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20 Reasons to Visit 30A

Mike Fisher

November 20th 2020

20 Reasons to Visit 30A

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 is 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!

Table of Contents

  • Fresh Seafood
  • Beaches
  • Art
  • Nature
  • Fishing
  • Beachfront Lodging
  • Weddings
  • Music
  • Community Events
  • Location
  • Beach Bonfires
  • Sandcastle Building
  • Food Trucks
  • Watersports
  • Horseback Riding
  • Celebrity Sightings
  • Open Year-Round
  • Comedy
  • Dog Friendly
  • Shopping



Fresh Seafood


fresh seafood in 30a florida

Don’t forget to grab a bite to eat when visiting 30A, your tummy and taste buds will be thanking you


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!




beaches of 30a florida

Pictured above is just one of the many stunningly beautiful beaches along 30A! Image from Wikimedia


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.




paintbrushes for local artists

From gallery-quality pieces of art, to graffiti that speaks to the soul, 30A is home to all different kinds of art and mediums


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!




sand dunes in 30a florida

The sand dunes in 30A are just one of the many amazing natural wonders in the area


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!




inshore family friendly 30A fishing charter

Hop aboard a 30A fishing charter, like the one pictured above, and reel in a fish big enough to write home about


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!

{Read Reviews & Book Santa Rosa Beach 30A Fishing Charters Online}


Beachfront Lodging


view from condo on 30a beach

Beachfront lodging allows you to wake up to the sound of waves crashing and the aroma of salt air


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!




beach wedding in 30a

The beautiful beaches of 30A make for the perfect backdrop to a dream destination beach wedding


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 involved!




live music in 30a

From huge concerts to small acoustic shows, 30A hosts all types of musicians and performers


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! Click here and discover the best places to go for live music in 30A.


Community Events


community events in 30a

From large concerts showcasing world renowned superstars, to small outdoor performances, 30A hosts a wide variety musical talents


The 30A Songwriters 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! For all events so you don’t miss a thing, click here:




grayton beach in 30a

Pictured above is Grayton Beach State Park, nestled in between Panama City Beach and Destin, Florida. Image from Wikimedia


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!


Beach Bonfires


30a beach bonfire

Pictured above is one of the fun and unforgettable beachside bonfires by Shoreline Beach Service


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!

{Read Reviews & Book Santa Rosa Beach 30A Beach Bonfires Online}


Sandcastle Building


giant sandcastles in 30a

Learn to make sandcastles like the one pictured above with sandcastle-building lessons


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!


Food Trucks


30a food truck

From grilled cheese to barbecue, there’s a food truck that’s sure to relinquish your hunger in 30A


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 anywhere else!




30A jet ski rentals

Zoom off on your very own 30A jet ski rental and get your adrenaline pumping


Parasailing, jet skis, paddleboarding, 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!

{Read Reviews & Book Santa Rosa Beach 30A Water Activities Online}


Horseback Riding


horseback riding in 30a

Horseback riding is the perfect way to relax and get in touch with nature


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!


Celebrity Sightings


celebrity spottings in 30a

Spotting celebrities along the scenic roads of 30A is not uncommon


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!


Open Year-Round


empty beach in 30A

Enjoy less crowded beaches in the fall and winter, and more populated beaches in the spring and summer


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!




live performance in 30a

Live performances, like the one pictured above, are a great way to beat the heat and enjoy some laughs


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.


Dog Friendly


dog on vacation in 30a

Every dog loves a good beach vacation


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! 30A is so pet friendly, that according to this recent Traveler Story, they were even booked for a beachside photoshoot!




shopping in 30a

Bring home the best gifts for your loved ones, or yourself, and shop the local boutiques in 30A


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 best prices!



Now that you have 20 awesome reasons to visit 30A, it’s time to start planning your vacation. Check out for more tips, tricks, and advice from our local travel experts!



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