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Exploring 30A: What to Do In 2023!

Are you ready for a Florida beach vacation like no other? Imagine yourself spending your days exploring nature, shopping at charming beach towns, tasting amazing seafood from local chefs, engaging in your favorite activities, and just really enjoying the beauty of 30A! There is so much to do on this stretch of paradise along the Emerald Coast of Florida. So, what can you expect when visiting beautiful 30A in 2023? Here's our top 23 must-do's while visiting these fabulous beaches - let’s explore!!

Explore the Beach

Exploring the stunning beaches of 30A Florida is something everyone should experience in their lifetime! With powder white sand and emerald-green waters, it's hard to find something that compares. Take time to just sit back and relax while taking in these stunning views.

Take a Bike Ride

30A invites you to ditch the car for a day or two and hop on a bike. With beaches and bike trails galore, it's the perfect spot for long rides alongside crystal clear waters and beautiful vistas. And if you're looking to explore more, there are tons of state parks in the area, where you can climb some hills and take in all the incredible views that nature has to offer.

Visit the Many State Parks

The state parks of 30A are full of pristine beaches, lush green spaces, and abundant wildlife. From fishing at Grayton Beach State Park to observing rare bird species in Point Washington State Forest, 30A has something to offer to all outdoor enthusiasts.

Discover the Rare Dune Lakes

The 15 named dune lakes of 30A are truly a sight to behold! Rare to the region, these unique coastal ecosystems are teeming with life and vibrancy. Whether you're looking to fish, swim, or just get in some relaxation time on a paddle board, the dune lakes of 30A will provide you with a new adventure. Check out our latest blog on state parks and dune lakes.

Try Paddle Boarding

30A is an incredible place to experience the fun of paddle boarding! With its charming stretch of idyllic beaches and emerald-green waters from the Gulf of Mexico, 30A is the ideal setting for an unforgettable paddle board experience.

Visit Beach Towns

30A is lined with unique beach towns like Seagrove Beach, Blue Mountain Beach, Rosemary Beach, and the iconic town of Seaside all boasting their own vibe. With plenty of creative eateries, boutiques, and outdoor events, 30A beach towns provide something for everyone in your traveling party!

Browse the Shops

At 30A, you can find all kinds of specialty shops offering unique products, from vintage clothing and artwork to handmade furniture and local delicacies. Shop for home décor and more at Seaside’s Art of Simple or pick out a beachy outfit at BECASA at Inlet Beach. You’ll love the styles of 30A!

Paint Your Own Pottery

At Fired Up on 30A, the atmosphere is just right to let your creative energy flow freely. Come join us for one of our 30A Pottery classes today and fire up your imagination!

Check Out the Spas

Are you looking to be pampered while on vacation? If so, 30A is home to many spas that offer a variety of treatments such as massage, body wraps, facials, pedicures, and more. You’ll leave feeling brand new!

Shop at the Farmers Market

30A's farmers market is a great way to bring together the diverse food culture of the 30A beach towns. Sample local cuisine, pick out organic produce, and shop for healthy ingredients. It’s a fantastic way to support your community while enjoying delicious, locally sourced food!

Eat Out at the Many Restaurants

Whether you're looking for casual beachfront, family friendly, or five-star fine dining, 30A offers something for everyone. 30A restaurants are known for their use of local ingredients and their commitment to sourcing seafood from the nearby Gulf Coast. You’ll enjoy the freshest seafood with the purest views.

Watch the Sunset on a Roof Top Bar

What’s better than watching the sun go down over the Gulf of Mexico? Watching the sunset while sipping on your favorite cocktail at one of 30A’s famous rooftop bars. Bud & Alley’s, Pescado Seafood Grill, Havana Beach, and Shunk Gully Oyster Bar are some of our favorite rooftop bars boasting incredible views!

Sip on Local Spirits

Did you know that 30A has a thriving local spirits scene? 30A Distillery and Distillery 98 make small batch liquors such as vodka and gin as well as craft concoctions with local botanicals and ingredients. The next time you’re in town, stop in the taproom or take a tour!

Drink Local Craft Beer

30A is home to some pretty amazing craft breweries. Grayton Beer Company and Idyllhounds Brewing Co. are off the beaten path but definitely worth a visit. Growler Garage is right on 30A and features fresh on tap brews from some of our favorite local breweries such as Destin Brewery, Third Planet, Props, and more!

Listen to Outdoor Music

The 30A music scene is bursting with life with a great selection of live bands playing in bars, pubs, and outdoor venues. If you're looking for a fun night check out The Big Chill. This outdoor amphitheater brings in some of the hottest acts in the area with a variety of genres!

Play a Round of Golf

30A is a paradise for golfers! From private clubs to public greens, 30A offers a variety of appealing options for all types of golfers. With versatile tees catering to different skill levels and an amazing backdrop, 30A is sure to reward you with a memorable round of golf!

Practice Yoga on the Beach

Sharing their love of both the beach and yoga with locals and visitors alike, Beach Yoga 30A invites you to find your zin on sugar sand beaches.  These all-levels classes are suitable for beginners as well as experienced yogis. Check out the schedule here!

Rent a Pontoon Boat

With 30A Pontoon Rental, you can rent out a pontoon-style boat for a day of fun and exploration across the 30A waters. Cruise all the way over to the famous Crab Island of Destin and see what everyone's talking about!

Snorkel and Swim with Dolphins

The 30A Blue Dolphin Tour is an experience unlike any other. Whether you’re looking to explore the coast or searching for a chance to swim and snorkel with dolphins, this tour is the perfect way to do both in a safe and fun environment with an experienced guide.

Take Sandcastle Lessons

Create memories in the sand with a unique whole family experience everyone will LOVE! Your Sand Sculptures coach will meet you at the beach for a fun 2-hour lesson filled with Sandcastle building tips and tricks.

Go Fishing

When it comes to fishing, The Emerald Coast is known to have some pretty lucky waters. Hop on a Charter boat for the chance to hook your next big catch. You’ll enjoy this exciting experience with friendly captains who are both knowledgeable and passionate about fishing.

Visit During Festival Season

There’s a festival happening on 30A all year round. Why not plan your vacation around some of our favorites!

Sandestin Wine Festival April 13th-16th 2023

South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival April 27th-30th 2023

Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach May 19th -20th 2023

Baytowne Beer Fest October 6th and 7th 2023

30A Songwriters Festival January 12th-15th 2024

Spend the Holidays with 30A

30A gets festive during the holidays. From the 4th of July Fireworks to twinkling Christmas lights; from romantic Valentine’s Day getaways to Thanksgiving Day Buffets, the beach towns of 30A will put you in the holiday spirit. Why not plan a trip to 30A during the holidays and tis the season!

So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to start planning your dream vacation to 30A. As you can see from our list of 23 things to do in 2023 these beaches have something for everyone. Let Benchmark 30A help you find your perfect 30A Vacation Rental so you can start exploring 30A now!

Published on Thursday, February 9, 2023