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Santa Rosa Beach Attractions & Watersports

With nearly five hundred beachfront acres framed by the Gulf of Mexico, a coastal dune lake, a longleaf pine forest and a private white-sand beach, WaterColor Inn is the perfect gateway to exhilarating adventures. Rediscover what family time truly means as you explore our timeless vacation resort just steps from the warm, gentle surf. Spend glorious, sun-splashed days paddleboarding, kayaking, boating or fishing. As the sun sets, gather the family for a beach bonfire and s’mores roast or an outdoor movie.

Whether you seek to speed your pulse or slow your heart rate to the unhurried rhythms of the Gulf Coast, each experience offers you the chance to enjoy the best of our pristine natural surroundings.

Hiking and Biking

Whether you have plans for a day of hiking or biking, our WaterColor Bike Barn staff will be happy to help out with maps and excursion information on the extensive woodland trail system, where you can explore miles of scenic nature trails on winding paths through preserved state park forests picturesque gardens and around rare coastal dune lakes miles.

Adjacent to the WaterColor BoatHouse, the Bike Barn is located at 533 Western Lake Drive and provides bicycles of all sizes and bike trailers (two-kid capacity).  Call 850-534-5959 for more information.

Water Activities

Explore the natural wildlife that inhabits our area with a canoe or kayak tour on Western Lake, one of several coastal dune lakes in this area, that let guests experience the beauty of nature.

Canoes and kayaks are available seasonally from the WaterColor BoatHouse, directly on the banks of Western Lake. Guests staying at WaterColor Inn have access to use of these rentals for one hour each day; based on availability.  Electric boat rides around Western Lake and kayaking adventure tours are also avaialble.  Call 850-419-6188 for more information.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP)

The BoatHouse Paddle Club at the WaterColor BoatHouse offers guests the opportunity to experience what many consider the world's fastest growing watersport - stand up paddleboarding. Stand up paddleboarding is an easy-to-learn, adaptable activity perfect for families and perfect for exploring Western Lake, one of South Walton's rare coastal dune lakes.  The low impact activity is suitable for anyone from children to seniors and offers the chance to explore the natural beauty of WaterColor from a unique vantage point.

Rentals, lessons and merchandise sales are all offered seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (seasonally).

Visit BoatHouse Paddle Club or call (850) 419-6188 for additional information.

Fishing

Discover some of the most complex waterways and ecosystems in the world with several species of game fish, birds and reptiles. Pair its meandering creeks, underground springs and rare coastal dune lakes with the renowned saltwater offerings of the Gulf, and it provides anglers with a rare combination of fishing opportunities. Whether you are a veteran fly-fisherman hunting Tarpon on the fly or a novice who is looking for a patient introduction to the sport, our partner, Old Florida Outfitters, will accommodate you.

Located in the heart of WaterColor’s Town Center, Old Florida Outfitters is home to the finest outdoor apparel and specialize in conventional, as well as fly-fishing and light tackle with a network of premiere guides. They can put you on the water with the most knowledgeable guides in the forefront of fly fishing and light tackle. Whether you are a veteran fly-fi sherman or a novice who is looking for a patient introduction to the sport, they can accommodate all levels of anglers. Their goal is to deliver an enjoyable, relaxing, productive day on the water.  For more informaiton, call 850-534-4343 or visit their website.

Golf

Whether you're an amateur or consider yourself a pro, you'll find a course to test any skill level.  Take in a relaxing round or challenge your friends to a little healthy competition as you swing among the beautiful surroundings on these two private courses, accessbile to guests of WaterColor Inn:

  • Camp Creek Golf Club (designed by Tom Fazio); features a pure golf experience accentuated by a significant wetland system.
  • Shark's Tooth Golf Club (designed by Greg Norman); located on the shores of Lake Powell, Florida's largest coastal dune lake and offers a majestic wooded backdrop within acres of preserved wetlands.

Allso avaiilable is the public golf course, Origins Golf Club (designed by Davis Love III); a six-hole regulation course that alternatively plays as a ten-hole par 3 layout through the use of alternate tee boxes and auxiliary greens.

Beach

With sugar-white sand beaches and turqoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico, there's not a better place to unwind and start your vacation.  Several beach services are aviailable to guests of WaterColor Inn, including access to WaterColor Beach Club,beach bonfires and beach setups. 

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Tennis

Perfect your tennis game on a stadium court surrounded by a grass-stepped terrace for the gallery, and five Har-Tru HydroCourts at WaterColor Tennis Center, owned and operated by the Waterlcor Homeowners Association; court fees do apply to guests staying at Watercolor Inn.  For more information, call 850-231-3015 or visit their website.