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12 Sep

Why Your South Walton Vacation Should Start Now!

While Summer is still the most popular time to visit, each year, more and more vacationers seem to be discovering South Walton in the Fall season. Rightfully so, it’s the best time of the year! Here are our top four reasons why you should be booking your next trip to South Walton NOW!

The Locals’ Secret
Beach Pumpkin - Fall Season

South Walton in the off-season is similar to the story of Goldilocks and The Three Bears. December through February the weather can be unpredictable. March to August is prime tourist time, which leaves September through November to be juuuust right. Fall in South Walton means fewer crowds, shorter waits at the best restaurants, and more sugar-white sand available to yourself. The Fall months are known as the “locals’ secret” because the weather is perfect, the emerald water of the Gulf is still warm, and the bustling traffic has lessened. Festival Season begins, the parks are bursting with autumn colors, and rental rates are lower. Many of the restaurants also roll out their Fall menus to include heartier plates, unique offerings, and seasonal drinks. Ditch the craziness of the peak-season and live as the locals do in South Walton during the Fall season.

Monarch Butterfly Migration
Flutterby Festival
Monarch Butterfly - Fall Season

You’re not the only one packing your bags and headed south. During October, monarch butterflies travel over 3,000 miles from the northern United States and Canada to Mexico, by way of Florida. South Walton serves as a rest stop for these migrating mascots whose larva consumes only milkweed. There are twelve species of milkweed plants native to the Panhandle. Be on the lookout for these beautiful insects as they glide through the parks and pollinate our town. The Flutterby Arts Festival celebrates the yearly migration with live music, dance performances, art exhibits, and a butterfly parade. It’s the perfect family event, and it’s free!

Fall Festivals

Since we mentioned festivals, from Autumn in Motion on Grand Boulevard to the Seeing Red Wine Festival in Seaside, there is bound to be a Fall event you’ll want to attend. Festival season brings music, food, art, dance, family fun and more right to the streets of South Walton. A favorite of ours is the Destin Seafood Festival. There is much excitement to see (the Destin Fishing Rodeo is at the heart of the festival) and plenty of snapper for all. You can also catch us at the Market Shop 5th Annual Bloody Mary Festival. Enjoy unlimited tastes of the areas most creative & innovative Bloody Mary’s made with Cathead Vodka, served by the finest Panhandle restaurants and bars! Check out this full list upcoming South Walton Fall events.

Sunrise and Sunset
South Walton Sunset - Fall Season

Name something more beautiful than a sunrise or sunset. How about seeing either over the shimmering waters of the Emerald Coast? There is a reason why sunrises and sunsets are particularly special this time of the year. During the Fall months, much of the sun’s blue light is easily scattered away by air particles. This allows for the red, orange, yellow, and even sometimes pink colors to be more pronounced, resulting in the striking images. If you’re an early bird, visit the beach at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park to witness a brilliant sunrise display. Or, skip the wake-up call, and check out the pier at the Village Door in Sandestin. There you’ll see a stunning sunset view. For estimated sunrise and sunset times, click here

Need a place to stay?

We’ve got a bed for you on Grand Boulevard! Courtyard Sandestin is perfect for a quick getaway, with multi-functional rooms, relaxing outdoor space, and a convenient Business Center. Stay longer with us at Residence Inn Sandestin, the leading extended-stay hotel. Enjoy spacious rooms with fully functioning kitchens, 24/7 Fitness Center, and the RI MIX. Plus, it’s pet-friendly! The new Hyatt Place Sandestin features gorgeously designed suites, daily breakfast prepared fresh, and a heated pool. It’s ideal for a romantic couple’s weekend.


The award-winning team of Howard Hospitality manages the Hotels of Grand Boulevard. Gather the family or grab your closest friends, and experience the exceptional service, and unforgettable memories during this Fall season in South Walton.