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WaterColor Inn & Resort

An astounding feat of architecture on the Gulf, adjacent Grayton Beach State Park. Enjoy the amenities of a world-class resort, including fine dining, shopping, biking, boating, tennis, golf, and relaxing on the beach. The WaterColor Inn & Resort is an extraordinary place created by The St. Joe Company.

The Gulf Coast's premier luxury destination is nestled along the emerald-green waters and sugar-white sand of Northwest Florida. The Gulf Coast's premier luxury destination borders a 220-acre dune lake on 499 acres, with 1,400 linear feet of beachfront on the renowned sugar-white beaches of South Walton. WaterColor Resort is a wonderland of activities for adults and kids alike. Perfect for a romantic getaway for two or a complete family vacation, there's everything from water activities to golf to incredible shopping and a rejuvenating spa to keep both your days and your evenings occupied.

Fish Out of Water

WaterColor Inn
David Rockwell-designed WaterColor Inn captures the essence of a tranquil getaway with the intimacy and hospitality of a traditional Southern grand hotel. Freshly redecorated beachfront rooms bring the outdoors mere footsteps from the beach. From the soft linens to the spa-inspired toiletries, every well-appointed room has been furnished for the full comfort of the guest.

WaterColor Homes and Cottages
WaterColor Resort is the Emerald Coast's favorite family destination. Our guests enjoy a wide range of resort activities and the best selection of beautiful vacation homes, townhomes and cottages located within the 499 acres of pristine parks, coastal dune lakes and wooded serenity. This uniquely Southern resort offers seven neighborhoods each with a distinct character and amenities.

WaterColor Town
WaterColor Inn & Resort lies along the Gulf of Mexico and reaches into the coastal woodlands bordering Western Lake and Grayton Beach State Park to the west and the town of Seaside to the east.

Fish out of Water is a centerpiece restaurant located at the WaterColor Inn with a great Gulf front view. The Gathering Spot and Sushi Bar at the Inn is a great option for a casual lunch, dinner or cocktails. Across the street, Wine World restaurant, market and wine bar offer excellent wines, beers, cheeses and dining. In the warmer months, The Beach Club Grille has great food in an outdoor setting, offering views of the Gulf and the surrounding dunes.

In addition to the Gulf of Mexico with its beautiful beaches and Western Lake, WaterColor offers sprawling parks, manicured greenways and nature trails to enjoy. Families can take advantage of the soccer field, bike trails and neighborhood swimming pools. Its proximity to numerous state parks and trails means the natural wonders of the area are never far away.

Outdoor enthusiasts flock to WaterColor for its proximity to Western Lake, a landmark in the heart of Sowal. Just one of the rare dune lakes that makes South Walton so unique, it’s perfect for taking the afternoon to explore by kayak or paddleboard. The Western Lake Boathouse offers rentals of all kinds, or just a spot to admire the tranquil water. Other landmarks in WaterColor include: Cerulean Park, Marina Park, and WaterColor Crossing shops & restaurants.

The shops and boutiques of the WaterColor Merchants feature an assortment of clothing, gifts, restaurants and so much more. Located within the resort, you'll find everything you need to create a memorable vacation, or even bring home a little of SoWal with you. And you can keep up your shopping strength with a fine meal or kick back with a glass of wine. 

Art festivals, film series, wine tastings, music concerts, movies in the park, food and wine events, sports competitions and festive holiday happenings are just a few of the celebrations you can enjoy at WaterColor year round. Don't miss Art in the Park in March, MountainFilm on Tour in November, Old Florida Holiday and many more South Walton traditions held in WaterColor.

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Simply Inspiring. Distinctly Southern.

National and International Recognition

  • Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star rating since 2013
  • AAA 4-Diamond rated since 2013
  • Conde Nast Gold List since 2008
  • Travel + Leisure Readers Choice Top 500 “World’s Best Hotels”

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St. Joe Club & Resorts
St. Joe Club & Resorts specialize in luxury vacation homes and condominiums on the famed Scenic Hwy 30A in South Walton, Florida. St. Joe Club & Resorts offers a vacation experience you’ll remember for a lifetime. Enjoy a spacious vacation rental home with full kitchen, living room, multiple bedrooms and an outdoor retreat. Read more for available vacation homes in WaterSound Beach, WaterColor, Seaside, Grayton Beach, Rosemary Beach and Seagrove Beach.

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