NW Florida Ranked by National Publications
If you are visiting the Emerald Coast in the winter, you have already discovered the year-round beauty that locals have come to cherish. However, did you know that during 2018, the Emerald Coast was recognized by publications across the nation for its unprecedented beauty?
Walton County had multiple mentions both online and in print publications, and even turned the heads of the likes of National Geographic.
- In November, South Walton was recognized as one of National Geographic Traveler’s 28 Best Trips for 2019. What really turned their heads, the editor said, was the addition of the Underwater Museum of Art, the nation’s first underwater sculpture garden, in Grayton Beach in June.
- Two beachfront communities in South Walton, Alys Beach and Seaside, were ranked No. 3 and 18 respectively, in Architectural Digest’s list of “The Top 50 Most Beautiful Small Towns in America.”
- The Pearl Hotel in Rosemary Beach was named the Top Florida Hotel in the 2018 Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards. “The fresh, contemporary spin on traditional glamour makes it stand out for the crowd, and stellar amenities – including access to golf and tennis facilities and a selection of spacious pools at St. Joe Club & Resorts – put this year’s winner over the top, “read Travel + Leisure’s online review.
- Time Magazine named The Underwater Museum of Art (UMA) in Grayton Beach to its first list of the World’s Greatest Places. The list highlights 100 destinations that are breaking new ground, leading industry trends and offering visitors and extraordinary experience. UMA is the nation’s first permanent underwater museum.