Where every day feels like your best vacation ever.

Elevate every day in Sandestin, jewel of the Emerald Coast. Offering a luxurious resort experience and the quintessential beach-town atmosphere, Sandestin is the complete package. With luxury amenities, golf, tennis, award-winning dining and more, this refined resort community (the largest in South Walton) showcases the best of the Gulf of Mexico on its southern border and the Choctawhatchee Bay to the north. 

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Sparkling high-rise condos overlook miles of pristine beach, championship golf courses, the marina and beyond. Nearby, The Village of Baytowne Wharf provides endless dining and entertainment options. This diverse, fun-filled neighborhood is the definition of barefoot luxury, offering a nostalgic Florida beach lifestyle without sacrificing modern conveniences. 

Why You’ll Love It 

  • 4 championship golf courses
  • 15 tennis courts
  • 19 pools
  • Only marina in South Walton
  • Nature trails and access to state parks
  • Shopping and dining close by

Everyday Life 

When you take a leisurely stroll along the beach in Sandestin, you won’t be able to take your eyes away from the emerald-green water – and quite possibly a dolphin or two on the horizon. The neighborhood appeals to sun worshippers and those who appreciate an active lifestyle that capitalizes on the brilliant weather. Join friends for golf, tennis, deep-sea fishing, sunset cocktails or an afternoon of shopping or spa treatments. There’s a wealth of activity for every interest in Sandestin. 


Choose from beachfront condos, townhomes and secluded villas within Sandestin’s 30 village neighborhoods. No matter where you call home, you’ll be close to the beach, the bay or a golf course. Burnt Pine Golf Club is known for its prestigious luxury homes in a gated community. An award-winning golf course, with extensive water views, is in your own backyard here. Island Green, too, is set around a golf course, its own beach and a marina. And the condos at The Village of Baytowne Wharf, inside the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, make every day feel like a vacation with everything you could ever need right at your fingertips. 


Escape fast-paced city living and settle in at Sandestin, where you’ll have your own little slice of heaven: privacy, plus fantastic accessibility to the finer things in life. 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Everyone in town is drawn to The Village of Baytowne Wharf, the heart of the resort area and brimming with restaurants, shops, nightlife, and family-friendly activities, from live music to fireworks. It’s also home to the only marina in South Walton!


When they’re not on the blissful beach, Sandestin residents love to shop – and they have plenty of choices for upscale retail therapy at Silver Sands Premium Outlets and Grand Boulevard


You won’t want for choice when it comes to dining in Sandestin. The Marina Bar & Grill is the place to kick back with family, whether you’re fueling up for the day with a big breakfast or watching the sun go down over a frosty cocktail. Ask for a table overlooking Choctawhatchee Bay. 

Enjoy an evening with James Beard Award-winning chef Hugh Acheson at Hotel Effie’s restaurant, Ovide. Owner of several acclaimed eateries and a Top Chef judge, Chef Acheson is creative and passionate about local food and the cherished flavors of the Gulf Coast – presented with his flair for French cuisine. From blackened mahi mahi to lobster risotto, you won’t be disappointed. 

But he’s not the only celebrity chef in town. Feel Chef Emeril Lagasse’s connection to the sea at Emeril’s Coastal – and maybe even witness the mastery of Chef Emeril himself, as he’s known to pop in and create unforgettable dishes from the restaurant’s open kitchen. Private dining is available and the prix fixe menu is a culinary journey worth savoring.  

For classic steak and seafood with incomparable service, head to Seagar’s – the only Four Diamond restaurant in the Destin area. Indulge in a bottle chosen by the resident sommelier from their award-winning, 600-label wine list, paired with a fresh take on seafood or a finely aged Prime USDA steak. 

Share a bottle of something tasty at The Wine Bar at Grand Boulevard, where the award-winning wine list is complemented by chef-prepared entrees and gourmet cheeses. Celebrate your love of good wine at the annual Sandestin Wine Festival, featuring four days of incredible events, from wine dinners with celebrity chefs to elaborate wine tastings and live music. 

Things to Do

The 2,400-acre resort area of Sandestin tidily packages up the very best of beach living – four championship golf courses, 15 tennis courts, 19 swimming pools and much more is right at your own front door. Treat yourself to a day at the Serenity by the Sea Spa, go paddleboarding or kayaking, or head out on the Solaris yacht for a sunset dinner cruise. 


Don’t miss Hotel Effie, a luxurious, 250-room hotel that is the epitome of elegant beachside living. This is where you’ll find celebrity chef Hugh Acheson’s Ovide, the full-service Spa Lilliana, and Ara Rooftop Pool & Lounge, home of the only rooftop pool on the Emerald Coast – complete with cocktails and cabanas, of course. 

Grand Boulevard is your go-to for a classic town-center vibe. See friends and shop for fresh produce, eggs, honey, crab cakes, baked goods and more at the lively Grand Boulevard Farmers Market. (Bring the kiddos along to play in the pop up fountain!) The Emerald Coast Theatre Company is based here, offering professional live performances. 

Challenge yourself at Burnt Pine Golf Club, home to a Rees Jones-designed, 7,000-yard layout with views along the Choctawhatchee Bay from the back nine. The course is known for its rolling fairways and strategically placed bunkers – just a couple of the reasons it has been named the “Crown Jewel of Florida Golf” by Golf Magazine. It meets up with a Robert Trent Jones Jr.-designed course at neighboring Raven Golf Club

Sandestin is also home to the colorful, full-service Baytowne Marina, the only marina in South Walton. The marina boasts 226 slips and can accommodate vessels up to 140 feet on a daily through yearly basis. Plus, your personal marina concierge service can arrange tee times, dining reservations and more. 


At the end of a dreamy day in Sandestin, go ahead –  pinch yourself as a reminder that this sophisticated beach lifestyle is all yours. 


Sandestin Real Estate & Homes for Sale 

Sandestin is a choice spot for those looking to make their permanent residence feel more like a vacation. Whether your luxurious primary home, a secondary home or an investment property, Sandestin’s appeal remains the same: a place to relax, reconnect and call home in beautiful northwest Florida. Sandestin homes range from centrally located condos to lavish beachfront mansions. You’ll find 1,200-square-foot condos starting at $850,000 all the way to luxurious 3,500-square-foot estates that can sell for up to $4 million.