South Walton Water Sports and Boating

The warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico offer more than just a scenic view. Fresh seafood and endless water sports abound on Northwest Florida‘s Gulf Coast beaches.

The call of the sea sends surfers, boogie boarders and even kayakers to test their skills on the lapping waves of the Gulf while the many lakes and bay to the north offer the perfect landscape for water sports of all kinds including jet skiing, sailing, canoeing and kayaking. 

For boaters and anglers, the 98-slip Baytowne Marina at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort offers a full-service docking center and is home to the prestigious Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic. This big game tournament attracts anglers and their crews from across the country in hopes of luring in the big money jackpot.

Just a short drive from Scenic Highway 30-A is Destin, known as the “world’s luckiest fishing village.” Home to one of the largest fleets in the country, Destin’s picturesque harbor offers a bevy of boating options including sailing charters, fishing excursions, dolphin cruises, glass bottom boats and more.

For those who prefer to explore under the sea, scuba diving and snorkeling showcase the diverse flora, fauna and sea life along the coast.