Why Is a Destin and 30A Vacation Good For the Soul?

When we think about the Emerald Coast of Florida, we think of sparkling waters, rare dune lakes, the beachfront splendor of our luxury vacation rentals, and a wide variety of family-friendly and romantic things to do. If you’ve never visited the Emerald Coast of Florida, you might not know everything that’s waiting for you. That’s why we’re answering the question: what is a 30A vacation?

There is so much to do around Destin and 30A! Access our complimentary 30A, Florida Vacation Guide for our favorite restaurants, shopping, attractions, and more in our little slice of heaven.


Why You Should Take a Destin and 30A Vacation This Year

What Is 30A?

Scenic Highway 30A is a two-lane road that follows along the Gulf Coast within the Florida Panhandle from about Inlet Beach to the west end of Santa Rosa Beach. A route of the road continues on either side to either Panama City Beach or Destin via Highway 98. The area is also often referred to as south Walton County. The beaches along 30A are known for their sugar white sands and emerald green waters. Some of the most recognizable beach communities include Santa Rosa Beach, Blue Mountain Beach, Alys Beach, Dune Allen, and Miramar Beach. Destin is often lumped in with 30A because of its close proximity and nearby attractions.

What Is the History Behind 30A?

It all started during the late 1800s and early 1900s in the Grayton Beach area about halfway between Destin and Panama City Beach. Residents of DeFuniak Springs, about 40 minutes north of Grayton, started vacationing at the beach. By the 1920s, people from across the panhandle and Alabama started building houses and communities along the pristine beaches. The original 30A route dates back to Native Americans who likely had settlements to fish and harvest crab and shellfish.

What Does a 30A Vacation Offer?

Whether it be a family trip or a romantic getaway, a 30A vacation is the best beach vacation! The Gulf of Mexico produces pristine beaches that offer tons of amazing things to do in and around that water like fishing and biking. If you’re traveling with the family, there are countless of things you and your kids can enjoy together. Some of our favorite family-friendly activities include visiting the Gulf World Marine Park and taking family photos on the beach to capture your new lifelong memories! One of the best parts of any vacation is trying new food. 30A and Destin boast incredible culinary experiences.

Who Has the Best 30A Vacation Rentals?

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Your Friend At the Beach offers luxury rentals on 30A in both Santa Rosa Beach and Destin. Our vacation rental condos are all gulf-front with plenty of space for you and your group to spread out. Our collection of Adagio, San Remo, and Villa Coyaba condos feature an array of amenities, including private pools, gyms, and outdoor dining areas. With the best locations along 30A, there’s no doubt YFAB has just what you need for your getaway!

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