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20 Reasons to Visit 30A

Mike Fisher

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 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...

Fresh Seafood

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!


30a beaches
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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.


30a art
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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!


30a fishing

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! 

Get the best prices on deep sea fishing charters when you book online here!

Beachfront Lodging

30a beachfront lodging

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!


30a weddings

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!


30a music
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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!

Community Events

Community Events

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 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!

Beach Bonfires

30a beach bonfire

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!

Sandcastle Building

Sandcastle Building
Image by William Cho via Wikimedia

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 

food trucks 30a
Image by Joe Mabel via Wikipedia

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 watersports

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!

Horseback Riding 

Horseback Riding
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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

30a celebrities
Emeril Lagasse in his Florida Home -

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 

30a beach destination

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!


30a comedy

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!

Dog Friendly

Dog Friendly 30a

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 shopping
Image by Roderick Eime via Flickr

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 our 30A Vacation Guide online for tips, tricks, and advice from our local travel experts!

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