Florida’s 30A area is a top destination for families looking to vacation with clear, emerald waters and soft white sand. Whether you are visiting Seaside, WaterColor, Rosemary Beach, or Alys Beach, below are some tips for a fantastic getaway.

Visit 30A. Clear waters of the Florida Panhandle. Image by: Elizabeth Biar.
Visit 30A. Clear waters of the Florida Panhandle. Image by: Elizabeth Biar.

Florida’s County Road 30A, or just 30A, is a top spot for families looking to vacation. Many visitors call the area Seaside, but the 30A area is a great deal more, including several beach communities. The area boasts pristine turquoise waters with white sand beaches like powdered sugar.  Bicycles are the main mode of transportation.  It is also common to see families playing bocce ball and corn hole in the many green spaces.

Here are some tips for making the most of your visit to 30A.

1. Rent a House  

Visit 30A. Rental Home in WaterColor. Image by 360 Blue.
Visit 30A. Rental Home in WaterColor. Image by 360 Blue.

With only a few hotels present, the best bet is to rent a home. 360 Blue is the leading luxury vacation rental company in the area.  They provide top-notch service and rent exceptional homes.

There are several beach communities along road Florida’s 30A. In addition to WaterColor, Seaside, Rosemary Beach and Alys Beach, look at staying in Seagrove, Grayton Beach, or Blue Mountain Beach.  Each one has its unique personality while all enjoying the same stretch of beautiful beaches, state parks and forests.

2. Walk and Bike the Trails

Visit 30A. Walking trails around Western Lake. 
Image by Elizabeth Biar
Visit 30A. Walking trails around Western Lake.
Image by Elizabeth Biar

Florida’s 30A has a diverse environment. While the beaches are world-famous and spectacular, the area is also home to state forests and parks.  Point Washington State Forest, with over 15,000 acres, provides many hiking and biking trails. You will find numerous other state parks along 30A that provide beach access, hiking trails and camping.  Parks include Grayton Beach State Park, Deer Lake State Park, and Topsail Hill Preserve State Park.  

Also note: WaterColor community has biking and hiking trails within its community. Don’t miss out on all of these natural green beauties that line the coast.

3. Rent a Kayak or Stand Up Paddle Board

Visit 30A. Kayaks and paddleboards dot the beach. 
Image by Elizabeth Biar
Visit 30A. Kayaks and paddleboards dot the beach.
Image by Elizabeth Biar

The Florida Panhandle is home to several rare dune lakes.  Dune lakes are natural developments that occur in only a few spots around the globe. Dune lakes, which are approximately 10,000 years old, are a mix of fresh and saltwater creating a very unique ecosystem.

You can enjoy the dune lakes by hiking around them, or renting a stand up paddle board or kayak to explore.

No motorized water sports are allowed on the beaches of 30A (or on the dune lakes), but taking out a kayak or paddle board from the beach is highly encouraged.  Whether on a dune lake or out on the gulf, paddling is a great way to take in Florida’s 30A. Rent from Rent Gear Here or from the Boathouse.

4. Rent Beach Chairs

Visit 30A. Beach chairs set up along the beach.  
Image by Elizabeth Biar
Visit 30A. Beach chairs set up along the beach.
Image by Elizabeth Biar

If you are heading to the beach and do not want to haul your chairs and umbrella, no problem!  Florida’s 30A has several beach vendors that provide that service.

Many of the beach communities require you to reserve chairs on their private beaches. While there are public access beaches, including Grayton Beach State Park, staying in the beach communities allows you more access.  Contact the communities themselves, such as the WaterColor Resort Beach Setups, for reservations and questions. 

5. Rent Bikes and Golf Carts

Visit 30A. Bicycles lined up outside the beach.  
Image by Elizabeth Biar.
Visit 30A. Bicycles lined up outside the beach.
Image by Elizabeth Biar.

Almost all of the 30A area is reachable by bicycle or golf cart. What a sense of freedom to park your car for the duration of your vacation. People ride their bikes to the beach, dinner and shopping. It is common to see bike trailers piled high with coolers and beach bags.

Golf carts can make a trip to the grocery store quick and easy. These communities are built for bicycle transport. It’s a wonderful slower pace. Many rental homes come with bicycles and golf carts. If not, you may rent bikes from Rent Gear Here or golf carts from the Electric Cart Company.


Florida’s 30A community never disappoints. The biking and hiking trails, gorgeous beach and unique dune lakes make Florida’s 30A a perfect family vacation spot.