We are not exaggerating when we tell you that the 30A landscape (and seascape!) is quite possibly one of the most beautiful ones in the world, offering sugar white sands created from quartz that has eroded to the finest crystals over thousands of years, turquoise waters so clear it is easy to watch its denizens going about their daily business, and a verdant countryside so lush and serene visitors often wish they could call this section of Florida their home. But there’s more to the scenery than beaches and palm trees. There are historic coastal dune lakes that have been around for tens of thousands of years, there are charming neighborhoods that, while they could never blend into the background, complement the beauty of their surroundings, and beautiful nature preserves where flora and fauna coexist peacefully in the safest of environments. A visit to Florida offers an opportunity to play outside as often as possible, only coming in at the end of each day to enjoy the comforts a 30A Beach Girls sanctuary can bring, and this guide to all the fun you can have during your play will help you fill every minute of your 30A vacation in paradise!
A Walk Through Paradise
There are varying levels of walking, from a simple stroll along the beach at sunrise or sunset to a hike along the trails that lead guests through the parks and recreation areas that dot the landscape. Start every day with the stroll that will bring you peace, letting the serenity of the sea seep into your bones as the sky scrolls through a kaleidoscope of colors and the waters crash against the sugar white sands or, for those non-morning people amongst our guests, save this same delight for the evenings. A Florida sunset has been known to draw applause, stopping people in their tracks and leaving them mesmerized by the show in the sky, and ending your stroll on the beach with that high note will bring you memories you will cherish forever.
Time for the Hiking Shoes
If you really want to get out and enjoy the landscape, however, a hike along the trails is destined to be your favorite way to do so! There are over 15 miles of hiking trails to explore in Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, including the No Name Trail that leads hikers to the idyllic beauty of the smallest coastal dune lake in the park, the No Name Lake! The coastal dune lakes are a rare natural phenomenon appearing in only four countries, with Florida offering up a whopping 15 of these bodies of water. The No Name Trail is a short one, but is filled with natural experiences, including possible alligator sightings, that you will want to document, so don’t forget to include a camera in your list of hiking necessities!
Under the Sea
The world under the sea is a fascinating one that you will definitely want to explore closely, and snorkeling and scuba diving are two of our favorite ways to watch and learn. Snorkeling needs very little training and even less equipment, so it is often the most popular way to examine life underwater and can be done pretty much anywhere, including the aforementioned Topsail Hill Preserve State Park around Seahorse Reef. Many local companies (Dive 30A in Santa Rosa Beach is a popular one) offer snorkeling tours, so if you don’t feel comfortable trying it by yourself, be sure to check out what’s available out there. Scuba diving is a sport that requires more training, but if you have your certification and want to check out something really cool, the Underwater Museum of Art, located less than a mile off the shore of Grayton Beach, is something you really should explore! Every year artists submit works of art that are designed to be a permanent part under the sea and become home to many of the sea’s creatures, ensuring your explorations will be unlike anything you have ever seen before.
At Home with 30A Beach Girls
As comfortable as our Florida escapes are, you will also be able to find plenty to do outside them during your stay! Beachfront properties, of course, offer all the beachy fun you desire, including fishing, swimming, jet skiing, and all-around frolicking and during March, April, and part of May, 30A Beach Girls is offering free beach bonfires which just may be our most favorite outdoor activity of all! Our condos provide access to community amenities which can include resort style pools, hot tubs, barbecue grills, and even the use of bicycles for exploring the communities around the condo you chose. Reserve your favorite sanctuary today and discover how much the right vacation home can make your Florida getaway shine even brighter!
If you’ve never taken a winter vacation to the beach, what better place to do it than the Sunshine State, and where better to stay than the exclusive area of 30A? Along this famed stretch of highway, you’ll find a collection of beach towns, each offering its own unique character and appeal—there’s something for every traveler here, no matter your style! Wake up in the morning to take long walks on sugar-white sand beaches with views of strikingly turquoise-hued water, spend the afternoon biking through Rosemary Beach, and the evening dining out at a local restaurant with freshly caught Gulf seafood. Combine that with daytime temperatures in the mid-’60s, an abundance of outdoor recreation, and both boutique and name brand shopping, and you have the perfect destination for a winter vacation. If you’ve been thinking about escaping somewhere, it’s a great time to book your winter 2022 30A getaway today!
The Best Winter Activities in 30A, FL
When you visit us for winter on 30A, you’ll find you have tons to do. As we mentioned, the weather is moderate and cool, perfect for exploring outside in a light jacket—when the sun comes out, you might find you don’t even need it! If you visit us for the Christmas holiday, you’ll find lovely Christmas events to attend, such as the Holiday Market at the Watersound Town Center Pavilion in Panama City Beach, or the 12 Nights of Lights holiday light show at the lively Village of Baytowne Wharf in Miramar Beach. The Village of Baytowne Wharf also offers their Baytowne on Ice, where you can take the kids ice-skating—or maybe even go have a date night. With so many winter activities to do in 30A, it’s a good idea to book your 30A winter vacation rental ahead of time!
Relax on World-Class Beaches in 30A
Even though the wintertime water temperature can be a little chilly, you’ll find you can still spend hours at the beach, taking in the stunning scenery. If you’re feeling daring, you can rent a wetsuit and take a dip! But regardless of whether or not you’re in full beach mode, you can walk or bike along the coast, hunt for seashells, and wildlife watch. If you’re a kayaker or paddleboarder, you’ll find opportunities down in Seacrest Beach, while the Deer Lake State Park offers a rare coastal dune lake and a gorgeous stretch of shoreline. Once you get booking your winter vacation home settled, you can start planning out the best places to visit for your 30A vacation!
Reserve Your Luxury 30A Vacation Home Rental
Here at 30A Beach girls, we’re pleased to offer a stunning selection of upscale vacation homes for rent. From smaller condos perfect for a quick getaway to huge beachfront homes made for a family holiday vacation, there’s something for everyone. Combining the comforts of a home with luxury living and a coastal style, you’ll find our vacation rentals make the ideal home base for exploring all 30A has to offer. Each home is unique, but amenities you’re likely to find include things like flat-screen TVs, washers and dryers, and complimentary Wi-Fi. As an additional bonus, you’ll find many of our homes are pet-friendly as well—just look for the paw print when browsing our properties. It’s typical for the properties with the best amenities and locations to be fully booked, so it’s wise to act now if you want to get the vacation rental you like!
Fantastic Amenities in Our Winter 30A Vacation Homes
From our homes with glamourous private pools surrounded by lush foliage to our properties with brilliant ocean views, you’ll find that our collection of properties is the best vacation rentals available on 30A. Rent a home with direct beach access for those sunset walks on the sand or reserve a home with a screened-in porch where you can take in the views from a charming porch swing. Many of our homes also have in-ground hot tubs, which can be an amazing amenity to have on a winter vacation. Other outside amenities can include things like BBQ grills, elevated outdoor decks, and high-quality outdoor dining furniture. Every home has a fantastic feature to fall in love with, whether it’s a cozy outdoor sitting spot or a gourmet kitchen with state-of-the-art appliances. The rental market can be competitive, especially during the holiday season, so if there’s a home with a feature you want, you can beat the rush by booking it now!
Book Your Winter 30A Getaway with 30A Beach Girls Today!
We offer only the best at 30A Beach Girls, from our meticulously maintained luxury properties to our personalized customer service. To learn more about our winter vacation rentals, call one of our friendly reservation specialists to book your winter 2022 vacation today!
30A is a fantastic vacation destination throughout the year—tropical Gulf Coast waters against striking sugar-white sands make a stunning backdrop during any season, and the beach lends itself to a host of outdoor recreation, from fishing to shell-hunting. While you’re guaranteed to have a terrific time whenever you come, if you’d like to experience one of the most fun weekends of the year, visit 30A this Memorial Day weekend! Beach communities along 30A each have their own festive celebrations, whether it’s live music at beachfront restaurants or a bustling local farmer’s market, and it’s easily one of the most celebrated weekends of the year as it’s the unofficial start of summer for much of the country. With amazing local restaurants, lots of outdoor activities, and leisurely days spent on the shore, 30A is a highly desirable Memorial Day vacation destination!
Explore Beautiful 30A Beaches
On a popular weekend like this, hitting the beach is sure to be at the forefront of everyone’s mind—luckily, there are plenty of different spots depending on what kind of beach bum you are! The area of 30A is well known for our strikingly beautiful beaches, with turquoise clear water and palms lazily swaying in the ocean breeze. Wherever you stay, you likely won’t be far from beach access points, as there are more than 50 in the South Walton area alone! Nature lovers will lean towards more low-key spots like Seagrove Beach and Seacrest Beach, while those craving a bit of the city character will like Inlet Beach and Rosemary Beach. It’s going to be a popular weekend wherever you choose but know that your options will be plentiful on this gorgeous stretch of coastline!
Visit Local National Parks and Wildlife Watch
Nearby you will find two parks of interest, where you can wildlife watch and explore a network of hiking and biking paths. Deer Lake State Park is home to a stunning beachfront, along with a coastal dune lake situated along the shore, which is rare to observe worldwide. Deer Lake is home to a variety of unique plant life as well, and you might be able to catch a pop of color dusted along the dunes from summer wildflowers. The pristine beach makes for a great picnic spot, and you might spot some local wildlife, such as migratory seabirds. A short drive away from the Point Washington State Forest can be found, which offers several hiking and biking trails among a dreamy landscape of cypress groves and wet Flatwoods.
Get in Some Memorial Day Shopping
As 30A is made up of a collection of distinct communities, you’ll find plenty of Memorial Day shopping, from traditional shopping centers to local boutique shops. If you’re near Rosemary Beach stop by the upscale 30Avenue outdoor mall, offering a variety of exclusive 30A shops and dining. Artists at Gulf Place in Santa Rosa offers a variety of 30A-made goods, from well-made souvenir clothing to art and handmade home décor. The Hub can be found in Watersound and features a lively restaurant and bar along with a selection of trendy local shops—a great stop for both entertainment and shopping. You can also find convenient services like bike rentals there! Other great beach areas for Memorial Day shopping include Alys Beach and Rosemary Beach.
Dine Out at Amazing 30A Restaurants
Restaurants serving up freshly caught Gulf shrimp, eateries with seaside views, and lively bars celebrating the long weekend—this is what you can expect to find when you come to 30A, and you’ll have a variety of amazing restaurants to choose from up and down the coast. Stop by The Big Chill at The Hub for bites with live music or try The Red Bar in Grayton Beach for a local vibe that’s only a walk away from the beach. In Rosemary Beach, you can try the Havana Beach Bar and Grill for a venue with live music with an upscale atmosphere, and after you can wander a few blocks to the Peddler’s Pub, which is a bonus offers bike rentals!
30A Memorial Day Activities
All weekend long you’re likely to find an array of activities to keep you entertained, from live music to discount shopping. The Village of Baytowne Wharf, situated at the edge of the Choctawhatchee Bay, offers lots of shops and restaurants, along with live music on Memorial Day weekend. The Farmer’s Market at Grand Boulevard, Watersound Town Center, and Main Street Defuniak Springs are all taking place on Saturday and will be a great opportunity to shop local goods and grab a bite to eat—maybe even a few ingredients for a BBQ at your vacation rental later!
Reserve Your 30A Memorial Day Vacation Rental with 30A Beach Girls Today!
Memorial Day is a great time to take a vacation to 30A, and we have a selection of amazing vacation homes waiting to host you. Contact us to learn more about reserving yours today!
When the spring weather hits and the sand warms up, it’s the ideal time to head to the Gulf Coast, and 30A offers a great choice. As a collection of sea towns along the iconic highway 30A make up the area, each offers its own distinct character, from those perfect for family-friendly fun to those more appealing to those looking for a bit of lively fun. It’s a terrific place for a road trip, as having your own car allows you the freedom to experience all of them or just a few, in addition to a plethora of sights along the way, from any direction you’re heading in from! If you’re starting to plan your 30A road trip, then keep on reading for some ideas below!
Discover Florida and Beyond Along the Way
No matter the direction you’re driving from, you’re likely to have a few exciting cities and sights to see on the journey—and if you want, you can plan an epic Florida road trip of a lifetime! If you’re coming from the west, you can add New Orleans to your itinerary, and do everything from eat beignets at the French Quarter to attending a jazz concert at a local club. If you’re looking for some family-friendly fun, you can add in Orlando to the agenda, along with a few days at Disney World, or Universal Studios. Those heading from the north can add in famous cities like Atlanta, Washington D.C., Nashville—really, the list is endless, as there are several ways to reach 30A from the eastern seaboard. Those looking to take a grand tour of Florida could always loop down the eastern coast of Florida, seeing famous spots like the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Orlando, and Miami, then go down to Key West, and up the west coast of the peninsula to 30A! The possibilities when you road trip to 30A are nearly limitless.
Check Your Lists Before You Go
In preparation, be sure to have your trusted mechanic give it an oil change and check everything out, just so you know you’ll safely make it to your destination! It’s always smart to pack a cooler full of beverages and snacks, that you can later take out to the beach when you’re enjoying the good weather on the shore. Download your route and maps of your route offline in case you run into an area with low service, and those traveling with kids be sure to download movies and pack activity bags! The Florida Department of Transportation website has lots of traveler’s resources, including maps, rest area locations, list of scenic highways, and driving tips for inclement weather. Another great tip is that you can always make sure your rental has beach gear available before you go, saving you precious space for other important things!
Explore 30A From the Familiarity of Your Own Vehicle
There’s nothing better than driving along the coast in your own car, playing your favorite songs and enjoying the sunshine with your family and friends. 30A is a great place to drive the roads that run along the shore, and you can make a day of it journeying to different towns. Stay in a low-key area of Rosemary Beach but make your dinner reservations in the lively Seaside—it’s your choice when you stay on 30A! The area offers a wealth of versatility for outdoor activities, from exploring dune lakes to biking down quaint beach city streets. Camp Helen State Park, Deer Lake State Park, and Grayton Beach State Park are all popular destinations, and offer some variety from the white sand beaches of the coast—not that you really need it! From local shopping to seaside restaurants, you’ll always find plenty to do in 30A, and will love the mini trips you can take from town to town.
The Perfect 30A Vacation Rental
We offer a variety of homes for vacation rental in 30A, from those right on the beach to those that are removed from the hustle and bustle of town. Our variety of locations spans from Santa Rosa Beach to Inlet Beach, and when you road trip here with your own car, you can choose the rental you’d like the most, without having to worry about the distance to the beach or other points of interest. Our friendly staff can help you pick the perfect one based on what you’d like to do most, and as locals ourselves can give you an idea for the feel of each location.
Reserve Your Spring 30A Road Trip Vacation Home Today!
If you’re ready to start planning your 30A road trip, we’re here to help you make it happen—starting with the ultimate 30a vacation rental. Our knowledgeable team is waiting to take your call if you’d like to learn more about our spring road trip vacation rentals!
Dreamy days spent soaking up the sun on beaches with sugary white sands and stunning turquoise waters, and nights spent walking on the beach in the twilight hour before setting out for an evening on the town—it’s all in a typical romantic vacation itinerary on 30A, and that vision is just the beginning of a world of possibilities! The famed stretch of highway known as 30A runs along a collection of beach communities on the Gulf Coast, each with its own unique character and attractions, giving you and your partner multiple adventures over the course of your vacation. Go on an underwater scuba expedition or take it easy and go on a fun snorkeling trip—whatever you choose to do, the 30A area is home to countless romantic activities to keep you busy, from excellent local dining to unique local experiences. If you’re ready to take your romantic vacation to 30A, we have a list of romantic 30A activities perfect for traveling couples!
Visit Stunning 30A Beaches
It’s no secret that 30A and the Gulf Coast are some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, with tropical scenery you usually must travel out of the country to find! One of the most romantic things you can do is just bring your beach gear and relax on the sand, drinking in the otherworldly scenery and moderate weather. You can also walk along the beach for a romantic stroll, and shell hunting is always a fun thing to do together. You’ll find popular beaches all up and down the coast—Blue Mountain Beach has lovely sand dunes, and Rosemary Beach offers easy access to the quaint neighborhoods of Inlet Beach.
Discover National Wildlife Parks
If you love the outdoors, there’s another way to experience some of the Gulf Coast’s beauty as we have quite a few state parks within easy reach. All of them offer hiking and biking trails, whether it’s beachside or in a secluded forest. Deer Lake State Park offers a gorgeous beach, as well as rare coastal dune lake right off the beach. For a romantic outdoor adventure, take an afternoon to hike the trails in the Point Washington State Forest, where you can wander through tranquil cypress groves and try to spot local wildlife.
Take a Sunset Cruise
There’s nothing more romantic than a sunset cruise, and when you’re visiting 30A, you’ll find quite a few to choose from. It’s always a great idea to add on a dinner option, and you might be able to reserve a private cruise depending on how busy it is! SunQuest Cruises is a popular local option, and you’ll find other companies on 30A offer a variety of cruises that can be enjoyed with your loved one. Whether it’s a sunset spectacular or a day tour out on the water, experiencing life out on the Gulf is a must!
Treat Yourself to a Luxury Spa Day
When you’re on a romantic vacation it makes sense to treat yourself and having a luxurious couples’ spa day does just that. Get a couples massage or relax in the sauna—maybe even get pedicures together! There’s a variety of options with local spas, each with their own menu and specialties. Some local options include the Spa in Seaside, a day spa, and the Serenity by the Sea Spa at the Hilton Resort in Miramar Beach. You’ll find plenty more options, and luckily there’s no shortage of ways to pamper yourself along the Gulf Coast!
Step Into a Dreamy Romantic Rental Along 30A
From Santa Rosa Beach to Panama City Beach, we have a lovely collection of properties along 30A—beachfront rentals, seaside condos, upscale townhomes, and beach cottages. Just like every beach community along 30A, it has its own unique charm, so do our rental properties, but amenities you might find include amazing features like private pools and jacuzzies, bright and airy living spaces, ocean-facing patios, spa-like bathrooms, direct beach access, flat-screen televisions, free Wi-Fi, fully equipped kitchens, and so much more! From taking a romantic movie night at your vacation home, to sunrise walks on the beach, our romantic rentals in 30A allow your romantic vision to become a reality!
Reserve Your Romantic Rental and Enjoy These 30A Activities!
At 30A Beach Girls, we go the extra mile for our guests, every time! Whether you need a personal suggestion for the most romantic spot in town or have any questions at all during your stay, our friendly team is here to support your vacation with anything you might need. We value giving our guests a personalized experience and unbeatable luxury properties at amazing rates that will keep them coming back year after year. If you’re ready to take the plunge on your 30a romantic getaway, give us a call and we’ll assist you with booking your 30A romantic vacation rental today!
You have to experience summer along 30A to know how incredible of a season it is—and once you have, we can confidently say you’ll keep coming back year after year! It’s an ideal time to take advantage of all the water sports the Gulf coast has to offer, between scuba diving and jet skiing, or just enjoying the swimmable beaches of clear blue-turquoise water. It’s the epitome of a dreamy tropical beach lifestyle, all right in the sunshine state. Bike up and down the shoreline, or shop everywhere from local boutique shops to outdoor malls with all your favorite stores. From hiking trails through the Point Washington State Forest to boat tours through nearby bays and lagoons, you’ll always have your choice of ways to take in all the natural beauty that surrounds you. It’s no question that summer is a high traffic season for vacation rentals, and we recommend that you book your summer 2023 30A vacation now!
Homes and Condos that Showcase Coastal Luxury at Its Finest
Maybe you need a huge, modern home in a contemporary style for your birthday vacation, or a condo that’s only a walk from the beach for a family vacation with the kids. No matter the occasion, we have a vacation rental that will make the perfect home base for enjoying your time along 30A. We have elegant condos with ocean views, and pastel Key West-inspired homes with their own elevated decks. Many of our properties are pet-friendly as well—just look for the paw print when browsing rentals. It goes without saying that the properties with the best amenities and locations get reserved first, which is why it’s best to act now if you want to guarantee you get the one you want!
Dazzling Interiors with Accents of Coastal Elegance
When you rent a property with 30A, you’re getting more than just a vacation rental—you’re getting immersed in an upscale beach experience! Sun-soaked living spaces offer up a relaxing place to unwind with friends, while bedrooms can offer coveted features like private decks, ocean views, massive bathrooms, and rooms with twin beds so the kids can have a space to call their very own. You’ll always find fully equipped kitchens in our properties, so you can throw together a picnic lunch to take to the beach or make your own drinks to have out on your furnished patio. Every property has their own specific list of amenities, but you’ll probably enjoy laundry facilities and free Wi-Fi. If you want that home with the master bedroom that has the private ocean-facing balcony, or that offers free beach gear in the garage, don’t miss the chance and book it as soon as you know it’s the one!
Gorgeous Landscaping for Soaking Up the Sun
Beyond the stunning interiors of our vacation rentals, guests find that our outdoor spaces are made for living the best of the 30A lifestyle. Rent a home with a private pool for the kids, or one with direct beach access so you can enjoy the best of both worlds. BBQ grills will let you cook up your own summer BBQ with the family, while screened-in porches allow you to relish the ocean breeze from a quaint porch swing. Other highlights you might find could be Jacuzzis, outdoor dining areas, resort-style pools, and rooftop patios. Of course, each property has its own design and specific highlights, but every home has a unique gem of a feature waiting to be discovered. The rental market can be competitive in the summer for properties with must-have outdoor spaces—but you can get ahead of the booking frenzy by reserving your rental now!
Save by Booking Early and Have the Ultimate 30A Vacation
When you book early, you ensure you get the property you want, as well as save money for all the things you’re going to do once you arrive in 30A, from renting bikes to cruise the coast to snorkeling out on the Gulf. Planning ahead on your activities is never a bad idea either, from snagging a reservation at the best seafood restaurants to booking an eco-excursion in advance. The glory of summer awaits you on 30A—all you need to do is reserve your rental property first!
30A Beach Girls—The Experts in Coastal Luxury
From our immaculately maintained homes to our five-star customer service, we’ve been making summer dreams come true all along 30A. When you reserve your summer vacation rental with us, you’re guaranteed to experience the things that make 30A a beach destination that you’ll never forget. Our friendly team can help you pick out the perfect summer vacation rental, and then all you have to do is sit back and wait for what will surely be an unforgettable summer. Give us a call and reserve your summer 2023 getaway to 30A now!
If you’ve never celebrated Christmas at the beach, it’s the perfect time to check that experience off your bucket list—in where else besides the Sunshine State? In the exclusive 30A area, you can enjoy long walks on white sand beaches with views of turquoise water, a community feel with big city amenities, and a more peaceful and unhurried pace than many fellow Florida beach towns. The area is home to a collection of beachfront communities each offering their own unique charms, and you’re sure to find something for travelers from all walks of life. When you’re thinking of planning your next Christmas vacation to 30A, rest assured that you’ll find plenty of ways to get into that seasonal spirit, while enjoying some of Florida’s most scenic highlights along the coast of the Gulf. We’ve rounded up some inspiration for your Christmas on 30A!
Beaches Like You’ve Never Seen Before
It’s amazing that beaches as perfect as these exist, but they do, and they can make all your tropical dreams come true! Pay a visit to Blue Mountain Beach for a low-key atmosphere and sparkling blue-green water, or visit the historic town of Seagrove Beach for a shoreline against lush greenery. The huge Grayton Beach State Park offers opportunities for recreation, such as hiking and biking trails, as well as ocean swimming (though you might need a wetsuit in the Christmas season), and it also boasts a marshy lakefront. Paddleboarders and kayakers will love Seacrest Beach, where the far end of 30A is home to Inlet Beach with its picturesque seaside atmosphere.
Endless Choices for Christmas Fun on 30A
The great part about 30A is that it’s home to several beach towns, giving Christmas vacationers their choice of events, whether they’re looking for family-friendly activities or celebratory adult-centered Christmas events. In downtown Seaside, you’ll find a performance of “Every Christmas Story Ever Told” on weekends in December, at 11 a.m. in front of the Seaside Post Office. Visit the bustling Village of Baytowne Wharf to see their 12 Nights of Lights holiday light show, commencing at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., and 8 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, and Wednesdays December. The area is also home to a number of shops and restaurants, giving you so much to do that it can be more than a festive Christmas outing. On Wednesdays you’ll also find a holiday concert series, and visits from Santa!
Do Some 30A Style Christmas Shopping
Whether it’s for a treat yourself gift or a souvenir for a loved one, Christmas visitors will find plenty of opportunities for shopping in 30A, from outdoor malls to local farmers markets. The 30A Farmers Market offers several convenient locations—Grand Boulevard Farmers Market in Miramar Beach, and the 30A Farmers Market at Palm Plaza on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the 30A Farmers Market Rosemary Beach in the Florida Town Center on Sundays at the same time. The market offers up local vendors of all sorts and might even have some seasonal treats for sale. The Watersound Town Center Farmers Market presents a gorgeous outdoor setting and runs Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Outdoor malls boasting both local and nationwide shops include Destin Commons and Harborwalk Village and can be an excellent choice for some last-minute Christmas shopping and only-from-30A gifts!
Celebrate in Style at the 30A Holiday Market
Christmas Markets aren’t just for the freezing cold cities in Europe! You can find a bit of holiday market cheer right here on 30A at the Holiday Market at the Watersound Town Center Pavilion in Panama City Beach. The market gives visitors the chance to peruse aisles lined with local food vendors, gourmet farm stands, 30A based food trucks, and Christmas themed crafts and gifts. It’s a great way to support local businesses and get something special to remember your Christmas vacation on 30A! The Holiday Market takes place December 23rd and 30th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Enjoy Some Classic Winter Fun at Baytowne Ice Rink
A fun activity to give the kids some of that classic Christmas cheer is to take a day to ice skate at The Village of Baytowne Wharf’s Baytowne on Ice. Running from Halloween to February, visitors will find it conveniently located to other Christmas points of interest like the 12 Nights of Lights show, making it easy to combine both for a fun day and evening exploring one of 30A’s holiday attractions.
Spend Your Christmas 2021 with 30A Beach Girls!
We’re one of 30A’s top vacation rental companies for a reason, and we take the extra time and effort to pair you with a rental that will fit your vacation needs like the missing piece of a puzzle. Take a look at our properties and give us a call to reserve your Christmas 2021 30A vacation home today!
Follow the sandy dunes along the Emerald Coast that guides you down scenic highway 30a. Lined with aquamarine waters, 30a holds iconic charming beachfront colonies with some of the best dining on the Panhandle.
Come explore the immaculate community that welcomes you into 30a! A calm neighborhood with various dining gems and the largest beach access point in South Walton.
Shaka – sushi, noodles, poke, fried rice, hand rolls, soups, salads, sake, beer wine & more! Located in the Shoppes @ Inlet. Opening daily at 4pm, this spot has great outdoor and indoor seating available. Our beach girl favorites are the baked avocado & custom bento boxes! For a full menu & more information check out their website https://shaka30a.com
30a Burger– A casual restaurant with a not so casual menu! Offering burgers, chicken, shakes, local beers, wines, and even a plant based burger so our vegetarian pals can be in on the fun in this vibrant setting that looks over the 30a Avenue Greene. The perfect spot for lunch, its even pet friendly with a “dawg” menu for your furry friends to enjoy!
Amici– Italian for “friends”, this family owned authentic Italian restaurant shines on Inlet Beach. All ingredients are locally sourced that make up their signature menu consisting of; small plates to share, pastas, entrees, and their staple item Neapolitan pizza pies. These special pies are baked in an innovative Marsal pizza oven for extra crispiness. Pair your meal with a vintage wine or enjoy their full bar in this unique environment.
Lined with cobblestone streets, this quaint beach town gives you total 1950s vibes. Take a bike ride around town to see how truly mesmerizing Rosemary Beach is.
La Crema– inspired by the restaurants of Spain, this tucked away bar has an array of small plates, authentic wines, and interesting desserts. i.e chocolate bacon
Havana Beach Bar & Grill– Residing in the focal point of Rosemary Beach, The Pearl Hotel features the rooftop Havana Beach Bar & Grill with breathtaking gulf views.
Cozy between Rosemary & Alys Beach, the places to explore are endless! A good pair of flip-flops or a bike ride will get you everywhere you want to go around the village of shops and food.
La Cocina– Latin inspired cuisine with a coastal twist! A menu filled with deliciousness; pick from a variety of tacos, mouth watering appetizers, or entrees to satisfy your latin & seafood cravings all in the same place. Located in the heart of the Village of Seacrest.
Decadent Coffee– A gift to your senses, walk in and immediately get overwhelmed by the sweet aroma of the fresh baked goods and custom in house blend roast.
Right out of a California dream! Alys Beach is the symbol of glamour on 30a– towering palm trees line the road that welcomes you into the Bermudan inspired all white architecture.
Georges-Upscale yet casual, located on a beautiful part of the beach. Plates are designed based off locally grown organic produce and fresh caught seafood!
Just over two miles of beautiful oakwood trees,Gulf views, and the most public beach access points on 30a, Seagrove Beach has been a prime hangout spot since the 1940s.
Seagrove Village Market Cafe– Serving “deep fried love” since 1949. Their famous grouper sandwich was named one of the “100 things you must eat before you die” by Garden and Guns magazine.
Cafe Thirty-A- Routinely voted as one of 30a’s hot spots for fine dining, casual yet sophisticated, you can rock just a pair of flip flops here and fit right in for dinner 7 days a week.
Beautiful walking paths along white sandy beaches and calming waves, there’s a reason Seaside has been named “Best Beach on Earth” in the Travel and Leisure magazine & was also included in USA Today’s “Top 10 Beach Towns” in Florida. The most unique part of this authentic colony is, “Airstream Row” which is made up of an array of food trucks & vintage air streams with a variety of food choices all made to order.
Barefoot BBQ– Hormone and steroid free BBQ, even better than your neighborhood get togethers
Frost Bites– serves Hawaiian shaved ice, homemade frozen custard, and fresh squeezed lemonade, the perfect spot to cool you off at the beach
The Meltdown on 30a– A new spin on the grilled cheese sandwich tomato soup that mom used to make
Raw & Juicy– Organic juice smoothies, raw food, and healthy snacks perfect to take down to the beach
Wild Bills Beach Dogs– hotdogs from grass fed beef from the Five Dot Ranch, as well as. family farmed pork and pasture raised turkey hot dogs
Crepes du Soleil– Taking France to the beach, delicious made to order crepes, either sweet or savory. Be sure to grab a frose or frozen lemonade!
Pickles Beachside Grille– A colorful environment, Pickles Beachside Grille is ideal for the whole family. All American, serving burgers, chili cheese dogs, fried grouper sandwiches, and their MEGA famous fried pickles.
Most of you have probably heard that any wine YOU like is a good wine. This is true if simply enjoying wine is your goal. To determine what is good for you, all you need is to give it a swish and take a sip. Your taste buds will decide “yes” or “no.”
It’s true that figuring out what you like is an important component of wine tasting, but it’s not the only component. Quickly passing judgment about a wine is not the same as truly understanding and evaluating it. As you become more knowledgeable you will begin to acquire a taste profile and you will begin to identify the main flavors and scent components in every wine you try. You will know the basic characteristics of the most important varietal grapes, and beyond that, the blended wines from the best wine-producing regions. You will also be able to quickly point out specific flaws in bad wines.
Picking the best wine for yourself or a dinner party can be truly exhausting. Just look at all those bottles lining the shelves! Red, white, sparkling… it’s easy to pick the same bottle over and over, but variety is key when hosting. To help you narrow the choices, here is a list of the most popular types of wines so you can find something everyone might like:
Particularly from Italy, is known for being dry, light, fruity, and easy drinking; making it one of the most popular wines. These acidic pinot grigios pair easily with fish, chicken and shellfish.
Chardonnay is the most planted grape in the world and the U.S., though many either love it or hate it. It is often noted as being “buttery” or “oaky” in flavor varietals.
More of a style of winemaking versus a grape, rosé wines are made when red grape skins are left in contact with the wine for a short time, allowing a little color to be imparted but not as much as a red wine. Rosé has soared in popularity over the past few years due to its quaffability and ease of pairing with pretty much everything. Flavors can range from strawberry to citrus to melon.
Lighter than other grapes (such as merlot, malbec and cabernet sauvignon), pinot noir is fruity and soft, making it a crowd pleaser for red-wine drinkers.
With flavors of black currant, anise and black pepper, cabernet sauvignon is the most popular red wine. Cabernet sauvignon known for its’ boldness is grown in almost every wine-growing region in the world. Cabernet sauvignon is a fabulous choice if you’re serving red meat; if it’s a little too strong for your palate look for blended wines such as merlot, malbec, cabernet franc, or petit verdot.
There are often Florida wine tastings making it a great way to be introduced to new wines and gain knowledge of types and pairings. Now it’s time to get out there and start tasting. Here is a list of places to start with. Have fun and enjoy the ride!
Local places to go for wine:
Wild Olives – Rosemary Beach, FL
Paradis – Rosemary Beach, FL
Havana Beach Bar and Grill in the Pearl – Rosemary Beach, FL
Cuvee, 30Avenue – Rosemary Beach, FL
Old Florida Fish House – Seagrove, FL
Coastal Dunes – Seagrove, FL
The Wine Bar – Watercolor
Check out our guide to all of the fun the whole family can enjoy on their 30a trip!
30a Photo Bus
A gem created by 30a Beach Girls, the 30a Photo Bus is a vintage 1963 Volkswagon van that has been converted into a photo booth with fun props to strike a pose! Get your pictures printed on the spot to have memories to last a lifetime, and yes it still drives!
Grayton Beach All Natural Kiddie Pool
Where Western Lake meets the Gulf of Mexico creates a perfect pool of water with no waves or currents making it great for kids to enjoy!
Vintage Movies at Eden Gardens
Enjoy free great vintage movies under the stars in the beautiful Eden Gardens National Park for just $4 admission to the park. Blankets, chairs, and coolers are welcome!
Stand Up Paddleboarding
This activity is perfect for adventurous older kids and teens. We recommend paddling across one of our rare coastal dune lakes. Lake Powell and Western Lake are two of our faves, there are many to choose from. South Walton’s Dune Lakes are very rare, only appearing a few places around the globe. The calm waters make it the most ideal place to learn or perfect Paddleboarding before taking it out to sea! Several of 30A Beach Girls properties include SUP boards!
Family Bike Ride
30A is one of the best places in Northern Florida for biking due to its impressive network of 30A Bike Trails with ahhmazing scenic views. We recommend trying the Timpochee Trail, which stretches almost the entire length of 30A. Best part of this is all of 30A Beach Girls properties come with FREE bikes!!!
Let’s Go Sightseeing
A fun, relaxing, and easy way to get some fresh air without spending too much time at the beach is going on a 30A boat tour. Everyone in your group will love an immersive and unforgettable trip through misty mangroves, stunning clear-water springs, and beautiful bays. We recommend booking a trip with Backwater Tours, we are more than happy to make these arrangements for you!
Get Artsy and Channel Your Creativity
The Shard Shop in Grayton specializes in a unique form of art called ShardWorx Art. ShardWorx Art allows you to build a gorgeous masterpiece by placing glass on canvas then covering it with a clear glistening coat of resin. Go to one of their daily DIY art classes in Grayton to try out a one of a kind art experience. They have everything you need to make your own art including glass, resin, mixed media materials. Makes for a perfect escape from hot or rainy weather.
The Village of Baytowne Wharf is a short 20-minute drive away. The kids will love climbing the rock walls, going ziplining, playing in the water features, and attending magic shows here. The adults in your party will love it, too! There are countless boutiques here offering upscale ladies’ clothing, beachwear, fishing gear, gifts, and more.
Gulf World Marine
Gulf World Marine is so much more than an aquarium! You’ll find indoor and outdoor tropical gardens as well as several exhibits showcasing penguins, flamingos, sharks, sea turtles, and more. Additionally, there are daily live shows starring dolphins, sea lions, reptiles, and tropical birds. It’s a perfect stop for all ages (and an exceptional rainy day activity).
The Hub is your one-stop shop for family fun on 30A. This festive gathering place features world-class music and weekly events. After a fun day at the beach, come out for a night of live music, great food, and drinks. The Hub also features a family movie night on the 25’ Jumbotron and has multiple TV screens to watch the latest game.
Camp Rosemary Beach
There are plenty of fun activities to enjoy on Rosemary Beach. During the summertime, your kids will love going to Camp Rosemary. This day camp is a great way for your child to make friends while having a blast on vacation. Each day includes arts and crafts, sports activities, crazy pool games, beach expeditions, and more! The camp is designed for children 5-12 years old, but there is also a teen night on Thursdays.
Bonfire on the Beach
End your perfect day of fun in the sun with a relaxing bonfire on the beach! Relax by the fire, listen to the waves crash on the beach, roast a marshmallow or three, and enjoy the company of your favorite people. S’mores, a seafood boil we can customize whatever you want to add.
Family-Friendly Fishing Charter
Treat the little ones to a family-friendly fishing charter! Share your love of the open water with your kiddos on a 2 or 3 hour customizable fishing trip. Your experienced captain will take his time explaining the different types of fish and gear. Your kids will have the opportunity to catch some fish and enjoy quality time with their loved ones on the water!
Fly with your closest friends or family members as you soar to astounding heights above the Emerald Coast. Feel the calm weightlessness as you glide over the stunning waters of the Gulf of Mexico. With safety always in mind, you can trust that Xtreme H2O will make this the most memorable parasailing experience ever. We are happy to make reservations for you and your family for this exciting adventure!