30A South Walton Miramar Beach YOLO YOLO Boarding

YOLO Boarding in Miramar Beach

Y.O.L.O…. You Only Live Once. It’s more than a hollow cliché here in South Walton.

For many locals, it’s become a battle cry.

The South Walton-based YOLO Board team might not have invented the Standup Paddle Board (SUP) phenomena, but they’ve certainly captured and inspired the SUP lifestyle in a way that no one else has.

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30A South Walton 09 Seacrest Beach

Photo: Jack Gardner Photography

Tucked between Camp Creek Lake, Alys Beach and Rosemary Beach is a colorful and thriving beach community called Seacrest. Close to everything, and yet somehow quite relaxed, Seacrest is an ideal place to reconnect with friends and family. Bikes and flip-flops are the transportation of choice here, except for the occasional golf cart loaded up with kids, coolers, umbrellas and sand buckets.

The “town center” of Seacrest is arguably The Village of South Walton Beach, featuring several cute shops and restaurants, as well as a convenience store.

The bubbling fountains out front are a persistent hit with bare-footed kids and weary parents seeking a momentary diversion.

Known as Peddlers Pavilion, this is a fun spot 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.

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30A South Walton grayton sign 252x252 Shopping in Grayton Beach

Photo: Jacqueline Ward Images

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 SwimwearAllison Craft DesignsNicole 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.

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‘GRAYT’ video by the Myers Brothers…. It’s the first significant music video release associated with their new album, Never Quite This Way, and was shot in various spots along 30A (and especially in Grayton). How many locals can YOU spot?

Some days, South Walton’s dolphins prefer to keep to themselves. And then other days… well, other days they like to play.

There’s nothing better than a day out on the boat with good friends. Well, unless you throw in a pod of dolphins.

The Tennessee Firearms performing live at The Great Southern Cafe in Seaside, Florida, during the annual 30A Songwriters Festival.

Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach is the world’s first projection art festival, with artists using the latest technologies to project their original works onto the town’s iconic white walls.