Destination guide

Prick up your ears and catch the sound of a seaside paradise

The light whoosh of a summer breeze, the squawk of a sea gull, the giggles of kids in the sand and parents who can't believe their luck _ these are some of the sounds you'll hear in WaterSound, a beach community nestled in northwest Florida's Emerald Coast. Your WaterSound vacation rental will offer privacy in a serene, secluded setting. Nature trails and wooden boardwalks link the neighborhoods to each other and, of course, to the sea. When you're rested and ready to reenter society, state parks, shopping, and family fun attractions are all nearby.

Things to do

Meet the world's expert divers, both animal and human

You can't be blamed for strolling from the porch of your WaterSound vacation rental, finding a spot on the sand, and going limp for the rest of the day. Still, if you're moved to explore, you'll be delighted by Gulf World. A few miles south of WaterSound, it offers sea life exhibits, sea lion shows, and penguin and dolphin encounters that the kids will never forget. The Man in the Sea Museum is another family friendly adventure. Exhibits encourage kids (and their grown-ups) to climb through a submarine and learn about the history of deep sea diving.


Emerald greens are typical in this Florida gem of a town

Every ocean activity is at your fingertips in WaterSound. You're in the middle of 80 miles of white sand along the Gulf of Mexico. It's made of pure Appalachian quartz, which reflects sunlight and gives the Emerald Coast its shimmery green hue. The area also offers over a dozen freshwater and saltwater lakes, perfect for fishing and water sports. Grayton Beach State Park, just to the west of your WaterSound vacation rental, is an idyllic spot to watch the sunset from the comfort of your campsite. Its lake is well-suited to canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards.


Quiet winters and summers made for sunscreen

The weather in WaterSound is defined by its humid, subtropical climate. That is, short, mild winters and long, hot summers. Winters are actually a lovely time to be on the west Florida coast if you aim for quiet. The water is too cold to swim in, but the beaches are your own. Summer is the most popular time for vacationers with kids, and fall, with its still-warm weather and smaller crowds, is the season locals think of as their best kept secret. If you're looking to save on a WaterSound vacation rental, book then.

Natural features

Rare birds and rarer lakes are a cinch to spot in WaterSound

Year-round residents of WaterSound take pride in the well-preserved marine habitats that surround them. Deer Lake State Park will likely be in walking distance of your WaterSound vacation rental and is the home of Deer Lake, a rare, coastal dune lake. These lakes are only found on the Gulf Coast and create a thriving wildlife habitat. To the west you'll find Grayton Beach State Park, where nature trails wind through coastal forests of scrub oaks and magnolias, their branches twisted by the salty winds. Signs will point you toward bright red holly trees, bald eagles, and osprey.

Where to stay around Watersound?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,361 vacation rentals near Watersound. From 680 Houses to 425 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Watersound for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Watersound?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Watersound:

  • Seaside: 941 vacation rentals
  • Rosemary Beach: 1,191 vacation rentals
  • Seagrove Beach: 2,307 vacation rentals
  • Watercolor: 1,243 vacation rentals
  • Seacrest: 582 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Watersound?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Watersound. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Pier Park: 12,307 vacation rentals
  • Grayton Beach State Park: 6,854 vacation rentals
  • St. Andrews State Park: 7,971 vacation rentals
  • Frank Brown Park: 12,385 vacation rentals
  • Camp Helen State Park: 13,727 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Watersound listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Watersound?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 680 Houses in Watersound. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Watersound include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 425 rentals available
  • Cottages: 42 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 42 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Townhouses and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Watersound?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 1,164 vacation rentals with pool available in Watersound. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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