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With 26 miles of sugar-white sand along the Gulf of Mexico, visitors to Walton County are drawn to our incredible beaches and turquoise water. It’s along these beaches that families come to make memories and enjoy quality time with family and friends.
Throughout the county, you’ll find a variety of public beach access, as well as state parks where you can enjoy a day in the sun. In fact, there are more than 50 beach and bay accesses.
Along the county’s Gulf-front shoreline are stretches of privately-managed beach where, depending on location, access may be limited. You may be familiar with resort or vacation rental agency managed-beach such as Seaside or Rosemary Beach, but there are also owner-managed private beach homes.
Whether a first-time or long-time visitor, we want to make sure you have the information you need to plan your perfect beach stay.
The interactive geo-locator map below more clearly depicts between county-managed public beach and private-managed beach, and allows you to determine where accesses for Regional and Neighborhood Beach, Bay, Lake and State Parks are located.
By typing in your address you’ll be able to find the nearest public beach access, with amenities, as well as privately-managed beach access. See the Beach Icons Key for descriptions of these areas. Of course, visitors should always check with their accommodations for details specific to the property.
This data is not a legal representation of the features depicted; any assumption of the legal status of this data is hereby disclaimed. Features are approximate, and are not necessarily accurate to mapping, surveying, or engineering standards.
Beach Icon Key
- Regional Beach Accesses – Our 10 RBAs can be found on public beaches from Miramar Beach in the west to Inlet Beach in the east. They offer restrooms, parking, showers and bike racks; several offer ADA access. Each RBA also has a flag indicating current surf conditions, as well as a lifeguard on duty between March and October. Vendor-operated beach chair and umbrella services are offered.
- Neighborhood Beach Accesses – These smaller public beach accesses are located within neighborhoods and designed primarily for walk-up traffic. Many of these NBAs also have flags indicating current surf conditions.
- County Owned Beach – Public beaches with no restrictions on access or recreation.
- County Vendor Managed Beach – County-owned beaches that offer services including beach chair and umbrella rentals.
- State Park Beach – Walton County is home to four state parks, three of which offer access to the Gulf of Mexico: Deer Lake State Park, Grayton Beach State Park and Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. There is an entry fee into these parks, but the small cost is definitely worth experiencing the natural beauty tucked beyond their entrances.
- Bay and Lake Accesses – Some offer boat ramps, parking, restrooms and playgrounds and are available throughout the county.
- Owner-Managed Private Beach – Beachgoers can access the area 20-feet landward of the wet/dry shoreline — known as the transitory zone — for walking, running, jogging and entry into the water for swimming and other water activities. Pay attention to signage at these locations to determine if you can enter. These other rules and restrictions apply:
- Sunbathing, whether with personal beach chairs or towels, is allowed between 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Chair/umbrella rental through a vendor may be offered.
- To avoid overcrowding, the number of beachgoers in an owner-managed private beach is limited to the equivalent of one person per five feet of the private beach frontage.
- Beachgoers cannot access the transitory zone through the owner-managed beach site. Pay attention to signage at these areas to determine where you can enter.
- Private beach owners, their guests/renters have full use of their private beach, and may relocate or remove beachgoers if they are not complying with the rules.
- Resort/Vacation Rental-Managed Private Beach – Access to these beaches is site-specific to the resort or rental agency. Renters and guests should check with their accommodations for access details.
We understand enjoying your time along our beaches is important and we encourage you to Beach Safely by paying attention to our surf flag warning system and following safety rules meant to protect you and our beautiful beaches. More information about is available is available HERE.
For a full list of beach and bay access points, click here