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30a Florida Panhandle Beach Ultimate Visitors Guide

If you are looking for the BEST beach vacation ever then you will want to experience the 30a beaches of South Walton County located on the handle of Florida.  When I turn my car onto 30a, I am instantly renewed and energized as I anticipate my visit to Seaside.  The pristine beaches of Florida’s Gulf Coast are the best beaches on the coast. 

Seaside Beach Tower

Seaside Beach Tower

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What is there to do on 30a?

When people ask what is there to do on 30a, I have to say EVERYTHING! There is not another place like the 30a anywhere in the world.

Once you experience this magical cozy beach town, you will be back. 

30a Beaches

30a got its name from County Road 30A, which is 20 miles of pristine beaches located in South Walton County of the panhandle of Florida.  

If time permits, I recommend visiting each one is like being transformed to another time and place to explore and experience everything good and unique. 

If you enjoy beautiful beaches with white sand, you will enjoy all the 30a beaches. 

 

Map of Gulf Coast Beaches

Map of Gulf Coast Beaches

🏖️ For your convenience, I have gathered all my beach must-haves HERE 🏖️

Desitn

I start my beach vacation in Destin, Florida, since it is on the drive to 30a. You can check the Destin Beach webcam to see some fun activities and, of course, the beach.

Our favorite activity in Destin is parasailing. The thrill of gliding over the Gulf of Mexico as free as a seagull with your family is priceless. 

Parasailing Destin

Parasailing Destin

Desitn offers the more traditional Florida beach experience with parasailing, charter fishing, paddleboarding, waterpark, and more. 

The best place to eat breakfast in Destin is The Donut Hole. They serve breakfast, lunch, dinner, and delicious bakery goodies. 

Chocolate iced donuts with sprinkles at The Donut Hole Destin Florida

Chocolate iced donuts with sprinkles at The Donut Hole Destin Florida

Grayton 

Therefore, we like to take nature walks; therefore, Grayton Beach is the perfect destination for relaxing in unspoiled Florida coastal nature on 30a.

The Grayton Beach State Park offers; bicycling, bird watching, boating, camping, rental cabins, fishing, hiking, paddling, swimming, and wildlife viewing. To see a live view of Grayton Beach, check out the Grayton Beach webcam.

Grayton Beach Nature Trail

Grayton Beach Nature Trail

Watercolor 

Watercolor Beach is a southern beach town along 30a that is nestled between Grayton and Seaside. The Watercolor Resort and Inn is the ultimate place to stay. They offer visitors every amenity they could imagine, so you will not need to leave the resort for anything.

Bike riding is the main form of transportation on this laid-back coastal beach. You can see Watercolor Beach’s current view via the Watercolor webcam

WaterColor Beach Bicycling

WaterColor Beach Bicycling

My favorite spot for dining alfresco in Watercolor Beach is Wine World. Their charcuterie board will not disappoint.  

Watercolor Beach Wine World

Watercolor Beach Wine World

 

Seaside {30a Beach Visitors Guide Seaside Florida}

Seaside Florida is my favorite beach along the scenic highway 30a. It is the Mayberry of beach towns with its picket fences and unique pastel houses. It is like being transported back in time to a quint beach town of yesteryear. 

All my worries are washed away as soon as I arrive. Everything is within walking (or bicycling) distance so I can tuck away the car keys. 

Seaside is a well-planned community with no high-rise hotels, restaurants chains, or shopping chains. Instead, the businesses are locally owned and operated. You will feel the difference the moment you enter any shop or restaurant. 

The picket fences line the cobblestone roads with adorable houses that sport a sign with the houses’ and owners’ names. Residents can walk to grocery stores, restaurants, and shops. Everyone knows their neighbors in this beach community.

Picket Fenced House Seaside

Picket Fenced House Seaside

Parking lot at Seaside Florida

The bike parking lot at Seaside Florida

The attire at Seaside is sandals (these are all the rage), shorts, bathing suits, and casual wear.  

Beach sandals at Seaside

Beach sandals at Seaside

Alys Beach

Alys Beach offers the most secluded beach on the emerald coast. You will enjoy carefully curated amenities at this exotic oasis on 30a. If you are looking for an exclusive vacation with private beaches, Alys Beach would be a perfect destination. The stark white architecture seems to glow in the Florida sun. Bermuda influenced the architectural style with accents from Morocco.

Our favorite place at Alys Beach is the Raw & Juicy Bar.

Raw & Juicy Bar at Alys Beach

Raw & Juicy Bar at Alys Beach

 

Alys Beach Home

Alys Beach

Rosemary Beach 30a 

The iconic Pearl at Rosemary Beach sets the overall vibe for this old-world-inspired beach town. This Pearl is gorgeously situated against the emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

The Pearl Rosemary Beach

The Pearl Rosemary Beach

Rosemary Beach Shop Signs

Rosemary Beach Shop Signs

 

Old-World Style Buildings at Rosemary Beach

Old-World Style Buildings at Rosemary Beach

The 30a offers the ultimate beach vacation for everyone. From camping in nature to exotic oasis 30a offers a unique beach vacation unparalleled anywhere else in the world. 

 

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Kippi

 

 

 

 

 

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