SoWal Insider Tips for Santa Rosa Beach

August 20, 2012 by SoWal Staff

Santa Rosa Beach encompasses quite a bit of South Walton. The beautiful name of our beautiful beach town can be a bit confusing because it's outline is not perfectly defined like most of our communities. It stretches from Sandestin along the bay and down to the gulf and along Scenic 30A.

The post office mailing address for much of South Walton is Santa Rosa Beach, so people who live in Point Washington or Blue Mountain Beach are often described as living in Santa Rosa Beach.

No matter what you call it, there is plenty to do and see in Santa Rosa Beach! Here are some insider tips from the SoWal Staff.

Check out the wonderful play park and other facilities at Helen McCall Park.

The elevated viewing tower at Ed Walline Access at the end of 393 at Gulf Place has a great free view and is an awesome spot for photos.

Cessna Park on Hogtown Bayou on Hwy 393 North is a wonderful place to picnic, play basketball, or launch a boat.

Be sure to see the Fisherman's Chapel with wildlife and historical mural scenes at the Bayou Arts Center next to Cessna Park.

Take a hike around the lake and through the dunes at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, one of South Walton's largest and most well-preserved state parks.

Have breakfast with a ranger at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park during scheduled times throughout the year with seminars about local wildlife and walking tours.

Breakfast served all day long at the Donut Hole is a long-time South Walton tradition.

Slip on your cowboy boots and head over to Arnett's Gulfside Trail Rides for horseback rides, lessons, and camping.

Take in a concert on the grass in the open park at Gulf Place.

Did you know? Santa Rosa Beach was named after Saint Rose of Lima Peru, the first saint of the Americas.

Enjoy Santa Rosa Beach! We'd love to hear your experiences, insider knowledge and tips.


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