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(Note to readers: A portion of my visit to the Sandestin Resort was covered by Hilton to help facilitate my review. As always, my opinion remains my own.)
The beaches of South Walton County, Florida, are known for their breathtaking beauty, and as sensational as it is in the summer, that’s not even my favorite time of year to enjoy this little slice of paradise.
Just wait until the crowds all go home and the humidity leaves, too. Wait until the off season if you want to discover what the locals already know: the beach is best in that window between Labor Day and Thanksgiving. And the best place to base yourself during that time is the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort and Spa.
The Sandestin Resort is ideal because it offers something for everyone, no matter what your age. The children will love the activities that range from putt putt golf near the hotel to the zip lines at the Baytowne Wharf. The adults will appreciate the fine dining at Seagar’s Steak House and the 200 inch TV in Sandcastle’s Lounge, which includes the Hadashi Sushi Bar.
Everyone will love the $10Million dollar renovations that make the 30 year old resort new again, including updates to the 200 room Spa Tower and the Serenity Spa. Earlier renovations already improved the Emerald Tower and all of its Junior Deluxe Suites (perfect for families with the bunk beds built into a separate space).
About six hours from Atlanta, the resort is well known for its conference space and meeting rooms. And the Baytowne Wharf is easily accessed with the free trolley, taking visitors to more shops, restaurants and other activities, such as the tennis courts available for guests.
And, of course, there’s the beach. The sunsets in South Walton are brilliant each night, filling one side of the sky with shades of orange, and another side with pink and purple hues. It’s stunning, as you’ll see in the video above.
It’s all great in the summer, but the best time to be in South Walton, in my opinion as a previous resident of the Florida panhandle, is during that sweet period after Labor Day. It’s not as hot. It’s not as crowded. And you’ll find great rates for your stay because it’s the shoulder season. What could be better?