SoWal Insider Tips for Sandestin

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort has something for everyone and has hosted families from all over the globe in recent decades. Many people who stay in Sandestin never leave the boundaries of the resort, and feel no need, with awesome beach fun, every cuisine imaginable, award-winning golf, and accommodations ranging the spectrum.

Here are a few insider tips from the SoWal Staff, we'd love to hear your tips for Sandestin!

Jolie Island between Baytowne Wharf and Baytowne Marina is a great place to explore for kids of all ages.

Get Your Hot Ticket to Rosemary Beach Uncorked on October 20, 2012

Rosemary Beach is bringing back one of our favorite events, the third annual “Rosemary Beach Uncorked,” a culinary and wine pairing event on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.  It's likely to sell out early so get your tickets now.

Net proceeds from the event will benefit Caring and Sharing of South Walton, a volunteer group which provides food and assistance to locals in need, and Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center.

Rags To Riches Regatta on Grayton Beach is Sunday, July 1, 2012

This year's Rags To Riches Regatta takes place on Grayton Beach on Sunday, July 1, with registration at 8AM. It's a colorful and action-packed SoWalcom-sponsored tradition residents and visitors love to take part in and make memories.

“Everyone in Grayton Beach thought of themselves as poor,” Charlie Thornton recalls, “and they went by ‘rags.’  The folks in Seagrove were all better off, so they went by ‘riches.’  So that year we called it the Rags to Riches Regatta.  The next year we sailed from Seagrove to Grayton, and would call it Riches to Rags."

Where to See Fireworks on July 4th, 2012

There's nothing better on the 4th of July than to head down to the beach. You can usually see fireworks up and down the coast. It's quite a sight to behold. The following fireworks displays are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. 

Hilton Sandestin Beach -9pm
The Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa presents a fireworks Show begins at 9pm, with beach chair rentals available for a fee. Seating for the show begins at 7:30pm. More info at

Join Us For SoWal Beach Cleanup on July 5th

The South Walton Community Council (SWCC) and South Walton’s Tourist Development Council (TDC) invite locals and visitors to participate in SWCC’s annual July 5th beach cleanup in South Walton. Locations included are Blue Mountain, Van Ness Butler Beach Access between Seaside and Watercolor, Dune Allen, Ed Walline, Grayton Beach, Inlet Beach, Miramar Beach, Rosemary Beach, and Seagrove Beach.

Seaside REP Presents "The 39 Steps" for Summer 2012

The Seaside Repertory Theatre kicks off their summer main stage production of "The 39 Steps" on June 21.  The evening begins with a pre- party at Pizitz Home and Cottage at 6:30pm with complementary champagne.  At 7:30pm the party moves next door to the opening night performance of "The 39 Steps" at The Rep theatre. After the play, the celebration continues a couple doors down at "Great Southern Restaurant."

Enjoy an improv theater performance following the show at 10PM on Friday and Saturday nights. Improv begins June 28 thru July 28. Tickets are $10. 

SoWal Insider Tips for Alys Beach

Alys Beach, Florida is one of the newest "new urban" towns in South Walton and it is perhaps the most visually unique because of its distinct blend of mediterranean and island style. Take a stroll down the center of town along the stone-lined pedestrian path and feel yourself transported to another world.

Here are a few of our favorite things to do and places to see in Alys Beach:

The Alys Beach Amphitheater is the perfect place for families to enjoy outdoor concerts, movies and children's plays!


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