Did someone say, “Happy Hour”?
I’ll Cheers to that…
Have you ever wondered where the tradition of raising your glass and saying “CHEERS”, “PROST” or “SALUD” comes from? Well curious minds at 30A Beach Girls wanted to know and now you will too.
According to some historians, this tradition goes back to medieval times when apparently poisoning your enemy was commonplace. One way to be sure that the person you were drinking with had no ill intentions, was to combine a portion of your drink. They did this by clinking their glasses together so vigorously that the contents of each sloshed together. If there was poison in either cup/glass, then both would be doomed. Thankfully times have changed. Nowadays, people bring their glasses together for many reasons, not just grand events. And if you are like me, there’s always a good reason to raise your glass and say “Cheers!” especially on a 30A vacation.
Here’s a list of some food and drinking establishments that you’ll definitely want to visit while you’re here and check out their Happy Hour Specials too!
Shunk Gulley (Gulf Place)- https://www.shunkgulley.com/
Johnny McTighes Irish Pub (Blue Mountain) – https://johnnymctighes.com/
Beach Camp Brew Pub (Grayton Beach)- https://www.beachcampbeer.com/
Growlers Garage (Gulf Place) – https://growlergarage30a.com/
Local Catch Bar and Grill (Gulf Place) – http://www.localcatch30a.com/
Red Bar (Grayton)- https://www.theredbar.com/
The Wine Bar (Watercolor) – https://www.thewinebarfl.com/
Old Florida Fish House (Seagrove) – https://www.oldfloridafishhouse.com/
Amici’s 30A Italian (Inlet 30Avenue) – https://amici30a.com/
Cuvee 30A (Inlet 30Avenue) – https://cuvee30a.com/
Sunshine and Sandcastles
Sunshine and sandcastles, 30A is an awesome family destination. With 26 miles of world class beaches and turquoise waters, everyone is guaranteed to have fun. We all love the beach, the sun and the sea but sometimes you need a little break from all that glorious sand. Not sure what to do? No worries, take a look at these beach alternative experiences:
- Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, Destin-Ft. Walton – https://www.gulfarium.com/
- Gulf World Marine Park, Panama City Beach – https://gulfworldmarinepark.com/
- Pier Park, Panama City Beach (Shopping, movies, food, and fun) – https://www.visitpanamacitybeach.com/pier-park/
- Baytowne Wharf – https://www.baytownewharf.com/
- Rock Paper Scissors in Grayton Beach: https://www.rockpaperscissors30a.com/
- Shard Shop in Grayton Beach (glass art): https://shardshop.com/
Once you’re ready for some more fun in the sun, getting out on the water via pontoon boat, is a great option. Or you might want to try a fishing trip or swimming with the dolphins. Check out these amazing water adventures:
- 30a Pontoon Rental (ask about 30a Beach Girls discount): https://www.30apontoon.com/
- Santa Rosa Charters, LLC – https://santarosabeachcharters.com/
- Panama City Dolphin Seafari Tours – https://snorkelshellisland.com/
Have you always wanted to build the castle of all sandcastles? Some are truly amazing. Well, now you can learn how to build those amazing sandcastles too and it’s always a great family fun experience. Here’s some local vendors to help you start creating:
- Sandcastle Rockstars: https://www.sandcastlerockstars.com/
- Beach Sand Sculptures: https://beachsandsculptures.com/sand-castle-lessons/30a/
All good things must come to an end, but there’s no better way to say goodbye to 30A than with a beach bonfire and smores. Sit back and watch the sun slip into the sea while you reminisce about your time on 30a. Give 30A Beach Boyz a call (850) 849-2888 or book online, https://30abeachboyz.com/.
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!
We are number #1!
First Place – Diamond Award for Best Property Management Company in South Walton! We are so grateful for the recognition. 30A Beach Girls continues to be committed to delivering memorable vacation experiences for friends, families and corporate teams visiting 30A. Thank you to all our homeowners, guests, and families that made this award possible.
Reward and Loyalty points aren’t just for airlines and credit card companies… in 2023, the Beach Girls will have them too!
We’re so excited to offer our guests an opportunity to accrue Beach Girls – Beach Points. Starting January 2023, for every $10 that you spend while staying at one of our properties, you will earn 1 point, equal to $1. These points can be used at any time towards your next stay with us. They will never expire and there are no blackout dates! Woohoo!
For example, you make a reservation to stay with us for your Spring Break getaway and your total comes to $3000. You will earn 300 points towards your next stay with us. Since you had such an amazing time during Spring break, you decide to come back in the Summer or Fall and your 300 accrued points will be applied to your reservation. It’s that easy.
Give us a call or go online to book your next 30A beach vacation so you can start collecting points instead of just seashells and sand. 850-849-7455 and http://30A-beachgirls.com
Are you thinking about getting away to send 2022 into the rear view and to say “Hello” to 2023, but don’t know where it could be? Look no further than right here on 30A. It’s truly paradise, especially this time of year. Everything is so nice you almost want to keep it to yourself. The weather is perfect, the sunsets are stunning, the crowds are gone and there’s still so much to do. Even though things are quieter this time of year, there’s still lots to do. For New Year’s Eve Celebration, or in Rosemary at Pescado, and Seagrove at the Old Florida Fish House. Or if you want to drive a short distance to Panama City Beach, you can watch the ball drop at Pier Park. After a great evening celebrating with friends and family, maybe you want to start the new year off with a plunge..in the Gulf. There’s a Turtle Plunge at Henderson Beach State Park and Polar Plunge at Ed Walline Beach in Gulf Place. Sounds Exhilarating! Don’t miss out on one last chance to say adieu to 2022. Give us a call and book your end of the year getaway on 30A! 850-849-7455
30A is a unique 24 mile stretch of land that has pristine emerald waters, snowy white beaches, four amazing State Parks, fifteen rare Coastal Dune Lakes, restaurants, café’s, shopping galore and countless luxurious vacation homes. This year, 30A Beach Girls are giving away a 7-night stay at one of OUR luxurious 4–5-bedroom vacation homes. Who wouldn’t want that? This amazing giveaway can be used anytime (other than the week of the 4th of July), up to 24 months from 12-24-2022.
All you have to do to get a chance at winning this fabulous vacation, is starting on 12-12-2022, go to our 30A Beach Girls Instagram page and like and share our post for the giveaway. You can also share on Facebook. The more you Like, Follow, Share and Comment, you increase your chances of winning.
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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!