Bring your funky beach cruiser to the 5th annual 30A Sand Rover Rally in South Walton, Florida, on Saturday April 7, 2018.
Every year, over 100 Land Rovers, dune buggies, Broncos, Jeeps and beach cruisers roll into our little beach town for trail rides, live music and more at this family-friendly event, presented by Land Rover Gulf Coast. Rovers North magazine covered our 2017 rally with a feature article, and here we are hanging out with Editor Jeff Aronson:
today’s 30A Sand Rover Rally @ Gulf Place with Jeff Aronson, Editor of Rovers North magazine:
Posted by 30A on Saturday, April 8, 2017
Spectators are always welcome, and there is no fee to participate. The exact location of the 2018 rally will be announced soon, along with a more robust schedule featuring new activities for 2018!
Last year’s 2017 30A Sand Rover Rally shirts are still available for sale at 30Agear.com. The new 2018 design will be launched in the months ahead.
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SCHEDULE FOR SATURDAY, APRIL 7, 2018 (SUBJECT TO CHANGE AND MORE EVENTS TO BE ADDED):
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.: 2018 30A Sand Rover Rally
We’re expecting another big turnout this year, so if “getting a good spot” is important to you (or if you have a pristine show car that’s not ready for trail rides), you might consider skipping the trails and heading straight to the rally location to secure a place. We really have no way of knowing for sure how many vehicles are planning to attend, but volunteers will be ready to help direct vehicles as they arrive. Just come prepared to HAVE FUN and bring your best laid-back beach attitude.
8:30 a.m.: Trail Rides
This year, we will not meet in Point Washington State Forest. Instead, we will meet in a location to be determined. After a few minutes of photos and introductions, we’ll break up and you can hit the trails for as long as you like. All drivers are reminded to be responsible and courteous to other drivers and to state property. All activities should adhere to Tread Lightly principles.
We’ve 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.
South Walton features over 25,000 acres of protected land to explore, including Point Washington State Forest. But if getting muddy or dusty just isn’t your thing, no worries! You can hit the beach, cruise along Scenic Highway 30-A, or just head over to the official rally location to hang out with other enthusiasts.
Some of the trails in Point Washington State Forest are very narrow (as in, “knock your mirrors off,” “scratch your paint,” and “tear your roof rack off” 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. Please also note that 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: $10/night (RSVP: 850-373-1801)
Hotels & Rental Homes:
South Walton 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 30Ahotels.com and 30Arentals.com.
Here are some photos from the 2015 rally by Sean Murphy: