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Travel Safer With Royal Destinations
Posted by admin | Monday, June 1, 2020

Our hearts go out to all those affected by COVID-19 around the world—both those directly impacted as well as those trying to navigate the effects of the measures your local community may be taking. It is a challenging time and we are all in this together.

In the midst of so much uncertainty, there is one promise we know to be true, we will be here for you and your family in the days, the weeks, and the months to come. When you’re comfortable with traveling and are ready to get away, our team will be here to welcome you to our beautiful beaches; keeping the safety of you, your family, and our team as our top priority.

It is our hope that once you arrive, you’re able to sit back, relax, and leave your worries at the door before entering your vacation home. To help, we’re answering a few common questions so that you’re able to travel with peace of mind.

We Can’t Wait to Welcome You to The Beaches of 30A

As our world is adapting to a ‘new normal’, 30A is doing the same. While it is still the same place you know and love, there are a few details that might be different from what you’ve experienced in the past. To help prepare you for your upcoming stay, we’re sharing a few updates on what to expect as well as some great resources to lean on prior to your arrival and during your stay.

We’ve Updated Our Housekeeping Procedures

woman cleaning door knob

Cleanliness and safety have always been our top priority for you, our guest. With that in mind, we’ve implemented additional practices to achieve the highest level of cleanliness and sanitization recommended by the CDC.

The CDC has established guidelines to curb the spread of COVID-19 through surface contamination. We will pay special attention to high touch areas, including door knobs, handles, light switches, remote controls, and the like. The handling of linen and terry will continue to follow our current processes, as the conventional washing of laundry is sufficient to prevent contamination.

We have no reason to believe that any of our homes are or have been contaminated; however, we're taking all necessary precautions to eliminate surface contamination. We've reinforced the CDC's guidelines for cleaning recommendations and have implemented the VRHP/VRMA Cleaning Guidelines for COVID-19 with each of our housekeeping teams. Follow this link for a full list of CDC cleaning guidelines.

We’ve Moved To A More Relaxed Cancellation Policy

What does this mean for you? Rather than feeling as though you need to make an immediate decision regarding your upcoming travel plans, you will have extra time to decide what is best for you and your family. We’re working with our guests on a case-by-case basis and have processed hundreds of cancellations as well as rescheduled reservations for a later time, depending on what works best for our guests. We will continue to be flexible as long as COVID-19 affects our community and our guests.

Please contact our Destination Specialists via email at or by phone at 850-534-0841 to discuss available options regarding your upcoming reservation(s).

Local 30A Updates

Our local grocery stores are working hard to keep their shelves well stocked and sanitized for each customer and employee. Just like your local grocer, some items remain scarce especially since we’re a relatively small town. In order to ensure that you have every item you need during your stay, we encourage you to bring ‘must have’ supplies with you. (A couple of items that have been challenging to come by are paper towels and toilet tissue.) Please contact stores directly for current hours of operation, as many have temporarily changed.

Prefer to skip the stores and sign-up for grocery delivery instead? Local delivery services along 30A include Instacart and Shipt.

We would also encourage you to bring your own PPE as some community restaurants and retailers are requiring their customers to use such equipment. This varies widely in the community, though, so if you are unable to do so you won’t necessarily be missing out on the rest of what 30A has to offer.

As we’re sure you’ve experienced in your hometown, our community holds a variety of opinions on travel, quarantine, and public safety. While much of 30A is as excited to welcome back our guests as we are, some of our community is slower to adopt the steps being taken as we move towards our new state of normalcy; please be extra sensitive to all 30A residents during your stay.

Are The Beaches Open?

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Yes! The beautiful beaches of South Walton opened to the public on May 1, 2020. The Walton County Sheriff’s office has pledged to maintain the safety of our residents and guests alike, by ensuring social distancing guidelines are followed - in effort to ensure our white sandy beaches remain open. Please be conscious and respectful of the social distancing guidelines set by the CDC - current social distancing guidelines can be found by visiting the CDC online.

Helpful Resources

Visit South Walton, our local Tourism Development Center, is the best resource for real time 30A updates! Here’s the link for the latest COVID-19 travel updates along 30A, including restaurant operations and local events.

We ask that you continue following all guidelines set by the CDC to minimize the spread of COVID-19. If you’re not feeling well or if you or your family are traveling from a hotspot, set by the CDC or as designated by the Governor of the State of Florida, please consider rescheduling your visit to our beautiful beaches at a later date. Follow this link for a full list of guidelines set by the CDC. Don’t forget to wash your hands!

Additional Questions?

If you have additional questions prior to your arrival, please reach out to our team via email ( or by phone at 850-534-0841. We are available 7 days a week and happy to assist.

We look forward to welcoming you and your family to the beach! Travel safely.

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Plan Your Vacation at These WaterSound Rentals
Posted by Admin | Friday, February 21, 2020

The WaterSound® Beach community is known for its access to pristine beaches, family-friendly amenities, and quintessential Florida vibes. Located along Scenic Highway 30A in South Walton, WaterSound is a 250-acre gated beach community on the Gulf of Mexico between Seaside and Rosemary Beach. Book your stay with us and enjoy the laid-back lifestyle and incredible scenery in WaterSound!

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WaterSound Amenities and Things to Do

Booking WaterSound rentals gives you access to abundant amenities along the Florida Panhandle. Go kayaking or paddleboarding on Camp Creek Lake, take a dip in the two community pools, and more. Enjoying the great outdoors at WaterSound is a breeze. There is also a state-of-the-art fitness center located in WaterSound, which you can access for an additional fee.

You will quickly find that the WaterSound Beach Community is what small beach town dreams are made of. After a day at the beach, challenge your friends to a tennis match or perfect your putting skills at Puttering Park. WaterSound’s Puttering Park is ideal for kids as well as adults working on their short game. This 12-hole putting range is surrounded by lush, natural foliage, making it the perfect place to spend the afternoon. Explore the many meandering boardwalks and walking trails, or jump on your bike and make your way to the HUB.

Located just outside of the WaterSound gates, the HUB boasts locally owned boutiques, open-air dining, live music, and a jumbotron – offering fun for the entire family!

WaterSound Rentals

105 South Founders Lane

Watersound rental

105 South Founders Lane is a 5 bedroom, 5.5 bathroom Gulf front vacation rental that sleeps 16 guests. This pristine beach house features a large kitchen with state-of-the-art appliances and a large gas stove to cook meals for the whole family. Enjoy multiple living areas and scenic patios, many of which offer sprawling views of the sand dunes and Gulf of Mexico! There’s also a large barbecue grill on the second-floor patio, a rooftop deck (with incredible panoramic Gulf views), and a private pool.

27 Compass Rose Way

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27 Compass Rose Way is a 6 bedroom, 6 bathroom beach home that sleeps 16 guests. Relax in the private pool and enjoy this home’s multiple outdoor living areas. The beautifully detailed chef’s kitchen is spacious and opens up to a dining and living area, perfect for entertaining the entire group. Every inch of this home is decorated with luxurious finishes and unique touches, with no detail forgotten. The whole family will love the third-floor gaming area, which is equipped with a kitchenette, a one-of-a-kind ping pong table, and a spiral staircase leading to the rooftop deck (where you’ll find breathtaking panoramic views of the Gulf).

8 Keel Court

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8 Keel Court is a 5 bedroom, 5.5 bathroom home that comfortably sleeps 15 guests. Enjoy sitting down for meals with the entire family in the large eat-in kitchen and dining area that opens up into a cozy seating area. This home is decorated in chic beach style with luxurious amenities and all the furnishings you’ll need. The entire crew will love to unwind on the spacious porch equipped with a large sectional and porch swing!

Crossings at WaterSound C214

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Crossings at WaterSound C214 is a 3 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom Gulf front vacation rental, sleeping 6 guests. This exquisite home offers Gulf views throughout and a spacious wrap-around porch to take in the incredible views of the Gulf of Mexico and surrounding sand dunes. You’ll love cooking in this luxurious kitchen, which features a large island and opens up to the living and dining area with panoramic views of the Emerald Coast!

Browse All Our WaterSound Rentals

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Didn’t find anything that works for your group? Browse our entire inventory of WaterSound rentals to find the perfect rental for you. Book online or contact us directly at (850) 534-0841, 7 days a week to speak with a Destination Specialist.

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Ring in 2020 on 30A With These NYE Celebrations
Posted by Admin | Friday, December 13, 2019

It’s that time again to ring in a new year, and this year we’re ringing in a new decade! Come celebrate the commencement of 2019 and welcome in 2020 at one of 30A’s many events. Whether you’re celebrating with the whole family or a group of friends, 30A has something fun to do. Don’t hesitate any longer: book one of our luxury 30A vacation rentals and begin planning your New Year’s Eve 2019/2020 celebration.

Plan your 30A New Years Eve 2019 with Royal Destinations

group celebrating New Years eve 2020

Cuvee 30A New Year’s Eve 2020

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Cuvee 30A for an evening of dinner, dancing, and drinks. There’s no cover to get in, but it’s strongly recommended to make reservations to experience Chef Tim Cheehan’s award-winning menu. Doors open at 5 p.m. and happy hour goes until 7 p.m. This fun and relaxed event will also feature live music by Space Junkie to keep the party going until the clock strikes midnight.

Countdown Seaside

Head over to the Seaside Amphitheater for Countdown Seaside: A New Year’s Eve Celebration starting at 5 p.m. This event is an annual tradition for all ages! Enjoy live music, street performers, kid’s activities, and a fireworks display. Bring along a blanket or some chairs to relax and take in the festivities with the family. Fireworks begin over the Gulf of Mexico at 9 p.m.

Pescado NYE Jazz Soiree

Take in views of the Gulf of Mexico at Pescado’s New Year’s Eve Jazz Soiree party on their rooftop. Enjoy a three-course dinner and a glass of champagne for $150 a person or take a shot at getting a spot at the bar for an a la carte meal. Dinner reservations are available from 5 - 9:30 p.m. and there will be live music by Jamah Terry from 9 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.

Salute 2019 at NEAT

Looking for an early evening event before the big celebration? Salute 2019 at NEAT in Alys Beach from 5 - 7 p.m. There will be light fare and cocktails as well as live music to keep the party going.

George's at Alys Beach New Year's Eve

Enjoy a four-course menu at George’s at Alys Beach for New Year’s Eve 2019. There are four seatings throughout the night at 6, 6:30, 8, and 8:30 p.m. and reservations are strongly encouraged. This prix fixe meal costs $130 for adults and $40 for kids.

AJ’s New Year’s Celebration

AJ’s at Grayton Beach is the place to go to celebrate ringing in 2020 in style, and there’s no cover charge to get in to the party. AJ’s will have live music, party favors, a complimentary champagne toast, and more! Luke Langford Band and DJ 30A will be providing the tunes from 9 p.m. - 2 a.m.

cheers at midnight on New Years eve

Reserve Your 30A Vacation Rental for NYE 2019

There’s still time to secure a luxury 30A vacation rental with Royal Destinations for NYE 2019, but time is running out. Book your stay online or call us directly at (850) 534-0841.

Plan Your Christmas Holiday on 30A
Posted by admin | Monday, November 18, 2019

The holiday season is here! It’s the best time of the year to gather with family and friends, to celebrate, and give back. It’s an extra special time of the year to visit 30A, and there are tons of ways to ring in the season along Florida’s Emerald Coast. From visits with Santa to fundraisers supporting the community, 30A is the perfect destination to celebrate Christmas this year.

Here is our guide to the top things to do on 30A this holiday season:

mom and daughter gingerbread house

Annual South Walton Christmas Parade & Turn on the Town!

Date: November 30

Time: 9 a.m.

On Saturday, November 30 the Annual South Walton Holiday/Christmas Parade kicks off the season and gets the entire community in the holiday spirit. The parade starts at 9 a.m. in Seagrove Beach and heads west toward Seaside. Visit with Santa after the parade at the Turn on the Town festivities at the Seaside Amphitheater at 4:30 p.m. and count down to the town’s holiday illumination.

Beach & Brew on 30A

Date: December 3, 2019

Time: 5:30 - 7 p.m.

Head to Beach & Brew on 30A for its 2nd Annual Holiday Brush, Brews & Black Bear event on Tuesday, December 3. Local artist Maxine Orange will be on-site to guide attendees through creating their own 10x20 holiday canvas painting! Tickets are $50 and include all the supplies needed for the art project, a beverage from Beach & Brew on 30A, and a pastry from Black Bear Bread Company. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County.

Cafe Thirty-A Christmas Charity Ball

Date: December 6, 2019

Time: 7 - 11 p.m.

The Cafe Thirty-A Annual Christmas Charity Ball takes place on Friday, December 6. Join in on the fun at this black-tie optional event benefiting Caring and Sharing of South Walton. The event features heavy hors d'oeuvres, live music, a photo booth, silent auction, and raffle. Tickets are $75 for the event and there will be a cash bar open for the evening.

Seaside Holiday Market

Dates: Weekends December 6 - 29

Times: Fridays and Saturdays from 3 - 8 p.m., Sundays 3 - 7 p.m.

The Seaside Holiday Market takes place each weekend in December at the Seaside Lyceum. Join in on the festive fun with ice skating on the artificial rink, face painting, holiday treats, and, of course, visits with Santa (the first three weekends of the event only). Purchase gifts from the holiday market featuring local vendors selling all types of one-of-a-kind goods. This event is free for all!

looking at beautiful Christmas tree

Merry Little Christmas Concert at Grayton Beer Company

Date: December 12, 2019

Time: 6 p.m.

Looking for a less traditional celebration? Grayton Beer Company is hosting the Merry Little Christmas Concert at its Santa Rosa Beach taproom on Thursday, December 12 from 6 - 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 and proceeds go toward the Boys & Girls Club of The Emerald Coast. With each ticket, you’ll get heavy hors d’oeuvres and one beer ticket, as well as live entertainment from local musicians! Plus, there will be a holiday silent auction.

Every Christmas Story Ever Told… and Then Some

Dates: December 12 - 15 & 19 - 23

Times: Showtimes are 2 p.m. or 7:30 p.m.

Head to the Repertory Theatre in Seaside throughout the holiday season for its 10th Annual Every Christmas Story Ever Told performances on the mainstage. This local holiday event is a 90-minute show of laughter, fun, and holiday classics performed by three REP actors. Celebrate the holidays with everyone from Charles Dickens to Chewbacca!

The team at the Repertory also hosts shows throughout the holiday season all along 30A, including Rosemary Beach at North Barrett Square, Alys Beach Amphitheatre, and Watersound Origins at Village Commons Lawn. These public performances are free to attend.

Rosemary Beach Holiday Tour of Homes

Date: December 14, 2019

Time: 1 - 5 p.m.

Go on a self-guided tour of stunning homes in the Rosemary Beach community for the Inaugural Holiday Home Tour. For a suggested donation of $10, the Holiday Home Tour features a selection of stunning properties in the area decked out in festive decor. Ticket proceeds from the event go toward the Boys and Girls Club of the Emerald Coast. After the tour, stick around the area for holiday specials and deals as well as trunk shows, demos, book signings, and more.

santa hugging young kids

Breakfast with Santa at Havana Beach Bar & Grill

Date: December 15, 2019

Time: 8 - 11 a.m.

Enjoy a breakfast buffet at Havana Beach Bar & Grill and visit with Santa on Sunday, December 15. Adults and kids alike will love this holiday event. Santa will be taking photos with the kiddos and passing out holiday gifts. Reservations for this event are required and tickets cost $75 for adults and $25 for children 13 and under.

Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Dinner at Havana Beach Bar & Grill

Date: December 24 & 25, 2019

Time: 4 p.m.

Enjoy a three-course meal on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day at Havana Beach Bar & Grill with the entire family. Havana Beach Bar will have a special menu available for the holidays with items both adults and kids will love. Tickets cost $80 for adults and $40 for children 12 and younger. Reservations are required in advance.

Reserve Your 30A Vacation Rental for Christmas 2019

Celebrate the holidays this year on the beach with your loved ones. There’s still time to secure a luxury 30A vacation rental with Royal Destinations. Book online or contact us directly at (850) 534-0841 so our Destination Specialists can help you plan the perfect holiday getaway!

Plan Your 30A Thanksgiving 2019
Posted by admin | Friday, October 18, 2019

It’s that time of the year again. Time to gather with family and friends to eat, drink, and give thanks for the year that has passed. Plan your festivities this year along Florida’s Emerald Coast for a holiday you’ll never forget. From Thanksgiving dinner to local events, we’ve compiled all of our favorite things to do along 30A this time of the year.

If you’re preparing to celebrate a 30A Thanksgiving in 2019, use our guide to help plan your family meal and holiday festivities.

Pre-order Your Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving dinner

If you prefer to spend Thanksgiving in the comfort of your vacation home but want to skip the hours of meal preparation, you’re in luck! Many of our favorite local restaurants are offering catering services and take away meals this Thanksgiving.

The Hub 30A offers a la carte options as well as a traditional dinner package, feeding up to 10 people.

Another great spot is Cowgirl Kitchen, which is offering take away meals available for pickup at three 30A locations, including Seagrove Beach, Rosemary Beach, and Blue Mountain Beach.

Café Thirty-A is offering dine in and take away meal options! The take away dinner feeds 6 people and includes three courses and sides.

Cuvee 30A is also offering dine in and take away meals. Whether you want to order your entire Thanksgiving meal or simply need a turkey, Cuvee 30A is available to help! (They also offer a pork loin for the non-turkey fans.)

Dine Out this Thanksgiving

Are you looking for someone to handle the preparations, cooking, and cleaning? You’ve come to the right place! There are several restaurants along 30A offering buffet and a la carte Thanksgiving meals.

Cuvee 30A is hosting its 23rd annual Thanksgiving Day Buffet from 11 - 2:30 p.m. featuring Chef Tim Creehan’s famous Louisiana Fried Turkey. Café Thirty-A is serving up a four-course dinner from 12 - 4 p.m. with your choice of Southern deep-fried turkey, tandoori marinated salmon, red snapper, or filet mignon for the main dish.

Havana Beach Bar & Grill at The Pearl Hotel is a great spot for those wanting a special twist on the classic Thanksgiving fare. While you can still get your fix of turkey and stuffing, you’ll also find menu items like paella and yuca frita. Havana Beach Bar & Grill will be offering a buffet-style meal from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. and a Prix Fixe menu from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

WaterColor Lake House is hosting a buffet-style Thanksgiving brunch from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m, offering a variety of Thanksgiving classics.

Limited seating is available. Make your reservation for Thanksgiving on 30A today!

Dine In With a Private Chef

Not interested in cooking but also eager to enjoy a Thanksgiving feast in your vacation home? Hire a private chef to whip up a delicious Thanksgiving meal in the comfort of your vacation home. Chef Gordaux, Marrow Private Chefs, and Signature Catering of 30-A are some of the area’s best private chefs

Prepare Your Own Thanksgiving Dinner

family cooking thanksgiving dinner

Is your Thanksgiving incomplete without your Grandmother’s homemade mac and cheese? Skip the line at the grocery store and have all the necessary ingredients delivered right to your door! Shipt and InstaCart both deliver along 30A. Take a bit of the pressure off your planning so you’re able to spend more time with your family and friends.

30A Thanksgiving Events

Traditionally, Thanksgiving is a day of eating. Thankfully, there are several opportunities to get a good workout in before and after all the indulging!

The 30A 10K and Annual Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run are both held on 30A Thanksgiving morning. The 30A 10K event also features a 5K and 1-mile race.

The 2019 Grayton Beach Kous Kouri 8 & 4-miler takes place on Saturday, November 30 through Grayton Beach State Park.

Other events this time of the year include Santa & S’mores on Wednesday, November 27 and Old Florida Holiday & Winter Market on Saturday, November 30. These holiday events are perfect for getting into the holiday spirit during your Thanksgiving stay on 30A.

Thanksgiving Volunteer Work on 30A

Thanksgiving is a great time of the year to give back, and there are several ways to serve the Walton County community during the holiday season. Crop Drop, Food for Thought, Hope Panhandle, and the 2019 Peanut Butter Challenge offer opportunities to help the local community by dropping off canned goods or volunteering your time to any of these local charities and organizations.

30A Vacation Rentals Won’t Last Long for Thanksgiving 2019

Availability is limited, so reserve the perfect 30A vacation home today and celebrate Thanksgiving on 30A this year! Contact our Destination Specialists for assistance at (850)534-0841 or reserve the perfect vacation home online today.

Plan Your Vacation With Our Top 30A Events This Fall
Posted by admin | Friday, September 6, 2019

The fall is a great time to visit 30A for many reasons. After Labor Day, the crowds start to thin and the weather begins to cool just enough. Fall is the prime time of the year for events and festivals along 30A. Whether you enjoy food, exercise, art, movies, or wine, some of the top fall festivals in Florida take place along 30A each year. Here are a few of our favorite 30A events this fall.

30A Half Marathon & 5K

October 11-13 in Gulf Place


The 4th Annual 30A Half Marathon & 5K features a scenic and flat out-and-back course along the sparkling dunes, coastal lakes, and forest. Both the half marathon and 5K event start and end at Gulf Place on 30A. The race weekend kicks off with a BBQ festival on Friday with music from the Heritage Band. Come to participate or cheer on the runners.

Flutterby Arts Festival

October 19-20 in WaterSound Beach

Celebrate the annual migration of the Monarch Butterfly to 30A at the 26th Annual Flutterby Arts Festival. This family-friendly event is free and features plenty of activities for all ages, including art, theatre and dance performances, live entertainment, and a butterfly parade. The event is located in Watersound Origins.

2019 Harvest Wine & Food Festival

October 24-26 in WaterColor

The 2019 Harvest Wine & Food Festival in WaterColor is one of fall’s main events. Taste over 250 varieties of different wines and spirits, plus food from all over the world. The event kicks off Thursday, October 24 with the Celebrity Winemaker Dinner and events take place all throughout the weekend, including the premier event: the Grand Tasting at Cerulean Park.

Mountainfilm on Tour

November 1-2 in WaterColor

Mountainfilm on Tour is making its way to the Emerald Coast for a two-night outdoor film festival dedicated to exploring cultures, preserving the environment, and encouraging adventure. Come for one night or both at WaterColor’s Marina Park. In addition to film viewings, the festival includes a morning coffee talk with the filmmaker, a mini festival for kids, a Coastal Eco Tour on Western Lake, and more.

Seeing Red Wine Festival

November 7-10 in Seaside

The 29th Annual Seaside Seeing Red Wine Festival starts with a specialty wine dinner and features various events including the Al Fresco Wine Tasting and Celebration of Bubbles brunch. The festival takes place at Ruskin Place and Seaside’s Central Square. You’ll also find cuisine from local chefs and restaurants. Tickets can be purchased for each individual day.

30A 10K

November 27-28 in Rosemary Beach

Start your holiday season off right at the 30A 10K event. On Wednesday, November 27, the Thanksgiving Extravaganza takes place at The Hub with an outdoor market featuring food, drinks, shopping, entertainment, and more. Don’t get too crazy, though, as the 10K race starts at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday at the Rosemary Beach Barrett Square and the 5K race starts at 9:30 a.m. in the same location. There is also a one-mile Fun Run that starts at 7:35 a.m. There’s no better way to start your turkey day!

Reserve the perfect 30A vacation rental with Royal Destinations

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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 fall getaway. Not sure where to begin? Contact our Destination Specialists for assistance at (850)534-0841, available 7 days a week.

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.

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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

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