The quiet town of Seagrove Beach is located in the Florida Panhandle and the perfect place to visit anytime of the year. Seagrove Beach gets its name from a thick grove of windswept trees surrounding the community. Today, the town has preserved the green canopies full of oaks, magnolias, hickories and sand pines that are essential to its past.
In the early 1900s, Seagrove Beach was known as Russ's Hammock and accessible via a path from Point Washington, a small mill town. The McGee family were some of the first property owners in Seagrove Beach who discovered the area in 1949. Then, the only way you could get to the town was on a sandy trail off of U.S. Highway 98.
Palm trees, sandy beaches and relaxation are what you can expect in Seagrove Beach. It's a desirable destination for those who want to experience a peaceful getaway from a busy life and sit back and enjoy the sounds of the water crashing on the shore.
Seagrove Beach Attractions
The water in and around Seagrove Beach is clear while the beaches are full of sugar white sand. For this reason, spending some time at the beach is a must when you visit. You can swim, fish, build sand castles or just lay in the sun, but if you're looking for more to do, there's plenty of it in Seagrove Beach and the surrounding South Walton area.
Eastern Lake is one of the largest dune lakes in South Walton. Visitors stop here for canoeing, kayaking and YOLO boarding. Eastern Lake is also the trailhead of a hiking and biking trail that leads you through Point Washington State Forest.
Point Washington State Forest has more than 10 miles of trails for those who want to make their way through the 15,000-acre forest on bike, foot or just take in the beauty of the surrounding ecosystem. The most popular route for cyclists and hikers is from Eastern Lake to Cassine Garden where you may catch a glimpse endangered red-cockaded woodpecker or a gopher tortoise. The sand hills, basin swamps, wet flatwoods, wet prairie and cypress swamps that make up Point Washington State Forest make for the perfect stop if you want to get in touch with nature.
Things to Do in Seagrove Beach
Dining: Your restaurant options in Seagrove Beach stay true to the old Florida feel you get in the community. There are dining choices perfect for the whole family, whether you're looking for casual dining or want an upscale experience. The laid-back atmosphere of 723 Whiskey Bravo is also family-friendly and provides excellent views of the water while you eat. The Seagrove Village Market Cafe has been in business since 1949 and offers fried foods such as grouper sandwiches as well as souvenirs to commemorate your visit to the restaurant. For a luxury dining experience, stop at V Seagrove where there's an eclectic feeling with indoor and outdoor dining and a fresh seafood menu.
Shopping: 30A Art and Junk in Seagrove Beach offers art, leather, pearl jewelry and a variety of other items. If you bring your furry friend along on the trip, Bow Wow Meow Pet Company offers healthy and organic foods as well as pet gear for your four-legged loved one. If you really want to give your dog the ultimate spa treatment, try one of two private self-washing rooms.