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30A Neighborhood Guide

Get to know the unique beachtowns of Florida’s 30A !

30A Neighborhood Map


Rosemary Beach 

Located on the east end of highway 30A, Rosemary Beach real estate rests along 107 acres, including gulf front real estate, whose essence comes from the careful arrangement of its public spaces and private homes. Neighborhoods are interconnected by a network of pedestrian lanes, footpaths and boardwalks that lead to all public areas. The community’s pedestrian scale ensures that everything is within no more than a five minute walk. 

Foot paths, butterfly gardens and dune walkovers are just some of the outdoor community activities offered at Rosemary Beach. Other amenities include the beach, the Town Center, tennis courts, swimming pools, etc. 

Rosemary Beach is one of the iconic jewels of the 30A stretch, with picturesque backgrounds and Gulf-front restaurants and events. This quaint European-like environment is the epitome of a perfect vacation and provides everything you need to make it a fun and relaxing stay. With the beautiful views of the Gulf, Rosemary Beach provides an elegant European village feel right on the sea.


Close to everything, and yet somehow quite relaxed, Seacrest is an ideal place to reconnect with friends and family. In addition to Seacrest’s gorgeous beaches, there’s also a 12,000 square foot swimming pool hidden in the expansive Seacrest neighborhood. If you can find it, and if you’re a property homeowner or rental guest, it’s certainly worth checking out. 

Peddlers Pavilion is a fun spot in Seacrest where kids can splash around, vacationers can rent bikes and all can enjoy a unique selection of food and shopping experiences – including Peddlers Pub, 30A Bagels & Coffee, The Sweet Peddler candy and ice cream, and more!

Alys Beach 

Alys Beach is a seaside town like no other, including the finest culinary talents on the coast, shopping suitable for those with distinctive taste, outdoor activities on an exclusive beachfront and miles of nature trails, and a state-of-the-art wellness center. ZUMA Wellness Center is a place where mind, body and spirit delight in carefully curated amenities in pursuit of beauty, community and wellness. 

Alys Beach is brimming with opportunities to enjoy the sand and surf. From oversized umbrellas and comfortable beach chairs, to kayaks, body boards and stand up paddle boards; you are sure to find everything from adventure to simple relaxation.

The architecture in Alys Beach is a mixture of ideas pulled from other areas of the world, where the all-white buildings, private courtyards with outdoor galleries, terraces, gardens, fountains and pools make Alys Beach a must-see in 30A. The all-white architecture has elements inducted from the Mediterranean area and from New Urbanism, a design movement that has walkability and livability as the foundation and of which Alys Beach is a striking example. Alys Beach’s architecture has garnered world-wide attention for its unique architectural influences and how it provides a non-traditional luxury vacation experience.


Reside in either a maritime-inspired cottage home or a modern condo with beachfront views. Either way you choose to stay, Watersound is the ideal getaway. Spend your days on Watersound’s hiking and biking trails while soaking in the natural beauty of towering sand dunes or swimming in one of the neighborhood’s two 7,000-square-foot zero-entry pools. 

If you enjoy golfing with a beautiful ocean backdrop, then Watersound is the perfect place for you. Watersound offers access to Camp Creek Golf Club, a private club available to members and guests of The Clubs by JOE. Included is an 18-hole, par 72 championship course designed by Tom Fazio showcasing a full driving range and putting green, as well as private lessons.

A St. JOE Hospitality vacation includes everything you need for the perfect vacation: Watersound Beach Club, Watercolor Inn and Resort, The Pearl Hotel (located in Rosemary Beach but owned by St. Joe), Watersound Inn, Watersound Beach Club, Camp Creek Golf Club, Shark’s Tooth Golf Club and ORIGINS Golf Course.

Inlet Beach 

At the easternmost end of 30A lies a beach lover’s paradise. Inlet Beach is home to the area’s largest regional beach access. Inlet Beach sets itself apart from other areas of South Walton because of its emphasis on preserving the natural splendor of Florida, while creating a vacation experience unlike any other. Old meets new as cozy cottages elicit an Old Florida feel, while modern accommodations, new restaurants and high-end shopping bring a new energy to this beach neighborhood. 

Inlet Beach homes offer Gulf Coast views from sunrise to sunset. The area also includes acres of protected dunes, pristine forests and Lake Powell. Salt water meets seawater here, accommodating all types of water sports and boating. 

Inlet Beach stands out amongst its small-town neighbors with the easy accessibility to major shopping and grocery stores, which is often difficult to find in quaint beach towns. Whether you forgot your sunscreen or want to purchase a pre-packaged beach lunch, Inlet Beach’s stores have everything you need. 


Seagrove is increasing in traffic and becoming a popular tourist destination along highway 30A. Residences, condominiums, shops and restaurants are springing up in the area, inviting more people to experience the laid back, yet luxurious Seagrove community. Seagrove is the perfect beach community for families looking for a classic Florida vacation vibe, from water activities to biking to sugar-white sand.

At just over 2 miles long, the unplanned community of Seagrove has more public access beach points than any other on highway 30A. It’s a true mix of old and new Florida, classic homes next door to brand new modern ones. Seagrove is opening a new Regional Beach Access in 2021, making beach access even easier.


Seaside has had remarkable success with its one-of-a-kind architecture and coastal charm coming to life, growing to have more than 300 cottages — many of which are available for rent. The cottages range from small enough for a couple to big enough for several generations to gather together. A home in Seaside will give you the space to continue creating lasting family memories.

No matter what your stay in Seaside looks like, your worries will float away in the ocean breeze that lines the shore and spills into Central Square. Seaside is a gathering spot for families and friends to come together to enjoy local art galleries, shop at boutiques and comb through book collections. The streets in Seaside were ultimately designed in favor of walking pedestrians, but also allow automobile and parking access.

Seaside is known for its late-20th-century New Urbanist design, as well as pastel-colored houses featuring porches and white picket fences, also featured as the picture-perfect backdrop in The Truman Show starring Jim Carrey. 

Seaside Neighborhood School serves 5th through 8th grades and is located in the iconic beach town of Seaside, Florida. Located on the campus of nearby Northwest Florida State College, Seacoast Collegiate High School serves 9th through 12th grades offering students the ability to graduate high school with an associate college degree.


Just down the road is WaterColor, home to the award-winning Fish out of Water restaurant, panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico and outdoor activities at Western Lake. There are three types of accommodations in WaterColor: self-contained homes, condo-style suites and the newly renovated sixty-room Inn. No matter where you stay, you’ll have access to the resort’s complimentary bikes, tennis courts, three private golf courses, six pools and fitness center.

Every year since 2013, WaterColor has received Forbes’ Four Star designation, proclaiming it a luxurious South Walton destination with upscale amenities and sparkling white beaches.

Grayton Beach

Halfway down highway 30A lies Grayton Beach, a creative haven with endless natural beauty. Grayton beach is one of the original beach neighborhoods along highway 30A and has become a creative space for artists, musicians, chefs, etc. Grayton Beach is home to art galleries, a world-famous funky dive bar (The Red Bar) and Grayton Beach State Park. Head into Grayton Beach State Park via paddleboard, kayak or canoe to become one with nature and admire the natural beauty of South Walton.  

Right along highway 30A is Beau Home Interiors, offering a unique, curated experience to customers whether they are simply stopping in after a day on the beach or working on a full home project. Beau Home Interiors is a lifestyle store aimed at capturing coastal living as simple, understated elegance.

Fun Fact: With a special permit you can drive up on the beach! Experience a rustic yet refined, beach experience here!

Blue Mountain Beach

Blue Mountain is the epitome of relaxation, food and family. This beach neighborhood features a multitude of restaurants with live music and famous fresh Gulf seafood, including Red Fish Taco and Johnny McTighe’s. Where there are family-friendly game rooms, there are also adult-friendly happy hours. 

The area is home to South Walton’s highest elevation and gets its name from the blue lupine flowers that sway in the coastal breeze. Aside from a few local businesses, Blue Mountain consists mostly of private residences. 

Blue Mountain offers more rustic house, condo, apartment and cottage options. Blue Mountain’s unspoiled, rustic landscape is found in wooded communities, including Forest Lakes and Draper Lake. This area is more rustic than some of the other 30A neighborhoods, but definitely a charming location to vacation.

Gulf Place

Hence the name, Gulf Place offers the best views of the Gulf of Mexico. This beach community is casual and colorful, and offers visitors a diverse mix of beach, shopping, dining and art.

Gulf Place offers a village-like atmosphere where visitors can stroll along, shopping in various boutiques and stores, and everything is conveniently located within this unique walkable community. Roam through The Artists of Gulf Place, a collective of small galleries where artists showcase their work and offer interactive experiences. The Gulley Amphitheater, which often features live music and free concerts is located in Gulf Place. 

Dune Allen

Dune Allen caps the stretch of the various 30A neighborhoods with sprawling stretches of sparkling white sand, turquoise water and beach cottages that speckle the shoreline. With sprawling beaches and miles of trails, Dune Allen is a nature lover’s paradise without many commercial businesses. Also located in Dune Allen is Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, which is home to a 3.2-mile stretch of secluded beaches with five coastal dune lakes and sand dunes. 


Located on the west end of highway 30A, Sandestin offers the complete resort experience. Sandestin is a sprawling 2,400-acre resort that showcases the best of the Gulf of Mexico on its southern border and the Choctawhatchee Bay to the north. Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort offers family-friendly activities, from tennis and golf to pools and spas. No matter your reason for visiting, you’ll find endless opportunities to create lasting memories.

Within Sandestin is The Village of Baytowne Wharf, featuring an array of dining, shopping, nightlife and a full schedule of outdoor festivals and events for the entire family. Located within the Gulf-front Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa is 15 tennis courts, 19 swimming pools and four championship golf courses. You can plan the perfect trip or vacation since there are 30 different neighborhoods within Sandestin, offering about 1,600 accommodations to choose from.

Miramar Beach

Whether you enjoy outdoor activities, retail therapy or beachfront dining, Miramar Beach has it all. Miramar Beach is one of South Walton’s most fun-filled and diverse beach neighborhoods, only 8 miles from Destin and located at the westernmost end of highway 30A. The sparkling white sand and turquoise water are perfect for anything from lounging and soaking up the sun to adventure seekers renting jet skis or going on parasail rides. Sandestin is located within Miramar Beach…a town within a town! Another wonderful place to stay for tennis lovers is Tops’l Beach and Raquet Resort.

If this doesn’t intrigue you, maybe learning that famous movie actor Johnny Depp grew up in Miramar will. Johnny Depp once told the Los Angeles Times he worked construction as a teen and “built a bunch of those houses” in the western part of Miramar.


Destin is the western anchor of highway 30A paving the way to the rest of the 30A community. Destin is the most visited city on the Emerald Coast, known for its Gulf of Mexico beaches, many golf courses, and the Destin Harbor Boardwalk. 

Panama City Beach

At the east end of 30A lies Panama City Beach. Panama City Beach is a waterfront town and vacation destination, known for its white-sand beaches fronting the Gulf of Mexico and a hotspot for northern Florida vacations. St. Andrews State Park has hiking trails and fishing piers, while Pier Park is the main shopping hub and a venue for major events.

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