A bustling cobblestone town center perched at the edge of Choctawhatchee Bay, The Village of Baytowne Wharf is the thumping heart of the larger Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort that encompasses it. With dozens of quaint shops, excellent restaurants, nightclubs and plenty of attractions for kids (and kids at heart), Baytowne Wharf is a fun event-filled destination any time of day, night or year.
While not as closely clustered as shops in some of the other planned communities, the fun, funky and fiercely independent retailers of Grayton Beach are certainly worth exploring. North of 30A, there are the colorful Shops of Grayton, including Ophelia Swimwear, Allison Craft Designs, Nicole Paloma and many other creative boutiques.
Need a happy break between shops? The daily Happy Hour across the way at Hurricane Oyster Bar is one of 30A’s happiest… While you’re there, be sure to check out the fresh local art by Justin Lyons and Andy Saczynski in the galleries right next door.
Just a stone’s throw from the white sands of Sandestin and Miramar Beach, Silver Sands Premium Outlets is a shop-a-holic’s paradise. Silver Sands Premium Outlets is home to 110 designer and name brand outlet stores with 465,200 square feet of retail space.
You’ll find impressive savings of 25% to 65% every day at Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, Coach, Cole Haan, DKNY, Gap Outlet, J.Crew, Kenneth Cole, Lacoste, Michael Kors, Nautica, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Swarovski, Tommy Hilfiger and more.
With a sparkling beach just across Scenic Highway 30A, stop in at the 30A Store to load up on gear, but also grab a cold beer or cup of coffee and a treat from Sunrise Coffee, hang out at the hand-crafted bar or lounge in one of the beach chairs out front to enjoy that Gulf breeze.
The nearby beach also offers plenty of inspiration for The Artists at Gulf Place, a collection of colorful huts here that showcase a variety of local talents.
You probably won’t see Truman walking around this idyllic white picket fence village, but you’ll always find a plethora of picture-perfect shops, restaurants and art galleries in South Walton’s famous Seaside.
After a mimosa breakfast at Great Southern Cafe, grab a cup of free-trade coffee at the locally-owned Amavida before diving headfirst into the shops of Seaside (including Perspicacity’s colorful open-air market).
Secret boardwalks, gas lamps and bubbling fountains await those who explore Rosemary Beach by foot (or on a rental bike from Bamboo Bicycle Company), but the charming old-world town center is the true hub of daily life here. On the north side of 30A, an assortment of casual restaurants and upscale boutiques (including a surf shop for the beach-bound) surround a shaded lawn.
Start out with a cup of local coffee at Amavida, and if you love looking at the local artworks that adorn Amavida’s walls, check out the other galleries around the plaza.