If you’re a seasoned camper, you know that fall and winter is the best time to visit and stay comfortably without the oppressive heat. If you’re a first-time camper, camping is a unique way to experience the area and there are many different types of camping. From roughing it old school on a primitive tent site to glamping with your own AC unit or loading up the RV with all your favorite creature comforts. Here we recommend camping along Scenic Route 30As award-winning Florida State Parks.
Florida State Parks on Scenic Route 30A offers some of the most beautiful areas in the U.S. to set up camp, alongside rare coastal dune lakes, award-winning beaches, breath-taking scenery and the emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
If you’re a seasoned camper, you know that fall and winter is the best time to visit and stay comfortably without the oppressive heat. If you’re a first-time camper, camping is a unique way to experience the area and there are many different types of camping. From roughing it old school on a primitive tent site to glamping with your own AC unit or loading up the RV with all your favorite creature comforts. Here we recommend camping along Scenic Route 30As award-winning Florida State Parks. But stay tuned for a December post where we will explore a few other ways you can pitch your tent under the beautiful Gulf Coast sky! (Think Glamping and Beach Camping!)
Grayton Beach State Park
Grayton Beach State Park is one of the Gulf’s most beautiful places to set up camp. It boasts one mile of sugar-white sand fronting the emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico, and includes Western Lake, a rare coastal dune lake found in only a few locations worldwide. At this Florida State Park, you can find convenient campgrounds for RV and tent camping. Once you’re set up, this park offers some of the best hiking, and biking, kayaking and fishing in the Gulf. A convenient boat ramp allows visitors to go paddling and kayaking in the brackish waters, while anglers can try their luck in both fresh and saltwater, and the nature trails are a mixed marvel of massive sand dunes, salt marshes, and a thick coastal forest of magnolias, scrub oaks, and pine flatwoods, teeming with birds and other wildlife.
Point Washington State Park
For the tried and true camper, Point Washington State Park offers eight primitive overnight camping sites on its Easter Lake Campgrounds, located off Forest Road 7, in on the southeast corner of the Choctawhatchee Bay. The park is made up of 10 natural communities where you can explore the natural terrains that define the beauty of the Gulf such as its sandhills, basin swamps, wet flatwoods, wet prairie and cypress swamps. Be on the lookout for some of the rare and endangered species that inhabit this magical forest. It’s home to the American kestrel, the gopher tortoise, the flatwoods salamander, the white-topped pitched plant, and the world’s largest population of Curtiss sandgrass.
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
With one of America's most beautiful sweeps of beach and an all-round breath-taking scenery, Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is considered one of the best natural parks in the United States. It’s also home to one of the top-ranked RV and cabin rental parks in the nation. They have 156 campsites, accommodating every type of camper, from trailers to RVs to tent camping as well 16 bungalows and 16 cabins available to rent. Named after its 25-foot sand dunes, the park offers campers and all visitors alike a wide range of natural resources and recreational activities all year-round. The park has about 13 miles of trails with different surfaces, ranging from gravel and flat pavements to deep sand and rocky roads, for all kinds of sporting activities like biking, hiking, and horseback riding.
Henderson Beach State Park
This park, located in on Emerald Coast Parkway, in Destin, is a perfect camping on the Gulf destination. It’s here where you marvel at its majestic shoreline anchored by 30-foot, snow-white sand dunes, swim in warm gulf waters, and meander on the nature trail bordered by ancient but still growing and shifting dunes with vegetation known as coastal scrub. Their 60 campsites are connected to the beach via boardwalk. This beautifully-maintained park was established for the preservation and protection of the area’s natural features and public enjoyment, the last remaining coastal scrub area in Destin.
If the sound of ‘camp resort’ appeals more to you than ‘tent camping’, then Scenic Route 30A offers you a number of highly-rated resorts where you can park your RV. The best place to start your search is in and around the beautiful towns of Miramar Beach and Santa Rosa Beach. With over 30 such resorts, you can choose from a variety of locations and amenities that suit your RV camping needs and desires. Some of the above-listed state parks also accommodate RV parking with a mixture of back-in and pull-through sites but check each park’s list of amenities, hook-ups and waste disposal.
With all the fun things to do and see along Florida’s scenic Highway 30A, your family’s 30A vacay will be anything but boring. Our Love to Stay 30A team are all locals, obsessed with finding the best spots and making your vacation perfect from start to finish. We want you to have a great time — including the kids! Discover our highly rated, top picks for families. From the basic 30A escapes like the beach to lesser-known spots the kids will love, this list has you covered.
Summer on 30A is great but there’s something extra special and fun about enjoying Spring Break on 30A. There are plenty of unique local events and celebrations to enjoy along with the world famous white sand beaches, bike-friendly main streets and adorable beach vacation cottages. Whether you choose to kick back and soak up live music or dig into delicious food and award-winning wine at the Sandestin Wine Festival, you’re sure to have a blast during your Spring Break on the Emerald Coast.
Spring Break is a great time to visit 30A. With amazing weather and energetic holiday vibes, it’s a fun place to be. It’s a popular spot for high schoolers to enjoy their school break but there’s a wide variety of people who enjoy visiting this time of the year as well. Families and couples will be equally as happy to indulge in a beautiful beach day here. On today’s blog, we’re going to share some fun things to do during your 30A vacation.
If you’re traveling to Florida’s 30A area from out of state, you’re likely looking for the best way to travel. Skip a long car ride and opt for one of two airports conveniently within reach of our beautiful Emerald Coast shores. In this article, you will learn more about flying to Florida’s 30A area and which airport to fly to. You’ll get all the information you need to know for planning your 30A vacay and flight. Let’s go!
There’s no doubt about it, summer in 30A is hot but it’s also one of the best time to visit. With long sunny days ending in beautiful sunsets, you have hours in between to immerse yourself in all that 30A has to offer. And it has plenty to offer! This is the season for the sun-loving visitor who wants an ultimate summer experience jam-packed with recreational activities both on water and on land, as well as fun special events waiting to entertain you.
If you’re planning on spending Halloween on 30A, you’re in for a treat! Our area is full of fun. From family-friendly trick or treating to something special for your furry, four-legged pals, there are a lot of options for things to do for Halloween on 30A: Rosemary Beach, Destin, Seaside, Panama City Beach, and more.