beach planning trip

Anytime is a great time to visit the beautiful, pristine beaches and unique seaside communities of 30A, but certain months have their own set of benefits and reasons to plan your stay. Check out this handy month-by-month guide to the PROS and CONS of each time of year on 30A:

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There are few places more picturesque than Florida’s Emerald Coast, especially the section edged by Highway 30A. [more]

TIME Magazine, The Best Places to Travel in 2015

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Grab your tickets now for the 29th Annual Sandestin Wine Festival set for April 16-19, 2015, before it’s too late.

The festival, affectionately known as the “Kentucky Derby” of wine festivals, is the most established and longest running wine festival on the Emerald Coast. Attendees are encouraged to secure tickets early because the popular festival has a history of selling out in advance.

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Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach

Award-winning artists from around the U.S. will converge in Alys Beach this week for the Digital Graffiti Visiting Artist Residency program!

The public will have an opportunity to meet and greet the artists and get a glimpse into their creative process January 16-17, 2015, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the pedestrian paths of Alys Beach.

In addition, during the 30A Songwriters Festival performances at Caliza Pool & Restaurant in Alys Beach, a retrospective of some of the most memorable artwork from past Digital Graffiti Festivals will be featured on the walls and buildings.

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Photo: Ocean Jewel's Images

Photo: Ocean Jewel’s Images

The South Walton Fire District is seeking lifeguards for the 2015 beach season.

Interested candidates must be in good physical shape and able to complete a 500-meter swim in less than 10 minutes and a 1.2-mile beach run in less than 12 minutes.

Tryouts begin on January 11, 2015.

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bob schneider 30a songwriters festival

For years, Bob Schneider has been packing houses and winning over audiences in Austin, Texas, firmly claiming his place as one of the most sought-after entertainers in the live music capitol and across the country. Next month, he will again grace the stage at the 30A Songwriters Festival, performing from his extensive repertoire of original songs.

As one of the more prolific writers of his generation, Schneider has released about 20 albums and is constantly working new material into his live shows, most of which are recorded and released on his website. Schneider’s live shows are playful and raw, on stage he clearly knows how to command the room. Offstage, he told 30A, is a different story.

PRO TIP: Download the free 30A Songwriters Festival app for your iPhone or Android!

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Locals and visitors kicked off 2015 with a Polar Bear Plunge into the Gulf of Mexico in support of the South Walton Fire District.

The plunge took place at 1:00 p.m. at Ed Walline Beach Access across from Gulf Place. The event included a $50 prize for the best costume, camp fires on the beach, hot drinks, food and live music. Participants were asked to make a $20 donation to benefit the fire district’s department relations committee. Funds go towards purchasing fire and life safety educational and promotional items such as smoke alarms, color books, and helmets. The 30A Store also printed special t-shirts for participants, with all proceeds going to the fire department.

Here are videos of the fun from our 30A Radio team:

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La Cocina Mexican Grill and Bar

La Cocina Mexican Grill and Bar

Looking for a new job? George’s at Alys Beach, La Cocina Mexican Grill and Bar in Seacrest, and Seagrove Village Market Café are hiring up for the season.

On Thursday, January 15, the Hartley Restaurant Group, which owns all three restaurants, will host their annual job fair at La Cocina giving interested service industry professionals the chance to take their career to the next level. All three restaurants experienced record sales and volume in 2014 with continuous growth expected in 2015.

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