Located in Northwest Florida, South Walton boasts 26 miles of sugar-white sand beach, turquoise waters and 16 distinct beachside neighborhoods. Each of these — Miramar Beach, Seascape, Sandestin, Dune Allen, Gulf Place, Santa Rosa Beach, Blue Mountain, Grayton Beach, WaterColor, Seaside, Seagrove, WaterSound, Seacrest, Alys Beach, Rosemary Beach, Inlet Beach — offers a diverse and eclectic experience for visitors, including world-class shopping, challenging golf, funky art galleries and award-winning dining. Meeting venues in South Walton, which cater to groups of up to 1,600, have the elegance and flair to satisfy the most sophisticated travelers, while at the same time surrounded by incomparable natural beauty.
Access to meeting venues in South Walton is convenient with two airports in close proximity. South Walton is centrally located between Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP) and Northwest Florida Regional Airport (VPS). The new eco-friendly Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport opened in May 2010, as the nation's first international airport to achieve LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Serviced by Delta and Southwest Airlines, daily non-stop flights from Atlanta, Baltimore, Houston, Memphis, Nashville are available. Located west of South Walton, Northwest Florida Regional Airport is only a short drive away.
The largest concentration of meeting and conference venues in South Walton is in Sandestin, where the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort features 65,000 square feet of meeting space and the 168-room Grand Sandestin, the 175-room LeCiel, as well as the Baytowne Conference Center, which can accommodate groups of up to 1,600 people. Also within Sandestin neighborhood is the 598-room Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa (with 35,000 square feet of meeting space), the 174-room Courtyard Sandestin at Grand Boulevard, and the 120-room Residence Inn Sandestin at Grand Boulevard. Smaller properties include the 155-room Embassy Suites Destin - Miramar Beach and the 235-room Tops'l Beach & Racquet Resort (also in Miramar Beach); Santa Rosa Beach's 60-room WaterColor Inn & Resort, with more than 4,000 square feet of space; and the 225-room Seascape Golf, Beach & Tennis Resort in Miramar Beach with 5,000 square feet of space. The cottages of Seaside, which comprise 400 individual accommodations (including 275 private homes) that range from one-bedroom cottages to large group compounds, luxury townhouses, penthouses and beachfront hideaways, are also suited for corporate gatherings.
A year-round temperate climate and an exciting blend of activities, festivals, and events, shopping, arts and culture, restaurants and nightlife make South Walton the ideal meetings and convention destination. For networking outside the boardroom, South Walton's highly acclaimed golf courses offer 207 challenging holes on professionally designed, award-winning manicured greens. For an evening on the water, Sunquest Cruises offers the luxury yacht SOLARIS, which features dining and entertainment and can accommodate cocktail receptions, product launches, award banquets, customer appreciation events and other various meetings.
An art tour through the area reveals a diverse palette of homegrown artists that create an artistic community of neighborhoods that offer incredible energy and fascinating contrasts. Visitors can't miss the colors and wonder of the eclectic art galleries, unique shops, and artists' colonies that are found throughout South Walton.
South Walton also offers a breadth of programs and activities that will entertain groups and their families. Whether exploring natural habitats at one of the four state parks that offer room to explore on hiking and biking trails or designer shopping, playing Tennis, deep-sea fishing, gallery hopping or wine tasting, families are entertained while meeting goers are inspired by South Walton's relaxed sophistication.