Sea turtle nesting season begins in May on many Florida beaches, including the beaches of South Walton (SoWal) and northwest Florida. The season lasts through the end of October and is the critical time when people can help keep sea turtles and hatchlings safe.
SoWal is South Walton County in the Florida Panhandle between Destin and Panama City Beach. You'll see our area referred to as the Emerald Coast, Scenic 30A, 30A, and even the Redneck Riviera. Some just call it paradise, aka - the world's most beautiful beaches.
From East to West our beach towns are Inlet Beach, Rosemary Beach, Alys Beach, Seacrest, WaterSound Beach, Seagrove, Seaside, WaterColor, Grayton Beach, Blue Mountain Beach, Santa Rosa Beach, Gulf Place, Dune Allen, Sandestin, Miramar Beach - a bit north are Santa Rosa Beach, Point Washington, Freeport, and WaterSound.
The crowd of onlookers was thrilled as Gulf World Marine Institute released two sea turtles, Jarhead and Erica, into the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday, July 14th at South Walton Lakeshore Drive beach access on a beautiful morning.
Fishing is more than just a past time in South Walton – it’s a way of life! Local fishing guides are packed to the gills with business - and of course fish! Going out on a boat with a pro is always fun and rewarding, but if you want to go fishing on a whim, here's our latest SoWal List with some sweet spots around town locals and visitors can easily go to catch fish in South Walton
WaterColor Inn & Resort is in the heart of South Walton County on Scenic 30A between Destin and Panama City Beach. Stay, Shop, Dine and Play in WaterColor next to Grayton Beach State Park and bordering Western Lake and the Gulf of Mexico.
State park personnel were in Walton County on June 7 to hear from the public about a 10-year plan under consideration for Deer Lake State Park in southeastern Walton County. About a dozen members of the public attended the meeting, which was held in the pavilion at Eden Gardens State Park.
Flying high with the gulls in beautiful Seagrove Beach.
Beach like a Local!
Walton County's Coastal Dune Lake Advisory Board (CDLAB) is hosting a celebration of South Walton area coastal dune lakes on Saturday, June 4, 2016. The event will be held at Grayton Beach State park from 10:00 a.m. til 3:00 p.m.
Meet CDLA members, friends and community groups at the boat launch parking lot for an exciting day in the park. It's a celebration of our beautiful coastal dune lakes including education and activities planned on the shores and in the water at Western Lake which lies within Grayton Beach State Park.
Just a few years ago, starting a scuba company wasn’t even on Andy McAlexander's radar, much less his bucket list. Funny what time will do, and Andy is all smiles now as he kicks back outside his new shop in Grayton Beach.
Andy and his partner Laurie Schmitz Janowski opened Grayton Scuba Co. on March at 26 Logan Lane at the Shops of Grayton in the old Shooz of Grayton location. The former shoe selections have been replaced by the latest in scuba/snorkeling gear.
When the SoWal crew went horsing around at Arnett’s Gulfside Trailrides, I purposely left my phone in the van. It was a wise decision. Horseback riding through the tall pines of Pt. Washington State Forest was more relaxing than a massage.
Unplugging, breathing in fresh, pine-scented air and being surrounded by a sea of green is the perfect way to rejuvenate. It’s also a great way to learn about a part of our unique SoWal environment.