30A Beaches vs. Miami Beach

Are you debating where to spend your next Florida beach vacation? There’s such a variety of different beaches to choose from – East Coast vs. West Coast, bustling city beaches with towering high-rise hotels or wide open beaches with charming beach cottages. Today we’re stacking 30A beaches up to one of the most famous beaches in the US: Miami Beach to help you decide with one is the best fit for you.

Are you planning a FL beach vacation? Learn more about Miami Beach vs. 30A area beaches so you can compare and make the best choice for you.

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LoveToStay30A,
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July 19, 2021

Are you debating where to spend your next Florida beach vacation? There’s such a variety of different beaches to choose from – East Coast vs. West Coast, bustling city beaches with towering high-rise hotels or wide open beaches with charming beach cottages. Today we’re stacking 30A beaches up to one of the most famous beaches in the US: Miami Beach to help you decide with one is the best fit for you.

There’s no doubt 30A is full of world-class, white sand beaches but, Miami Beach is iconic, right? Comparing the two may seem like comparing apples to oranges. However, choosing between beaches is something many tourists face when visiting. Each of these two are popular tourist destinations for beach-going visitors. But they’re different in many distinct ways.

Here are some things you may want to consider:

Size & Type of Area

Miami

Miami is a big and very busy metropolis. Home to over six million people, it’s a densely populated major city. Beautiful architecture, towering hotels lining the beach, Cuban influence and delicious, diverse cuisines are some of the main attractions.

30A

The 30A area is full of charming beach communities including: Destin, Rosemary Beach, Inlet Beach, Santa Rosa Beach, Grayton Beach, Seagrove Beach, Watercolor and Seaside. Destin is the biggest city in the area but, compared to Miami, it’s small. You will find gated communities, large resorts and hotels, championship golf courses and more in Destin. The other smaller communities like Rosemary Beach don’t have ANY towering high rises and huge developments on the shore. There are some small boutique hotels but many tourists opt for renting a home for their vacation. The vacation rental homes on 30A are often styled like adorable beachside cottages with all the conveniences of home but all the best as far as location: near the beach and a bike ride away from great restaurants and the heart of the city.

Entertainment & Things to Do

Miami

Miami is a big city. There’s a lot to see and do. The list runs the gamut from art and science museums to famous clubs, restaurants and bars. Try shopping on Lincoln Road and people watching on South Beach. Miami Beach is busy and it can be hard to find parking. Staying right on the beach in one of the many hotels is often the best option but, it can also be expensive. If you’re looking for a bustling, busy, party vibe, Miami is the place for you.

30A

The 30A area is a lot more laid back. The main things to do are outdoor activities: beach going, biking, paddle boarding, kayaking, fishing, boating, etc. You’ll find a variety of delicious local restaurants to choose from. Many locals and tourists choose to get around by bike. Not only does it avoid finding parking, it’s great exercise. South Walton is such a scenic area. We love the sand dunes, the French Quarter-inspired Village of Baytowne Wharf and Seaside, the community where The Truman Show was filmed. There are many small festivals through the year like the Destin Seafood Festival, fishing tournaments and wine tasting events.

The Beaches

Miami

As referenced earlier, the beaches get BUSY in Miami. Beach parking can be challenging and the food nearby is pricey. The sand is unremarkably gray and there is often a lot of seaweed washed up on the shore.

30A

It’s ALL about the beaches on 30A. The brilliant white beach sand has a reputation as soft, powdery loveliness. It’s so fine it actually squeaks as you walk on it. It doesn’t absorb as much heat as the sand in Miami so your feet won’t get as hot. But, it’s light and bright, so don’t forget your sunglasses. The water is a beautiful emerald color – hence the nickname: The Emerald Coast! The beaches are scenic and VERY photogenic so break out the camera for the perfect photos.

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Now that you have a good idea of what each of these unique areas have to offer, hopefully you can make the best choice regarding which place it right for your next Florida beach vacation. If TONS of things to do and places to party is #1 on your list, Miami is the place. If you’re looking to rest, relax and recharge on the most beautiful beaches in Florida, 30A is a much better option. Both places offer their own forms of fun. No matter where you vacation, we hope you have a great time!