By Jessica Roberts
The best way to have some fun while following social distancing guidelines? Get outside! Enjoy the fresh air, perfect weather, and beautiful scenery all around us on 30A.
Here are six of our favorite ways to have some socially distanced fun on 30A.
1. Beach fishing
The perfect activity when you need a little extra space. Hook and cook your own dinner and reel them in right from the shoreline. Check the Gulf’s Recreational Seasons here and find information about needed licenses here. Residents can apply for a Resident Annual Saltwater Shoreline License at no cost, but visitors will need a Non-Resident Saltwater Fishing License with the price varying based on length of time.
2. Biking & Hiking 30A and the State Park trails
Jump on your 30A E-Cruiser and hit the road (or the trails)! 30A has 19 miles of paved bike path (sometimes referred to the “Timpoochee Trail”) that runs parallel to the entire length of the scenic road and passes through all of its famous beach communities – perfect for putting distance between you and your crew while still enjoying the day together. There are also 200 miles of hiking and biking trails that wind through state forest, state parks and border 30A.
3. Boating on Choctawhatchee Bay
South Walton truly offers something for every boater, from eco-tours of the untouched Choctawhatchee River system to fishing charters that launch right off Grayton Beach. Whether you’re in a flatboat in the grassy shallows, or a 100-foot yacht launching from Baytowne Marina, you’ll always find a safe (and fun) harbor in South Walton. Cruise around and savor the sights and sounds of the open water.
4. Grab-and-Go Picnic
Grab your favorite to-go dishes from your favorite local hangouts and dine al fresco on the beach, at the park, or in your own backyard oasis. Keep it simple with a blanket to sit on, add your beverage of choice, and voila! No muss, no fuss, and no dishes!
Find some tranquility out on the water while paddleboarding in the Gulf, the Bay, or any of the peaceful Dune Lakes. You might just be lucky enough to get up close and personal with the local wildlife – dolphins, turtles, rays, and even the occasional manatee – while staying physically distant from others.
6. 30A Radio
We may not be able to go to any in-person concerts while socially distancing, but music lovers can still get their fix of local music, and a great selection of tunes from across the Southeast including beach, rock, funk, and reggae music to make your next beach day incredible. Listen live or to 30A Show podcasts at 30ARadio.com.
For more information on how to stay safe, healthy and happy during Coronavirus, click here.
JESSICA ROBERTS is a Santa Rosa Beach writer and event producer. When not working or writing, you’ll find her out on the water or traveling somewhere new.