Inlet Beach, Walton County Ranked Top Florida Beaches for 2022

Naturally, we think our area really is one of the best and most scenic beach areas in the world. But you don’t have to take our word for it. Two well-known publications, Southern Living and Travel + Leisure, have highlighted the wonder of our little section of the Florida Panhandle in the last two months.

Like a Trip to the Caribbean—No Passport Required

In April 2022, Southern Living ranked our very own Inlet Beach—home to the Latitudes and Attitudes on 30A ultimate beach house rental—as one of its 20 Florida Beaches That Look Like the Caribbean. Southern Living’s write-up notes Inlet Beach’s “sugary” and “broad sands,” the “views of the cerulean waters,” and our locality’s “breathtaking” sunset scenery.

Also making the list is Grayton Beach, our neighbor 14 miles (about a 20-minute drive) west of the Latitudes and Attitudes on 30A beach house.

There’s no doubt about it: our amazing beaches here on the Emerald Coast offer the same level of incomparable scenery and the unmatched feel that you’ve landed somewhere truly special—somewhere beyond the hustle and bustle of the ‘same old’ Florida beaches—that you would expect from traveling out of the country. It’s a different feeling here than you’ll find in harried Orlando or overcrowded Miami. For once, your Florida vacation actually feels like a vacation. It’s everything you’ve needed.

A Trending Destination

The Sunshine State’s best-kept secret may not be quite as secret as it used to be. As Travel + Leisure reported in May 2022, Walton County—home to Inlet Beach and the other one-of-a-kind small-town beach communities of 30A Florida—topped Airbnb’s most searched-for domestic destinations in the United States during the first quarter of 2022.

More travelers are opting out of the touristy destinations that do little to destress and refresh your soul, instead yearning for more authentic locations and experiences. They find what they’re looking for right here, in the extraordinary South Walton County beaches that dot scenic Highway 30A.

Another Travel + Leisure article published following the Airbnb report praised the “26 miles of idyllic coastline” and “16 sugar-sand beaches and crystalline waters” that make up South Walton County.

What’s in Walton County, FL?

Encompassing a total of 1,240 square miles, Walton County is bigger than the pristine beach communities that line Highway 30A. The county seat is in DeFuniak Springs, FL, about a 43-minute drive from the Latitudes and Attitudes on 30A beach house.

Yet it’s telling that publications like USA TODAY and Forbes have consistently focused on the relatively small (but spectacular) stretch of Gulf Coast beach communities along the southernmost region of Walton County, where the coastline meets the Gulf of Mexico. The beaches of South Walton—the exceptional beach towns located along Highway 30A—are natural wonders, home to rare coastal dune lakes, some of the most scenic beaches you could ever hope to find, and countless attractions in the forms of natural parks and trails, eating and shopping destinations, and live entertainment.

Visiting Inlet Beach—30A Florida

Inlet Beach, where the Latitudes and Attitudes on 30A beach house is located, is the easternmost of the 16 gorgeous coastal towns that make up the South Walton County beaches along 30A Florida. This delightful town is part of the Emerald Coast and is the 30A beach closest to Panama City Beach.

With a rich history dating back hundreds—even thousands—of years, proximity to Camp Helen State Park, and its own Cobia Snorkel Reef just off the shoreline, Inlet Beach has it all. Dining and shopping destinations at 30Avenue are within easy walking or biking distance from our ultimate beach house rental.

If you’re looking for a place to stay in Inlet Beach, look no further than the Latitudes and Attitudes on 30A beach house. Ideal for groups, our ultimate vacation rental home can comfortably sleep 20 people in seven bedrooms, including five master suites (each with a private bathroom). The home features a luxury kitchen and dining area, plenty of indoor space to relax and entertain, an outdoor kitchen, a 50-foot private pool, handicap-friendly accommodations, and panoramic views of the scenic sands and clear Gulf water that make Inlet Beach and the other coastal communities of South Walton County among the most stunning beaches in the world.

The 2022 publicity is the latest in a long line of accolades for the beaches of 30A. For example, in 2020, Country Living ranked South Walton, FL, as one of the 30 Best Weekend Getaways in the South, noting that the “26-miles of sugar-white sand beaches in South Walton is the stuff Instagram gold is made of.”

If you haven’t experienced our hidden gem on the Emerald Coast for yourself yet, what are you waiting for? And if you have, isn’t it time to come back and relive that joy all over again?

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