Drive along Scenic Highway 30-A, and you'll find incredible coastal cuisine. Located in the AAA Four-Diamond rated-WaterColor Inn, Fish out of Water® offers outstanding views and combines the freshest local fish and meats with an eclectic approach to traditional beach cuisine. Enjoy dining outdoors over looking the tall, majestic sand dunes and beautiful waters of the Emerald Coast. Dining memberships at the Shark's Tooth Golf Clubhouse are also available to Wild Heron homeowners.
Stroll down silky white sand, collecting sea shells as you go. Or take the entire family to the emerald waters to cool off from the hot sun. Whatever you decide to do, the beaches near Wild Heron are perfect for sun-drenched, leisure-filled days. The Emerald Coast offers 80 miles of pristine white-sand beaches stretching along the Gulf of Mexico. This sand is made up of pure Appalachian quartz and reflects the sunlight through the surf, giving the water the beautiful emerald-green color. Once you visit, you see why this area of Florida has earned the name Emerald Coast.
Boating & Fishing
The beautiful Gulf of Mexico and the area's 17 freshwater and saltwater lakes, Choctawhatchee Bay, West Bay and St. Andrews Bay provide unmatched opportunities for water sports. Bay Point Marina in Panama City Beach offers fishing, boating, jet skiing, swimming, sailing, snorkeling and off-shore charter boating.
Cradled by barrier beaches and majestic dunes, Lake Powell is fed by both rainwater and meandering tides - a perfect spot for freshwater and saltwater fishing. Access to canoeing on Lake Powell is convenient for Wild Heron homeowners through the community's Boathouse.
Pier Park® is the premier shopping destination in Panama City Beach and surrounding areas, located nine miles from Wild Heron. It features upscale, open-air shopping, dining and entertainment, including national brands as well as unique and locally owned shops. Silver Sands, the nation's largest designer outlet center with over 100 designer name stores is just 29 miles to the west toward Destin.
Looking for challenging and outstanding golf courses? Designed by Greg Norman, Shark's Tooth was named one of "America's Best Residential Courses" by Golfweek. It stretches 7,209 yards from the back tees and features five fairways that border scenic Lake Powell.
Named "Course of the Millennium" by Travel + Leisure magazine, Camp Creek® Golf Club, is a Tom Fazio-designed, 18-hole, par-72 championship course measuring 7,159 yards and is sure to provide the challenge for which you're looking. It's located about three miles west of Wild Heron.
The OriginsSMGolf Club, which is within the WaterSound® community two miles away, strives to make golf more fun and accessible to families, beginners and casual golfers, offering a six-hole regulation course that alternatively plays as a nine-hole executive course and a 10-hole par-three layout.
*St. Joe Club & Resorts is an exclusive membership club that provides access to a diverse offering of benefits and privileges at St. Joe owned and operated amenities and facilities. Amenities include The Beach Club at WaterSound; three 18-hole championship golf courses- Shark’s Tooth, Camp Creek and SouthWood; one six-hole executive golf course- Origins; two tennis facilities; and a fitness center. Numerous privileges including dining, recreational activities and social events are also offered. Access to amenities and privileges is based on Membership Level.
The InnSpa, located at WaterColor Inn just 16 miles away, offers a tranquil, intimate setting and highly effective treatments inspired by the surrounding elements of the sea - an understated kaleidoscope of coastal color, seaside textures, and the intoxicating smells and rhythms of the Gulf.
Area State Parks
Grayton Beach State Park, which is located west of the Wild Heron community, is known for its incomparable natural beauty. The Grayton Beach scenic nature trail circles sand dunes, skirts Western Lake and cuts through a scrub oak and magnolia hammock.
Deer Lake State Park is also located to the west of the Wild Heron community. The park shares its name with the coastal dune lakes within its boundaries. Coastal dune lakes are extremely rare worldwide and in the United States they occur only along the Gulf Coast. Enjoy hiking and biking trails that wind through the park. It's also an excellent location to view wildlife.
"Fish Out of Water®", "Pier Park®", "Camp Creek®" and "WaterSound®" are registered service marks of The St. Joe Company or its affiliates. "OriginsSM" is a service mark of The St. Joe Company or its affiliates.