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NORTHWEST FLORIDA BEACHES AN INTRODUCTION TO THE COMMUNITIES OF 30A, DESTIN & PANAMA CIT Y BE ACH

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If you have yet to experience Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast, it takes only one visit for you to find your new favorite beach. Long a convenient retreat from city life, largely known only throughout the Southeast, our hidden gem of a destination is appealing to more beach-goers than ever, and is more 79 accessible than it has ever been.

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We understand that having a home at the beach means something different for everyone. It’s an escape. A reward. An investment. A20legacy. For some, the draw of our emerald green waters and sugar white sand is so strong, they’ve been inspired to make it their year-round home! TO

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Our commitment to excellence, and the services we provide help make your journey to owning at one of our beautiful beaches as seamless and enjoyable as possible.

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FAVORABLE FORECAST Northwest Florida provides one of the most favorable business climates in the nation – and the weather isn’t bad, either. Florida has been ranked among the top five U.S. states with the best year-round weather by Forbes , and Good Morning America has called the Emerald Coast one of the “10 Most Beautiful Places in America.”

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AV E R AG E W I N T E R T E M P E R AT U R E

AV E R AG E SU M M E R T E M P E R AT U R E

*Accordi ng to th e F lo r id a C lim a te C e n te r Pen sa co la Reg io n a l S ta tio n

*Acco rd i n g to t h e Fl o ri d a Cl i m ate Ce n te r Pe nsa col a Re gi o n al Stat i o n

13,505 D EST I N P O PU L AT I O N

12,636 PA N A M A C I T Y B E AC H P O PU L AT I O N

*Accordi ng to th e 2 015 Un ite d S ta tes C en sus OV E R 1 1 M I L L I O N V I S I TO R S W E LC O M E D A N N UA L LY N E A R LY 4 M I L L I O N V I S I TO R S W E LC O M E D A N N UA L LY

*Acco rd i n g to Bay Co u n ty Ch am b e r of Co m m erce

*Accordi ng to the F l o r id a D e pa r tm e n t of E nv iro n me n ta l Pro te c t i o n

23,800 SO U T H WA LTO N P O PU L AT I O N *Accordi ng to th e 2 015 Un ite d S ta tes C en sus

1 2 TO P- R AT E D G O L F C O U RS ES Ranked 4+ out of 5 by Golf Advisor can be found

OV E R 4 M I L L I O N V I S I TO R S W E LC O M E D A N N UA L LY *Accordi ng to Visit S o uth Wa lto n ’s Eco n o m ic I m pa c t of To ur ism 2 017 Re p o r t

close to the coast from Destin to Panama City Beach.


NEW URBANISM COMMUNITIES Internationally famous for its architecture, Seaside, Florida is reputed for being the first fully New Urbanist town, a high concentration of which are now found along Scenic Highway 30A.

COASTAL DUNE LAKES Home to 15 named coastal dune lakes, Walton County boasts the highest concentration of these unique geographical features in the world. Outside of our area, coastal dune lakes are found only in Madagascar, Australia, New Zealand, and Oregon.

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE It’s not unusual to spot the occasional Osprey or F-16 overhead on a clear beach day. Occupying 460,000 acres spanning three Northwest Florida counties, Eglin Air Force Base is a crown jewel for the U.S. military with an increasing number of missions, special forces, and weapons testing.

ST. JOE COMPANY Once the largest private landowner in Florida, the St. Joe Company remains influential in Northwest Florida. Its long range vision for areas of neighboring Bay and Walton Counties includes a large-scale plan for directing growth, development, and environmental resource protection.


ANNUAL EVENTS

JANUARY

FEBRUARY

MARCH

3 0 A S O N G W R I T E R S F E S T I VA L

3 0 A W I N E F E S T I VA L AT A LY S B E A C H

S E A S I D E S C H O O L H A L F M A R AT H O N & 5 K

Most recently featuring 185

Showcasing renowned vintners and

The annual race recently

songwriters and over 225 performances

culinary favorites, the celebration is a

had over 2,200 contestants in the half

held in venues along 30A.

three-day event.

marathon with an additional 1,600 participating in the 5K.

J U LY

AUGUST

I N D E P E N D E N C E D AY

S A N D E S T I N T R I AT H L O N

PEPSI GULF COAST JAM

From the patriotic morning parade

Luring 700 participants each year, the

This three-day event most recently

along Scenic 30A to the evening

triathlon is a half-mile swim in the Gulf of

featured 33 artists that included the likes of

concert and fireworks display, Seaside

Mexico, moves to a 20-mile bike along the

Luke Bryan, Brett Eldredge, Granger Smith,

is one of the best places to set up camp

scenic coastline, and ends with a

and Kane Brown. Over 26 hours of music

and enjoy 4th of July festivities.

four-mile run along the beachside and

was performed for 64,000 adoring fans.

bayside through Sandestin.

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ANNUAL EVENTS

APRIL

M AY

JUNE

S A N D E S T I N W I N E F E S T I VA L

D I G I TA L G R A F F I T I AT A LY S B E A C H

EMERALD COAST BLUE MARLIN CLASSIC

Set at Baytowne Wharf, the four-day

Digital Graffiti is a one-of-a-kind

This annual event has set the precedent for

festival features wine dinners with

projection art festival where artists use

world-class, million-dollar sport fishing

celebrity chefs, preview events and

the latest digital technologies to project

tournaments.

wine tastings.

their original works onto the iconic white walls of Alys Beach.

OCTOBER

NOVEMBER

DECEMBER

3 0 A H A L F M A R AT H O N & 5 K

S E A S I D E ÂŽ S E E I N G R E D W I N E F E S T I VA L

H O L I D AY O N T H E H A R B O R

The scenic out-and-back course starts

Seeing Red has grown into a sell-out event,

The Destin Harbor will be alive with bright

and finishes at Gulf Place on Scenic

attracting wine connoisseurs and novices

lights and cheer during the Holiday Harbor

30A. All proceeds from this event

alike. Its four days of festivities include

Boat Parade, which concludes with a

benefit the Sonder Project and its

wine tastings, winemaker dinners, and a

fireworks display at Harborwalk Village.

mission to end extreme poverty and

Sunday brunch.

hunger worldwide.


THE EMERALD COAST While the beach is certainly what our area is best known for, many more features make the Emerald Coast a well-rounded destination for year-round outdoor activities.

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26 Miles of Beachfront

Approximately 6 Miles of Beachfront

27 Miles of Beachfront

8 Regional Beach Accesses

11 City Beach Accesses

2 State Park Accesses (fee required)

47 Neighborhood Beach Accesses

1 County Beach Access

96 Public Beach Accesses

3 State Park Accesses

2 Public Beach Accesses 1 State Park Access (fee required)

BEACH FLAG WARNINGS Double Red – Water Closed – Water Activity is Prohibited Single Red – High Hazard – Knee Deep is Too Deep Yellow – Moderate Surf/Currents Green – Calm Conditions Purple – Dangerous Marine Life

SOME NOTES ABOUT OUR AREA’S BEACH RULES: • Glass containers and littering are prohibited. • Items left on beach overnight will be discarded. • Overnight camping is not permitted. • Vehicles, dogs, and bonfires require permits in Walton County, but none are permitted on Destin beaches. • Removal of sand, water or vegetation from the beach is strictly prohibited. • All beach flag warnings should be obeyed. • Keep off the dunes.

Absence of flags does not assure safe waters. Swim at your own risk.


MORE THAN JUST A BEACH

TURTLE WATCH From May through October, our beaches become precious nesting grounds for sea turtles, who need us to help keep the beaches clean, dark, and flat.

GONE FISHING Positioned between Choctawhatchee Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, our area provides both freshwater and saltwater recreational activities, including year-round fishing. The Destin Boardwalk offers easy access to more than 150 fishing charter and recreational boats, great restaurants, shopping and a multitude of water activities.

HIKING & BIKING Along 30A from Destin to Panama City Beach, eight state parks and forests offer vast open space for hiking, biking, camping, picnicking, canoeing, kayaking, or paddle boarding. In fact, 200 miles of hiking and biking trails can be found in South Walton, which is home to one of the largest longleaf pine forests in the world.

Approximately 40% of South Walton, which accounts for 25,000 acres, is state-owned and protected from future development.


FLIGHTS & TRAVEL

V P S ( D E S T I N F T. W A LT O N B E A C H A I R P O R T )

E C P ( N O R T H W E S T F L O R I D A B E A C H E S I N T E R N AT I O N A L A I R P O R T )

S E A S O N A L N O N - S T O P D E S T I N AT I O N S

N O N - S T O P D E S T I N AT I O N S

Houston

Peoria

Pittsburgh

Atlanta

Dallas

Austin

Evansville

Atlanta

Austin

Houston

Dallas

Indianapolis

Charlotte

Baltimore

Nashville

Oklahoma City

Louisville

Concord

Chicago

St. Louis

Bentonville

Cincinnati

Baltimore

Springfield/Branson

Lexington

Washington DC

Kansas City

Columbus

New York City/Newark

Memphis

Cleveland

Raleigh / Durham

St. Louis/Bellville

Knoxville

VPS AIRLINE CARRIERS

ECP AIRLINE CARRIERS

American Airlines

United Airlines

American Airlines

United Airlines

Delta

Allegiant Air

Delta

Southwest Airlines

T he D estin Exe cutive Airport (DTS) i s a se l f- s u f f i c i e n t ge n e ral av i at i o n fac i l i ty own e d an d ope rate d by O kal o osa Co u n ty.


FLIGHTS & TRAVEL A favorite drive-to vacation destination for many metro markets throughout the Southeast, airline access to the Emerald Coast from these and other markets continues to open up.

HALF THE FUN IS IN GETTING THERE

C I T Y

M I L E S

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New Orleans

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Houston 590 11:29

Birmingham 253

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Memphis 525 12:00

Jacksonville 305

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Miami 641 12:00

Atlanta 321 05:54

Charlotte

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Orlando 399 07:35

Louisville

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Tampa 417 07:55

Little Rock

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Jackson, MS

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Dallas 764 14:43

Nashville 482 10:28

St Louis 770 14:50

Charleston 542

Chicago 952 19:00

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INVEST SMART Settling down in the Sunshine State has more benefits than a year-round tan. Property and sales tax rates are close to the national average, and Florida boasts one of the highest number of continuing care retirement communities.

FLORIDA HAS:

IN FLORIDA, THERE IS NO TAX ON:

• NO STATE INCOME TAX

• SOCIAL SECURITY RETIREMENT BENEFITS

• NO ESTATE TAX

• PENSION INCOME

• NO INHERITANCE TAX

• INCOME FROM IRAS OR A 401(K)

Property and sales tax rates are close to the national average. On top of that, Florida’s Homestead Law provides a tax exemption for a resident’s primary home and limits the rate at which the property’s taxable value can increase each year. That means, over long periods of time, the property’s market value will increase more than its taxable value, resulting in equity you do not pay tax on.

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DESTIN RANKED AS THE

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RENTING YOUR NORTHWEST FLORIDA BEACH HOME Not all properties can be rented short-term. If you’re purchasing with the intent to rent, understanding your options is a critical first step, as is choosing the right management company that can ensure your investment’s success. Our Investor’s Guide is a must-read for managing your vacation rental. VIEW OUR INVESTOR’S GUIDE


SCHOOLS & INSTITUTES

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

MIDDLE SCHOOL

HIGH SCHOOL

• Destin Elementary

• Destin Middle School

• Ft. Walton Beach High School

• Van R. Butler Elementary

• Emerald Coast Middle School

• Niceville High School

• Bay Elementary

• Ohana Institute

• South Walton High School

• Seaside Neighborhood School

• Ohana Institute

• Compass Rose Academy

• Seacoast Collegiate High School

• Ohana Institute • 30A Learning Academy

LOCAL SCHOOL RANKING *Acco rd in g to th e F lo r id a D e pa r tm e n t of Ed u cat i o n 2 017 Fl o ri d a Sch o o l Acco u n tab i l i ty Re p o rts .

Destin Elementary A

Van R. Butler Elementary A

Hutchison Beach Elementary B

Destin Middle School A

Bay Elementary A

Surfside Middle School A

Ft. Walton Beach High School A

Emerald Coast Middle School A

Arnold High School B

South Walton High School A

Seaside Neighborhood Charter School A

Niceville High School A

TOP SCHOOLS & INSTITUTES • The Ohana Institute is a fully accredited, independent, private, exploratory and innovative school serving students in grades 2–12. • Seacoast Collegiate High School is for students who desire to undertake college-level courses to earn their high school diploma and associates degrees. • University of Florida is ranked as the No. 9 top public university in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 “Best College” rankings. Out-of-state residents are charged an average of 64% higher tuition than Florida residents.


COASTAL COMMUNITIES

AREA BEACH COMMUNITIES

DESTIN Stunning white beaches, challenging golf and world-famous fishing define the Emerald Coast city of Destin. Due to its plentiful and always hungry underwater population, Destin is widely known as the “world’s luckiest fishing village.” Destin also harbors world-class resorts and rentals – and some of the best shopping and dining anywhere. EXPLORE DESTIN

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MIRAMAR BEACH Sweeping panoramic views, world-class shopping and a welcoming atmosphere make Miramar Beach the perfect destination. Spend your days basking on the sugar white sand. Take a break and explore Silver Sands Premium Outlets, and embrace the easygoing vibe as you take a leisurely cruise down Scenic Gulf Drive. EXPLORE MIRAMAR BEACH

SEARCH MIRAMR BEACH LISTINGS

SANDESTIN This diverse, welcoming resort neighborhood hosts casual eateries, championship golf courses, luxurious spas and a AAA Four Diamond-rated dining establishment. EXPLORE SANDESTIN

SEARCH SANDESTIN LISTINGS


COASTAL COMMUNITIES

SANTA ROSA BEACH South Walton’s original beach neighborhood, founded in 1910, was recently named as one of Travel + Leisure’s “Top 5 Favorite Towns in America.” Natural retreats attract those looking to explore South Walton’s untouched natural ecosystem. E X P LO R E S A N TA R O S A B E AC H

S E A R C H S A N TA R O S A B E AC H L I ST I N G S

BLUE MOUNTAIN BEACH Locals can be found biking up this neighborhood’s gradual inclines against stunning gulf views. From its signature blue lupine flowers to its peaceful dune lakes, Blue Mountain Beach is a favorite among those looking to relax and unwind. E X P LO R E B LU E M O U N TA I N B E AC H

S E A R C H B LU E M O U N TA I N B E AC H L I ST I N G S

GRAYTON BEACH An unhurried, organic community was recently named as one of Dr. Beach’s “Top Ten Beaches in America.” Its funky appeal and signature style welcomes visitors of all types. Local staples like The Red Bar and natural getaways such as Western Lake attract adventure seekers. E X P LO R E G R AY TO N B E AC H

S E A R C H G R AY TO N B E AC H L I ST I N GS

WATERCOLOR Home to the award-winning WaterColor Inn & Resort, this beach neighborhood offers wide walkways for visitors to stroll or bike on their way to the beach, pool, the tennis club or spa. Explore the outdoors with an excursion at the Boathouse Paddle Club. E X P LO R E WAT E R C O LO R

S E A R C H WAT E R C O LO R L I ST I N G S


COASTAL COMMUNITIES

SEASIDE This colorful New Urbanist beach neighborhood with its one-of-a-kind atmosphere hosts Airstream trailer food trucks in its town center, along with a packed calendar of community events.

EXPLORE SEASIDE

SEARCH SEASIDE LISTINGS

SEAGROVE Old and new Gulf Coast style come together in Seagrove. From upscale restaurants to casual cafés, this neighborhood is laid back but luxurious. Its beaches have been a peaceful retreat for South Walton residents and guests for decades. EXPLORE SEAGROVE

SEARCH SEAGROVE LISTINGS

WATERSOUND BEACH Experience the pure natural beauty of preserved wetlands, two coastal dune lakes and the windswept dunes of Deer Lake State Park in this enclosed and private paradise. E X P LO R E WAT E R S O U N D B E AC H

S E A R C H WAT E R S O U N D B E AC H L I ST I N G S

ALYS BEACH From its signature palm trees to its iconic butteries to its stunning white stucco architecture, Alys Beach makes a strong and stylish statement. Annual events like Digital Graffiti make Alys Beach a standout neighborhood for art and architecture lovers. E X P LO R E A LYS B E AC H

S E A R C H A LYS B E AC H L I ST I N G S


COASTAL COMMUNITIES

SEACREST BEACH Seacrest Beach is one of quietest beach communities along Scenic 30A, mostly due to the fact that there is virtually no commercial development here. In addition to the stunning white sand beaches, Seacrest Beach is also home to a 12,000 square foot swimming pool. EXPLORE SEACREST BEACH

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ROSEMARY BEACH Wooden boardwalks and meandering pathways connect designer homes and condominiums in Rosemary Beach with playgrounds, swimming pools, shops and amenities that can easily be reached on foot or bicycle. EXPLORE ROSEMARY BEACH

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INLET BEACH Past the eastern end of 30A, Inlet Beach welcomes visitors with a wide open beach access and breathtaking gulf views. Cozy beach cottages mix with modern homes, a variety of restaurants, and the upscale boutiques at 30Avenue. EXPLORE INLET BEACH

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PANAMA CITY BEACH Named one of the “Top 25 Best Beaches in the U.S.” by Travelers’ Choice , Panama City Beach features 27 miles of white sand beaches, two state parks, dozens of public beach access points, waterfront restaurants that serve fresh local seafood, and legendary attractions. E X P LO R E PA N A M A C I T Y B E AC H

S E A R C H PA N A M A C I T Y B E AC H L I ST I N GS


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

MARKET REPORT Dig into the details for each of our unique beach communities using our quarterly reports. Compare current quarter and year-to-date sales data year-over-year for homes, condos, and land. VIEW OUR CURRENT REPORT

NICHE MAGAZINE Gain a local perspective and a sense for our area’s varied architectural styles by taking a look at our semi-annual publication, exclusively featuring Scenic Sotheby’s International Realty listings. R E A D O U R L AT E ST I S S U E


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

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BLUE MOUNTAIN BEACH 3305 W Co Hwy 30A Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

30AVENUE 12805 US Hwy 98 E, Suite D201 Inlet Beach, FL 32461

DESTIN 4495 Furling Ln, Suite 110 Destin, FL 32541

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Northwest Florida Beaches  

An introduction to the communities of 30A, Destin, and Panama City Beach.

Northwest Florida Beaches  

An introduction to the communities of 30A, Destin, and Panama City Beach.