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Beach life at WaterColor Inn & Resort


Florida’s Emerald Coast Offers Popular Beaches & Watersports

Our beaches are OPEN with the following restrictions until at least May 19, as voted upon by the Walton County Board of Commissioners and in line with the CDC’s recommendations.  For additional information on our current status, visit our COVID-19 Update Page

With 80 miles of impeccable beaches winding along the Gulf of Mexico, Florida's Emerald Coast is one of the country’s most beautiful vacation destinations. Its name is derived from the emerald-green hue of the water, which is a result of the sand – made of pure Appalachian quartz – reflecting the sunlight through the surf.

Perched on beautiful Santa Rosa Beach, WaterColor Inn provides the perfect setting for your Emerald Coast adventure. Spend a day at WaterColor Beach Club, rent a paddleboard or simply relax in a chair and let the breezes wash over you. In the evening, gather with family and friends for a memorable beach bonfire, complete with s’mores!

The Van Ness Butler Public Beach Access, located on the eastern edge of WaterColor is ADA accessible. Beach-accessible wheelchairs are available seasonally at this access by calling the South Walton Fire District office at (850) 267-1298.

Click Here for information on Beach Safety in South Walton.

Beach Setups

Sit back and relax with the convenience of our beach setups, which consist of two canvas chairs and a large shady umbrella. Due to tides and weather conditions, their placement may vary without notice.

  • WaterColor Beach Setups are only available to guests renting in WaterColor Resort and may be booked online at your convenience; advance reservations are strongly recommended.
  • All WaterColor Inn guests and WaterColor Homeowners receive $15 off the daily rate. Please call reservations at 1-888-775-2473 to apply discount.

For details on beach setup locations and pricing, please visit our Beach Setups page.

Beach Bonfires

UPDATE:  Beach Bonfires are currently not permitted in Walton County until further notice.


Beach Bonfires are available March–January; beach chairs, s’mores, & bottled waters are provided and prices include 2 hours of bonfire fun for up to 30 guests. Bonfires take place on the beach at the bottom of the West Boardwalk, which is adjacent to the WaterColor Beach Club and Mid Boardwalk, located on the east side of the WaterColor Inn.  

Advanced Reservations: email

Sunset Bonfires | 7 – 9 PM or 8 – 10 PM

Package Options:

  • WaterColor Bonfire $475* Includes: One Attendant for set up and service, 30 beach chairs, 30 bottles of water & 30 s’mores)
  • Premium Bonfire $525* Includes: WaterColor Bonfire + Beer (choice of four) & Wine (choice of one red & one white)
  • Elite Bonfire $875* Includes: Premium Bonfire + Liquor Bar & One Bartender

After Sunset Bonfires | 8:30 – 10:30 PM or 9 – 11 PM

Package Options:

  • WaterColor Bonfire $575* Includes: One Attendant for set up and service, 30 beach chairs, 30 bottles of water & 30 s’mores
  • Premium Bonfire $625* Includes: WaterColor Bonfire + Beer (choice of four) & Wine (choice of one red & one white)
  • Elite Bonfire $975* Includes: Premium Bonfire + Liquor Bar & One Bartender

Premium Food Options Available: Please ask about our current Chef’s Selection.

Additional Fees: Request for additional items must be made before 3 p.m. the day before event.

  • Extra Time: $50* per 30 minutes
  • Tables: $20* each
  • Additional Guests: $255* (up to 15 people) Bonfires over 45 people will require purchase of another bonfire in its entirety.

*All Additional Fees and Bonfire Package Pricing are Subject to a 22% Service Charge and 7% Tax.

Policies: All bonfires must be booked with a 48-hour notice. 100% cancellation fee for any bonfire cancelled within 24 hours of event. A weather call must be made by 4 p.m. on the day of the bonfire. In the event that the contact cannot be reached to make the call and the forecast is greater than 60% chance of rain or winds of 10mph or greater, the beach club reserves the right to relocate the event to the designated backup space or cancel. There is no charge for a cancelled bonfire due to inclement weather. We reserve the right to use our discretion in the service of alcoholic beverages. No outside food or beverage is permitted. Glass is prohibited on the beach. 

We recommend bringing flashlights as there is no existing light on the beach after sunset due to sea turtle nesting.

WaterColor Beach Club

The WaterColor Beach Club is anticipated to open soon.  For on progress, please CLICK HERE.

The 45,000-square-foot WaterColor Beach Club is a shared community amenity for WaterColor residents and guests of WaterColor Inn & Resort.  With standing seam metal roofs, weathered wood finishes, deep overhangs and soft warm hues, this cottage-style facility is the perfect place to relax under the Florida sun.  

Once the expansion is completed later this Spring, the facility will include an over-sized family swimming pool, children's pool and a tiled sun deck featuring custom brick pavers, tropical landscaping and more than 200 seats for poolside dining- available at the Beach Club Grill and refreshing drinks at the Costa Chica Bar. There is also a state-of-the-art changing facilities with teak wooden benches and showers, as well as a full-service towel hut, offering towels and retail beach items.

Private access to the adjacent sugar-white sand beach and Gulf of Mexico is provided via a picturesque dune crossover.  

Water Sport Beach Rentals

Water sport beach rentals are available at WaterColor Beach, based on weather conditions.  Reservations may be made directly on the beach.  Please provide a copy of your driver’s license at time of rental.  In addition, a liability waiver will need to be signed by adults; children under the age of 18 will require an adult to sign. 

Rentals are available March 1 - December 1, from 9 a.m. - 3p.m.



Surf Board

$20 per hour


$40 per hour

Yolo Yak

$30 per hour

Paddle Board

$40 per hour

Boogie Board

$15 per hour

  *rates do not include gratuities, service fees or tax; credit cards accepted; no cash.