Scenic 30A, Florida, is twenty miles of heaven. As you wind your way along the white sands, long-leaf pine flatwoods, and coastal lakes you will begin to understand why this stretch is one of the most cherished landscapes in the Southeast.
In addition to 30A’s natural beauty, there are also a laundry list of great activities and attractions. To help you make sense of it all, we here at TripShock have assembled a list of 20 reasons to visit 30A. From family-friendly, to relaxed, to active and invigorating 30A is sure to have something for everyone!
20 Reasons to Visit 30A...
The Gulf of Mexico is home to some of the best seafood on the planet. Reef
fish like Grouper and Snapper are just a few of the most popular local species. Get over to one of 30A’s great eateries and dig in!
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Whether you are looking for peace and quiet at a place like Rosemary or the
fun and adventure provided by Grayton, the scenic beaches of 30A
all have one thing in common: beautiful white sand and blue-green waters.
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The Artist Bazaar in 30A happens every Saturday and is a must-see for all of those with an appreciation for art, culture, and one-of-a-kind craftsmanship. Even more, join the Art Walk and tour all of the best South Walton galleries the First Friday of every month!
Hike the Point Washington State Park for flatwoods, wet prairie, and cypress swamps galore and catch a glimpse of rare species like the American kestrel, gopher tortoise, flatwoods salamander, white-topped pitcher plant, and the world's largest population of Curtiss sandgrass!
Beaches and emerald waters mean fishing and man oh man does 30A have a
whole school of choices! From surf fishing to the coastal lakes to deep sea
charters, there are options for every angler and skill level!
Take in the sights and smells of the beach from your hotel room balcony or beachside pool. Hotels and condominium options are available for each and every budget so get on down to the surf today!
Weddings are extremely popular in 30A and for good reason. With
beautiful scenery and fantastic beachfront venues aplenty make sure to check
out 30A as a spot for your special day and make it unforgettable for all those
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If you like relaxing by the water with a drink in hand while listening
to good tunes then 30A is the place for you! From huge events to intimate acoustic shows
, 30A is home to some of the best music on the Emerald Coast!
Fill your ears with local music by checking out the top spots to hear 30A Live Music!
The 30A Songwriter’s Festival in January brings big names like Cheap Trick to South Walton and an action-packed weekend for all! Be sure to also check the Wine and Food Festival at Grand Boulevard for four days of winemaking, brewmaking, and distilling excellence!
Location, Location, Location
30A is centrally located in between some of Florida’s hottest destinations such as Panama City Beach, Destin, and Pensacola. Explore the Panhandle and have a
blast up and down the Emerald Coast!
Santa Rosa beach is the only city on the Emerald Coast where you can
enjoy the crackle, warmth, and serenity of a beach bonfire. What are you
waiting for? Get down to 30A and check out a picturesque sunset on the water
with your favorite folks!
Check rates on a 30A Beach Bonfire and book online today!
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Kids and adults don’t agree on much but they can definitely see
eye-to-eye this one! The scenic beaches and pristine white sands of 30A provide
the base for some of the most extravagant sandcastle designs around! Even better, learn to make your own sandcastle creations and impress your friends and family on your next beach vacation with award-winning sandcastle building lessons
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Seaside has a lively food truck scene with dynamic dishes at bargain
prices! Barefoot BBQ, Frost Bites, the Melt Down on 30A, Raw & Juicy, and
Wild Bill’s Beach Dogs each offer a culinary experience you won’t find
Parasailing, Jet Skis, Paddle Boarding, Surfing, and Fishing are just a
few options available when you visit the waters of 30A. Take a snorkeling tour
and embrace nature, get wet, and have a blast!
Choose from the top water activities in Santa Rosa Beach online at 30A water activities!
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One of the best ways to explore the beautiful and wild terrain of 30A is
on horseback. Guided tours through Point Washington State Park are a great way
to see the natural beauty, learn about the country, and relax as you trot
through the unknown! Enjoy a guided 30A horseback tour
and SAVE when booking online.
Dance with the Stars
Emeril Lagasse in his Florida Home - www.southflorida.com
Celebrities on 30A
include some of the biggest names in entertainment, food, and
business. From pop stars like Britney Spears to cook Emeril Legasse to Dallas
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, 30A boasts some of the biggest and brightest names
in the world. If these stars own property here and vacation here it means that
this place is really something special!
Most 30A businesses stay open year-round so you can visit and get the full experience anytime. Come in the winter and enjoy the beaches and migratory birds as well as a more laid-back experience overall!
Kick back and relax, enjoy a live production, or laugh out loud at a
hilarious comedy show at the Repertory (REP) Theatre in Seaside. This intimate
venue entertains tens of thousands annually and attracts some of the best
talent in the nation.
Get the BEST price on a 30A live theater at the REP when you book online!
30A connects on so many levels: Beautiful? Check. Awesome attractions?
Check. Something for everyone in the family? Check. That includes your dog,
too! 30A is a dog friendly paradise complete with a dog park, local pet
services, and pet-friendly lodging!
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Pop in one of 30A’s shops and storefronts before you hit the beach to make sure your look is on point. Central locations like Gulf Place
and the Silver Sands Outlet Mall provide the latest fashions at the absolute
Now that you have 20 awesome reasons to visit 30A, it's time to start planning your vacation! Check out our 30A Vacation Guide
online for tips, tricks, and advice from our local travel experts!