Watercolor, Florida is a favorite family beach vacation spot thanks to its beautiful white sandy beaches and family friendly biking trails.
As you can see the beaches and ocean are the main attraction for this beach vacation spot. You can walk for miles, relax in the warm sun or play in the ocean.
If you rent a house in Watercolor, Florida you have access to the beach via the Club House. While there is plenty of public access to Fort Walton beaches, the benefit to this one is that you can also use their pool, parking, towels and restrooms.
There is no need to pack your own beach umbrella and chairs, you can conveniently rent them by the day or week. When you are ready to hit the beach they are all set up for you with your name attached to your beach furniture.
The downside is that there are up to 4-5 rows of rentals so you may not get the first row. It's a good ways from the ocean and a lot hotter. Here is a view of how far back we were from the ocean on the day we rented our umbrella and chairs - for $80 it wasn't worth it for us to do it again.
We also were disappointed that the rental equipment is taken down at 4:00 PM just when the beach is getting a bit cooler. After this disappointing experience we now go to one of the public areas where we can set up our own beach gear right by the ocean.
How do you get to the beach with all of your beach gear? Most houses are too far for walking so you can drive and park at the Club House, ride your bikes or rent a golf cart.
Our beach house rental came with a golf cart which we used several times every day. If you want to rent a golf cart Watercolor allows only one company to rent from, The Electric Cart Company. Golf carts are street legal carts and will be delivered and picked up right at your beach vacation home rental.
A courtesy trolley is available to guests Monday through Sunday from 8:00AM - 5:00 PM during spring and summer and will take guests anywhere in WaterColor. It's free but drivers accept tips. Contact Property Concierge at 850-420-4650 to arrange for a pick up.
In our experience it's been a very convenient way to get to the beach and back home again. The trolley can only take you to places within Watercolor such as the Watercolor Beach Resort, Camp Watercolor, or downtown Watercolor.
Our visit to Watercolor, Florida was over Thanksgiving so while there were a few people swimming in the ocean, the pool was a lot warmer. It's heated so kids can still have fun swimming when the ocean is too cold. Food is served pool side so when you get hungry, there's something for everyone.
There are 5 community pools located throughout Watercolor that are open
daily approximately from 8:00 AM to dusk except Camp WaterColor pool
which closes at 10:00 PM.
When you rent a house in WaterColor you have access to the pools with a guest key card like this pool known at the Frog pool.
Enjoy the lazy river and a super water slide at the newly renovated Camp
It's the perfect place for the family to hang out especially on double red flag days.
Children under the age of 13 are required to have an adult with them.
Watercolor Beach Club is private and is for residents of Watercolor and for those staying in Watercolor or at the resort.
Luxury beach house rentals are available for those with small or large groups. We love the cool shade provided by large established trees and relaxing or eating meals on the screened in porches.
We try to find a beach vacation home that offers a golf cart with it for easy transporting to and from the beach.
Our beach vacation rental at 86 Thicket Circle was just blocks from the new Watercolor pool and water park.
Updated homes, gourmet kitchens, and plenty of indoor and outdoor living space make these luxury beach house rentals a great place to gather with family or friends. You can find luxury beach house rentals through Sanders Beach Rentals, VRBO, HomeAway.com, or 30A Vacay.com.
The bike trails through Watercolor take you through beautiful parks, quaint wooden bridges and pass some amazing houses. With maximum speed of 17 MPH throughout the WaterColor community most cars are moving slow and are aware of families on bikes.
If you rent a home in Watercolor many times several bikes will come with it. The house we rented from 360Blue came with 4 adult bikes. Just a reminder that Florida law requires that children under the age of 14 must wear bike helmets.
If you need more bikes, do what we do, call Buttefly Bike and Kayak located just down the road at Seagrove Beach.
Their bike rental charges are almost half of those charged at the bike rental shop in Seaside. They also offer to drop off and pick up your bikes for free. Call them at 850-231-2826 and find out for yourself.
Wooden bridges cross over the water and are used by bikers and walkers.
Tree lined and shaded hiking and biking trails abound in Watercolor. This path was right outside our beach house rental for instant access.
Rent paddle boards by the hour or take a private lesson and enjoy a fun activity. The best time to go is early in the morning when the water is the calmest and the wind is minimal.
Enjoy the gardens, fountains and walking paths that are perfectly maintained for your enjoyment.
Our annual girls day out always takes us to The Wine Bar at Watercolor, right on 30A. You can not only enjoy a refreshing, cool glass of white wine, but a simple, but gourmet food menu finds us enjoying something new every time we come. The outdoor patio is spacious and thanks to several palm trees provides a comfortable shady spot to catch up with each other. Come between the hours of 11:00 AM-6:00PM for their happy hour special, a carafe of wine for the price of a glass.
If you're looking for a great family beach vacation spot, Watercolor, Florida should be at the top of your list.
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