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There’s never an off-season for sweet treats on Florida’s sunny Gulf Coast, especially when vacationing on 30A, the most beautiful slice of white sand in the U.S. 30A boasts roughly 20 miles of pristine white sand, stretching from Inlet Beach westward to Dune Allen. Despite this fact, this picturesque beach haven remains a Southwestern hidden gem—and we like it that way. After all, there’s nothing quite like relaxing on a crowd-less beach, splashing in the turquoise Gulf water, and dining on fresh-caught seafood in a spacious seaside eatery. Today, we’re going to shine a light on the tastiest, most mouthwatering ice cream on 30A, ranging from a beloved Santa Rosa Beach chocolate “factory” to a long-standing Blue Mountain Beach staple. The kiddos won’t soon forget their week in the sun, especially when waffle cones and Paradise Properties are combined!

1. Pecan Jacks Candy Kitchen & Creamery

Most travelers know Pecan Jacks for its finger-licking chocolates, including those delightful pralines, milky toffee bars, and crunch-tastic brittles. However, families return time and time again for the vibrant, undeniably scrumptious ice cream concoctions, ranging from blueberry lemon cheesecake to red velvet cake and peach cobbler. Celebrating with friends? Try Pecan Jacks’ liquor-infused ice creams, featuring infusions of Grand Marnier, Baileys, and Kahlúa.

2. Kahve & Cream

Kahve is Turkish for coffee. And there’s nothing overly idiosyncratic about Kahve & Cream’s business model: They proudly serve Lucky Goat Coffee (based out of Jacksonville), Charlie’s Donuts (a local food truck), and Pecan Jacks’ ice cream. There’s something comforting to know that Pecan Jacks’ unique offerings are available in both Gulf Place and Seaside. The thought of munching on coffee, donuts, and ice cream on Kahve’s peaceful front patio ushers in strong feelings of grandiose getaways with the kids.

3. The Creamery

The Creamery, also known as “Blue Mountain Beach Creamery’ is the first of its kind in Santa Rosa Beach. To no one’s surprise, The Creamery still crafts some of the tastiest ice cream on 30A. We particularly relish The Creamery’s growing collection of sweet treats, including its frozen yogurts, shave ice, milkshakes, and sorbets. Unlike most local ice cream shops, it’s only one block away from the beach!

Quintessential 30A Vacation Home Rentals

After a full day of sunbathing, snorkeling, and ice cream treats in one of 30A’s finest seaside communities, return to your luxurious vacation rental for an evening to remember. Paradise Properties manages the area’s sleekest collection of 30A vacation rentals, ranging from Views from Above to Breakers and Pompano Palace. “Common” on-site amenities include Gulf views, community pools, private balconies, chef’s kitchens, modernized bedrooms, and distinctive decor and interior design.

To book a long-awaited escape to Florida’s sunny 30A, please check availability online (or connect with a reservationist at 850-588-7136).

It’s hard to imagine a more paradisal Gulf Coast destination than Florida’s 30A, a 24-mile-long utopia known to many as the “Emerald Coast.” Despite boasting some of the nation’s most pristine white-sand beaches, 30A remains a semi-secretive hidden gem, dotted with idyllic Gulf-front communities, including Seagrove Beach. The region is known for its luxurious beachfront vacation rentals, many of which are managed by Paradise Properties. Seagrove Beach itself has more public beach access points than another 30A destination. However, when you book a stay in Paradise, you’ll instantly obtain private, unobstructed beach access to the Gulf of Mexico’s genuinely breathtaking shoreline.

A Fleet of Luxurious Seagrove Beach Rentals

Interior Photo of One of our Seagrove Beach Rentals.

While 30A is home to 24 miles of pristine public beach access, there’s just something magical about Seagrove Beach, a two-mile-long stretch of sand that feels more like a community rather than a popularized gathering place. Seagrove Beach sees much more foot traffic than other lengthier strands, providing a desirable level of security and a family-first atmosphere. Paradise Properties’ fleet of lavish Seagrove Beach rentals is within eyeshot of the Gulf. Some of our most beloved beachfront rentals include Eastern Shores, Sand Angels, and Leeward I, all of which feature private balconies that tower above the beachgrass and pearly sand. You’ll have no problem whatsoever earning a prime spot near the Gulf in the morning. Other on-site amenities include full kitchens, flat-screen televisions, and near-instant access to Seagrove Beach’s finest restaurants, shops, and attractions.

Plan a Genuinely Unforgettable Beach Day

Photo of a Family Walking on Seagrove Beach, Home to Countless Paradise Properties Beach Rentals.

Is there anything more relaxing and rejuvenating than a full day at the beach, especially amid such a heavenly destination? After embarking on an invigorating sunrise jog and sipping on a cup of java on your private balcony, gather the kids and slip down to Seagrove Beach for six to 10 hours of play in paradise. The Emerald Coast, thanks to its sugary sand and microalgae, provides near-perfect conditions for snorkeling. Commonly-spotted underwater critters include whiting, bluefish, ladyfish, blue runner, and sheepshead. Mom and Dad can sunbathe, people-watch, snap photos, and read while the kiddos swim, toss the Frisbee, fly kites, play with squirt guns, and, of course, build a mighty sandcastle. Seagrove Beach is also a splendid place to learn how to surf, paddleboard, or comb the beach.

Take a mid-day break with a well-planned beach picnic, complete with turkey sandwiches, ripe fruit, fresh vegetables, and perhaps some Veggie Straws or Sun Chips. Renting a Seagrove Beach rental has many perks, including the unique ability to take infrequent breaks back in your waterfront condo or villa.

To book a well-deserved sandy escape to 30A with the kids, please check availability online (or connect with a reservationist at 850-588-7136).

Horseback riding can be both exhilarating and relaxing, especially in an area as beautiful as Florida. When you go horseback riding, you’re experiencing life before cars, modern bikes, and buses. Not to mention, it’s a fun and unique way to enjoy the outdoors! Explore a new area when you go horseback riding near Panama City Beach, specifically Santa Rosa Beach, with your friends and family. It may be one of the major highlights of your trip! Learn more about one of the best stables in the area, Western Pleasure Riding Stable, below.

Western Pleasure Riding Stable: Horseback Riding near Panama City Beach

Enjoy a leisurely expedition when you go horseback riding through Western Pleasure Riding Stable, located in Santa Rosa Beach. Whether you’re a seasoned rider or you’ve never ridden before, this stable has everything you need for a successful, safe, and fun day trip on the horses. These gorgeous, gentle giants will take you sauntering through the natural beauty in the area, and knowledgeable instructors who have worked with horses for many years will accompany you, to make sure that you enjoy your afternoon of horseback riding to the fullest!

The guides will take you through breathtaking nature sites in Santa Rosa Beach via nature trails, all while giving you the opportunity to learn about the history of the landscape. This stable is a wonderful place to go regardless of your riding skills, as each guide will be able to teach you the ins and outs of horseback riding, all while having a blast. Go from walking to trotting, and even galloping, as you experience the refreshing beauty of the sandy beaches and green tree canopies.

Aside from group trail rides, Western Pleasure Riding Stable offers pony parties and riding lessons! The Pony Parties are a great option if you’re celebrating a youngster’s birthday, as they’ll be able to ride ponies with their friends. If you’re not entirely comfortable with hitting the trails right away, riding lessons at the stable is a perfect way to ease into it.

For more information or to book with Western Pleasure Riding Stable, give them a call at 850-267-3153.

Enjoy Paradise with Paradise Properties Vacation Rentals

At Paradise Properties, you can live in luxury. Each of our vacation rentals is not only beautiful but perfect for groups of all sizes. Whether you’re traveling with your family or friends, we have the right rental for you! Enjoy lounging by your private pool reading your favorite book, all while having close access to all of the fun things to do in 30A. After a day of horseback riding near Panama City Beach, you’ll look forward to coming back to Paradise Properties for a shower and a nap before hitting the town for dinner and more fun! To book with us, give us a call at 850-588-7136.

When you stay at Paradise Properties, not only are you staying with a top-rated rental management company in the region, but you also have access to tons of activities and equipment rentals. From our concierge, you can rent bikes, golf carts, beach gear, and more. Guests can swiftly explore Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast by utilizing one of our affordable 30A bike rentals, with the wind in your hair and picturesque views for miles. Not only is it a unique way to explore this startlingly-beautiful region, but you’ll be getting some great exercise! 

Paradise Properties’ 30A Bike Rentals and Local Trails

Put on your tennis shoes and sunglasses and rent bikes from our concierge for a full day under the sun with friends and family. Ride through a number of quintessential 30A towns or along the sandy beach—or both! Stop along the way for photo ops, lunch, and maybe even some shopping if you’re up to it. After you check-out your bike, you can leave right from your home with Paradise Properties and be on your way in short order!

Timpoochee Trail

One of the most popular bike trails is the Timpoochee Trail that will take you along scenic State Road 30A. For nearly 20 miles, this bike path is paved and mostly flat, making it a fun and leisurely bike ride. Bike past various dunes, lakes, and even see where the movie The Truman Show was filmed! If you get hungry, there are plenty of restaurants to stop by along the way.

Greenway Trails in Dune Allen

At the Town Center Government Education complex, you’ll find a ton of multi-use trails known as The Greenway Trails. Navigate through beautiful and luscious wetlands, over wooden bridges, and past dog parks – there’s so much to see when you ride along the Greenway Trails! 

Santa Rosa Beach’s Longleaf Greenway Trails

If you’re looking for bike trails to explore on your 30A bike rental, you can find plenty within Santa Rosa Beach’s 15,000-acre state forest, home to the East, Middle, and West Longleaf Greenway Trails. These trails provide over 27 miles with an opportunity to explore the beautiful landscape of the Florida Panhandle.

Stay in a Luxurious 30A Vacation Rental

Paradise Properties has everything you need for a relaxing vacation (and a relaxing day after your 30A biking excursion). Bask near your private pool in one of our luxurious vacation rentals, or walk to the shops and restaurants nearby! To book a stay and reserve a 30A bike rental, please give us a call at 850-588-7136.Photo of Paradise Properties Rental

Thanksgiving and Christmas are some of the best holidays. Families come together to celebrate, delicious food is served, presents are opened, lots of football is watched, and you don’t have to worry about working. If you’re looking to have an extra special holiday getaway, consider planning a vacation with Paradise Properties. We have a variety of luxurious vacation homes that you can make your own during the holiday season, plus the wonderful Florida weather. Start planning your holiday getaway now by reading below – we’ll tell you about all of the different ways you can make the holidays fun when you stay with us.

Your Holiday Getaway to Florida

Now, the air might turn from crisp to cold as the year starts to end, but it’s always beautiful in Florida. If you’re used to wearing a sweater to Thanksgiving and seeing snow on the ground for Christmas, coming to Florida for a holiday getaway might be a nice change! 

Thanksgiving

If you’re planning on spending Thanksgiving with us, then you have definitely come to the right place. In your rental at Paradise Properties, you can make the ultimate Thanksgiving feast in your luxurious kitchen. We have all of the utensils, dishes, bowls, and cutlery that you’ll need for the entire family. No matter which rental you choose, we have it all. Your thanksgiving will be memorable, even if it’s not how you’re used to it being. The warm weather and the palm trees will allow you to be outside and be at a comfortable temperature during your holiday getaway.

Christmas

Who needs snow to celebrate a white Christmas? Celebrate Christmas with the white sandy beaches and all of the holiday cheer that Florida has to offer. Pick up a Christmas ham at a local grocery store and all of the other sides that you want at Christmas. We have everything you need for every single holiday getaway, whether it’s Christmas, Easter, or New Years. After your Christmas dinner, take a walk on the beach and enjoy some eggnog, which you can always make at your home away from home at Paradise Properties!

Your Holiday Getaway at Paradise Properties

Like we mentioned above, we have everything you need for the perfect holiday getaway. Your full kitchen is the perfect place to cook dinner for the holidays, and you can explore the city and going out to eat for the rest of your vacation! Our mulit-bedroom, luxurious condo rentals are nothing short of perfection. If you have any questions, or you want to book your holiday weekend with us, then call 850-588-7136.

 Photo of a Paradise Property Living Room

When you go underwater, you’re introduced to a whole new world. You’ll see colors that you would never see on land and creatures you might not even know existed. Snorkeling is an easy and adventurous way to explore what’s below, and it’s something your entire group can enjoy. Some of the best snorkeling in Panama City Beach is just minutes away from Paradise Properties Vacation Rentals – the short commute is all the more reason to add snorkeling to your vacation bucket list!

The Best Snorkeling in Panama City Beach: Snorkel Panama City

Snorkel Panama City has some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving guided tours around. The tours offered here are perfect for all skill levels. Tours will typically last for 90 minutes to two hours, and we know you’ll enjoy every minute exploring what lies below the surface. 

 

For just $29 per person, you can create memories that will last a lifetime. Your guided snorkeling tour will begin with a quick briefing that will cover the safety and fundamentals of snorkeling, and then you’ll head into the water! Once you practice in a shallow area, you’re ready for the deeper waters. Explore the enticing aquatic fish, including clownfish, angelfish, parrotfish, sea turtles, and the rest of the Finding Nemo cast! Swim above or beside beautifully colored reefs, and everything else under the sea. Oh, and your snorkeling moments will be caught on video!

 

These snorkeling tours are for adults and kids ages five and up. All of the equipment you’ll need to snorkel is included in your $29 fee, as well as free pictures and videos of you and your group underwater! Snorkeling in Panama City Beach is an opportunity too priceless to pass up, so book your tour online today.

Homes in Florida: Paradise Properties

After spending a few hours in the salty water, explore the surrounding area or head back to your luxury home at Paradise Properties Vacation Rentals to relax and lounge around. Each of our beautiful rentals can be your home away from home, no matter the group size, or the occasion. Whether you’d like a pet-friendly rental, a private pool, or a gulf view, we have something for every group. Escape for a weekend to our tropical paradise, and book with us by calling 850-588-7136.

Photo of a Rental Through Paradise Properties

A farmers market is always a wonderful place to spend an afternoon. It’s peaceful, fun, and a way to get a (sometimes literal) taste of the area where the farmers market is taking place. Local artisans, bakers, growers, and food providers come together to create the Seaside Farmers Market located in Santa Rosa Beach, FL. It’s the perfect place to go for an afternoon with family and friends, and kids of all ages. Taste delicious food and freshly prepared baked goods before heading back to Paradise Properties for an afternoon of relaxation!

The Seaside Farmers Market in Santa Rosa Beach, FL

On a gorgeous, sunny day, you’ll pull up to the Seaside Farmers Market to see excited families, a lively atmosphere, and live music to enjoy while you shop. Bring a blanket to post up after you wander from tent to tent to enjoy the music – the entire experience will be the highlight of your trip!

Going to the Seaside Farmers Market provides plenty of opportunity for learning about seasonality and sustainable farming practices, as you can meet those who grow the food themselves. Local growers, bakers, other food providers, and craftspeople come together to offer some of the freshest and most delicious food near Seaside, FL. All of the products offered are healthy and environmentally conscious!

This market is open every Saturday, no matter the weather, at the Seaside Amphitheater, with a mission to educate the public about sustainable practices by providing a well-rounded, green living experience. There’s such a wide variety of foods to try or to bring back to your Paradise Properties to enjoy from over 30 different vendors. Local vendors serve up some of the best crab cakes, meat forms, vegetables, pastries, oils, exotic foods, honey, and more. The Seaside Farmers Market is excited for you to visit, no matter when you vacation on 30A, as it’s open year-round for plenty of fun and sweet treats.

Luxury 30A Vacation Rentals

Staying with Paradise Properties is nothing short of luxurious. Each of our beautiful rental properties is a dream come true, with gorgeous views of the blue ocean and sandy beaches. Many vacation rentals are near the Seaside Farmers Market, as well as eclectic bars and restaurants, unique shops, and all of the watersports you could ever imagine. So book with us and have an unforgettable vacation with all of your favorite people. To reserve the perfect vacation rental, give us a call at 850-588-7136.