A Beach for Any Season
Regardless of what time of year it may be, South Walton is the ideal destination when you just need a break from your everyday life. And with so many culinary, art, theater, ecotourism, sports and shopping options, you don't even need to stick to the beach to have a great time. So, whether it's sunny summertime or you're looking to escape the cold back home, you can't go wrong with a trip to this beach any time of year.
January and February are typically mild months, with average temperatures floating around the 50s or 60s. You're still free to brave the waters for a swim, but beaches are more commonly used for relaxing on the sugar-white sand or enjoying a peaceful Gulf breeze. Explore the great outdoors in the crisp air, or take leisurely strolls from the art galleries to dinner. If cooler weather makes for a more appealing trip, you'll be pleased to find out that accommodations often cost less. And the quiet, laid-back atmosphere might make you feel like you've discovered a secret.
In March, temperatures get a boost into the 60s and 70s. Wildflowers begin to peek out of the ground, and while the water is still a bit nippy, the beach begins buzzing. Even if you're not in the water, it's a beautiful time to be near it.
If perfection sounds like mid-70s to mid-80s, low humidity and infrequent rain, April and May are tough to beat. Midsummer water warmth is still a couple months off, but the weather, natural beauty, and indoor and outdoor activities make these months a prime time to be here.
In June, school's out and it's time to hit the beach. Air temperatures make it into the 80s, and the water's fine by any standard. Afternoon rain showers are the norm, but don't let that bother you – they're the perfect time to head back for a nap and clean up for the evening's activities.
July and August are the hottest beach months, literally and figuratively. Daytime temps can reach into the 90s, so grab a beach towel and let the sun do its thing. Cool off with a splash in the turquoise water, and don't forget to reapply your sunscreen!
In September, things typically stay warm, but you'll occasionally see a cooler day or two. With school back in session, the action slows down a touch, but there's just as much to do on and off the beach.
If you like the weather in April and May, but you still want to go for a swim, October is the month for you. The water is still warm from the summer, and as an added bonus, some of the best sunsets you'll see all year happen in October. If you're here for the view, this is when it can't be beat.
From May through October, our beaches are precious nesting grounds for endangered sea turtles who need us to keep the beach #CleanDarkFlat. Here’s how you can help protect these species:
- Prevent all lights from illuminating the beach.
- Look but don’t touch. Disturbing is a federal and state violation.
- Don’t leave holes in the sand.
- Keep the beach clean.
Once a locals' secret, November and December are becoming increasingly popular with vacationers. The weather is mild, humidity is low, and the holiday festivities put a beachy spin on this season of celebration. If you're looking to start new family traditions, a winter beach trip is just the ticket.
And no matter what time of year you choose to visit South Walton, be sure to pay close attention to the beach flags! South Walton has a dedicated beach safety flag system to keep you informed about the water conditions before you decide to wade in. You can even find out the current Gulf conditions before you head to the beach. Just text “SAFETY” to 31279 for an automated update.
- Double Red Flags: Water Closed to Public
- Entering the Gulf during double red flag conditions can result in a $500 fine and criminal charges.
- Red Flag: High Hazard, High Surf and/or Strong Currents
- Yellow Flag: Medium Hazard, Moderate Surf and/or Currents
- Green Flag: Low Hazard, Calm Conditions, Exercise Caution
- Purple Flag: Stinging Marine Life – Man O’ War, Jellyfish, Stingrays