Top 5 Must-Do’s at Prominence, a Watersound Community
May 7, 2021
There are 16 distinct beach towns on Scenic Highway 30A, spanning just 26 miles along the Gulf of Mexico in South Walton. With so many towns covering such a small stretch of prime real estate, it’s easy to fall in love with these unique coastal communities. But before you know it, you may find yourself in a Groundhog’s Day vacation pattern, going to the same town, the same restaurants, and the same beach (well, we don’t blame you for that one), year after year.
Ready to try something new for your next beach vacation? We’re not saying you need to venture away from 30A if it’s your jam (we love it, too), but why not hop over to a nearby 30A beach town for a change of pace?
Watersound is a stunning gem of a destination located toward the eastern end of Scenic 30A and nestled within it is the neighborhood of Prominence, a beautifully designed, resort-style community. Deliberately laid out for comfort and leisure, the custom-built properties within Prominence showcase contemporary living spaces and modern conveniences for the perfect seaside respite. Luxurious yet comfortable, private but accessible, Prominence is the ideal haven to break the chain of typical beach vacations.
Bike the Timpoochee Trail
Scenic 30A is known for being incredibly pedestrian-friendly, boasting little town centers in almost every beach town and easy biking and walking trails to get from one place to the next. So, while visiting Prominence in Watersound, put the car keys away and pick up a bicycle as your primary mode of transportation along the Timpoochee Trail.
Spanning an impressive 18 miles, the Timpoochee Trail is wide and relatively flat, making it the perfect path for leisurely bike riders or families biking with little ones. To access the trail from Prominence, you’ll hop on at mile marker 14, which rests at the entrance of Watersound. Then head east toward Alys Beach and Rosemary Beach, or west to hit up beach towns like Seagrove Beach and Seaside. One thing is for sure: no matter what direction you pick, you can’t go wrong!
Tip: Don’t forget sunscreen, some water, and, most importantly, your camera phone to capture all the scenic beauty you’ll see along the way!
Lounge by Prominence’s Resort-Style Pool
Morning bike rides around Prominence are a great way to burn calories while taking in epic seascapes, and they’re even better when followed by an afternoon of lounging by the pool. Spend afternoons relaxing in lounge chairs or private cabanas at Prominence’s massive resort-style pool, available to owners and guests of the community.
Traveling with kiddos in tow? This pool will not disappoint. Poolside gas grills make it the perfect area to whip up dinner while the kids splash around, and you get to keep those messy fingers outside for a change. No worries if one gets a little overzealous with the ketchup; the bathhouse is readily accessible with showers and changing rooms for added convenience.
Visit The Big Chill
Right next to (literally, right next to) Prominence is The Big Chill, and the name says it all. It’s a carefully curated entertainment district buzzing with delicious restaurants, local shops, and beachy activities for everyone to enjoy. Stop in at Macho Taco for mouthwatering elote on the cob, or swing by for an evening sweet at Super Freeze and try one of their signature shakes.
The lawn at The Big Chill is a unique space that features different events throughout the month. Recurring themes like family movie night, yoga, and live music are just some of the activities you’ll catch as you pass by. Relax on the cushioned couches, grab a bite, and browse the boutiques and shops. A popular location for concerts, outdoor movies, and seasonal affairs, the whole family will enjoy the vibrant atmosphere and lively entertainment.
Need to grab a little keepsake to take home with you? Check out High Tide by Live Well for Scenic 30A apparel and beach chic items that are cool, not tacky. Support local artists by sporting a beachy necklace or bracelet from Mermaids of 30A. Or, if you can manage to get an hour to yourself, pop into Polished 30A Nail Bar for some nail TLC.
The Big Chill has something for everyone and is a stone’s throw away from Prominence. Definitely a must-do!
While there’s plenty in the immediate vicinity, venturing out along Scenic Highway 30A is a crowd-pleasing pastime. We mentioned there are 16 unique beach towns, right? Make a goal to explore a new beach town with each visit. It’s incredible the things you’ll find tucked away within them. Start with the closest beach towns to Prominence, like architecturally unique and perfectly manicured Alys Beach and Rosemary Beach just past Seacrest Beach.
Alys Beach is known for theming their entire community in white, with thoughtful placements of natural materials throughout. Built for the curious mind, the deeper you go into Alys Beach, the more to discover. If you’re a runner, we recommend packing your sneakers and going for a jog through this beach town because nestled throughout are exciting sculptures and art exhibits that you’d never notice if just driving through.
Rosemary Beach is also a short bike ride away and features stunning architectural design among the homes, with a bustling restaurant and shopping scene in the town center. For a picturesque moment, visit the green space at the edge of the beachline during sunset.
Tip: No matter the beach town, we recommend calling the restaurant to see if you can make a reservation. Better safe than stuck with a bunch of hungry kids!
Enjoy the Beach (obviously!)
With so much to see and do in and around Prominence, it’s easy to plan every moment of your vacation. But the pace of life at Prominence stands out for its laid-back vibes, pristine beaches, and natural surroundings to help you fully unwind and enjoy what makes the Watersound area so special.
With multiple beach access points surrounding the community, get to the beach by foot, by bike, or by 30A’s free tram service (available seasonally). If you’re looking to get adventurous on the water, rent a stand-up paddleboard or kayak from Shoreline Beach Service and have it delivered straight to your vacation home hassle-free.
No matter how you enjoy the beach, make the most of it when visiting Prominence at Watersound on 30A. You won’t regret it!
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