South Walton In Frommer's Top Destinations for 2010
May 16, 2010 by admin
Frommer’s, one of the most popular sources of online and print travel guides and information, ranked SoWal Beaches and the Florida Panhandle as one of the Top 12 Destinations for 2010.
Author Leslie Abravenel recognizes the area has “some of the most diverse recreation choices along Florida's drastically under-appreciated Gulf coast, and some of the best options for visitors seeking an affordable family vacation.”
She goes on to point out “there's really something for everyone. Seaside's planned community is so "perfect" it was the setting for the The Truman Show, yet you'll also find old-school Florida towns with funky shops, tiny hotels, pristine beaches, and the perfect cottage to rent.”
Beaches of South Walton, a collection of beach communities along the coast, has gained notoriety for its sugar white sand beaches and emerald green water. The area is also being discovered by culinary travelers who are looking for an authentic local experience. Award-winning eateries offering creative delicacies ranging from succulent roast garlic seared yellow-fin tuna to Florida Hopper Shrimp served with Southern-style grits express the personality of the region through the use of locally-sourced ingredients, including fresh gulf caught seafood.
Beyond the beach, SoWal has much to explore. With four state parks and a state forest, miles and miles of trails beckon travelers to commune with nature. South Walton is also home to the largest concentration of coastal dune lakes in the world, which are ideal for canoeing, kayaking, and fishing. Other recreational activities include golfing on one of 12 top-rated courses, outlet, designer and boutique shopping, gallery tours, spa services, biking, and horseback riding.