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Find Your Perfect Beach

For about nineteen miles in South Walton County, Florida, Scenic Highway 30A hugs the Gulf of Mexico with its sun-kissed, sugar-white sands and turquoise water. Along the way are rare coastal dune lakes, Florida State Parks, acres and acres of conservation longleaf pine forest, and a variety of unique communities offering a mix of property styles to satisfy nearly any taste.

Come along and take a short tour as we visit each of these communities. We will start on the east end of Scenic Highway 30A and proceed westward.

Inlet Beach: Adjacent to the county line and the largest of the coastal dune lakes, Lake Powell, Inlet Beach was originally subdivided by the Federal Government after WWII. Many lots were homesteaded by returning war veterans, and a few original Old Florida cottages remain. A mix of old and new.

Rosemary Beach: A New Town (designed to New Urbanism principles) with an Old World, European atmosphere including carriage houses, cobblestone streets, connecting paths and pocket parks. An elegant, comfortable neighborhood.

Seacrest Beach: Primarily single-family homes with a few condos, many properties in this area are available for vacation rentals and are popular with families. Seacrest Beach features an awesome, 12,000 square-foot swimming pool and a shuttle to the beach access across the street. Adjacent to Rosemary Beach.

Alys Beach: The newest of the New Urbanism designs, Alys Beach was inspired by Bermuda and Antigua, Guatemala. Strict architectural standards, including sustainability, the highest storm standards and premium ‘green’ materials all make this community truly unique for Northwest Florida. Many homes are designed with courtyards and the white-only stucco walls give Alys Beach a Mediterranean ambiance.

Old Seacrest: Properties to satisfy a variety of desires are available in this older neighborhood between Alys Beach and WaterSound. Gulf front condos range from basic to luxurious. Ranch style family homes can be found here, as well as larger and newer neo-Mediterranean builds. Or how about a mountain style cabin on Camp Creek Lake, another of the area’s rare dune lakes?

WaterSound: A gated, premium location developed by the St. Joe Corporation, WaterSound is reminiscent of New England coastal communities. Here you will enjoy both dune lake and ocean frontage, trails through piney woods, and one of the most spectacular, intact coastal sand dune fields remaining on the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast. Ask me about beach mice! Properties with a view here are something special indeed.

Seagrove Beach/Eastern Lake: Once a sleepy village of quiet, laid-back coastal cottages under a grove of windswept oak trees, Seagrove Beach has retained that old charm and now offers a variety of accommodations, as well as restaurants, shops and bike rentals. Kids love to splash in the Eastern Lake outfall, or try a hike into the Point Washington State Forest from the trailhead on County Road 395.

Seaside: Really, what is left to say about Seaside, the little beach town that grew up? They have a nifty website where you can see lots of pictures, read the history of Seaside, a visitor’s blog, or send an e-postcard. www.seasidefl.com

WaterColor: St. Joe’s premier development in Northwest Florida has a lot to offer. A spectacular coastal dune lake, a beach club, first-class amenities, wonderful parks and trails – it’s a long list. Did I mention the homes are pretty nice, too?

Grayton Beach: One of the oldest beach communities in Northwest Florida, Grayton Beach is the epitome of funky charm. Here you will find ‘nice dogs, strange people’ and the deservedly famous Red Bar. This is the only beach in Walton County where you can drive onto the beach and launch a boat, but you need one of the limited number of four-wheel drive beach permits. Your starting point for several Gulf fishing charters.

Blue Mountain Beach: Named for the blue lupine, a beautiful wildflower that blooms in the spring, and some of the highest bluffs on the Northwest Florida coast. Stay in a luxurious condo or a well-appointed single-family home, watch the surfers at the Blue Mountain Beach access, or visit ‘hippie hill’ where you can purchase organic baked goods, a massage, health food or a bicycle. Some good restaurants here too.

Santa Rosa Beach: Named for the old settlement of Santa Rosa, which extends up to the Choctawhatchee Bay where the original settlers lived off the land – fishing, hunting, farming, logging, turpentining. Today’s Santa Rosa Beach offers a golf course and Gulf Place with shops, restaurants and community events.

Dune Allen/Topsail: The far western end of Scenic 30A includes the area known as Dune Allen and the crown jewel in the Florida State Park system, Topsail Preserve. Quiet beach living here, but oh so convenient – to shopping, Sacred Heart Hospital and Butler Elementary School. More coastal dune lakes to explore here, and three miles of undeveloped beach within the Topsail Preserve.