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In this region, which is known for its
spectacular sugar-white sand beaches, a
popular group activity is sandcastle building.
Instructors work with attendees to create a
work of art right on the beach, from a simple
castle to an elaborate walled kingdom or a
huge corporate logo made of colored sand.
"The fact that so much of our area is
in state preservation makes it a laid back
and naturally beautiful destination," says
David Demarest, spokesperson for Visit
South Walton County. "We're famous for
our beaches, but what really sets us apart
is the collection of small towns strung along
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our 26 miles of beach-each offers a truly
The new 84-room Hyatt Place
Sandestin will open late this year with
more than 1,600 sf of meeting space for
up to 100 attendees and local artwork as a
focal point of its lobby, paying homage to
South Walton's flourishing arts community.
Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort
& Spa has begun a $5 million, three-year
renovation of the property's pools and
popular Barefoot's Beachside Bar & Grill.
The resort's 60,000 sf of event space can
accommodate groups ranging in size from
10 to 2,000 attendees.
The Emerald Coast Convention Center
is undergoing an aesthetic revamp this
year that will also include A/V updates and
a charging station that allows attendees
to take photos while their phones or other
equipment is charging.
The Henderson, a Salamander resort,
has 10,000 sf of flexible event space and a
spectacular 2,200-sf rooftop Sunset Deck
with views of both The Henderson State Park
and the Gulf of Mexico. With a day spa, four
eateries, bars and lounges, fitness center and
private access to an unspoiled beach, it's the
area's top meetings and incentives pick.