About the Beaches
Beaches of South Walton
Spanning 26 miles between Destin and Panama City, the Beaches of South Walton range from stretches of beach that are dotted with mansions to wide-open expanses touched only by sea turtles and few visitors. Comprised of 15 smaller beach communities—some perfectly planned and others delightfully quirky—the beaches of South Walton and their diverse surroundings have enough pizazz and stunning beauty to fill months of vacations.
A great way to find your perfect beach is by simply driving or biking along Highway 30A. Stop at the artsy Grayton Beach, home of “friendly dogs and nice people,” then spend some time in Seaside, one of the first “new urbanism” towns. It hosted filming of The Truman Show and is one of the most charming towns in America with architecture in pastel shades of ice cream. Or, for that big-city-beach feel where beach bars and high-rise condos line the shore, visit the beaches of Sandestin where there is entertainment daytime and night. Sandestin is just east of Destin off Hwy 98.
While the experience at each beach will be little different depending on the beach neighborhood, the Florida warning flag system assures visitors of a safe day at the beach whichever one it is.
Beach Conditions Flags
- Double Red Flag — The water is closed to the public due to dangerous conditions
- Red Flag — Strong currents and/or high surf
- Yellow Flag — Conditions are pretty moderate
- Green Flag — It's all right to take a swim
- Purple Flag — Marine pests (jellyfish, stingrays or dangerous fish) are present
The Beaches of South Walton have also developed a service that will text the beach conditions for the day directly to your cell phone. Visit www.visitsouthwalton.com/beach-safety to get the text number, learn the eight locations of the public beaches with lifeguards and learn how to identify rip currents.
You can also visit www.sowal.com to read local blogs and learn about Beaches of South Walton events.