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If you live in the moment, you’re always on time. Nice dogs, strange people. Lights off for turtles. You only live once. Slow down, you’re here. Peace, love & sandy feet. You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf. 

Beach like a local. 

What does it mean to “beach like a local?” It depends on whom you ask, and answers vary almost as much as the tides. To one person it might mean knowing the perfect stretch of beach with no one else around. For another it might mean knowing where to find the liveliest late-night hotspot.

Many choose to visit South Walton  and a lucky few never leave. In between are all those who  spend  their time away from their favorite beach trying to figure out how they, too, can become a local. Beaching like a local is a dream that many beachlovers share. But as the locals will tell you, it begins with a state of mind. So, how to get started?

If you’re headed to South Walton, here’s a tip – ease into the beach frame of mind while you’re still en route. Put on your favorite beach tunes and start breathing deep, so that as soon as you get here you’re relaxed and ready to tan, or surf, or bike along the Timpoochee Trail. More than anything, beaching like a local means slowing down.  Driving slower,  moving slower,  thinking slower, being slower. Once here, stop in your favorite beachside bar or lunch place and strike up a conversation with one of the staff. They’ll be happy to give you the scoop about where to go and what to do. All South Walton locals have their own list of must-dos. First on everyone’s list is to simply relax and hang at the beach. Doing it like a local means not taking too much with you, and not leaving anything behind. Locals love to keep the beaches clean and uncluttered. Leaving no trace tops the list for being a good beach bum.

Second on the list is good food and drink. Mosey on over to Red Bar  in Grayton Beach. It’s part bar, part diner, part museum, and part music venue. But mostly it’s just a cool place to hang out to get some great grub. And you can go out back and have a stroll on the beach. What could be better?

There are so many great events  in South Walton that some folks plan their visits around their favorites. But it can be hard to choose between the 30A Songwriters Festival in January, the Sandestin Gumbo Festival in February, the Seaside Marathon in March, ArtsQuest in May, Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach in June, 4th of July fireworks, MountainFilm on Tour at WaterColor in November – the list goes on. After a while you realize that you just might have to move here to catch all your favorite events in the place you’ve fallen in love with.

Want the top insider’s tip on how to beach like a local? It’s timing. Enjoy summer days at the beach, of course, but be sure to return to South Walton in the fall when the beaches are less crowded, the weather is sublime, and great rates are available. October is the locals’ favorite month, but we often have perfect days in November and December, too. So what do you think?  Are you ready to beach like a local? You’ll know the answer when you bite into the perfect grouper sandwich, hear a local band playing the best tune you’ve ever heard, or find yourself strolling along the sand without a care in the world. If you’re especially lucky, you might catch sight of a pod of dolphins playing, butterflies migrating, or dragonflies buzzing the dunes. Just let nature be your guide and you’ll know what the locals know: South Walton is truly the place to find your perfect beach any time of year.

Story, courtesy of SoWal


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From the Grayton Beach Facebook Page:


Grayton Beach is located in South Walton, Florida (, along Scenic Highway 30A (
If Seaside is the heart of Scenic Highway 30A, then Grayton Beach is her soul. In fact, in these parts, Grayton is where vacationing first began, with early travelers arriving by horse and buggy to these sugar-white shores.Populated with historic cottages, twisting oak trees, quaint shops and galleries, and fun and quirky residents (the community’s unofficial slogan is “Nice …

Dogs, Strange People”), Grayton Beach is also the only place in the region where you can take a 4-wheel drive vehicle directly out onto the sand (but only with a proper permit!).

The preferred Sunday hangout for many locals, kids love to splash-around in the warm waters of the Western Lake outfall, while watching dolphins skip across the emerald green Gulf.

Grayton is home to Hibiscus Coffee & Guesthouse and its popular music venue tucked away around back (nicknamed “The Backyard of Love”). Of course, Grayton’s also home to South Walton’s famous Red Bar – home of a million fuzzy memories, as well as jazz and bluegrass bands that get the crowds dancing almost every night. Was that a big celebrity that you just spotted back in the corner booth? Probably. But we don’t bother them here. Just like they rest of us, they come to 30A and South Walton to relax and create special memories with their families. That’s what Grayton’s all about.

Consistently voted one of nation’s most beautiful and pristine beaches (and frequently hailed as the #1 beach in America), Grayton Beach State Park is a 2,000-acre treasure that features camping, hiking, various YOLO board and eco tour activities, biking trails through sand dunes and pine flatwoods, two rare coastal dune lakes, a boat ramp, or course, Grayton’s stunning white-sand beaches.

Grayton Beach State Park features a campground loop with 34 rustic sites, and while Grayton’s campground is not as refined as Topsail State Preserve’s RV facility further west on Scenic Highway 30A, hey, isn’t that the whole point?

Don’t own a million-dollar RV? A 2-person pup-tent just isn’t your idea of paradise? No worries. Grayton Beach State Park also has 30 very nice two-bedroom, one-bath “cabins” (they’re more like nice duplex apartments) for rent, each with central heating and cooling and a full kitchen.


“30A’s beaches are the finest, whitest sand beaches in the country–probably the world.” ~Stephen P. Leatherman (a.k.a. “Dr. Beach”)

“To find the finest beaches in the world, intrepid Americans might head to Saint Tropez on the French Riviera or perhaps Austrailia’s famed Gold Coast. But the ultimate sun-drenched powder-sand fantasy lies not on some distant shore, but on the coast of Northwest Florida.” ~Coastal Living

“The beach communities on Scenic Highway 30A somehow manage to drip Southern family charm, pioneer cutting-edge design, and stay out of the limelight. They Also share what may be the best beach in the continental U.S.” ~The New York Times

10 Year Gulf Front Lot Market Analysis

Here is the analysis I ran for Gulf Front Residential Lots that sold from 2002-2012. I found the average price for Gulf Front Foot each year and the change year over year. Check the arrows for rising and falling market trends. Most importantly check out 2012 where we have an upward arrow!! Obviously it’s only half of 2012, but still great news.30-A Gulf Front Residential Lots Sold from 2002-2012

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