Happy Friday friends! I’ve been really excited to share this post with you because it’s all about my beautiful hometown, the Emerald Coast. I constantly get asked what to do while visiting the white sandy beaches of 30A so I figured I’d put together a travel guide for you! I hope that it helps you make the most out of your next beach trip.
Before your trip, I highly recommend downloading the 30A app or checking out 30A.com to see whats going on while you are there. This app is great and I actually used it a lot while I lived there. It tells you everything 30A has to offer- from free concerts, movies to beach fitness classes- everything you need to know can be found on this website and app.
Where to Stay
Your Friend at The Beach– This family run business only provides the very best condos 30A has to offer. I stayed in one of their condos for my sisters bachelorette party and it was incredible! They make booking super easy and are located in some of the best parts of 30A. They also have excellent amenities and provide add ons (for low prices) like bicycles and cribs for your family.
Airbnb– I like to recommend using Airbnb for renting houses on the beach. You can find some great deals on here- especially if you go during low season (after Labor Day and before Memorial Day). Save $40 off your trip by clicking here!
Where to Eat
This is the question I get asked the most! I couldn’t pick just one favorite restaurant so I narrowed it down to some of the ones I go to the most. The good thing about 30A is most their restaurants are locally sourced and provide you with the freshest ingredients.
Great Southern Cafe– my favorite brunch spot! Make sure you order their famous, award winning Shrimp and Grits (Shrimp Yaya)
George’s at Alys– all locally sourced, this is my favorite lunch spot. You can’t go wrong with any of their seafood dishes
La Crema– hands down the best paella I’ve ever had! The large option is enough for 2-3 people so bring the whole family
Stinky’s Fish Camp– this cajun restaurant has some amazing po’boys
Caliza– the most elegant poolside restaurant you will ever visit! It’s very romantic and has delicious seafood. I recommend making a reservation in advance
Bud and Alley’s– located in Seaside, this restaurant comes with a great view!
The Red Bar– great food, great music and a great place to drink! Heads up- they are cash only!
Amavida Coffee and Tea– can’t forget about coffee! Located in Seaside and Rosemary beach, Amavida coffee has delicious coffee and small plates
Seaside Airstreams– these gourmet food trucks (airstreams) are great for an easy lunch/dinner! There are various options so the whole family can find something they like!
Bud and Alley’s Pizza Bar– best pizza on 30A!
What to Do
Beach- this is an obvious one! I don’t know about you but I could spend ALL day on the beach reading a good book!
Rent bikes- one of my absolute favorite things to do on 30A is to go biking to Seaside. We usually rent our bikes from Big Daddy’s and enjoy the scenic route to Seaside (about 4 miles). We then grab lunch in Seaside, walk around, then head back. They have great prices too! If you are looking for trails to ride on, check out this video.
Charlie’s Donut Truck– I sadly have never tried one (every time I make it to the truck they are sold out) but I’ve heard they are amazing! Make sure you wake up early to grab some!
Live Music and Treats at The Hub– this fun, new venue has delicious food, treats and live music for the whole family. And not to mention it’s super adorable!
Movie or concert at Seaside- you can check out whats playing here. Grab some ice cream or food from one of the food trucks and enjoy a movie/concert under the stars!
Wine tasting at Chan’s Wine World– this was one of my favorite things to do while I lived on 30A! Enjoy a wide selection of wines while people watching by the beach.
Ice cream at the Sugar Shak– end the perfect beach day with some delicious ice cream or sweet treats!
Where to Shop
Silver Sands Outlets– these outlets are not located on 30A but just down the street! Trust me, it’s worth the short drive!
Bump + Baby– the cutest store to hit Seaside! You can find clothes for baby and any mama to be! Its my favorite shop to buy cute clothes for my little man!
Seaside Classic– fun fact about myself: I actually worked here one summer! I had a blast being part of the Seaside team and selling the iconic t-shirts! You can’t leave 30A without one!
Ophelia Swimwear– looking for a new swimsuit while you’re at the beach? Stop by this little shop to find the trendiest styles!
Rosemary Shops– this little town is absolutely beautiful and has some fun shops!
Outpost– located a few miles away from 30A, this elegant store looks like something straight out of a magazine! They also have a beautiful coffee shop located inside so treat yourself to a coffee (or wine) while you shop!
Photos On the Beach
What better way to remember your trip to the beautiful beaches of 30A than with professional photos? Take advantage of the scenery and invest in these incredibly talented photographers! I have personally worked with all them and cannot recommend them enough!