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Western Lake-Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Explore Nature

Watersound® is a community that embraces nature and bring us all closer in touch with that which makes Northwest Florida a special region.

Whether you make your home here, or make this your destination for recreation and vacationing – our communities will provide you with the potential to explore nature just outside your door or just down the trail… experiences for you and your family unmatched anywhere else.

Stewardship of the Land

For the past 20 years, The St. Joe Company has established a conservation ethic that has sought to achieve the highest standard of stewardship of the lands entrusted to us by our stockholders.  Our goal has been to develop and manage the St. Joe-owned resources unique to Northwest Florida to a new level of conservation and sustainability, whether it is within individual developments or on larger scale efforts that impact conservation regionally.  We have sought to meld an intelligent development business plan with a landscape already rich in natural beauty and resources, not remake it into something contrived and unnatural, overwhelming the very beauty that attracts us all to this area.

White-sand beaches, backed by rolling dunes and coastal dune lakes, that meet the emerald green waters of the Gulf; the very setting that we seek for recreation is protected – set aside for conservation of protected species such as the Choctawhatchee beach mouse; green, loggerhead, and Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles; a plethora of birds; and, rare plants found nowhere else.  They’re protected not only for us, but also for future generations to enjoy.  Where the dunes meet forests, opportunities for both conservation and ecological restoration are conjoined with sustainable development and outstanding recreational opportunities for ‘Green-conscious’ consumers.  There is much to share with you about these unique ecosystems and the careful planning we undertake to responsibly develop and manage the resources entrusted to us.

We realized long ago that sustainability and conservation are keys to our future. We intend to honor our commitments made in the past and build on our legacy of conservation excellence that we have established here in Northwest Florida.


This area is home to numerous eco-tours and nature-based activities. You can enjoy exploring on your own including the Watersound® Trail, or if you prefer, take advantage of one of the eco-tours offered by these organizations in the area that explore beyond the Watersound boundaries.

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Native Plants

Watersound Origins Explore Nature Plants

Botanists have described over 3,000 plant species in Florida, ranking our state 6th in plant species diversity.  Florida also ranks in the top five states supporting plant species found only in Florida.  Discover the characteristics of the highlighted species below and the habitat conditions in which you can find them.  Join us in discovering some of the important, unique, and rare plant species that can be found in nature at Watersound.

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Watersound Trail

Trails are located throughout the Watersound® community meandering through homes and community amenities.  In the fall of 2014, a new 5 mile trail was completed that has a trailhead in Watersound OriginsSM and winds through the pine woods all the way to the Panama City Beach Conservation Park.

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Watersound Origins Nature Wildlife

Watersound® supports a wide variety of wildlife that is found throughout the southeast, but also has several species unique only to Florida. Working with the state of Florida, Federal agencies, and numerous environmental organizations, St. Joe’s team of natural resource planners and managers work to monitor, manage, and conserve a wide range of animal species.

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