Answering questions is part of what friends do to help friends plan the best beach vacation getaway. I have listed some questions I get asked on a regular basis and some new places I am finding because my grandson, Landon, is always on the go when at the beach and we have to keep him busy!

How close are you to Seaside?

Adagio in Blue Mountain Beach is just under five miles from Seaside while our condos at San Remo are just about seven miles away. See our recent blog on biking and you will find how easy it is to get there along our 30-A bike trails. If you are staying in our condos at Villa Coyaba, we suggest taking a drive which depending on traffic will have you in the heart of Seaside in about thirty minutes.

Our favorite restaurant is The Red Bar – are you close by?

You can zip over to Adagio in Blue Mountain Beach by bike for lunch. It’s just one village away from Red Bar in Grayton Beach. If you want to go for dinner; it’s a short drive from either Adagio or San Remo. But remember that Red Bar does not take reservations and parking can be limited in the quaint village of Grayton Beach. We recommend guests go early and put their names on the list; then take a pleasant stroll across the street to the artsy fun stores like Zoo Gallery. In any case, the delicious crab cakes (available only on weekends) are worth the wait. P.S.* Check our free app YFAB* for our other recommendations.

Are there any restaurants within walking distance?

This is a question I seem to be getting more and more often. The answer is yes – you can walk to the brand-new Trebeache from Adagio, La Playa and the Perfect Pig (sure, not the best name but it is delicious food) from San Remo and Camille’s from Villa Coyaba. In addition to restaurants that serve lunch and dinner, our guests at Adagio can just walk less than a block away for breakfast scones from LaLoba Bakery. For an ice cream treat at the end of a perfect day at the beach, theBlue Mountain Creamery is a country block from Adagio – and a short two miles from San Remo. It’s the best ice cream on 30-A! Try my favorite praline pecan. Our friends at Villa Coyaba can walk just around the corner to the Marble Slab ice cream in Destin. My husband and I recently took our grandchildren there and they loved the mint chocolate chip. All the other guests couldn’t help but smile when my grandson told me to stop helping him with the drips down his chocolate cone!

So, what happens if you want to try other restaurants further away ? You still don’t have to drive. If you’re here in the summer (starting daily May 28th through September 5th) you can climb aboard the fun Sunshine Trolley. It takes you all along 30-A for free. They pick up from Redfish Village in Blue Mountain Beach and Gulf Place in Santa Rosa Beach. They make convenient stops along the way so you can enjoy restaurants like Shades and Bud and Alley’s in Seaside. Then just check their state of the art GPS tracking for your ride home – up until 11 pm at night. Bring your BFFs – or make new friends aboard the Sunshine 30A Trolley.

How many steps to the beach?

Saving the most frequently asked question until last, I must smile since my husband always tells me to ask “How big are your feet?”  JK, I take every question more seriously than he does! So, I have done a little research at each of our three-condo complexes.

Adagio: With three Gulf-front buildings and four pool-front buildings, Adagio sits at the highest point of the Gulf of Mexico. It is so close to the dune’s edge that you can’t get any closer … without getting wet. You can be at the beach walkover in seconds even from the buildings farthest away (E and F). There are, however, 52 steps down to the beach. Not to worry though. The beach walkover was thoughtfully built with a landing or two along the way down in case you want to catch your breath and enjoy the view.

San Remo: On the south side of 30A, just 100 yards from the beach, San Remo is a private complex of about 32 condos. When my grandson was just two; I held his hand and timed our walk from the condo elevators (two of them) to the sand. Even with the meandering pace of a toddler, we were at the beach in less than two minutes. He loved the boardwalk by the pond as it is filled with turtles that delight little kids.

Villa Coyaba: Villa Coyaba in the Crystal Beach area of Destin has the easiest access to the beach. From the elevators (two) to the beach, there is one set of about seven steps to the pool. From the pool, there are another 25-30 gently steps down to the private beach that comes with beach chair service included.

That is another question I am often asked – beach chair service. I’ll answer that and perhaps a question of yours at the next Your Friend At the Beach blog.

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