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14 of the Best Places to Stay on 30A
| Friday, April 13, 2018


Are you daydreaming about your next tropical getaway? Look no further than the Emerald Coast! This gorgeous 18-mile stretch of scenic highway along Florida’s Gulf Coast is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and the best places to stay on 30A. While they all share the same sugar-white sand and sparkling water, each 30A beach community offers a unique atmosphere. Whether you are looking for a relaxing getaway or activities for the whole family, it’s all right here. Find out exactly where you should stay for your next vacation!

Spectacular scenery, fun activities, and must-see attractions make these areas some of the best places to stay on 30A. We simply won’t be able to fit all of these details in one blog. So, Request a free Vacation Guide now to discover absolutely everything you need to know about 30A. It’s filled with information about all of the best water sports, restaurants, and nightlife in the area! Exploring this resource is step one to a remarkable vacation.

The Absolute Best Places to Stay on 30A

Visitors come to the Gulf for the beaches, but they return for the experience. Here are a few of the best locations on 30A with excellent beaches and activities:

1. Seagrove

When you lay eyes on the quiet shores of Seagrove Beach, you will fall in love. Laid-back yet luxurious, this retreat is secretly one of the best 30A beaches. Nestled between the other communities, Seagrove Beach is truly at the heart of everything. The upscale neighborhood contains pristine beaches, coastal dune lakes, and plenty of water sports. Soak up the sun while you swim in the Gulf or take the kids paddle boarding on Eastern Lake. Seagrove Beach is the perfect place to relax and reconnect with family.

2.  Watercolor

If you are looking for excitement around every corner, Watercolor in 30A is the destination for you! Shops, spas, and award-winning restaurants blend in perfectly with the surrounding Florida scenery. Watercolor has incredible architecture, upscale resorts, and family-friendly activities. Hit the beaches for some fun in the sun or spend the day paddleboarding on Western Lake. You will not run out of things to do in this upbeat community.

3. Grayton

Grayton is a contender for the best 30A beach for families. The heart and soul of 30A, Grayton Beach is a laid-back town with deep roots. Upscale cottages, moss-covered live oaks, and white-sand beaches are just a few of the highlights. Check out the local shops and galleries in town, or go off-roading directly on the sand. When the day winds down, head to Red Bar for great food, live music, and dancing. Then, gather around and roast marshmallows over a classic beach bonfire under the stars. In Grayton Beach, there are plenty of ways to keep the whole family entertained!

4. Blue Mountain Beach

Prepare to be amazed by incredible sights when you stay on Blue Mountain Beach. Named after the blue lupine flowers in the area, Blue Mountain Beach offers perfect Gulf views and a casual atmosphere. Whether you stay in a beach condo or a luxurious home, your family will make memories to last a lifetime. Don’t forget to stop by Blue Mountain Beach Creamery. Their homemade ice cream is some of the best of 30A!

5. Rosemary

Rosemary Beach is another one of our favorites. Named one of America’s most romantic small towns, this charming community has a “French Quarter” feel. Intimate restaurants, eclectic galleries, and local boutique shops are just a few things you will find at Rosemary Beach. Come aboard an offshore charter and cast your line into the Gulf’s emerald waters, or visit the spa for a soothing massage. Be sure to check out the fresh produce at the Rosemary Farmers Market on Sundays.

6. Seacrest

Seacrest Beach is another community that is easy-going and close to everything. The best way to explore the town is on foot or bike. Dine at one of the delicious eateries, hike the trails at Deer Lake State Park, or take the kids to the splash pads at Peddlers Pavilion. Make sure to spend an afternoon biking along the 18+ mile scenic Timpoochee Trail. At Seacrest Beach, there are plenty of opportunities to get in some much-needed family bonding time.

7. Water’s Edge

This hidden gem is one of the best-kept secrets on 30A! Water’s Edge is a private, gated beachfront community within Seacrest Beach. It’s also one of the most exclusive spots on the Gulf Coast. You can enjoy the peace and quiet or wander down to Rosemary Beach for more area attractions.

8. WaterHouse

WaterHouse is an upscale sanctuary tucked away in Seacrest. The high-end condos in this gated community are steps away from the Gulf and tucked between Rosemary and Seaside beach. The WaterHouse complex has a rooftop pool and spa, two community grills, on-site private fitness center, and an outside shower. Enjoy upscale furnishings, high-end appliances, and scenic views of 30A when you stay in any of our WaterHouse condos.

9. Santa Rosa Beach

Named as one of Travel & Leisure’s Top 5 favorite towns in America, Santa Rosa Beach is one of the most popular 30A beaches. It’s also South Walton’s original beach neighborhood. Tee off on a world-class golf course or go hydrobiking with your family. Then enjoy excellent cuisine and gorgeous Gulf views at Vue on 30A. At Santa Rosa Beach, you can experience all the best 30A Florida restaurants, attractions, shopping, and more.

10. Dune Allen

This quiet retreat is perfect for anyone who is looking to get away from it all. With three coastal dune lakes and a natural preserve, there are plenty of beautiful sights to see. Explore the hiking trails at Topsail Hill Preserve and then dine at Stinky’s Fish Camp for the local catch of the day. Make sure to snap a family photo at one of the rare coastal dune lakes!

11. Old Florida Beach

Enjoy a relaxing escape from everyday life when you stay on this Gulf-front beach. Old Florida Beach is a gated community close to all of the things to do along 30A. The beautiful beaches are away from the crowds, so your family can enjoy spending quality time together!

12. Seaside  

When your family stays at Seaside, you can expect a warm and welcoming small-town feel. This charming town founded the global movement known as New Urbanism. The cobblestone streets, pastel-colored homes, and white picket fences will make you feel right at home. When the daily sunset bell rings at Bud and Alley’s restaurant, head to the Amphitheatre for a family movie night under the stars.

13. WaterSound

WaterSound is one of the newer and more private communities along the Gulf Coast. Luxury abounds in this secluded paradise, which contains high-end accommodations and natural scenery. Check out the fresh produce at the local farmers market or stop by the HUB for some of the best live music on 30A!

14. WaterSound West Beach

This coastal retreat is located on the Gulf side of 30A and is bordered by the 1,920-acre Deer Lake State Park. Guests can enjoy private beach access, a fantastic community pool, and plenty of winding boardwalks.

Book Your Stay With Royal Destinations

Your trip to the Emerald Coast is more than just a vacation. It is an experience you will treasure forever. No matter which of our amazing beach communities you choose, your perfect destination awaits you on 30A. Allow Royal Destinations to create your custom, hand-tailored escape. Our experienced staff will take the time to understand your needs and share their local knowledge about the area. We can assist with information on golf packages, fishing charters, dining, activities and more! Check our availability of properties at the best places to stay on 30A and book your extraordinary vacation now!

Be sure to also check out Rent Gear Here for additional vacation experiences including bike rentals, bonfires, beach services, and tours.



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