The spectacular Atlantic and Gulf beaches (including Seagrove Beach in South Walton, pictured) are among the myriad reasons groups are drawn to North Florida. The region also offers superb golfing, hiking, fishing, boating, kayaking, history and unspoiled nature.
The 602-room Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa
in South Walton recently completed the renovation of its guest rooms, lobby, pool and restaurant. The Gulf-front resort has 40,000 square feet of meeting space, a spa and fitness center, six on-site dining venues (including the AAA four-diamond Seagar's Prime Steaks and Seafood) and access to four golf courses.•
The 320-room Sheraton Bay Point Resort
in Panama City Beach is in the midst of a head-to-toe refurbishment. The property, which will reopen in late 2016, is upgrading its infrastructure and public spaces. Among the resort's offerings are 60,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor meeting space and two 18-hole golf courses.
The main restaurant at the 66-room Lodge & Club at Ponte Vedra Beach
has reopened following a three-month renovation and has been renamed the Sea View Grille. The property has 12,000 square feet of meeting space.•
The Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa
is upgrading its 511 guest rooms, public spaces and swimming pools. The project is scheduled for completion by this fall.CATCH OF THE DAYPalm Valley Fish Camp
in Ponte Vedra Beach serves fresh seafood (try the Fish Camp shrimp and grits with white-wine butter sauce) in a charming, rustic setting.PADDLE, HIKE AND MORE
The Boathouse Paddle Club
in Watercolor is a haven for visitors who want to explore the natural beauty of the South Walton area. The facility conducts hikes and trail runs and offers classes in stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking and more. Equipment rentals are available.