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Here Are the Best Things to Do in Santa Rosa Beach
| Friday, October 27, 2017


Are you planning a trip to Florida’s Gulf Coast? When it comes to fun things to do in Santa Rosa Beach, the choices are endless. From incredible beaches to world-class dining and entertainment, there is so much going on in this lively beach neighborhood. You’ll just have to come see it yourself! We’ve put together a list of our favorite activities and must-see attractions. Check it out and start planning your next family beach vacation!

Make sure to download our free vacation guide for a complete list of things to do in Santa Rosa Beach. The guide is full of details about the best beaches, dining, and nightlife on 30A!

The Top 10 Things to Do on 30A

1. Go to the Beach

From the moment you sink your toes into the pristine white sand, you’ll know: Santa Rosa Beach is a magical place. Our turquoise water and sugar-white shoreline draw thousands of visitors year after year. And although we have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, there is so much more to experience here. From swimming and fishing to paddleboarding and kayaking, you’ll find plenty of ways to have fun on the water. Dive into the Gulf, cast your line on a fishing charter, or simply relax on the beach. No matter how you spend your time, you’ll find activities to keep you busy for days.

2. Dine at a World-Class Restaurant

There are many excellent restaurants in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. No matter where you dine, you can expect mouthwatering dishes so good, you’ll want seconds! Dig into the catch of the day at Goatfeathers Seafood Restaurant, or savor the latest creations at La Crema Tapas Bar. If you are running short on time, you can even grab a quick bite to eat at one of the cozy cafes. From fine dining to casual eateries, Santa Rosa Beach has it all.

3. Emerald Coast Pedal Tours

One of the best ways to explore the area is on an Emerald Coast Pedal Tour. Sip on a refreshing drink while you cruise around town alongside friends and family. It doesn’t get much better than that!

4. Go Shopping

Hit the beaches looking your best! From top brands to local boutiques, you can find it all in Santa Rosa Beach. Find the perfect new addition to your wardrobe, gifts for family and friends, or unique souvenirs that will always remind you of your vacation. Shopping is also one of the best things to do in Santa Rosa Beach, FL, when it rains!

5. See the Coastal Dune Lakes

No trip to Santa Rosa Beach is complete without a visit the Coastal Dune Lakes. This natural phenomenon only occurs in a few places around the world, and there are 15 of them in our area. Make sure to take your camera with when you go explore them. There are plenty of gorgeous backdrops for your family photo.

6. Relax at the Spa

Nothing completes a relaxing beach getaway like a trip to the spa, and you’ll find quite a few of them on Santa Rosa Beach. Treat yourself to a soothing massage, facial, or body treatment. Many of our local spas also include full salon services. Come revitalize your locks or try out a fun, new manicure!

7. Bike Along the Timpoochee Trail

There are plenty of fun family activities on 30A, but one of our favorites is biking along the Timpoochee Trail. This 18.6-mile paved pathway winds past dune lakes, state parks, and unique beach neighborhoods. It’s a great way to get exercise while taking in all of the gorgeous views.

8. Visit a Museum or Gallery

Santa Rosa Beach is known for its thriving arts and culture scene. A perfect afternoon is in store when you explore the all of our unique artsy villages. You can browse through local artist's’ galleries and fine art collections. Be prepared to find a masterpiece (or several) to take back home with you. Then, stop by one of our local museums and immerse yourself in the rich history of the Gulf Coast.

9. Listen to Live Music

When the day winds down, head to one of our live music venues for some great tunes. The Hub is the happening place in Santa Rosa Beach. It’s the perfect setting for all ages! The play everything from Jazz and Jam to Funk and Americana music. The Red Bar is another hot spot for live music. You can listen to their Jazz band every Tuesday - Saturday from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

10. Attend a Local Event

There is always something fun happening in Santa Rosa Beach! From the 30A Songwriter’s Festival in January to the Wine and Food Festivals in April, you can attend so many fun events year-round. Make sure to download our free vacation guide to see a complete list of upcoming events in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.

Book Your Stay With Royal Destinations

Now that you know all of the best things to do in Santa Rosa Beach, it’s time to start planning your next trip! From cozy beachside cottages to upscale retreats, Royal Destinations has it all. We offer several luxurious properties on Santa Rosa Beach. One of our favorites is Absolute Paradise. Just as the name suggests, this spacious five-bedroom home is every vacationer’s dream. The home features top-notch amenities, a lower level game room, and private balconies overlooking the Gulf. Another great choice for your family beach vacation is Sea La Vie. This incredible home was just completely renovated and features stunning coastal-chic decor!


No matter which of our homes or condos you choose, we promise your stay with us will be a memorable one. Our experienced staff can assist with information on scenic 30A golf packages, fishing charters, dining, and activities. We will take the time to understand your needs to ensure that your family beach vacation is perfect from start to finish. Contact us today and book your next trip to paradise. We look forward to seeing you soon!



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