The Walton County Tourism Department is charged with protecting and strengthening the Walton County brand in the tourism marketplace, in order to bolster the tourism economy and quality of life enjoyed in Walton County.
As a Destination Marketing Organization, we promote a rich picture of how there’s something special for each visitor, whether it’s time spent among our 26-miles of sugar-white sand beaches and 16 unique beach neighborhoods or the historic treasures and natural landscape above the Choctawhatchee Bay.
We accomplish this through creative marketing, an engaging social media presence and dedicated coordination with meeting planners, as well as strategic communications across earned and owned media channels and public relations initiatives.
The Tourism Department is funded exclusively through a tourist occupancy tax, or bed tax, which is collected from visitors on short-term lodging rentals of six months or less. Locals do not pay a bed tax unless they are taking a "staycation" in local accommodations. The bed tax collected south of the Choctawhatchee Bay is 5 percent and north of the Bay is 3 percent.
To learn more about Walton County Tourism visit www.visitsouthwalton.com .
To learn how the tourism economy supports Walton County visit 2022 Annual Report .
The Visitor Information Center is open daily from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at 25777 US Hwy 331 S, Santa Rosa Beach, Fla. 32459 | Phone: (850) 267-1216
924 County Hwy 83 S
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
Deliveries are received between 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Monday - Friday.
Beach Operations responsibilities include beach maintenance and re-nourishment, construction and maintenance of Regional Beach Accesses, Neighborhood Beach Accesses, Municipal Parking Facilities, bay parks, and the multi-use trail, as well as maintenance of U.S. Highway 331 Scenic Corridor, U.S. Highway 98 Scenic Corridor, County Route 30A Scenic Corridor, and the Scenic Gulf Drive Corridor.
Operates 7 days a week from 6 a.m.to 4:30 p.m.
Maintains and cleans 60 + beach, lake and bay accesses. All regional beach access restrooms and pavilions are cleaned and restocked twice daily.
Maintains and services over 700 garbage collection points located on the beach, at the regional/neighborhood accesses and along the multi-use trail. All garbage collections stations are emptied daily.
Maintains and cleans over 26 miles of multi-use trail. The entire trail and adjacent right of way is cut, edged, and cleared of litter, sand and debris weekly.
Coordinates and manages architects/engineers/consultants for capital improvement projects and beach re-nourishment projects.
To learn more about Walton County Tourism Beach Operations please visit www.visitsouthwalton.com .
Beach Operations Online Citizen Incident Report:
Destination Improvement Committee- Advises the Walton County Tourism Department on destination improvements in the area of capital projects, visitor center renovations, signage, safety, parks and paths.