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PCB Ranks Best In Florida for Vacation Investment

  Not All Beaches are Equal When Buying Vacation Investments When it comes to investing in a vacation rental property, there are many things to consider, but one thing is for certain: beachfront properties, or those near the ocean, never go out of style! Coastal Living featured Panama City Beach as the best Florida beach […] Read More


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Florida Battles Worst Wild Fire Season in Years

Florida is in the middle of its worst wildfire season in years – with no end in sight. Over 2,000 wildfires have burned over 150,000 acres in Florida already this year. The Chipola Forestry Center, which services Walton County and much of the Florida panhandle, has 31 wildland firefighters deployed to wildfire suppression efforts across […] Read More

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Destin Charity Wine Auction Raises Record-Breaking $2.7 Million

Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation celebrated the 12th Annual Destin Charity Wine Auction on April 29, raising more than $2.7 million for children in need in Northwest Florida. The record breaking results are a $34,000 increase over the $2.66 million raised last year. “Our ability to continually increase the funds raised year over year is a […] Read More

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Step Back in Time at Rosemary Beach

One of 30A’s planned New Urbanist communities, Rosemary Beach is an architectural treasure trove, boasting influences from the West Indies, New Orleans, Charleston and St. Augustine, among others. The grand homes (many with adjoining carriage houses that are just as extraordinary) are interconnected by a discreet network of pedestrian paths and boardwalks, which become even […] Read More

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Area Groups to Collaborate on Coastal Dune Lakes Study

The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA), Mattie Kelly Environmental Institute of Northwest Florida State College, Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and the University of Florida will be supporting a UF Water and Soil Science Graduate student, Brandy Foley, thesis research project focused on three coastal dune lakes in Walton County. There are 15 recognized coastal dune lake formations along […] Read More

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‘Paddle for Prevention’ Suicide Awareness Event Moves to Gulf Place

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Florida Panhandle Chapter announces the return of its event, Paddle for Prevention. The second annual event will be held on May 6 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Gulf Place Beach Access in Santa Rosa Beach. Paddle for prevention is an effort to expose the community to […] Read More

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Celebrate New Year’s Eve Twice in One Night!

Amid a sea of New Year’s Eve parties, countdowns, and champagne, there’s a celebration that stands out from the crowd. Celebrate Twice in Mexico Beach, Florida, is back for another spectacular day and night of fireworks, live music and great food, and ringing in the new year — twice! What does ‘Celebrate Twice’ mean? The […] Read More

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Point Washington State Forest

Over 40 percent of South Walton’s land is protected, and the majority of that acreage is part of the Point Washington State Forest system. A popular access point is the Eastern Lake Trail System, located along S. County Road 395. Over 40 percent of South Walton’s land is protected, and the majority of that acreage is part of the Point Washington State Forest system. A popular access point is the Eastern Lake Trail System, located along S. County Road 395. This particular trail system offers 3.5, 5 and 10-mile loops, ideal for both hikers and bicyclists. Pets are also allowed, if on a leash. The 15,400-acre forest is home to ten natural communities, including sandhill, cypress swamps, basin swamps, wet flatwoods and wet prairie. Overnight camping is allowed in special primitive areas of Point Washington State Forest. You can get more info and reserve a spot for only $10 by calling 850-373-1801. Check out this 30A Facebook Live video of the primitive camping sites: South Walton Campinga secret spot in South Walton for only $10/night?? 30A.com/camping Posted by 30A on Monday, November 7, 2016 You can also find wonderful (and affordable) camp sites nearby at Grayton Beach State Park and in Topsail Hill State Preserve‘s higher end RV Park. If you don’t mind getting your car a little dusty, feel free to turn down one of those little sandy roads and take a casual drive through the forest. But unless you’re in a 4-wheel drive, it’s probably best not to turn off the main corridors, as some of the smaller roads get pretty tight, pretty fast. For official information, visit Point Washington State Forest. Truman explores Point Washington State Forest: Best places to go off-roading: Read More

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Camping in South Walton

Whether you’re in a $1 million RV with flat-screen TVs and granite kitchen counter tops, or a 2-person pup-tent with a gas lantern and mosquito net, South Walton is truly a camper’s paradise. Routinely voted one of the best campgrounds in America, the Gregory E. Moore RV Resort at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park has gorgeous shaded lots, full hook-ups, cabins, exceptional amenities, vast miles of hiking and biking trails to explore and access to over 3 miles of state-protected beaches. Although the campground at Grayton Beach State Park features fewer amenities than Topsail, the waterfront sites on Western Lake are spectacular and the crashing waves of Grayton Beach are within easy earshot. This is also South Walton’s most affordable camping option (unless you’re camping in your backyard, which works just fine too). In the 15,400-acre Point Washington State Forest, primitive camping sites are available for only $10 a night. Enjoy over 10 miles of trails for hiking and biking and many miles of off-road paths perfect for your four-wheel drive. Call 850-373-1801 for more information and to reserve a spot. Just north across Choctawhatchee Bay, Live Oak Landing offers campsites, quaint cottages, guided fishing excursions and more, all along the gorgeous Black River. The mouth of the river is a gorgeous and untouched habitat, home to bald eagles, ospreys, alligators, dolphins and more. If you venture out here, you’re seeing something quite special that even most South Walton locals never get to enjoy! But perhaps the most unique camping experience in South Walton is found just a few miles west of 30A, in Miramar Beach. Just across the street from the largest designer outlet mall in the nation, you’ll find Camping on the Gulf, where you can not only camp close to the beach… you can camp on it. There’s not much shade here, but that direct Gulf breeze will certainly keep you cool on those long, hot summer days! Or you can have a beach bonfire on a cool, winter night.   Read More