Welcome to South Walton, where sixteen beach neighborhoods come together to create a perfect coastal paradise in Northwest Florida. Appropriately dubbed the Emerald Coast, this stretch of pristine sand and emerald water is a popular vacation destination for beach enthusiasts across the globe. Aside from the stunning beaches, each quaint coastal town brings its own charm to the South Walton community. Locals and visitors alike embrace the relaxed beach vibe, neighborly atmosphere, and laid-back way of living. From the funky Grayton Beach to the iconic Seaside to the elegantly simple Rosemary Beach, each community is diverse and vibrant, providing beach lovers of all tastes with the luxuries of a perfect beach hideaway.
Among these South Walton towns, three in particular come to mind – Alys Beach, Blue Mountain Beach, and Grayton Beach. If you have ever considered visiting or relocating to this beautiful oasis, these towns should be at the top of your list. Ocean Reef Vacation Rentals and Real Estate agents discuss what makes these towns stand out above the rest.
Located on the eastern end of Scenic Highway 30A, Alys Beach is a minimalist, yet sophisticated and stylish community, which has been designed to blend smoothly with the coastal atmosphere. Simple lines and smooth curves, like the rolling Gulf Coast waves, define the community architecture and design.
Chris Taylor, a Broker Associate, has this to say about the picturesque Alys Beach: “The minimalist, Mediterranean-inspired architecture in Alys Beach completely sets it apart from everything else on 30A. The buildings seem like they've been bleached by the Florida sun. Crisp, green lawns anchor sidewalks. Walk south to the gorgeous white sand beach and warm water of the Gulf. Or meander around the town, in and out of excellent shops and restaurants. My kids love to walk through the nature preserve. And I really enjoy finding the gardens that are off the beaten path. The best is yet to come for existing and future homeowners. Construction is underway for Alys Beach's exclusive homeowner Beach Club, offering residents the most coveted beach experience in the region.”
Blue Mountain Beach
At 65 feet of elevation, Blue Mountain Beach is the highest point in South Walton. Its laid-back and low-key ambiance is what beckons to visitors from near and far, from adventurists to easy-going beach enthusiasts. Surrounded by lupine flowers and two rare coastal dune lakes, time stands still in this quiet paradise. Spend time lounging on the beach, paddle boarding on Draper Lake, or strolling along peaceful nature trails. When asked what makes Blue Mountain Beach so special, realtor Josh Weddington responded, “Blue Mountain Beach is a subtle paradise. It has just the right balance of commercial and residential; creating a tranquil, enriched beach community.”
Nestled along the gorgeous beach, a rare dune lake, and Grayton Beach State Park, Grayton Beach is secluded, quiet, and relaxed. It is where beach causal mixes with funky to create a truly unique, laid-back and artsy atmosphere. Its boutiques, art galleries, and dining establishments are unconventional, but authentic. Vibrant and creative, yet serene.
Looking for an insider’s opinion of Grayton Beach? Realtor Edwina Bludworth says, “Grayton Beach is a refreshingly funky and down-to-earthy beach town where flip flops are always in. Streets are lined with Grand Oaks that lead to an undisturbed panoramic view of Western Lake and the Gulf of Mexico. The historic beach town is rich with history and sits in the heart of Grayton State Park, which ensures that this precious pearl will continue to be protected for future generations.”
Don’t miss the chance to enjoy the beauty of South Walton, whether you choose Alys Beach, Blue Mountain Beach, Grayton Beach, or any of the other quintessential South Walton communities along the Emerald Coast. Paradise awaits!