Tips for Planning a 30A Summer Vacation

There’s no question about it, summer is the peak season to visit 30A. Despite the influx of tourists, 30A areas like Rosemary Beach, Grayton Beach and Seaside still keep their small town charm. Whether you’re visiting 30A for the first time or a returning guest, we’ve compiled our top tips for planning the best 30A summer vacation:

Whether you’re visiting 30A for the first time or a returning guest, we’ve compiled our top tips for planning the best 30A summer vacation. Learn how to booking your 30A vacation rental home in advance and planning for packing, eating and more can help make your 30A vacay a success.

By
LoveToStay30A,
on
March 11, 2020

Tips for Planning Your 30A Summer Vacation

There’s no question about it, summer is the peak season to visit 30A. Despite the influx of tourists, 30A areas like Rosemary Beach, Grayton Beach and Seaside still keep their small town charm. Whether you’re visiting 30A for the first time or a returning guest, we’ve compiled our top tips for planning the best 30A summer vacation:

1.     Plan early! Book in advance.

Because the summer months are the most popular time of the year to visit, getting a head start on planning is essential. Book your 30A vacation home a few months in advance or your ideal property may not be available at all. In fact, some of our most popular vacation homes in Rosemary Beach, Seaside and more are booked over a year in advance! Don’t take your chances betting on a last minute guest cancellation to squeeze in a 30A beach vacation—get your ideal dates reserved ahead of time so you can make plans to take advantage of all the fun things to do in the 30A area.

2.     Location, location, location.

As far as where to stay, here at Love to Stay 30A, we offer a range of different options depending on the amount of guests, location, price and more. Bring your pets to one of our pet friendly 30A vacation homes, snag a cozy, romantic bungalow for two or get a big home right on the beach, perfect for the whole family. Take into consideration location. Locals and tourists alike enjoy biking as a mode of transportation in the area but you don’t want to be too far away from the places you’re planning to visit.

In this area, it’s all about the beach. For some visitors, having a 30A rental home right on the beach is a non-negotiable. But, if you’re looking to save some money, consider one of our homes that, while not directly on the beach, offers a free beach tram service throughout the summer. You’ll enjoy quick, convenient beach access without the big price tag. Looking to dodge some of the summer beach rush? Mix up your beach schedule for a day. Consider ending the day at the beach with a late night stroll or enjoying the beautiful sunset with some local takeout instead of visiting during the peak daytime hours.

One last consideration regarding location: pool. If having pool access is important for you and your guests, our 30A vacation rentals with pool access are the perfect fit. Many homes have absolutely giant community pools your family will love playing and swimming in.

3.     Get your grub on.

There are some amazing places to eat in 30A. Some of our favorites are Cuvee 30A, Café Tango and Pescado. If you’re planning any big romantic dinners or celebratory family meals, be sure to make reservations if available. Most local places are walk in only and wait times can be pretty substantial. If you’re looking to cut down on wait time, try to arrive on “off times,” earlier or later than most of the crowd.

Dining out can get pricey, especially in this tourist hotspot. We suggest having your groceries delivered to your 30A vacation home rental on the day you arrive. Grocery stores can be busy during the summer and navigating a new store’s unknown store layout can be frustrating. Not only is this a convenient, time-saving option, it’s a great way to save money for your 30A vacay. Get all your pantry staples delivered so you can eat breakfast and some lunches and dinners “at home” during your stay.

4.     Pack for play.

You might be wondering, “What should I pack for my 30A beach vacation?” You’ll probably anticipate some of our answers. Make sure you cover the basics like beach clothes, good swimsuits, sunglasses, comfy sandals (avoid flip flops if you plan on riding bikes), beach toys (shovels, sand castles, a ball to toss, boogie boards, etc.), sun screen, wide brimmed beach hats, etc. But here are some things you may not have thought of: a waterproof speaker to play your favorite beach tunes while you lay out surfside, pool noodles or inflatables to keep you afloat without the effort (they even have inflatable beer holders so you can swim with your favorites drinks. Just remember: no glass on the beach), a cooler for drinks so you can stay hydrated in the hot Florida sun and a collapsible beach wagon for hauling it all easily.

Featured Blog Posts

What to Do for Spring Break on 30A

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.

View Blog

Fun Facts About Seaside, Florida

Seaside, Florida is one of the most charming small towns in America. With picturesque architecture and beautiful weather, it’s a popular vacation destination for tourists from around the world. There are many reasons to love Seaside like delicious food, local restaurants and wonderful shops. We love exploring the area and learning more about its history. Here are some fun facts about Seaside you should know before your next (or first!) visit.

View Blog

A Very 30A Christmas: Part 2

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.

View Blog

Best Desserts and Sweets on 30A

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.

View Blog

Fun Things to Do at “Home” on Vacation

At Love to Stay 30A, we want you to enjoy your 30A vacation to the max. Sometimes an unexpected rainy day, sudden sickness and even a global pandemic (we’re looking at you, COVID-19) can put a hamper on your good time out and about. If you’re looking for fun things to do while you stay safe and stay at home in our of our luxury 30A vacation rental homes, we’ve got plenty of great ideas for you. We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite fun things to do at “home” for your 30A vacay.

View Blog

4th of July on 30A

Summer on 30A is the best and, if you’re looking to spend a holiday in the area, the 4th of July is the ultimate. There’s nothing like the celebratory, fun atmosphere on the beach over the 4th of July weekend. If you’re looking for more 4th of July events on 30A, we’ve got a full list to round out your holiday to-do list. With live music and a patriotic pool party to face painting and fireworks, check out our list of 4th of July events on 30A.

View Blog