As I started researching pet friendly activities, restaurants, and areas on 30A, I quickly realized that I should be researching places that are “not” pet friendly because there are more that “are” than “not”. That’s great news for everyone travelling with your pet to 30A. For me, I like to start with bad news and then end with positive information. So, if you’re planning on bringing your fur babies with you on your next trip to 30A, keep this in mind…
All dogs are prohibited from public beaches of Walton County except as provided below:
1) Dogs assisting those who are sight and hearing impaired or service animals; or, 2) Dogs owned by Walton County real property owners or permanent residents who have obtained a permit and who maintain the animal on a leash.
I know, this is disappointing especially if you had visions of creating Reels, Tik Toks and videos of your doggo frolicking on the water’s edge, surfing or just being stinkin’ cute during your epic vacation to 30A.
On to the good news!
Well, that’s it for the bad news. Now on to the good news. Your pooch is welcome at all state parks along 30A, while on a leash: Camp Helen, Grayton Beach State Park, Topsail State Hill Preserve Park, Eden Gardens State Park and Point Washington State Forest. There are miles of trails that you and your pet can enjoy while taking in the rare beauty of the coastal dune lakes and wildlife surrounding them. But if you don’t want to go off the beaten path then you’re in luck, the Timpoochee Trail runs parallel to 30A and its 18 miles long. Grab your pup and leash and head out to grab your morning coffee and croissant.
Like I said, there are more restaurants than I could list that are considered pet friendly. From Inlet to Dune Allen, many restaurants allow dogs and their owners to enjoy a meal together in the outdoor dining areas. Some even have water bowls and treats available for your canine companions. I suggest you look up the restaurant you are planning on dinning at to make sure your fur baby is welcome. But here is a brief list:
- An outdoor shopping and dining venue with many pet friendly places, Amici’s 30A, Amigos 30A, and many more. 12805 US HWY 98 EAST, thirtyavenue.com
- Shades Bar & Grill, 10952 E County Hwy 30A, shades30a.com
- Paradis, 82 S Barrett Square, restaurantparadis.com
- Cowgirl Kitchen – Outside patio seating with bowls of watercowgirlkitchen.com 54 Main St,
- La Crema, 38 Main St, http://www.lacrematapas.com
- Amavida Coffee, 104 N Barrett Square, amavida.com
- Summer Kitchen Café, 78 Main St, thesummerkitchencafe.com
- La Cocina, 10343 E County Hwy 30A, lacocina30a.com
- Peddler’s Pub, 10343 E County Hwy 30A, https://peddlerspub.business.site/
- George’s at Alys Beach, 30 Castle Harbour Dr, georgesatalysbeach.com
- Neat – alysbeach.com/dining/neat/
- Fonville Press – 147 West La Garza Lane alysbeach.com/dining/fonville
- The Big Chill – 7000 E County Hwy 30A, Watersound, FL https://thebigchill.com/
- Bruno’s Pizza – 6652 E County Hwy 30A, brunospizza30a.com
- Old Florida Fish House, 33 Heron’s Watch Way, oldfloridafishhouse.com
- Steamboat Grill, 4935 E County Hwy 30A, steamboatgrill30a.com
- The Perfect Pig, 4281 E County Hwy 30A #30A, theperfetpig.com
Seaside and Watercolor
- Airstream Row. Water bowls nearby for all thirsty pooches.
- Great Southern Café, 83 Central Square, thegreatsoutherncafe.com
- Amavida Coffee, 2236 E County Hwy 30A, amavida.com
- Bud & Alley’s, 2236 East Co Hwy 30A, budandalleys.com
- The Wine Bar, 1735 E County Hwy 30A, thewinebarfl.com/the-wine-bar-watercolor-on-30a
- Grayton Seafood Company – Bowls for water and dog treats available. 50 Uptown Grayton Cir #1, graytonseafood.com
- The Red Bar, 70 Hotz Ave, theredbar.com
- Chanticleer Eatery – 55 Clayton Ln, chanticleereatery.com
- AJ’s of Grayton Beach, 63 Defuniak St, ajsgrayton.com
- Chiringo, 63 Hotz Ave, chiringograyton.com
- Black Bear Bread Company –26 Logan Ln Unit G, blackbearbreadco.com
Blue Mountain Beach
- Goatfeather’s – 3865 W County Hwy 30A, goatfeathersseafood.com
- Johnny McTighe’s Irish Pub – 2298 W County Hwy 30A, johnnymctigheirishpub.com
- Cowgirl Kitchen – cowgirlkitchen.com
- Red Fish Taco – 2052 W County Hwy 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, redfishtaco.com
Santa Rosa Beach/Gulf Place
- The Perfect Pigwww.theperfectpig.com 7 Town Center Loop C11,
- Shunk Gulleyshunkgulley.com 1875 S Co Hwy 393,
- Pizza by the Seapizzabythesea.com 95 Laura Hamilton Blvd,
The 30A Beach Girls know how stressful it can be to leave or board our fur babies when we go on vacation. We have many homes that welcome pets so check out our website for pet friendly and pets considered homes. When searching our properties just select the “Pet Friendly” and “Pets Considered” filters. https://30a-beachgirls.com/ We look forward to hosting you and your pets.
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.
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
Many have visited scenic 30A along the Emerald Coast and have enjoyed the beautiful sugar sand beaches, and clear gulf waters. This unique stretch of land from Rosemary Beach to Santa Rosa is only 24 miles long, but did you know there are 4 State parks along that 24-mile stretch? If you haven’t visited them, you are missing out. Each one is different and unique, but all have stunning landscapes and serene spots to take in the natural surroundings. From the coastal dune lakes and saltwater marshes to massive sand dunes and winding nature trails through scrub oak forests, these 4 State parks should be at the top of your “must see” list.
At the far East end of 30A in Inlet Beach, is Camp Helen State Park. Bordering the Gulf of Mexico and Lake Powell, one of the largest coastal dune lakes in Florida, Camp Helen offers many outdoor activities for the whole family to enjoy.
Just a short distance West on 30A, is Deer Lake State Park. This beautiful, 1,920-acre State Park borders the Gulf of Mexico and Deer Lake, one of the 15 coastal dune lakes in Walton County. Newly renovated, this state park has picnic areas, hiking trails and a long high boardwalk that stretches hundreds of yards over the dunes to access the beach.
As you go West on 30A, you’ll reach Grayton Beach State Park and my personal favorite. Home to the 100-acre Western Lake, another coastal dune lake, Grayton Beach State Park is idyllic. It also has massive dunes, hiking trails, canoeing, kayaking, boat ramp, and a beautiful beach. There’s camping and cabins to rent at the park.
Topsail State Park is at the far West end of 30A in Santa Rosa Beach and is more like a resort than a state park. It has campground, bungalows, swimming pool, tennis and shuffleboard courts and of course hiking trails, bike paths, and 3.2 miles of beaches. They even have a tram service that picks up throughout the park.
Each park holds events throughout the year and sowal.com is a great website for information about the parks and all of 30A. There’s so much to do and see within these 24 miles of land and we hope you plan to visit one or more of these beautiful state parks on your next trip to 30A. You won’t regret it.
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.