle beach, halfway between Panama City and Fort Walton, in the still-unincorporated town of Seagrove.  It was even marketed at the time with the clever catch phrase “where nature did its best.”

Click here to read more of the SoWal story from May 2010 about the history of the Seagrove Villas Motel.

Click here for a discussion about Seagrove Villas Motel.


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