WaterSound, Walton County, FL, USA

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WaterSound, Walton County, FL, USA

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.