Scenic 30-A Hints & Tips
Here are a few Frequently Asked Questions For the Visit South Walton Area.
Are dogs allowed on the beaches in South Walton?
Walton County allows dogs on the beach under certain conditions. Full-time residents and/or property owners in Walton County may obtain a permit through the Clerk of Courts office, which allows leashed dogs on the beach during designated hours. The permit runs annually from August 1 through July 31. Details on dog permits can be found on Walton County's website. Service dogs are allowed on South Walton beaches anytime without a permit but must have proper ID. All permitted or service dogs must remain on leash while on the beach at all times. South Walton does have a dog park, Alaqua Unleashed.
Can you drive on the beach in South Walton?
Because South Walton is committed to preserving dunes, protecting sea turtle nests and ensuring visitor safety, driving is generally not allowed on our beaches. A very limited number of beach driving permits are awarded to South Walton residents via a lottery system each year. The permit allows driving at designated times in only two narrowly defined areas located in Grayton Beach and Inlet Beach.
Can I leave my beach gear on the beach overnight?
Due to environmental and public safety concerns, Walton County adheres to a “Leave No Trace” policy requiring beach chairs, umbrellas, tents and other personal articles be removed from beach each night.
Are glass containers allowed on the beach?
In order to preserve the safety of beachgoers, glass containers are not allowed on South Walton beaches.
Can t I walk on the dunes?
Dunes are built slowly over hundreds of years, and are very fragile. They are our primary defense against hurricane damage, and are a shelter for beach wildlife. Please do not walk or play on the dunes at any time. Check our map and list of all beach access points to see the 60+ beach access locations offered in South Walton.
Do any beach accesses offer handicap access?
South Walton provides ADA accessible walkovers at seven beach access points including Inlet Beach, Santa Clara, Van Ness Butler, Jr., Ed Walline, Dune Allen, Grayton Dunes and Miramar Beach. Beach wheelchairs are available at the following three accesses between 10 AM until 5:30 PM daily, throughout the lifeguard season, which is from the first Saturday in March until the last Sunday in September: Miramar Beach (near Pompano Joe’s restaurant), Ed Walline Park in Santa Rosa Beach, and Bramble Grove in Seagrove Beach. We offer acomplete list of South Walton public beach accesses as well as detailed information on wheelchair usage in our beach neighborhoods.
Where are lifeguards located?
Lifeguards are stationed at South Walton’s eight regional beach accesses from 10 AM until 6 PM, seven days a week from the first Saturday in March until the last Sunday in September. Regional beach accesses include parking and restrooms and are located at Inlet Beach, Santa Clara, Van Ness Butler, Jr., Blue Mountain Beach, Gulfview Heights, Ed Walline, Dune Allen, and Miramar Beach.
What do the different flag colors at the beach accesses mean?
South Walton follows Florida’s uniform beach warning flag system, designed to alert beachgoers to changing surf conditions and their relative safety to swimmers. Because the Gulf of Mexico is a natural body of water, dangerous rip currents can be present even under seemingly calm conditions. By heeding the flag system, beachgoers can remain safe. The easiest way to keep abreast of changing surf conditions is through South Walton’s text alert system. Simply text the word “SAFETY” to 67463 to have daily updates sent to your mobile phone for the duration of your stay.
Are bonfires allowed on the beach?
Bonfires are allowed on South Walton beaches with a permit obtained from the South Walton Fire District (SWFD). Bonfire permit applications cost $50 and are processed Monday through Friday, between 8 AM and 4 PM at the SWFD office located at 911 North County Road 393 in Santa Rosa Beach. Bonfires must be contained in a metal burn barrel or tub. For complete details, please contact the SWFD at 850-267-1298 orwww.swfd.org.
Do I need a license to fish?
South Walton offers wonderful fresh and saltwater fishing options. Whether you plan to fish in the Gulf of Mexico, Choctawhatchee Bay or one of our coastal dune lakes, a fishing license is required, unless you’ve booked a charter. Non-resident fishing licenses are available online through the Walton County Tax Collector's office and at various retailers in South Walton.
Do I need a permit to married on the beach?
Yes, all weddings held on South Walton beaches require Beach Wedding Permits. There is a $50 permit fee for all applications regardless of how many are in attendance. To apply for a Permit, complete the Beach Wedding Permit application form and return it to Walton County Planning and Development Services.
Beach Warning Flags
When swimming in the Gulf of Mexico, safety should be your top priority.Color-coded beach flags are in place to keep the public aware of sea conditions at all times.
The beach warning flags fly in 5 different colors, and they mean the following:
Double Red - Danger! Water Closed to Public
Single Red - High Hazard, High Surf and/or Strong Currents
Yellow - Medium Hazard, Moderate Surf and/or Currents
Green - Low Hazard, Calm Conditions, Exercise Caution
Purple - Dangerous Marine Life (Usually Jellyfish)
Be aware that conditions in the Gulf of Mexico are constantly changing. Watch the flag colors at all times, and use good judgment to determine whether it's safe to enter the water. The beach flags are there for your protection, so keep an eye on them!