Ocean Reef Resorts is pleased to offer our guests an abundant array of fine distinctive vacation rental properties along South Walton’s Scenic 30A, which happens to be one of the nation's most beautiful highways. This sensational two-lane road meanders along the shimmering sugary shoreline of the Emerald Coast. This scenic corridor hugs the forested Gulf of Mexico providing breathtaking views of nature’s splendor and the luminescent jewel toned waters. Highway 30A has an esteemed double distinction. First of all, the state has selected this route as a one of a favored few “Florida Scenic Highways” due to its natural beauty. In addition, this gorgeous route travels beside a coastline that is designated as a “Blue Wave Beach”. This precious acclaim is the nation's highest honor for cleanliness and beauty. Let's take a virtual trip down Scenic 30A through these 10 Epic South Walton Nature Photos.
There are numerous public access points along the way to the crystalline white beaches, many of which are below sand dunes that rise up from the edge of the glowing glistening gulf in this special part of the world.
Wildlife is abundant and Great Blue Herons, White Egrets, Pelicans, Sandpipers and Osprey may be seen along the water’s edge or soaring high above in a search of fish.
In the distance, you may see pods of delightful dolphin frolicking about. They love to play and often work together to herd up schools of fish. Some of our Ocean Reef Resorts guests who are staying at one of our lovely beachfront homes enjoy trying their luck at shoreline fishing. It is always a thrill to see pods of dolphin nearby, not just for the fun of it but also because you know they have found a big school of fish and you might catch one too!
The crystalline waters along this part of the gulf are “swimming pool clear” with a lovely luminescence that is quite dazzling!
Rare unique Coastal Dune Lakes parallel the coast. These exotic bodies of water are found in only four other places in the world which include Madagascar, Australia, New Zealand and a few places in the Pacific Northwest. They support a huge variety of wildlife due to the special combination of fresh and salt water which varies as inlets open up or close off to the gulf. Grayton Beach State Park is particularly lovely since Scenic 30A crosses Western Lake, which borders the forest on one side and runs all the way to the beach. A narrow isthmus that crosses the lake into the aptly named Watercolor community offers spectacular sunsets from Autumn through early Spring that are magically mirrored in the serenity of the placid waters. The gentle alabaster colored dunes and shimmering Gulf on the beach side of Western Lake complete this picture and it is heavenly to gaze upon. Couples and families can be seen here enjoying nature aboard their kayaks, canoes and even paddle boards. As you travel eastward along South Walton's Scenic 30A you will have an enchanting encounter with Stallworth, Oyster, Draper, Big Redfish, Little Redfish, Alligator, Western, Eastern, Deer and Camp Creek Lakes. Most of them are undeveloped and protected since literally thousands of acres of state forests, preserves or parks span across large portions of this entire scenic route.
Three amazing state parks parallel the coast here which include Topsail near Miramar Beach with “towering” twenty-five-foot dunes, award-winning Grayton Beach and forested Deer Lake near Seacrest Beach which is named for the doe that sometimes eat the Sea Oats upon the sugary dunes along the shore.
Deer Lake encompasses over 2,000 acres of God's special handiwork. A raised walkway carries you across about a mile of Scrub Oaks, Magnolias, Coca-Cola colored streams, flowing creeks, and Cypress marshlands all the way to the ancient dunes and beach.
The vast ecosystems here include deer and waterfowl year round. Summer wildflowers are bountiful with Blue Lupine, Spoon Flowers, Asters and Golden Rod to name a few. Migratory Monarchs and other of types of butterflies arrive here along the Emerald Coast in the early fall in order to escape winter up north during their long arduous flight down to Mexico. They love to feed on the nectar of all these flowers and take a rest before continuing on with their amazing journey. In recent times some of them like the habitat here so much that they extend their visits for many months. Towns like Rosemary Beach and Seaside even hold annual festivals at their town greens in early fall to welcome these vibrantly colorful butterflies with fun activities for folk of all ages.
Scenic 30A crosses through the charming beachside communities of Dune Allen Beach, Santa Rosa Beach, Blue Mountain Beach, Grayton Beach, Watercolor, Seaside, Seagrove Beach, Watersound, Alys Beach, Seacrest and Rosemary Beach. Each picture-perfect town offers its own unique personality with individual architectural features and lifestyles. Here at Ocean Reef Resorts, it is our great pleasure to serve the needs of our visiting friends and families.
We are sure that you will enjoy your new beautiful beach “home away from home” during your stay with us here along Scenic 30A in South Walton. Be sure to check out the images, descriptions, and locations of each property available. You can find the size and style of the home that will best meet your needs. Enjoy!