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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
Beyond the gates of the exclusive WaterSound Beach community, you will find breathtaking views no matter what time of day!
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
This distinctively designed DuneSider pool and gathering area are next to the community beach access, offering poolside dining in season.
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 is a family-friendly, 12-hole putting range for all to enjoy; putters are available for your convenience!
Located in Rosemary Beach and WaterColor, the tennis courts are able to be reserved by contacting Royal Destinations directly.
Beaches, Trails & Bridges
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!
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
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.
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.
Open 9:00am to 6:00pm | Visit Vivo online or call for an appointment
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.
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!
Top 5 30A Vacation Rentals with a Private Pool
Booking a 30A vacation rental with a private pool offers a luxurious experience that you’ll never want to leave, while creating memories to last a lifetime. To help, we’ve comprised a list of our favorite 30A vacation rentals with exceptional pools.
105 South Founders Lane
Located in WaterSound Beach, 105 South Founders Lane offers unbelievable views of the Gulf of Mexico and a meticulously designed exterior. This home has stunning views from virtually every nook and cranny. While 105 South Founders Lane offers a private intimate pool, the DuneSider community pool is also within walking distance. You’ll never want to leave this WaterSound Beach vacation rental!
408 Blue Mountain
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 enough space for 16 people. Just outside, you’ll find a fully equipped barbecue setup, dining area, and pool overlooking the beach below. Welcome to paradise!
Let your worries drift away at Peaceful Dunes, a stunning 30A vacation rental with enough space for 20 people. This new construction property is perfectly designed with luxury coastal decor, multiple living spaces, and Gulf views. Head upstairs to the second-level pool, which features a glass railing, leaving the views unobstructed!
Pearl of WaterSound
The Pearl of WaterSound is grand and elegant. The home is centrally located along Highway 30A, providing guests access to all the beautiful beaches of the area. The home's pool is surrounded by lush, tropical greenery and features a calming fountain feature. With enough room to sleep 14, the Pearl of WaterSound has plenty of space to relax and unwind.
Modern, clean, and sophisticated, Shear Elegance redefines coastal design. The six-bedroom home fits up to 20 people comfortably, and there’s plenty of space to unwind. Outside, this home offers a pool and hot tub as well as lounge chairs and cozy seating. Located just a short walk from shops, dining, and Blue Mountain Beach Creamery, Shear Elegance is in the center of it all.
The Destin Cobia Tournament draws hundreds of anglers to the HarborWalk Marina in Destin each year. This month-long event challenges anglers to catch the best cobia these waters have to offer. Whether you want to enter the tournament or just watch, stay at one of our vacation rentals along scenic 30A situated close to the marina and other gems along the way! Be sure to download our free Vacation Guide to learn more and start planning your trip today!
Your Guide to Enjoying the Destin Cobia Tournament During Your Stay Along 30A
The Tournament’s Process
Once participants have registered themselves and their boat in March, the event begins. However, this contest is officially set off by the first cobia to be caught and weighed by a registered boat. This then drives a month-long competition of casting lines and reeling them in, pursuing the biggest cobia around and the sizeable cash prizes.
How Did the Tournament Get Its Name?
The tournament is named after one of the premier fish of the Gulf, the cobia. It has all the trappings of the perfect fish for sport and recreational fishing because they put up a fight, are massive in size (up to 82 pounds!) and have a photo-worthy bronze and white striped body. It’s also rare because it’s the only member of the Rachycentron canadum species. This is all not to mention that it’s also perfect for filleting and cooking. In fact, it’s considered a “Best Choice” fish when caught in the tournament’s waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
What to See and Do on the Marina
The Harborwalk Marina in Destin is full of shopping, eating, and oceanic sights for those attending the tournament or visiting during that month. Spectators can watch the cobia weigh-ins on the harbor and see tons of angler boats speckled throughout the surrounding water.
The Scenic Route to Destin Along 30A
Beyond the sights of fishing boats and oceans, the route to the marina along 30A is a sight to see in itself. Our many rentals along scenic highway 30A vary in distance from the marina. So, hop in the car and behold pure, white sand beaches, and a host of blue hues to relax you on your drive to the Destin Cobia Tournament.
(Participating anglers can fish from Panama City to Orange Beach in search of the best cobia, but the main weigh station is in Destin.)
Stay at One of Royal Destinations’ Convenient Vacation Rentals Along 30A
Whether you’re participating in the tournament, know someone who is, or just want to see Destin and the sights along the way, book one of our conveniently located 30A rentals. You'll also have easy access to other great things to do during your springtime getaway. Check out these 30A eco-tours if you’re looking for other fun, nature-centered ideas or need ideas on what do you during your trip. Or, you may want to take in a little 30A nightlife before you head home to your vacation rental. Whatever your preferences are, 30A offers the beachfront paradise you’ve been looking for.
Browse our luxurious properties to determine which area you'd like to stay in and select a home based upon the number of guests in your party. The perfect home or condo awaits!
Beautiful architecture, a pristine shoreline, and lush green spaces are some of the defining characteristics of the WaterColor community. You can spend your days on the beach, exploring the Town Center, and, when hunger strikes, dining at incredible WaterColor restaurants! These fantastic eateries embody the charm and coastal atmosphere of the town while serving delicious meals to satisfy any craving. Below are some of our favorites, and there are many more to enjoy in the area! Download our free Vacation Guide to see the full list of must-try restaurants on 30A. You’ll even discover the best local attractions, too!
WaterColor Beach Club Grill
When you stay with Royal Destinations, you get a pass providing admission into the exclusive WaterColor Beach Club. This beachfront paradise features stunning Gulf views, a large swimming pool, and an excellent restaurant on the premises. At the Beach Club Grill, you can treat yourself to various burgers, sandwiches, and salads. The Rita Bar also serves refreshing beverages that are the perfect additions to relaxing days in the sun.
Note: The WaterColor Beach Club is temporarily closed, but should reopen by the summer of 2019.
Fish Out of Water
The Fish Out of Water restaurant (FOOW) is the recipient of consistent acclaim, and you’re welcome to stop in and try it for yourself. Recently renovated, this casual fine dining establishment serves Southern cuisine from local ingredients for lunch and dinner. Depending on the season, you may be able to catch some incredible live music performances as well. And, if you’d like to take home some of the delicious flavors you enjoyed, feel free to purchase spices and sauces from the FOOWshoppe!
The Wine Bar
Connected to the popular Chan’s Wine World chain, The Wine Bar on WaterColor features a delightful indoor and outdoor dining area. Located near Cerulean Park, you’re welcome to stop in and enjoy an award-winning wine selection paired with an excellent seasonal menu of artisan cheese platters and gourmet foods. Check it out during happy hour from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. for discounted wine carafes!
Pizza by the Sea
Are you craving a warm slice of pizza? Pizza by the Sea has you covered! Their WaterColor location is a fun, family-friendly space for casual dining and unbeatable pizzas. And, their menu features much more than pizza. At Pizza by the Sea, you can enjoy sandwiches, salads, and bowls as well. Feel free to dine in or take your food to go!
Pair the Delicious Food With Elegant Accommodations From Royal Destinations!
WaterColor, FL, is a gorgeous coastal paradise for your next vacation, and we can help you enjoy it all! Royal Destinations features a wide variety of vacation rentals to suit every traveler, including several luxurious options right in WaterColor! These vacation homes come with everything you need, and more, to make your stay special. We even provide a pass so that you can enjoy several exclusive amenities throughout the community! Search for your ideal property today and get started! The beauty of 30A awaits!