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A Guide to Discovering the Beach Towns of 30A

Sun, sand, and sea are always a great combination, but the Gulf Coast takes this mix to a whole new level. Welcome to 30A where you’ll enjoy world-class beaches, mouth-watering cuisines, and breathtaking landscapes. From Blue Mountain's charming vibe to the luxurious Rosemary Beach, 30A's beach towns boast a perfect blend of nature, history, and fun. Let's explore 30A one beach town at a time! 


Blue Mountain: The Authentic 30A Feel

Blue Mountain Beach boasts a unique ambiance that is both authentic and inviting. Its relaxed atmosphere offers visitors the opportunity to experience the Gulf Coast's famous sugar-white sands while remaining hidden from the hustle and bustle of tourists. Start your morning at Blue Mountain Bakery with a fresh pastry and cup of coffee. Later in the day, head to Blue Mountain Beach Creamery to treat yourself to homemade ice cream, made fresh daily.

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Grayton: The South Walton Original

As one of the first beach towns in South Walton, Grayton Beach perfectly encapsulates Florida's laid-back and carefree spirit. This 30A beach town is notorious for quirky art exhibits and festivals. Visit the 500-acre Grayton Beach State Park for miles of sugar-white beaches and patches of undisturbed dunes for hiking and biking. The Red Bar is one of 30A’s oldest restaurants and is a must stop when visiting Grayton Beach! 

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Seaside: A Picture-Perfect Town

Seaside is one of the most popular 30A beach towns, thanks to its charming pastel-hued architecture and perfect beachfront location. Seaside has become something of a foodie paradise with delicious restaurants as well as a thriving food truck scene. Visitors can explore the town's boutiques and galleries by foot or bicycle, catch a movie or music concert at the Amphitheatre, or try their hand at paddleboarding or kayaking in the calm Gulf waters.

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Seagrove: A Nature Lover's Dream

Seagrove Beach offers a more serene vibe, with nature and the beautiful outdoors being the town's central appeal. Visitors here can take a hike down Point Washington State Forest or bike through the nearby Eastern Lake Trail. Seagrove Beach is the ideal destination for those looking for a peaceful and secluded hideaway. You can sample some fish tacos at Seagrove Village Market or have a small bite at Cowgirl Kitchen.


Alys Beach: A Taste of Paradise

Alys Beach is a hidden gem and a popular engagement and wedding photo destination. The town stands out for its white stucco architecture, making it unique from other 30A beach towns. Visitors can stroll through the town's sugar-white streets, take a dip in pristine crystal-clear waters, or shop at the town's boutiques. Alys Beach's restaurants and cafes such as George's and Fonville Press are top places to refuel and savor a taste of paradise.

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Rosemary Beach: Upscale Beach Living

Rosemary Beach offers the ultimate beach living experience with pristine beaches, luxury accommodations, and upscale amenities. The town has a European-style layout, with cobbled streets, colonial-style architecture, fountains, courtyards, and parks. Visitors can soak up some rays on the town's white sugary beaches and also enjoy shopping, fine and casual dining, and exploring the town's parks and views from the exquisite architecture.

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Inlet Beach: Quiet Charm

Inlet Beach is the easternmost community on 30A and is a little quieter than neighboring areas like Seaside or Rosemary Beach. Despite its small size, Inlet Beach packs a big punch, with pristine white sand beaches, crystal-clear waters, and an abundance of nearby culinary hotspots. Outdoor enthusiasts will want to pay a visit to Camp Helen State Park. With a unique ecosystem of coastal dune lakes, wetlands, and sandy shores, it’s a must see!

30A's beach towns have something for everyone, from adventure enthusiasts to nature lovers, foodies, shopaholics, and those seeking a serene escape. Every beach town on 30A is distinctive and unforgettable, so come prepared to explore and enjoy all the Gulf Coast has to offer. Are you already planning a beach-soaked vacation? Book your 30A Vacation Rental and get ready to fall in love!