WaterColor Inn and Resort on Florida’s Gulf Coast

There’s a reason why the Gulf Coast of Florida is known as the Emerald Coast. This will become very clear the second you lay your eyes on the crystal clear turquoise water and sparkly white sand.  But the stunning beaches are only one of many reasons why the WaterColor Inn and Resort near Santa Rosa Beach, Florida is worth every penny of your luxurious stay.

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While perfectly polished, the resort lacks the stuffy formality of other resorts of this caliber.  The “Coastal Living” upscale beach cottage decor makes you feel instantly welcome and comfortable.  You’ll quickly understand why WaterColor is consistently chosen as one of the best beach resorts in the country.  Whether your visit is a  romantic getaway or a family vacation, you’ll find what you need.  For example, the adult pool is a sanctuary, worlds away from frolicking children and their joyous noise, while the Beach Club pool provides a beautiful place in which to combine cannonball splashes and Marco Polo with a summer novel and Pina Colada.

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The resort’s signature restaurant, Fish Out of Water, would be worth the splurge for the breathtaking oceanfront view alone.  But the bright, colorful decor along with the scrumptious cuisine, makes a dining experience as close to perfect as you can get.  Fish Out of Water has skillfully managed to create a fine dining restaurant that is elegantly child friendly and comfortable, which is not an easy thing to do.  They’ve also recently renovated the dining decor and it’s even lovelier than before.

But let’s just skip right to dessert:  Their salted caramel soufflé wins my award for THE best dessert I have ever eaten.  At least in the top three and I have eaten a lot of desserts, I assure you.  Fortunately, we’ve found it on their menu on subsequent visits.

Can you possibly beat this view? Photo credit: Fish Out of Water

At WaterColor, you can park your car with no need to get back in it for days.  Activities within mere steps of the resort include bike riding, paddle boarding, fishing, hiking, shopping in the lovely boutiques, and exploring the nearby town of Seaside, with its own shops and delicious restaurants. A very short drive takes you hiking along the beautiful dunes of Grayton Beach State Park and other cute seaside towns well worth exploring.

Summertime is high season in this area of Florida.  But after the children head back to school around August 18th, rates go down significantly (a rate search for their 30 day advance special for a mid-September weekend quoted nightly rates of $320 while a mid-November weekend was $243).  Fall and winter on the gulf coast beaches have a charm all their own.

No matter what time of year you go, you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of what are, in my opinion, some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.


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