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/
Picky Eaters & Vacation
Are you planning a trip to 30A but are worried the picky eaters in your family and group will starve or worse, become hangry while you’re here? Don’t worry, 30A Beach Girls can help with that. As you may know or have discovered, there are no chain restaurants anywhere on 30A, except for a few Starbucks. A feature that I personally love and that makes this area even more exceptional as well as a great way to support our local entrepreneurs. But back to the picky eaters; thankfully most restaurants in our area provide kids menus, including some fine dining establishments. (If you want to get away for a romantic dinner, sans kiddos, let us know, we can recommend some babysitters too). For all the other meals, here’s our guide to kid friendly food favorites from Inlet Beach to Gulf Place…
Starting with the most important meal of the day, breakfast. It’s important to fuel up on a hearty meal before you head out to the beach or pool for the day and there’s nothing better than starting your day than with donuts! Alright, I know what you’re thinking… but it’s vacation, no rules apply (at least not the eating rules).
The Donut Hole, Inlet Beach
Charlie’s Donuts, Alys Beach
Dough Sea Dough, Seagrove
Blue Mountain Bakery (amazing cinnamon buns), Blue Mountain
Some other kid friendly breakfast establishments with offerings for the whole group:
Canopy Road Café, 30Avenue, Inlet Beach
Big Bad Breakfast, Inlet Beach
Cowgirl Kitchen, Rosemary and Blue Mountain
Effin’ Egg, Inlet Beach
Perfect Pig, Seagrove, Watercolor, Gulf Place
Blue Mountain Bakery, Blue Mountain
After your little ones have awakened from their sugar coma naps, hopefully while you’ve been enjoying your quiet time by the sea, they’ll be ready to refuel and start again. Here are some great family friendly food options on 30A for lunch and dinner …
Lunch and Dinner:
Amici 30A Italian Kitchen (awesome pizza), 30Avenue shops, Inlet
Amigos 30A Mexican Kitchen, 30Avenue shops, Inlet
Pizza by the Sea, Seacrest Beach, Watercolor, Gulf Place
The Big Chill (food court and entertainment), Prominence – Watersound
Bruno’s Pizza, Watersound
Old Florida Fish House, Seagrove
Food trucks and restaurants of Seaside – multiple options including restaurants like Bud & Allies
Grace Pizza and Shakes, Grayton Beach
Perfect Pig, Seagrove, Watercolor and Gulf Place
Shunk Gulley, Gulf Place
30A Beach Girls are here to help with all your vacation dining and activity needs. Just give us a call (850) 849-7455 or text us at (850)660-7911.
Ladies, this one isn’t for you..
Listen up guys. Do you feel forgotten? Are you tired of hearing about ladies’ nights, girls’ getaways, and pampering parties? Well, these ladies, 30A Beach Girls, haven’t forgotten about you because we know you could use some “Bro Time” too! Take a look at some of the activities, events and entertainment available on 30A for guys like you!
The Emerald Coast and 30A are home to many outdoor activities. In addition to the usual swimming, paddleboarding, hiking and biking, this area is also known for its annual fishing tournaments, golf courses, boating excursions and restaurants/pubs that serve up local brews and seafood from our shores. Doesn’t that sound enticing? It does to me and I’m not a guy. Take a look at some of the activities, excursions and entertainment designed with you in mind.
Strictly Business Fishing Charters – https://www.strictlybusinessfishing.com/ (706) 767-4427
Fishy Booty Charters – https://fishybooty.com/ (850) 586-0807
Shallow Minded Charters – https://www.shallowmindedfishingcharters30a.com/ (850) 376-4938
Raven Golf Club, Miramar/San Destin – 850-267-8155 Burnt Pine Golf Club, Miramar/San Destin – (850) 267-6500 Origins Golf Club, Panama City Beach – (850) 213-5090
Other “Bro-time” Experiences
Sky Diving, Scuba Diving, Jet Skiing and E-Surfing https://30a.com/adrenaline-fueled-adventures/
Finally, at the end of an adventurous day on land, air or sea, there’s nothing better than a cold beer and some local bites. Here’s some you won’t want to miss on your trip to 30A:
Johnny McTighes Irish Pub – https://johnnymctighes.com/ Redds Pub – https://reddsfuel.com/
Beach Camp Brew Pub – https://www.beachcampbeer.com/
Growlers Garage – https://growlergarage30a.com/
Local Catch Bar and Grill – http://www.localcatch30a.com/
The Red Bar – https://www.theredbar.com/
If you’re wondering where to stay, no sweat, we’ve got you covered with properties that sleep 2 to 26 and from Panama City Beach to Miramar Beach. So, grab your pals and plan a trip to 30A. Give us a call at (850) 849-7455 or go online to check out what’s available, www.30A-beachgirls.com. See you soon.
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 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
Did you know that coastal dune lakes are rare and found only in a handful of locations around the world?
In the United States these coastal dune lakes can be found in Oregon, South Carolina and here on 30A. From Dune Allen to Inlet Beach, there are 15 of these beauties and something you won’t want to miss on your next trip to 30A.
What’s a coastal dune lake? It’s a shallow, permanent body of water that forms along a coast where fresh water and salt water are exchanged. Most of the water in these lakes come from ground water seepage from the coastal sand dunes surrounding them. The rest comes from rain, streams, and storm surges.
These beautiful lakes are home to a variety of plants and animal species including the Little Blue Heron and the North American river otter, and there are many opportunities to see them along the hiking paths or while enjoying the outdoor activities available on them. Surround yourself in nature and take in the sites that these rare coastal lakes offer with a kayaking or paddle boarding excursion. The largest coast dune lake on 30A, is Lake Powell, located in Inlet Beach Here you can also, motorboat and jet ski.
Next time you’re visiting the Emerald Coast, don’t just hang out on the sugar white sands, check out these beautiful coastal dune lakes. You won’t regret it.
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!