HEADS-UP: The next 30A Sand Rover Rally is set for April 17-18, 2020 in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida! Follow us on 30A.com and Facebook for updates!
Here’s all the action from the 2019 30A Sand rover Rally:
Presented by Land Rover Gulf Coast, this annual family-friendly event welcomes over 100 Land Rovers, Broncos, Jeeps, dune buggies, vintage military vehicles and assorted beach cruisers each year for trail rides, live music and more. 2019 sponsors include Grayton Beer Company, Coastal Customs & Restorations, Adventure Motor Cars, European Parts, The Java Can, RMR4x4, and 30A Radio.
Spectators are welcome! There’s no fee to participate and no need to register.
2019 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Friday, April 12 (6:00pm – 9:00pm): Kick-off party featuring live music by Dread Clampitt @ Grayton Beer’s Tap Room
This year’s pre-party took place from 6-9pm on Friday, April 12, at Grayton Beer Company, where participants can meet and buddy-up with trail partners. The party featured live music by DREAD CLAMPITT. This event is FREE, kid-friendly and dog-friendly. Grayton Beer Brewpub’s team will sell food during the event including brisket, mac & beer cheese, pulled-pork sandwiches and more!
Grayton Beer Company
217 Serenoa Road
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459 [MAP]
Saturday, April 13 (9:00am – 4:00pm): 30A Sand Rover Rally @ The Gulley Amphitheater in Gulf Place
Saturday’s main event had vendors, vehicles on display, special awards and music by 30A Radio. Attendees can also explore our local trails all day long (see trail info below).
Saturday, April 13 @ 2:00pm: Awards Presentation
In 2019 we gave away cool prizes for vehicles in each the following categories.
COOLEST VINTAGE LAND ROVER (30 YEARS OR OLDER): Presented to the coolest-looking old Land Rover in attendance (1989 or older). The winner will receive a $50 30A Gift Certificate and a Hi-Lift Jack ORB Off-Road Base (donated by Bill Burke of 4-Wheeling America).
FANCIEST RIDE (ANY MAKE/MODEL): Presented to the vehicle that packs the biggest WOW-factor in terms of customizations and finish. The winner will receive a $50 30A Gift Certificate and an ARB Back-up Light Kit (donated by Bill Burke of 4-Wheeling America).
MUDDIEST RIDE (ANY MAKE/MODEL): Presented to the off-roading vehicle that rolls into Saturday’s rally wearing the most mud. The winner will receive a $50 30A Gift Certificate and a Hi-Lift Jack “Lift-Mate” (donated by Bill Burke of 4-Wheeling America).
JUDGE’S CHOICE (ANY MAKE/MODEL): Presented to the vehicle that simply catches the judge’s eye for being truly extraordinary. The winner will receive a $50 30A Gift Certificate and a Superwinch EXP 12,000-lb Winch (donated by Bill Burke of 4-Wheeling America).
LONG-DISTANCE ROVER AWARD: Presented to the attendee who traveled the farthest to attend this year’s rally. The winner will receive a $100 30A Gift Certificate.
45 Town Center Loop
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459 [MAP]
Official 2019 30A Sand Rover Rally shirts are now available for sale at 30Agear.com.
These super-soft 30A-brand unisex shirts are made from 50% recycled plastic bottles and 50% cotton.
ABOUT THE TRAIL RIDES
Santa Rosa Beach, Florida features over 25,000 acres of protected land to explore, including Point Washington State Forest.
Trail rides will be “on your own” this year. You’ll have a chance to meet and buddy-up with trail partners during the party on Friday night at Grayton Beer Company.
All drivers are reminded to be responsible and courteous to other drivers and to state property. All activities should adhere to Tread Lightly principles. Vehicles are only allowed on numbered roads and any power line right of ways are off limits.
We’ve also been asked to remind everyone that DRONES are not allowed on any state property. Also, please note that NO ALCOHOL is allowed on state property. Officials will be on patrol in the forest to help ensure everyone’s safety. Last year, forestry officers said they issued quite a few citations to those who didn’t follow the rules, so please respect our local forest and trails and always follow the rules.
Please note that some of the trails in Point Washington State Forest are very narrow. If you don’t like the sound of limbs scratching along the sides of your vehicle, we recommend that you stick to the main dirt roads (see map below). If you drive down narrow sand trails, you might not be able to back out, especially if you’re part of a long caravan. Anything on TOP of your truck (flood lamps, luggage, paddle boards, etc.) could easily be damaged on the narrow trails, so please take it slow and easy. Please don’t feel pressured to venture onto these narrow trails. There are plenty of regular dirt roads to explore! This map shows the best access points for trail rides:
Our local campgrounds fill up fast, so if you plan to camp, please make your reservations as soon as possible. Local camping options include:
Point Washington State Park (Phone: 888-879-3859)
HOTELS & RENTAL HOMES
Santa Rosa Beach is home to a very wide range of accommodations, from multi-million dollar beach front estates to cabins, studio apartments and boutique hotels. To find some great options, visit 30A Rentals.