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A family riding bicycles on a Western Lake bridge near WaterColor Inn

Recreation

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.

A couple riding bicycles at WaterColor Inn

Biking & Hiking

Biking & Hiking

Whether you have plans for a day of hiking or biking, the 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.

 

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  1-866-651-1869 for more information.

Man teaching a boy surfing at the beach near WaterColor Inn

Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP)

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 well-suited 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 a.m. to 5 p.m. (seasonally).

 

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

Family riding kayaks in a lake near WaterColor Inn

Canoes & Kayaks

Canoes & Kayaks

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. Kayaking adventure tours around Western Lake are also available.  Call 850-419-6188 for more information.

Distant view of the outdoor pool at WaterColor Inn

Pools

Pools

All WaterColor Inn guests have access to the following hotel and resort pools:

  • WaterColor Inn Hotel Pool- A new 2,800 sq. ft. zero-entry family pool with expanded pool deck.
     
  • WaterColor Beach Club Pools (3)- The beach club boasts a main pool with expanded seating and lounge areas, a second adults-only infinity pool with lounge seating and a third pool with zero-entry – all with unobstructed views of the Gulf of Mexico.
     
  • Camp WaterColor Pools (3)- Located within Camp WaterColor, guests have access to three pools:  Main Butterfly Pool with Monarch Slide, Caterpillar Pool (Zero-Entry, Children's Area with Skipper Slide) and the Lazy Lizard Pool (Zero-Entry, Lazy River).  Lifeguard on duty.
     
  • Sandhill “Frog” Pool- This pool is a guest favorite, featuring giant mosaic fogs as fountains that cascade into the pool on two sides.  A fun place for kids to play in the fountain, this pool is centrally located in the Lake District and offers both sunbathing and shaded lounges.
  • Dragonfly Pool- The perfect way to spend the day.  Beautifully detailed with ample room for sunbathing and swimming.  Enjoy the outdoor grilling area for evening BBQ’s and summer gatherings.  Located in the Crossings II District.
     
  • Marina Pool- With Western Lake as a backdrop, the serene views and sounds of lake life will lull you to relax and unwind.  Take a leisurely kayak on the lake and then cool off under the canopy of palm trees.  Located in the Park District near the WaterColor LakeHouse and BoatHouse.
Aerial View of the beach & hotel at WaterColor Inn

Beach

Beach

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

father & son fishing from a boat at sunset near WaterColor Inn

Fishing

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 unique combination of fishing opportunities. 

 

Located in the heart of WaterColor’s Town Center, Old Florida Outfitters is home to the finest outdoor apparel and specializes in conventional, as well as fly-fishing and light tackle with a network of premiere guides. 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. Their goal is to deliver an enjoyable, relaxing, productive day on the water.  For more information, call 850-534-4343 or visit their website

A girl playing tennis on a court near WaterColor Inn

WaterColor® Tennis By Matchpoint Resorts

WaterColor® Tennis By Matchpoint Resorts

Voted the Best Tennis Facility for the past four years, WaterColor Tennis managed by Matchpoint Resorts is nestled in the heart of the WaterColor Community offering five (5) Har-Tru clay courts, along with two (2) hard-surface pickle ball courts.  

 

WaterColor Tennis offers on-site Pros with a combined 80+ years of tennis coaching experience.  Private and group lessons are available upon request, while daily Adult Tennis Clinics are offered seven days a week, 365 days a year.  You will also find a full-service Pro shop filled with tennis apparel, gifts, and gear for both tennis & pickleball.  

 

Call the Pro Shop at (850) 400-3696 for more details.  Also stay in touch and follow WaterColor Tennis on Facebook @WaterCollorTennis by Matchpoint Resorts and Instagram @Matchpoint Resorts. For any questions and/or to book your custom tennis getaway package, email Shane Johnson, Owner/Director, at shane@matchpointresorts.com.