Driving Tour of 30A Beach Towns in Florida | Check it out!

Dated: May 18 2021

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People come from all around the country to visit 30A Florida because of our pristine beaches and great atmosphere, let us take a look at exactly what 30A has to offer.

What is going on, this is Andrew with the Emerald Group right here on the Emerald Coast of Florida. If this is your first time on my blog and you want to know everything about 30A, well we do lots of blogs about everything you need to know! So make sure you stay until the end!

Honestly, we get so many phone calls, emails, and texts every single day of people moving to Fort Walton Beach and we absolutely love it! If you are thinking about moving or relocating, make sure you reach out to us, give us a call, send a text, shoot us an email or send that carrier pigeon our way. However, you would like to get a hold of us, we have your back when moving to 30A!

First off in this blog we are going to be doing an overview on the multiple beaches of 30A, their personality, yes they each have their own feel and personality to them, and we will showcase each area off as we go. We will be following this video up with specific videos about each area of 30A in-depth to give you a better idea of which one you might want to live or vacation in.

Although 30A sounds more like a seat number on a flight the name actually comes from the road that spans the 20 miles along the Emerald Coast. 

30A is located right between Destin and Panama City and includes Dune Allen Beach, Santa Rosa Beach, Blue Mountain Beach, Grayton Beach, Watercolor, Seaside, Seagrove Beach, Watersound Beach, Seacrest Beach, Alys Beach, Rosemary Beach, and Inlet Beach

As any visitor would see when they arrive, each Beach has its very own personality and feel to it that is far different from the others. You can actually visibly notice when you have entered into a different town along 30A, lets start with Dune Allen Beach

o On the North side of Dune Allen you will see an array of different properties but what stands out the most are the two rare Coastal Dune Lakes, Allen Lake……and Oyster Lake.

o You will not find a ton of shopping and dining options here in Dune Allen Beach but they are all fairly close. If you are heading through and want a bit to eat, check out Stinky’s Fish Camp which is located just off of Allen Lake on the North Side of the road, or keep heading east to the shops are Gulf Place (Gulfplace) which a great place to catch a bite to eat as the sun fades away

Santa Rosa Beach is going to feel a lot more laid back. With its golf carts roaming the roads and beautiful homes from luxurious four-story homes and small beach cottages alike. This area of 30A offers several public beach access points, and leave your cash at home because they all are free parking. 

o For those visiting our area temporarily, this will be a great area to find a vacation rental to enjoy your time in when you aren’t out on the beach or visiting the local eateries. 

o Swing by and check out Goatfeathers for some fresh seafood or pop into their seafood market and grab some fresh-caught fish to take home and cook.

Blue Mountain Beach is also a very laid-back town known for its natural beauty and laid-back feel. 

o There are two main public beach access points located right in the heart of this sleepy little town

o Just like Dune Allen, Blue Mountain Beach boasts one of our rare Coastal Dune Lakes here as well so feel free to take your paddleboard and enjoy the lake or grab a bike and go through Timpoochee Trail, which is a 19 mile stretch of paved path through 30A. Don’t forget to snap a few pictures while you are out there!

Next up Grayton Beach

o Alright hipsters you found your spot, Grayton Beach is often noted as the funky little beach town filled with free spirits. As you wander around Grayton you will notice hand-painted peace signs along the streets and other peace and love-related artwork. 

o Grayton Beach is also the home to one of our most iconic bars for our area, the Red Bar. Not so funny story but the Red Bar burned down back in February of 2019 and had to be rebuilt and we are fortunate enough to open back upright as Covid was sweeping the nation.

o, Be sure to check out Grayton Beach State Park while you are in the area if nature is what you are seeking. 

Watercolor Beach is one of the few New Urban communities along 30A. 

o The new urban style of community includes making sure that the neighborhoods and storefronts all mix in perfectly to the nature around them almost as if every person got together in the town for one particular style and look. 

o If you are looking for a place with a lot to offer aside from going to the beach, Watercolor is it. This is where you will find all kinds of events to attend and even bring the kids! 

o Watercolor is situated perfectly next to Western Lake making it yet another option for exploring another body of tranquil water by kayak or paddleboard. 

On to Seaside Beach – The first New Urban Community. 

o Construction for Seaside started in 1981 when Robert and Daryl Davis founded this global town-planning change called New-Urbanism basically meaning everything you need is close by with the ability to walk about easily

o Another pretty cool fact about Seaside – this is where the main filming was done for the movie “The Truman Show” with Jim Carrey

o Seaside has plenty of shops and even cool food trucks to just swing by and grab a bite to eat at leisure while you continue strolling and taking in the sights of this cool little area.

Seagrove Beach spans about two miles along the beach and was named for the trees surrounding it and basically has the feel you would expect from a beach town. 

o Seagrove is another one of those communities where everything you need is close-by, and talk about convenience – Seagrove has more public beach access points than any of the other communities on 30A

o The houses in Seagrove are a mix of new construction homes and older cottages and are going to have this awesome feeling of still being a bit secluded with so many trees still being present creating this balance between man-made and all-natural scenery

o If you are in the mood to mix things up, check out Deer Lake State Park, Eastern Lake, and the Timpoochee Trail before getting back out into the emerald waters! 

Watersound Beach is one of my absolute favorite neighborhoods along 30A! 

o This gated community put some real thought into ensuring the neighborhood would work with nature instead of against it. There are beautiful paths and boardwalks allowing residents to easily walk to the beach while observing the beautiful dunes without disturbing the ecosystem!

o You have probably already heard about the Watersound Beach Club exclusively for Watersound residents which overlooks the dunes and the remarkable 7,000 square-foot zero-entry pool. Trust me, it is even better than you heard. 

o Watersound Also has a western sister – Watersound West Beach which also has great amenities: a swimming pool, boardwalks, parks, and still an easy walk to the beach!

Seacrest Beach is a little less known and considered a bit of a secret. 

o Home to Crabby Steve’s Gulf Front Bar & Grill – which is one of the very few tiki bars along 30A, Seacrest sits just east of Watersound next to Camp Creek Lake

o Still a very convenient little area, Seacrest has “The Village of South Walton Beach” where you have cute shops, restaurants, and even a convenience store

o For being a secret spot, you wouldn’t expect a 12,000 square foot pool to be present, but it is! Seacrest is home to this giant pool which is one of the largest in all of Florida and a popular venue for concerts, movies, and even weddings – you’ve gotta check it out

Alys Beach…what can I even say about this iconic community. 

o Just walking or driving through and around Alys Beach is incredible. With its all-white homes and every meticulously manicured blade of grass, Alys Beach is what the word perfection would look like if there were a picture of it in the dictionary.   

o If you want luxury in every aspect– this is where you go. Alys Beach offers an absolutely pristine Beach Club specifically for homeowners that only just opened in March of this year.

o Alys Beach also has the Caliza restaurant right next to the attached saltwater pools complete with cabanas. Truly feels luxurious having a bite or a beverage while poolside taking in the views. 

o As if you needed more, there are also high-end shops and even Zumba classes available. What else could you possibly need??

Alright, Alys Beach is a tough act to follow, but not if you are Rosemary Beach

o Rosemary Beach has four beautiful pools and plenty of shopping and dining close-by. If you are more into retail therapy – Rosemary might be perfect for you! 

o Rosemary Beach has a bit of a French quarter kind of feel with all the wrap-around porches and life everywhere you look. You’re never far from the action wherever you are in Rosemary.

o With its cobblestone streets, public art, weekly farmers markets, and great views everywhere you look, it is no wonder it was named one of “America’s Most Romantic Small Towns” by CNN. Come see what all the fuss is about!

Last, but definitely not least – we have Inlet Beach

o If your biggest concern is how close you can be to the beach at any given time – you have found your spot! Inlet Beach is home to the 30A’s largest regional beach access. 

o Inlet Beach homes have a high standard of beauty and having a view of the Gulf is almost guaranteed. Most of these properties have multiple balconies allowing you to have your choice of coffee or wine with a view. 

o Just to the east of Inlet Beach is Camp Helen State Park which is home to yet another large coastal lake where you can enjoy paddleboarding and other water fun

That wraps up our blog overview of the beautiful 30A Beach Towns! We will be working diligently to make more blogs to help further your understanding, but if there is something, in particular, you would like us to do a blog on, drop us a comment, send us a message, email, text, whatever you would like and we will see about making it happen. See ya!

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