Adventures, both on land and water, are highly sought after here and 30A offers the best there is when it comes to charters and rentals. Summer is high season for favorite warm-weather activities such as fishing, jet skiing, kayaking, cycling, hiking and more. And the beachside communities’ welcome visitors all year long with a plethora of outfits offering the best there is for your budget, time and preferred activity.
Discover best charter and rental ideas along Scenic Route 30A/South Walton including fishing, jet skiing, kayaking, cycling, and ecotourism activities and excursions.
Adventures, both on land and water, are highly sought after here and 30A offers the best there is when it comes to charters and rentals. Summer is high season for favorite warm-weather activities such as fishing, jet skiing, kayaking, cycling, hiking and more. And the beachside communities’ welcome visitors all year long with a plethora of outfits offering the best there is for your budget, time and preferred activity. 30A is also boasts countless fun excursions and aquatic adventures for the whole family, as well as number of reputable ecotourism companies offering an assortment of guided explorations this region’s unique natural environment. So, set some time aside during your 30A summer vacation to indulge in a tailored activity of your choice.
Fishing in 30A is a favorite activity along route 30A.With its access to the Gulf of Mexico and several bays such as the Choctawhatchee Bay, fishing opportunities here are abundant. The Florida panhandle is teeming with all kinds of delicious fish including freshwater fish found in coastal dune lakes such as bass and bream and saltwater species like trout and flounder. There are several fishing charting companies offering customized tours for families and the fishing pro alike. Most outfits provide all the equipment, bait and license responsibilities. And some outfits offer other family-friendly activities such as sightseeing tours, diving tours and crabbing charters.
Jet Ski & Wave runner Rentals
From Santa Rosa Beach-Seaside to Panama City, 30A is the perfect place rent jet skis! You’re close to several departure locations as well as vendor and touring companies. Take in the beautiful sites of the Gulf of Mexico in a high-speed jet ski or explore the calmer waters of St. Andrews Bay and Choctawhacthee Bay. You can choose from premium jet ski island adventures and exciting dolphin tours to affordable family friendly guided tours and one-hour rentals. If you’re new to jet skiing, many vendors provide beginner-friendly instruction. Keep in mind that if you’re born after1988, to drive a jet ski you’ll need to obtain a temporary Florida Boat Course Certificate. The good news is certificates can be purchased online in advance.
With 24 miles of coastline and beautiful beaches, 30A is like no other place in the nation to embark on a kayaking trip of a lifetime. From a short trip of a couple of hours to hourly rates, there are many ways to explore the Emerald Coast by kayak. It’s good to decide what type of kayak you’d like to rent. Kayaks come in sizes: single and tandem. Tandem kayaks can hold two to three people, making them an excellent choice for couples and families. Popular kayaking destinations include Western Lake where you can enjoy the unique ecosystem of a coastal dune lake; Inlet Beach, where you can find a small artificial reef called, Cobia Reef; and Deer Lake where you can paddle past stately Southern Magnolia trees, pitcher plants, and a wide variety of wildlife.
Cycling and Hiking
With over 200 hiking and biking trails winding through state parks and forests, passing dune lakes and preserves, there’s no better way to experience the striking views of 30A. No matter where you’re staying, there are plenty of places to rent bicycles and plenty of trails to choose from. High on the list of beach trails, is the Timpoochee Trail, a 19-milepaved bike path that parallels the entire length of highway 30A and passes through all of its 16 beach communities from Dune Allen in the west to Alys Beach in the east.
30A and South Walton are renowned for their stunning natural environment and biological diversity. From its coastal dune habitats to its lakes, bays and river systems there’s no shortage of serene natural settings to discover and explore. There are several companies offering eco-tour guided services and it’s best to do some research in advance of your trip. Alternatively, you can go on self-guided eco tours in some the area’s best state parks such as Grayton Beach State Park and Deer Lake State Park.
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If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you know that no great dinner is truly complete without a delicious dessert. Rosemary Beach, Seaside and the other great stops along 30A are full of decadent delights to indulge in. From homemade ice cream to specialty chocolates, ride the sugar high wave during your next visit or hop from restaurant to restaurant enjoying the best desserts 30A has to offer.
If you’re anything like us, you believe food is one of the best parts of vacation. 30A restaurants are excellent but, let’s be honest, it’s not always easy eating out if you’re vegan or vegetarian, especially in a hotbed of seafood. You deserve to enjoy something delicious so we’ve created a list of amazing 30A restaurants with vegan and vegetarian options. Bon appétit!
There’s no place like 30A for the holidays! Skip the snow and opt for light-strewn palm trees and white sand beaches instead. If you’re planning a vacation to the 30A area sometime soon, you’re in for a real treat. There are plenty of fun events and activities to get you in the festive mood throughout the month of December. There’s no shortage of things to do and see like photos with Santa, holiday concert series and shopping along festively lit promenades.
There’s no doubt that summer is the most popular time of year to visit the 30A area. But does that mean it’s the best time of year for a Florida beach vacation? Not necessarily… we absolutely love 30A in the fall and today we’re going to share why. If you’re ready to learn the many things there are to love about fall on the west coast of Florida, keep reading!
Located along the north western coastal stretch of Florida’s Panhandle, the seaside villages, towns and resort communities along scenic highway 30A are some of the state’s most charming places to visit. These 16 beach communities of South Walton county are linked by route 30A, running approximately 24 miles from Destin to Panama City, and each with its own unique Gulf Coast History.
If you’re planning your 30A vacay, you’re in for an amazing time in our little slice of paradise. While many tourists love to spend the majority of their time relaxing and unwinding on our beautiful beaches, it’s always good to arrive with a plan or at least a loose idea of some things you’d like to do. This article will help you know what to expect on 30A and provide inspiration of some of the best things to do on your 30A vacay. Use this as a starting off point for your vacation itinerary and get to know more about what our beautiful Gulf Coast area has to offer.