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8 Things to Know Before Buying Your Second Home
Posted by admin | Monday, August 19, 2019

Are you thinking about purchasing a 30A investment property? We know it’s a big decision. Buying a vacation home on 30A may be a long-time dream of yours, but it comes with some risks. Thankfully, the more prepared you are for the purchase, the more confident you can be in the investment. To help, we asked our experts to share 8 things to know before buying your second home at the beach.

grayton beach vacation rental

Find a Management Company Who is Invested in Your Success

The right management company can help you generate revenue while keeping your property in great condition. You can have your cake and eat it too. In fact, it’s a proven benefit to have activity in your home and to have a team of experts keep things in proper working order.

Find the Perfect Community for Your Personality

30A is an amazing place. It is an 18-mile road with a view made up of many different villages, all with a different personality. Spend some time to find out which village maximizes your mojo. It’s best to buy in a neighborhood with a proven track record. However, it can be advantageous to purchase just outside of the famous villages along Florida’s Emerald Coast. 

Get Help From Local Resources 

You’ve found the perfect home in a great location! Does it need a little lipstick? Know local resources to help rejuvenate your vacation home in a competitive market. Have a list of trusted resources and companies to help with painting, decorating, landscaping, technical upgrades, and more. Also, keep in mind current trends (primary colors are out....monochromatic is in).

Consider the Size of Your Property Management Team

Find a company that is not too big, and not too small. The key to rental success is to find a management partner just the right size. Large enough to have a marketing presence, but small enough to be nimble and maintain the personal relationship that you desire.

Look for Data-Driven Projections

Choose an innovative management partner that utilizes data to stay on top of the market. Projections are great, but they need to be supported by the numbers. A great property manager will use neighborhood history, portfolio actuals, and industry trends based on real data to set goals and expectations for your property. Choose a leader, not a follower. 

Ask Property Management Companies the Tough Questions

Do some research on local property management companies and understand their financial security. Does the management company that you are interviewing have debt? Do they operate with escrow money? Asking the tough questions in advance can alleviate financial heartbreak down the road.

Pay For Sought-After Amenities

You may have to spend a little more upfront, however, homes with private pools rent the best. Homes that have a good community pool are next. Families come here for the beach, but they love access to pools for a break from the salt and sand.

Choose a Property with Close Proximity to the Beach

Where is your nearby beach access? Pay attention to this one. While you might be close to the beach distance-wise, some dunes are protected and some beach access points are private, which can make your stroll to the beach a pilgrimage. Know the lay of the land before you purchase. 

Interested in learning more? Reach out to our team. Contact Heather Hosford or Bob Stevenson at (850)790-3044, or via email at Learn more at

4 Ways to Celebrate July 4th on 30A
Posted by admin | Tuesday, June 25, 2019

From the mesmerizing fireworks to the annual 4th of July parade, 30A is the perfect place to celebrate Independence Day. On the 4th of July you’ll find live music, family-friendly games, decorating contests (whether you have a bike, beach cart, a dog or kids, join the decorating fun), mouth-watering food and cold cocktails. 

Once the sun begins to set, you’re able to enjoy fireworks from virtually every beach community along 30A. With so many activities taking place, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite things to do on 30A for the 4th of July. 


The Annual South Walton July 4th Parade

Thursday, July 4th / 8:00am / Free Admission 

The Annual South Walton July 4th Parade begins at Seagrove Plaza and travels down to Central Square in Seaside. This annual parade attracts an impressive crowd, so plan to arrive early.

The Rosemary Beach July 4th Celebration

7:30am-9pm / Free Admission 

The Rosemary Beach July 4th Celebration begins with the bike decorating contest and breakfast at 7:30 am. Remember when we mentioned bringing your bike, beach cart, dog and kids? This is why. Arrive early for time to decorate before the bike parade begins at 8:30 am, which travels through the Rosemary Beach Town Center. Stick around for the Old Fashioned Family Field Day starting at 9 am after the parade. 

After a day of fun, enjoy live music 6-8:45 pm with fireworks to conclude the show (at 9 pm). Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome to enjoy the show.

Seaside’s July 4th with Sister Hazel and Fireworks

5:30-8:30pm / Free Admission 

Seaside hosts a July 4th celebration with Sister Hazel and fireworks. Make your way to Seaside for live music starting at 5:30 pm. Headliner Sister Hazel takes the stage at 7 pm. End the night with a spectacular firework display over the Gulf of Mexico beginning at 8:30 pm. Similar to the annual parade, Seaside will attract quite the crowd, plan to arrive early.

Alys Beach 4th of July 2019 Fireworks and Concert

6pm / Free Admission 

Alys Beach puts on incredible events all throughout the year and July 4th is no exception. Enjoy live music by Rhythm Nation starting at 6 pm with fireworks to follow. Come hungry, food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Book Your 30A Vacation Today

fireworks on the beach

Time is running out to reserve the perfect luxury vacation rental for Independence Day on 30A. Our luxury 30A vacation rentals offer space to relax, unwind and enjoy Florida’s beautiful Emerald Coast. Browse our selection of luxury 30A vacation rentals to reserve the perfect property for your getaway. Not sure where to begin? Contact our Destination Specialists for assistance at (850)534-0841, available 7 days a week.

Top 5 Gulf Front 30A Vacation Rentals
Posted by admin | Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Booking a Gulf front 30A vacation rental offers an experience that you’ll never want to leave while creating memories to last a lifetime. We know that finding the perfect vacation rental can be overwhelming, so we’ve comprised a list of our favorite Gulf front 30A vacation rentals to help.

105 South Founders Lane

105 South Founders Lane

Located in WaterSound Beach, 105 South Founders Lane offers unbelievable views of the sugar-white sand dunes leading to the Gulf of Mexico. This 5 bedroom, 5.5 bathroom home has stunning views from virtually every nook and cranny. In addition to the incredible Gulf views, 105 South Founders Lane offers a private pool and is walking distance to the DuneSider community pool (serving lunch poolside in the summer). You’ll never want to leave this WaterSound Beach vacation rental.

408 Blue Mountain

blue mountain vacation rental

Two stories of towering windows look out over the Gulf of Mexico and the white sand beaches of Blue Mountain Beach at 408 Blue Mountain. The home’s interior is elegant and modern with a few rustic touches, featuring 6 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, and enough space for 16 people. Outside you’ll find a grill, dining area, and private pool overlooking the beach below. Welcome to paradise.

Compass Point II, 424 Penthouse

Compass Point Penthouse

Modern, clean and sophisticated, Compass Point II, 424 Penthouse boasts impeccable coastal design. This 3 bed, 3.5 bath penthouse condo offers stunning views of the Emerald Coast, which can be seen throughout the living room, kitchen, and two bedrooms. Relax and unwind on the private balcony, taking in each wave as it crashes on the shore or take a short walk to the DuneSider community pool, which serves lunch poolside in the summer.

Forever Grateful

Forever Grateful

Leave your worries at the door. Forever Grateful is a remarkable Gulf front 30A vacation rental, boasting a main and carriage house with 8 bedrooms, 7.5 bathrooms, and enough space for 26 people. This property is perfectly designed, offering stunning, unobstructed Gulf views from each level. Whether you prefer to relax at the beach or by the pool, Forever Grateful offers a private beach overlooking the Gulf, steps away from the sugar-white sand.

Grayton Dream

Grayton Dream vacation rental

Grayton Dream is what vacation dreams are made of. Located in Grayton Beach, Grayton Dream offers 6 bedrooms, 7.5 bathrooms, and enough space for 20 people with indescribable views from every level. Steps from the sugar-white sand, Grayton Dream boasts a newly constructed private pool and outdoor kitchen, making this a vacation rental you’ll never want to leave.

Top 30A Family Activities for 2019
| Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Planning a 30A vacation with the entire family? It’s no secret that 30A is home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, and there are countless ways to relax and reconnect with your family. Our 30A luxury vacation rentals provide the perfect destination for a fun and memorable family getaway. Whether your family prefers to be active, learn about history, be creative, or simply unwind, the emerald coast offers something for everyone!

To help, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite 30A family activities to get you started.

1. Enjoy 30A Beaches

Family on Beach

No real explanation is needed with this one. Spend a day relaxing on the sugar-white sand, collect seashells, build a sandcastle (lessons available by local sculptors), have a picnic or swim in the crystal clear, emerald water. No matter your itinerary, or lack thereof, a beach day on 30A is at the top of our list!

2. Explore the Emerald Water

Did you know that 30A is home to the first permanent Underwater Museum of Art in the United States? Less than a mile from the Grayton Beach State Park shoreline, and approximately 60 yards in depth, you’ll find sculptures created by artists from around the world. Whether you’re a family of certified divers or adventurous beginners, there’s an abundance of watersports available along 30A for the entire family to enjoy.

3. Have a Beach Bonfire

bonfire on beach

After the sun sets, gather together around a beach bonfire – don’t forget the s’mores. It’s the perfect way to end a fun-filled day on the water. Plus, it offers a front row seat to watch the sunset together. From a simple gathering to a catered beach dinner and music, a bonfire on the beach will create memories to last a lifetime.

4. Bike the Timpoochee Trail

If your family enjoys staying active, spend a day biking along the Timpoochee Trail. This 18.6-mile paved pathway winds past the dune lakes, state parks and beach neighborhoods along 30A, offering indescribable picturesque views. We recommend following this mile-by-mile guide, to make the most of your trail ride.

5. Listen to Live Music

After a fun day at the beach, enjoy a night of live music, great food, and drinks. The Hub is your one-stop shop for family fun on 30A. This festive gathering place features world-class music and weekly events, including movies under the stars. While the Hub isn’t the only place to enjoy a live performance, it’s certainly a favorite. We also recommend Shunk Gulley and The Bay offering beach bonfires and live music every Wednesday night, year-round. 

6. Go to Rock Paper Scissors in Grayton Beach

Perfect for a rainy day, or a break from the beach. Take the kids to Rock Paper Scissors, a creation studio designed with kids in mind. Best of all, no reservation required. Sign-up to attend a class or swing by for a “make and take” project to complete at your home-away-from-home. While Rock Paper Scissors does not offer childcare, they do encourage you to join in on the fun or relax on the patio next door at the Hurricane Oyster Bar

Book Your 30A Vacation Today

Our luxury 30A vacation rentals offer space to relax, unwind and enjoy Florida’s beautiful Emerald Coast. Browse our selection of luxury 30A vacation rentals to reserve the perfect property for your getaway. We know that vacation planning can be overwhelming, so our Destination Specialists are available to assist you 7 days a week. Not sure where to begin? Contact our Concierge Specialist for assistance at (850)534-0841.

5 Reasons to Experience Spring Break 2019 on 30A
Posted by admin | Tuesday, March 12, 2019

What better way to celebrate spring break than with your family and friends, on some of the world’s most beautiful beaches? If you’re searching for the best spring break destinations, look no further than the beaches of South Walton. Spring break 2019 on 30A offers the perfect beach vacation. While the possibilities are truly endless, we’ve listed 5 reasons to spend your Spring Break on 30A.

30A Beaches

30A beach

Aside from 30A being home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, it is the only destination in the country to have its entire coastline certified as “Blue Wave” by the Clean Beaches Council for the commitment to maintaining unspoiled shoreline and natural habitat. The white sand beach and emerald blue water are unlike any other. Whether you enjoy relaxing on the beach, watersports or bonfires at sunset, beach days are the best days. Contact our Destination Specialists for information on beach chairs, watersports and bonfires prior to your arrival.

Explore 30A Florida

With 11 beach communities along 30A, each has a unique small beach-town feel offering local dining, boutiques and fun activities for everyone to enjoy. 30A is home to the following communities: Rosemary Beach, Seacrest Beach, Alys Beach, WaterSound Beach, Seagrove Beach, Seaside, WaterColor, Grayton Beach, Blue Mountain Beach, Gulf Place, and Dune Allen. You will find an abundance of trails and meandering boardwalks waiting to be explored. Adult bikes are provided with your accommodations by Royal Destinations.

30A Restaurants

No chains allowed. Enjoy the incredible dining options along 30A- your taste buds will not be disappointed. A few must-try eateries include Cowgirl Kitchen, Pescado Rooftop Bar, The Perfect Pig, and Café Thirty-A. Indulge in sweet treats at La Crema, Sweet Henrietta’s or Blue Mountain Beach Creamery. If you prefer to dine-in, contact our Destination Specialists for information on grocery delivery or to schedule a private chef.

Live Music Along 30A

The Hub is your one-stop shop for fun on 30A. This festive gathering place features world-class live music. After a fun day at the beach, come out for a night of music, great food and drinks. The Hub also features a family movie night on the 25’ Jumbotron and has multiple TV screens to watch the latest game. Other live music venues include Shunk Gulley Oyster Bar, The Bay, and Old Florida Fish House.

30A Shopping

Whether you’re looking for unique gifts or “can’t live without” items for yourself, 30A is home to local shops that you won’t find anywhere else. Along Scenic Highway 30A you will find several art galleries, toy shops, clothing boutiques and bookstores - even weekly farmers markets.

Spend Spring Break on 30A with Royal Destinations

Seacrest Beach

Our luxury 30A vacation rentals offer space to relax, unwind and enjoy Florida’s beautiful Emerald Coast. Browse our selection of luxury 30A vacation rentals to reserve the perfect property for your getaway. We know that vacation planning can be overwhelming, so our Destination Specialists are available to assist you 7 days a week. Contact us today!

Welcome to the WaterSound Beach Community
Posted by admin | Friday, February 15, 2019

Beyond the gates of the exclusive WaterSound Beach community, you will find breathtaking views no matter what time of day!

WaterSound Beach

While walking along the boardwalks atop the sea-oat covered sand dunes that lead to the sugar-white sand beaches, you will quickly find that the WaterSound Beach community has quintessential beach-town charm.

After a day at the beach jump on a bike and head over to the HUB, located just outside the gates of WaterSound. Here you’ll find a collection of locally owned boutiques, open-air dining, and live music filling the air. While you can spend an entire evening at the HUB, we recommend heading back to the viewing tower in your vacation rental to watch the sunset. It truly doesn’t get any better!

WaterSound Beach is home to an array of amenities to suit any group. With your stay at WaterSound Beach, you have access to onsite amenities without paying any hefty fees! Most importantly, all of WaterSound’s amenities are within walking distance of our vacation rentals. So relax, give the car a rest, and enjoy each moment of your time in WaterSound Beach!

The DuneSider Pool

Dunesider Pool at WaterSound Beach Community

This distinctively designed DuneSider pool and gathering area are next to the community beach access, offering poolside dining in season.

Fitness Centers

The Fitness Center is available for a small daily fee (charged to anyone over 18 who would like to access the workout facility). There are additional fitness facilities in Rosemary Beach and WaterColor available for a small fee as well.

Puttering Park

Puttering Park at WaterSound Beach Community

Puttering Park is a family-friendly, 12-hole putting range for all to enjoy; putters are available for your convenience!

Tennis Courts

Located in Rosemary Beach and WaterColor, the tennis courts are able to be reserved by contacting Royal Destinations directly.

Beaches, Trails & Bridges

Bridge to WaterSound Beach

All who stay in WaterSound have access to the beautiful white-sand beaches and the abundance of pedestrian trails and bridges that link each of the neighborhoods.

Royal Destinations features many luxury WaterSound Beach vacation rentals, sure to impress every traveler! Each vacation home comes with everything you need, and more, to make your stay special. View available WaterSound Beach vacation rentals to begin planning the perfect getaway!

5 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day on 30A
| Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Make this Valentine’s Day extra special with a getaway to 30A! There are many ways to celebrate on Scenic Highway 30A, including Valentine’s Day dinner for two, the Camellia Festival and more.

Cuvee Valentine’s Dinner for Two

Thursday, February 14th | Dinner begins at 5:00pm | Reservations Strongly Encouraged

Valentine's Dinner on 30A

Cuvee 30A is a fine dining spot from celebrity chef Tim Creehan. Located on Highway 98 in Inlet Beach, Cuvee 30A offers American cuisine in a sleek, comfortable space. Cuvee is taking reservations now for a Valentine’s Dinner for two with a special menu offering. The specialty menu features a variety of dishes to suit every taste as well as an award-winning wine list.

Cafe Thirty-A 

Thursday, February 14th | Dinner begins at 5:00pm | Reservations Strongly Encouraged

Cafe Thirty-A, located off Highway 30A in Seagrove Beach, offers modern American cuisine in a sleek and stylish space. Dine on innovative dishes and craft cocktails at Cafe Thirty-A. 

Vivo Spa 

Open 9:00am to 6:00pm | Visit Vivo online or call for an appointment

30A massage

Treat yourself (or a loved one) to a relaxing Valentine’s Day at Vivo Spa in Rosemary Beach. Vivo offers a wide range of massage packages, facial treatments, and hair and nail services.

Camellia Festival

Saturday, February 16th | 10:00am to 2:00pm | Free admission with paid park admission

Go for a leisurely and beautiful stroll around the Camellia Festival, an annual event at 163-acre Eden Gardens State Park. The day-long festival features floral demonstrations, full bloom gardens, food vendors, and picnic areas. Don’t miss the Wesley House, a renovated historic home on the property.

Date Night In

Plan a trip to the Destin Ice Market to pick up fresh meat, seafood, cheese, bread and wine to prepare dinner at your 30A vacation rental. Prepare a delicious meal, using local produce, in your fully equipped kitchen. After dinner, enjoy dessert from Sweet Henrietta’s, La Crema, or the Five Daughters Airstream in Seaside!

Spend your Valentine’s Day on 30A for a special getaway. Our luxury 30A vacation rentals offer space to relax, unwind and enjoy Florida’s beautiful Emerald Coast. Browse our selection of luxury 30A vacation rentals to reserve the perfect property for your getaway!

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