Known as the Hamptons of the South, the scenic drive down 30A is comprised of a collection of small towns between the larger areas of Panama City Beach and Destin. This beautiful area creates a quieter approach to beach life, with local shops, close-knit communities, and an eclectic charm. Although each community is separated by only a few hundred yards, each one offers a distinct vibe unique to its spot on this beautiful coastline. From laid-back golf enclaves to funky and free-spirited communities, each spot hosts its own architectural style, creating a wonderful variety for locals and visitors. 30A offers a beautiful place to escape from the hustle and bustle and relax on the Emerald Green waters.
What to Love
Eclectic charm and unique communities
Quiet, peaceful towns and stunning beaches
Ideally located between Panama City Beach and Destin
Locals come here for the quiet, laid-back atmosphere and unique charm of the individual neighborhoods that make up 30A. A slower pace of life allows residents to enjoy the idyllic scenery and simple elegance of this stunning area, where coastal forests and white sand beaches welcome you outdoors and into the Florida sunshine. On any given day, you might decide to go canoeing, kayaking, or YOLO-boarding in the Gulf. The region’s close-knit communities make it easy to connect with friends and bond through activities like bike riding and beach bonfires.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
The 30A area offers a variety of great local restaurants and quaint markets. Stop by Stinky's Fish Camp, where Louisiana-inspired dishes highlight the fresh-caught seafood from the local Gulf waters. The cool, funky vibe of this iconic multilevel restaurant draws in locals and visitors alike to enjoy Cajun and Creole takes on local seafood. At night, locals fill The Red Bar, a casual hangout set in a historic general store. Live jazz music plays Tuesday through Saturday in the evenings, but locals stop in to sample their famous Bloody Mary or relax with mimosas on sunny afternoons.
On Saturdays, residents flock to the Seaside Farmers Market, one of the best local markets in the area. Stop at a local food truck for a snack, then stock up on fresh produce, honey, pastries, and seafood. Handmade goods and live music add to the festive atmosphere, and the surrounding boutiques add to the Southern charm of this hidden gem.
Things to Do
The charming coastline along 30A offers unique hideaways and quiet enclaves where locals can embrace the soothing, simple lifestyle of 30A. Stop in at Alys Beach, where traditional white homes provide a taste of Bermuda, and the incredible mosaic murals create a great place to stroll and enjoy this unique local artwork. Carefully curated amenities and distinctive shopping add to the wonder of this lovely hideaway, while miles of nature trails provide access to the stunning coastal scenery.
A designated Blue Wave Beach, Grayton Beach consistently ranks among the most pristine beaches in the U.S. Four hundred acres of sugar-sand beaches, a rare coastal dune lake, and a state park with a stunning nature trail make this beautiful area a wonderful spot to enjoy a day on the water. Rosemary Beach offers French Quarter vibes in its beautiful town center, while boardwalk promenades line the beach. It's the perfect place to relax along 30A, and the white sand beaches offer a great place to swim in the emerald waters.
Idyllic Seaside is another charming stop on 30A, where lush gardens and native trees dot the landscape, and the streets are lined with artisans and high-end boutiques. High-end cuisine and a bustling events calendar ensure there's always something happening in this beautiful neighborhood.
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