One of Florida’s best-kept secrets is 30A—a Gulf Coast oasis characterized by sugar-white sand, emerald waters, and a unique charm found nowhere else. You may be familiar with The Florida Panhandle as a summer destination, but winter is when this region truly comes to life! We’ve compiled all of the best reasons to trade chilly winter temperatures and powdery white stuff for mild temperatures and beautiful sunny skies. For a complete list of things to do this winter on 30A:
Here’s Why You Need to Experience Winter on 30A This Year
The Weather Is Gorgeous
Say goodbye to shoveling snow and bundling up! This year, why not trade your winter woes for comfortable temperatures and beachy vibes? 30A’s average winter weather entails highs around 65 degrees (sometimes higher, sometimes lower) and lows around 50 degrees. While this is still chilly to some, it certainly beats the below-freezing blues! During the early winter months, it’s typically still warm enough at midday to enjoy water activities such as fishing and paddleboarding. If you’re looking to do some land activities such as golfing or biking around one of 30A’s coastal dune lakes, you’ll find that winter is the perfect time to get out and explore here!
You’ll Avoid the Crowds
The best part about visiting 30A in winter? Beating the crowds! Most people visit Florida’s Emerald Coast in the spring and summer, so you may end up having the best 30A beaches to yourself during a winter getaway. What could be better than that? The holidays (namely Thanksgiving and Christmas) bring some traffic to the area, but it’s lighter than what summertime brings.
Plenty of Holiday Magic Awaits
Whether you’re hungering for a delicious 30A Thanksgiving or feeling a festive Christmas by the beach, you’ll discover holiday magic on Florida’s Emerald Coast. There are plenty of outstanding 30A restaurants, private chefs, and grocery services that can help you make the most of a seasonal meal here. Aside from feeding your inner foodie, be sure to attend 30A’s best winter events when in town! Here are just a few to be on the lookout for:
- Sparkling Wine and Holiday Lights Festival: November
- Annual Hilton Sandestin Beach Blowout: December
- 30A Songwriters Festival: January
- South Walton Fashion Week: February.
Whether you’re traveling with a few family members or escaping the doldrums of winter with the entire crew, a Your Friend at the Beach luxury vacation rental is the best lodging choice you can make this season. Each of our beautiful properties is just steps away from the sparkling waters of The Gulf, which are stunning year-round! Whether you choose a Villa Coyaba, Adagio, or San Remo condo, you’ll enjoy premium amenities exclusive to your stay with us. Expect private beach access, heated pools, and plenty of space to gather and enjoy the season. Our condos especially ideal for hosting holiday dinners—our fully stocked, gourmet kitchens feature everything you need to create a culinary masterpiece!