Travelers hoping to take time away from busy schedules and enjoy a place where beauty, tranquility, and fun can be found in equal measure will find all they’re looking for and more along Florida’s Highway 30A. This stretch of coast offers up captivating scenery combined with options for exploring and enjoying a collection of charming coastal communities. Whether you’re one for time on the beach, or a traveler that prefers to encounter historic and scenic landmarks along the way, 30A is brimming over with opportunities to do both. While it can be fun to visit this area with family and friends, 30A is also a destination that’s solo traveler friendly. When you’re crafting that independent itinerary, be sure to add these 30A activities to the list.
Take Time to Walk Through Seaside
There’s nothing quite like a stroll through Seaside to get you in a Florida state of mind. This picturesque coastal community along 30A is well worth an afternoon of simply wandering and browsing. Here, visitors will be able to immerse themselves in a space that comes complete with pristine oceanside pavilions, cobblestone pathways, small cottages, and storefronts as well as parks that seem picked out of a fairytale. The design of this small town is intentional and is categorized as New Urbanism. The plans were laid out at the hands of Robert and Daryl Davis in 1981 and to this day, continues to beckon to travelers looking to make the most of magazine-worthy views and amazing ambiance around every corner.
Enjoy time at Grayton Beach
Settled between Blue Mountain and Sea Grove is the well-loved destination known as Grayton Beach. A trip along 30A isn’t complete without time spent on the sand and if you have to choose just one to enjoy during your solo trip, this is it. Grayton Beach is adored for its timeless terrain and options to bike along the beach or explore the nearby cafes and boutiques. The beach is surrounded by Grayton Beach State Park meaning visitors can extend an afternoon beach visit into a day of hiking and exploring if the inspiration hits.
Book with Rolling Tide Charters
While admiring the waters along 30A is inspiring, there’s nothing quite like getting out on the waves and seeing what you can reel in. Consider booking an experience with Rolling Tide Charters while you’re in town. This company specializes in guided offshore and inshore fishing experience near South Walton. If you’re an experienced angler, this is a great refresher course and a nice insight into area-specific species. If you’re new to fishing, this is a wonderful way to keep the excitement high and learn the basics before putting your skills to the test.
Enjoy 30A Activities
Savor every moment of your 30A adventure and let the team at Paradise Properties handle your accommodation details while you’re here. Contact us for more information on our many options for the solo traveler and to start planning your trip.
Savoring every second of a brand-new year of life often begins with planning a vacation to a place that quickly reminds you of paradise. When your idea of fun starts with sand, surf, and sun, there’s no better place to be in January than the scenic shores of 30A. This stretch of Florida coast is known for its beauty, charm and endless options for entertainment. Whether you’re one for the beach or a traveler with a taste for adventure, there’s plenty to keep you busy, or simply relaxing, when you head to 30A. When you find yourself here at the beginning of 2020, be sure to find time to enjoy these 30A events along the way.
30A Songwriters Festival
Visitors to 30A with a passion for music won’t want to miss the chance to participate in the 11th Annual Songwriters Festival January 17th through the 20th. The Songwriters Festival will be hosted at Grayton Beach State Park at 357 Main Park Road. Festivities are held between 5:00 pm and 11:00 pm daily with opportunities to enjoy the musical stylings of Dan Wilson amongst many other incredible talents.
Seaside Farmers Market
When you’re in the mood to pick up some fresh produce, head over to the Seaside Farmers Market on January 18th between 8:00 am and 12:00 pm at the central square. Here, you can browse a wide variety of baked goods, fruits, vegetables, dairy products and more set up on the part of local farmers, artisans and vendors. Make sure to bring your appetite and a bag ready to be filled up as it’s likely you’ll want to sample a few delicious items before you purchase!
9th Annual 30A Wine Festival
Those with an appreciation for wine will certainly want to visit during the annual 30A Wine Festival. The 9th installment of this popular event will be held across five days from February 19 – 23, 2020. Enjoy a variety of wine-centric activities such as tastings, a mixology seminar, multiple dinners, and much more. Celebrate your love of the grape and do a good deed at the same time; all proceeds from the 30A Wine Festival benefit the Children’s Volunteer Health Network, which provides health services to children of Walton and Okaloosa Counties. For more information, visit the 30A Wine Festival website.
Book Your Stay and Enjoy 30A Events
Enjoy the best of 30A by booking accommodations with the property professionals at Paradise Properties while you’re in town alone or with your family. Contact us today for more information about 30A and 30A events and to start planning.
As you begin planning your once in a lifetime family trip to Florida’s Emerald Coast, you may begin to feel some faint feelings of worry. No one knows more than you the difficulties of trying to find activities that EVERYONE in your family can enjoy! Well, because you made the right choice in picking Paradise Properties for your vacation accommodations, we want to show our gratitude by ensuring your entire traveling party has a magical and memorable 30A vacation, and this guide is how we are going to do so!
Hunger pangs can make you irritable, and if you’re traveling with younger children, keeping them fed and happy is a must; these family-friendly restaurants allow you to do so while feeling comfortable and accepted! Stinky’s Fish Camp at 5960 W County Highway 30A offers more than a funny name which your kids will love; it’s known for serving the best seafood in the area in a relaxed atmosphere. Lunch at Redd’s Fueling Station (2320 W County Highway 30A) features thick and juicy burgers and happy music. And because breakfast doesn’t always have to be eggs and bacon, the Donut Hut at 4042 E County Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach is the sweetest way to start your vacation days during your stay in Florida!
Time to Play
Of course, the beach is the perfect family activity, offering something different for every person who visits, but the Gulf isn’t the only water game in town; Shipwreck Island Water Park at 12201 Hutchinson Blvd. in Panama City Beach is one of our favorite places to spend a day with the family! Featuring many play areas that include slides, rides, and of course, pools, a stop here may end up being the highlight of your trip!
When it’s time to visit the beach, sand castle lessons offered by Beach Sand Sculptures will help you create magical structures out of sand as you bond with your family in ways you never dreamed possible. Coming to you at your favorite beach and costing $220 for groups of 1-5 people, it only takes one class to discover what fabulous structures you are capable of creating!
Dreams Come True During a 30A Vacation
You may be hoping this family vacation will draw you closer together; staying in our fantastic Paradise Properties’ homes will offer moments you will never forget! Grill the catch of the day on the back patio, watch movies together on the big screen televisions in the living areas, or simply sit on the deck listening to the music of the waves crashing against the sugar white sands of our beautiful home town. These are just a few of the magical memories you can make when you stay in one of our vacation rentals. Reserve one of our weekly rentals and begin your 30A vacation today!