Beach Personality: Bodacious Beach, Abundant Amenities, Lovely Location
All of South Walton County’s regional public access beaches have great amenities: free parking, public bathrooms, showers, drinking water fountains, and lifeguards in season. A few, including Ed Walline Beach, are handicap accessible and have beach wheelchairs available. Others, including Ed Walline Beach, have food available within walking distance of the beach and/or shaded pavilions with picnic tables.
So, why do I prefer Ed Walline Beach to these others? Because it has that little bit extra. The parking lot is relatively large. There is a nice shopping center within walking distance where you can eat at multiple restaurants, do a little shopping, and pick up some rental gear. The beach is wider from the access point to the water than some of the others. There is a nice variety of people of different ages ranging from young couples to families to groups of friends to fisherman to older couples, all enjoying the beach in peaceful harmony with nature and each other. All of these things, in addition to the previously mentioned amenities, make Ed Walline Beach a 5 star destination. Apparently Yahoo Travel agrees with me since it picked Santa Rosa Beach as one of it’s 10 Best Beach Destinations for 2011.
Walking on the beach
Surf fishing (license required)
Paddle boarding (SUP)
Public bathrooms – Yes.
Showers – Yes.
Parking – Yes.
Food – Yes, within walking distance at Gulf Place Town Center.
Lifeguard – Yes, seasonally from the first Saturday in March until the last Sunday in September.
Dogs allowed on the beach – Yes, with significant limitations. See Walton County Clerk of the Courts for complete information.
Additional amenities – handicap accessible, beach wheelchairs available during the lifeguard season, drinking water fountain, shaded pavilion, picnic tables, a lookout tower.
Southern Beach Bicycle & Water Sport Rentals, LLC (850-267-1107) is located at Gulf Place Town Center. They rent bicycles, stand-up paddleboards, surfboards, and kayaks. Southern Beach also offers free delivery and pick up in the surrounding area bounded by Hwy 30A. Ask if they have any beach chairs or umbrellas to rent. They often have a few available.
Additionally, the following businesses offer rentals and are located near Ed Walline Beach:
Sunny Days Bikes & Kayaks (850- 230-1974) is located at 5311 Hwy 30 A in Santa Rosa Beach. They rent bikes, stand-up paddleboards, and kayaks.
Big Daddy’s Bike and Beach Sports (850-622-1165) is located at 2217 Hwy 30A in Blue Mountain. They rent bikes and kayaks.
Butterfly Bike and Kayak (850-231-2826) is in Seagrove Beach at 3657 E. Hwy 30A. You can rent bikes, kayaks, scooters, and golf carts here.
To reach the public beach access point at Ed Walline Beach, take Highway 30A or US 98 from the east or west to S County Highway 393 in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. Turn left on S County Highway 393 if you are coming from the east and turn right if you are coming from the west. Continue to the Ed Walline Beach parking lot.
To many joyful beach experiences!
— Lisa Dworkin
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