There are easements in place that allow owners and their guest to access and use the beach; however, there are certain areas that are restricted to the upland property owners use only, such as the Hilton, Southwinds, and the Beach Club.
There are three pedestrian walkways available for owners and their guests that will lead to the accessible beach areas.
First let’s park – – the parking lot located north of The Beach House Restaurant (just passed the Dunes Putting Course on the right) provides for 150 parking spaces for owners and guests. There is additional parking available for owners (and their guests) that have a business relationship with Sandestin Investments (SDI) (club membership or have a unit on their rental program) located on the southern portion of this lot, past the access gate. During the “off” season, the entire lot is generally open to all owners and their guests. To obtain the code to this gate, please contact Sandestin Investments at (850) 267-8000.
There are two pedestrian walkways to the beach from this parking lot. One is located between the Hilton and The Beach House Restaurant (East walkway) and the other is located on the west side of The Beach House Restaurant. There are restrooms available on the ground floor of the Hilton, just off of the East pedestrian walkway.
The beach area located in front of The Beach House Restaurant and Beachside Towers is available for all owners and their guests by way of an easement.
The third beach access walkway is located between Southwinds II and Southwinds III and provides owners (and their guests) with approximately 175 feet of beach to utilize. The parking is located on Beach Club Drive and is often referred to as Parcel 121C. (A gravel lot just before the entrance to One Beach Club Drive) Once parked, the bridge will lead you to a walkway between the two condo buildings. Follow the sandy path to the left (east) which is marked with bollards and ropes. This will lead you to an open beach area that is available for owners and guests. While the walk is a little further, this area is generally less congested and may only offer beach chair rentals on a seasonal basis.
It is important for all owners to remember that the SOA does not own any of the beach area nor the parking parcels. All are available through easements from Sandestin Investments and/or the upland property owners; therefore, any restrictions that may be put into place are permissible based on the language contained in the easement documents.