Figuring out your travel arrangements and how to get around once you get there is part of planning a vacation. However you plan on initially arriving to the 30A area, you’ll be relieved to learn that getting around is easy. In fact, you may want to cancel your rental car and embrace the full local experience. These are some of the most walkable, expertly planned communities in the U.S. after all.
Getting around 30A areas like Rosemary Beach and Seaside is easy. Skip the rental car and check out our ideas for the best ways to get around 30A.
Figuring out your travel arrangements and how to get around once you get there is part of planning a vacation. However you plan on initially arriving to the 30A area, you’ll be relieved to learn that getting around is easy. In fact, you may want to cancel your rental car and embrace the full local experience. These are some of the most walkable, expertly planned communities in the U.S. after all. Here are our favorite exclusive 30A ways to get around town:
You’ll quickly find that biking is a popular activity along 30A. Breezing along the beach is a great way to burn some calories and soak up delicious Florida sunshine. Thanks to the New Urbanism design of the area, it’s easy to zip from location to location through the network of sidewalks and trails. Most places you’ll need to go are within a reasonable distance. Plus there are some beautiful biking trails to explore. Camp Helen State Park, Grayton Beach, and Timpoochee Trail are all worth taking a look at. Trails are an ideal way to explore the natural, native Florida ecosystems and spend an afternoon in the fresh air. Or just cruise on your bike through town and hop off to shop and dine along the way. Bike rentals are available in multiple locations but many of our 30A cottages come with a set of bikes for ease and enjoyment.
If your group includes small children or you’re just not into the idea of biking, golf carts are a great alternative. You’ll likely see a few carts zipping around the neighborhood during your visit. Join in the fun by renting your own. Our 30A concierge service will help you find a reliable rental company. It’s a speedy way to get around while staying in the shade. Plus you can travel with multiple people and bring along your favorite beach gear with ease. It isn’t often you get the chance to ride around in a golf cart with the family so it’s perfect to set the tone for a memorable, unique vacation. It’ll instantly get you into the local mindset. For convenience and family-friendliness, we give this option an A+.
No need to worry about finding parking. Shuttles are a great way to avoid the tourist rush and get right where you want to go. Some of our 30A cottages and luxury rental homes are in communities that offer complimentary shuttle services to take you to the beach or other popular local destinations. In fact, many communities that are a bit farther from the beach than walking distance will offer transportation during peak tourism months. We love recommending the free, local shuttle services. But keep in mind most of these services only run during prime seasons, usually Memorial Day to Labor Day. If you’re planning to visit during off-season, you’ll want to make other arrangements.
The Sunshine Turtle Express is a great local trolley to ride during your 30A vacay. And it’s totally free! Ride along beautiful highways from Dune Allen to Seaside. With plenty of stops along the way, you’ll get to sample different areas and local flavor. Take a stroll. Enjoy some shopping or fresh seafood. It runs from noon to midnight all summer long. Trolleys have a stop at each location every 20 minutes or so.
Looking to get off the beaten path and explore some less popular areas? If you’re looking to go places the shuttles don’t service or traveling too far for a bike, you can always order a taxi or get picked up in an Uber or Lyft vehicle. You shouldn’t have to wait long—there are plenty of drivers in the area. Late night leaving the bar? No need to worry about making the last shuttle of the day. You can get a ride any time of the night and ensure you have a safe way to get back home.
Looking for a way to reach you daily step goal? Walking along 30A is our go-to for prime location 30A rental homes. There’s nothing better than strolling down the strip at Seaside or Rosemary Beach. Plus the favorable Florida weather lasts the majority of the year so you rarely have to worry about rain. There are many restaurants with glowing reviews and delicious dishes. Plus we love the laid back atmosphere and beach chic vibes here. If your vacation isn’t complete without popping into the local shops, you’ll love a stroll along the strip. From small, local bookstores to home décor that allows you to bring the beach home, there’s something for everyone. Some places can only be visited and experience on foot, after all.
Rosemary Beach is the ideal place for a perfect beach vacation. Quaint and picturesque, there’s a relaxed elegance to the Florida vacation rental homes here. Our 30A cottages put you right in the heart of this cozy area, footsteps away from the beach or a brief and breezy bike ride to nearby local restaurants and charming retail stores. If it’s your first time visiting Rosemary Beach, we’ve created a two-day itinerary to help you find where to go, things to do and what to eat while you’re there. Even if you’re familiar with Rosemary Beach, you may discover new spots to explore on our list.
Spending the holidays in South Walton is a unique time to experience the area free from the summertime crowds and intense heat. In part 1, our list of holiday activities included photos and breakfast with Santa, festive foods, holiday markets and more. Still searching for fun things to do along 30A during the holidays? From free Christmas activities to parades, ice skating and seasonal shows, we’re adding to our list of things to do in December.
The weather during November is still relatively warm with average temperatures ranging between the 70s and 80s, making 30A a pleasant time to visit while enjoying plenty of activities both indoors and outdoors. Water temperatures are comfortably warm enough for swimming, but an even better time to try your hand at surfing, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding. Less crowds this time of year, allow for stress-free strolls along the charming seaside towns and villages.
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!
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.
We’re back for part two of our Grab and Go Food on 30A series. In the last article, we explored some delicious dining on-the-go options. From soft cheeses, craft beer and fine wine at Destin Ice Market to Freshii’s inspired breakfast burritos, our list was just a taste of the dining options on 30A. This time we’ve got even more inspired ideas for your daily munchies. These 30A restaurants have great takeout options for easy grab-and-go foods like sandwiches or burgers.