A collage of charm, color and enchanting outdoor adventures.

When we gaze at a masterful piece of art, our brains do a bit of time travel. The colors, the textures, the light – it all comes together to transport us, inspire us and move us. In WaterColor, the same sublime sense of escape arises within us as we sit on wide porches and marvel at a sunset brushing the horizon with shades of orange, purple and red … as we gather with generations of family for delicious meals in front of the Gulf waters … and as we dream, play and relax in these beautiful Emerald Coast surroundings. 

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WaterColor is about coming together in a space that conjures up images of Old Florida cottage life, while providing all the modern luxury you could want. The WaterColor Inn & Resort has been meticulously designed to inspire gatherings – family vacations with something for all ages, from the emerald Gulf waters to the trails of Point Washington State Park, from sophisticated wine bars to casual pizza picnics on the beach. A wonderland of outdoor recreation, award-winning dining with spaces large enough for the whole family, excellent golf, spas, sugar-white beaches and so much more, WaterColor is not only one of the Gulf Coast’s most luxurious beach villages, but one of its dreamiest. 

Why You’ll Love It

  • Award-winning WaterColor Inn & Resort
  • Abundant outdoor recreation in nature preserves, lakes and parks 
  • Family-friendly dining spaces
  • Cultural festivals and events 
  • Inviting Old Florida cottage ambiance 
  • World-class white-sand beach 

Everyday Life 

Life in WaterColor revolves around the Forbes Four Star and AAA Four-Diamond, beachfront WaterColor Inn & Resort. Family and friends gather at the luxurious Beach Club, with its multiple dining options and Gulf-front swimming decks. With architectural styling reminiscent of historic Florida style, yet the creature comforts and modern touches you crave, the Inn beautifully melds South Walton’s natural beauty with a sophisticated beach lifestyle. 


Residents gather on the world-class beach, then make their way to the Inn’s dining spaces for convivial meals or late-afternoon cocktails. (The view from the FOOW patio is renowned as one of the most impressive Gulf vistas in the area.) Active-minded family and friends play in Cerulean Park, on Western Lake or at nearby Grayton Beach State Park before returning for R&R at their charming homes along tree-shaded streets. 


Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

There are enough dining options at the WaterColor Inn and Resort to last a week, and residents here are drawn back time and time again. With its characteristic Southern hospitality and coastal charm, Gather Kitchen + Bar offers all of its dishes poolside, in the dining room or at the bar. Larger groups may order family-style chef specialties in the evening, ensuring that there’s more than enough to go around. 


At the Inn’s Gather Bar, be sure to try the locally brewed Odd Pelican Gather Pilsner or signature frozen mojito. At Fish Out of Water, the spacious family-friendly interiors and streamlined, open-air kitchen create a convivial atmosphere for a mid-day meal or romantic tete-a-tete come evening time. Sip carefully selected wines and share a savory cheese plate or a brick-oven pizza at The Wine Bar


Treat everyone to burgers and shakes at the walk-up Beach Cow counter or pick up grilled-cheese sandwiches, snacks and s’mores fixings at The Canteen. And over at Costa Chica’s casual rooftop lounge, you can sip your favorite tipple in the shade while overlooking the pool deck. Head to The Candy Bar for timeless beach treats, from hand-dipped ice cream or colorful cotton candy, or the 30A Beach Happy Cafe for healthy wraps and fresh pastries from Black Bear Bread Co. 


Take a break from the beach and pool just long enough to peruse the exclusive boutiques in WaterColor. The resort’s Town Center is also home to the WaterColor Store with locally sourced lifestyle pieces, jewelry and beach essentials, and stylish kids’ clothing and accessories. Beachfolly offers fashion-forward beachwear and resort clothing. 

Things to Do

While the spectacular beach is admittedly WaterColor’s most obvious attraction, this well-heeled community has several outdoor secrets up its sleeve. The area is home to one of South Walton’s prettiest coastal dune lakes, Western Lake. To explore, visit the BoatHouse or The BoatHouse Paddle Club to rent a canoe, kayak or paddleboard and spend a few hours exploring the placid waters. 


Care to cruise about on two wheels? The WaterColor Bike Barn offers a variety of bike rentals for the entire family so you can cycle through the area’s woodland trail system and state park forests, over delightful bridges and around the coastal dune lakes. Head out for hiking in Grayton Beach State Park and Point Washington State Forest, both close by. With all this natural scenery right in its own backyard, WaterColor offers an enviable combination of beach luxury and outdoor recreation.


Set along the shores of Western Lake, Cerulean Park is at the heart of the community, a place to gather, play, jog, read, walk the dog or ride bikes. Butterflies flit and flutter amidst tropical plants and sparkling fountains cool the breeze. There’s always something going on, whether it’s a live music concert, a food festival or the much-anticipated 30A half-marathon. 


Of course, the toe-pleasing, white-sand WaterColor beach is a constant here. The beach club is available if you want it, renting boogie boards and surfboards. The Inn offers thoughtful amenities to make your day on the sand more seamless, from chairs and umbrellas to made-to-order beach bonfires. 


Community cultural events include the Mountainfilm on Tour Festival, an annual two-night outdoor film fest at the Marina Park Amphitheater. From your cozy seat under the stars, you can learn and dream about alpine adventures and issues that matter to our planet. And don’t miss the Harvest Wine & Food Festival, a four-day event showcasing celebrity winemaker dinners and the Grand Tasting with more than 250 wines from around the world, seafood and barbecue stations run by local chefs, and more. 

WaterColor Real Estate & Homes for Sale 

WaterColor 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, WaterColor’s appeal remains the same: a place to relax, reconnect and call home in beautiful Northwest Florida. WaterColor homes range from centrally located condos to lavish beachfront mansions, most of which are a delightful blend of Old Florida architecture and modern updates. You’ll find 2,000-square-foot condos starting at $3.7 million all the way to luxurious 3,300-square-foot estates that can sell for up to $6 million.