Working at the Beach: 10 Spaces for Every Style

Year after year, people break away from the traditional work grind and move to the beach to set their own schedules and enjoy the change of pace. Whether you are a local looking for a new space to break up your routine, or someone visiting looking for a space to get a little work done before fully entering vacation mode, here are a few of our favorite work spaces in and around the 30A corridor.

For those based along 30A, or planning on staying awhile, then you might be interested in a coworking space. You have options!

Visit Canopy Cowork in Rosemary Beach for a more intimate setting. Six desks are available for monthly rentals. WiFi, printing, snacks & coffee, and even a book exchange are all included in the price along with 24/7, secure access. Interested individuals can email info@canopycowork.com for rates.

2. Regus at Grand Boulevard provides a multitude of options – office space, coworking  spaces with flexible plans, a virtual office to provide an address – not PO Box, and hourly or daily rates for their meeting room.

For the more traditional setting, we are lucky to have a variety of coffee shops around town perfect for a quick email or a longer work day with plenty of caffeine to keep you going.

Amavida Coffee

3. You can visit Amavida in Seaside and Rosemary Beach.

Enjoy rotating local art exhibits, organic, single-source coffees and teas, and you can even pick up your favorite 30A Gear in the Rosemary location.

4. Caffe Siena is perfect for an early start to your morning, and then enjoy the shopping and dining of Baytowne Wharf.

5. Of course, there’s the traveling go-to: Starbucks! Just like your usual coffee order, it’s the same wherever you go. Locations in Grand Boulevard and Silver Sands Outlets.

6. Even the busiest people need to eat! Schedule your next work meeting around lunch and try out Grayton Beer Brewpub.

Grayton Beer Brewpub

Pair your lunch choice with one of their craft beers and take some to go. You’re at the beach. There’s no judgment here.

7. Black Bear Bread Co. offers Stumptown Coffee, delicious menu items like avocado tartine and freshly baked goods from James Beard Outstanding Baker nominee, Deb Swenerton. Plus, they have expanded to include a Bar Room in case your meeting runs into Happy Hour.

8. Anyone looking for healthy, vegan and vegetarian options can visit Raw + Juicy in their serene, Alys Beach location. Great playground space if you have the kids with you too!

Raw and Juicy in Alys Beach

9. If you’re looking for something a bit more private, the Coastal Branch Library is centrally-located right off Hwy 331 and is great for students and business people alike.

10. We would be remiss to leave off one of the greatest work spaces along the Gulf of Mexico… well, the beach of course! If you’re in need of something a bit more off the grid (since there is no guarantee you’ll connect to WiFi), the beach is the ultimate location for catching up on your analog work (or using your unlimited data).

If you have to work while you’re at the beach, just don’t work too hard.

For more cool features on beach living and lifestyle, follow 30A on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram (@hey30A).

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.

Enjoy a summer getaway at Alys Beach, the premier luxury resort town on Florida's Gulf Coast. Alys Beach is a unique New Urbanist community that combines stunning architecture with the gracious character of courtyard living. Guests can tailor their vacation to include the finest culinary talents in the region, distinctive shopping choices, outdoor activities on an exclusive beach, winding nature trails, and a state of the art wellness center. The utmost in beauty and luxury awaits.