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Coastal Dune Lakes

Coastal Dune Lakes are a very rare natural phenomena that only occur in a handful of locations around the globe, including New Zealand, Australia, Madagascar and South Walton, Florida. In fact, South Walton has 15...

Biking in South Walton

30A‘s 19-mile paved bike path (sometimes referred to the “Timpoochee Trail”) parallels the entire length of the scenic road and passes through all of its famous beach communities, from Dune Allen in the west to Seacrest and Alys Beach in...

Beach Bonfires on 30A – Everything You Need to Know

Think you’ve got this whole 30A beach thing down? Well, let’s see … you’ve cheered the sunset ringing of the bell at Bud & Alley’s, you’ve sipped mimosas while grooving at The Red Bar and you’ve YOLO’d your...

Secret Bars of 30A

While a handful of die-hard locals have no doubt sampled all of 30A's wonderful watering holes, out-of-town visitors don't always have a lot of extra time to venture off the sandy path. And although the following bars are somewhat hidden away from public view,...

Finding Truman

By Laura Braune Smyer For fifteen years after its inception, 30A’s quaintly idyllic beach community of Seaside was a little-known secret gem of a vacation spot along Florida’s Emerald Coast. But in 1996, the master-planned New...

The Future of 30A: Our Predictions

What will our little beach community look like in 5 years? 10 years? 20 years? Of course, only time will tell. But here are 10 of our predictions for the future of Scenic Highway 30A. 1. Ecotourism will become...

30A Guide to Point Washington State Forest

Over 40 percent of South Walton’s land is protected, and the majority of that acreage is part of the Point Washington State Forest system. A popular access point is the Eastern Lake Trail System,...

30A YOLO Board Rentals and Tours

Y.O.L.O…. You Only Live Once. It’s more than a hollow cliché here in South Walton. For many locals, it’s become a battle cry. The South Walton-based YOLO Board team might not have invented the Standup Paddle Board (SUP) phenomena,...

Kids Activities

Kids of all ages love the beach. Hey, swimming, sandcastles, skim-boarding, wake boarding, snorkeling, surfing, fishing, shell collecting… what’s not to love? But let’s admit it, eventually sand fatigue sets in, and sun-weary kids and parents alike look for...

30A Secrets: Deer Lake State Park

Deer Lake State Park is truly one of 30A’s best-kept secrets. The beach here is secluded and undisturbed and the quarter-mile dune boardwalk is incredible. It provides astounding views and is ideal for those who...

Camp Helen State Park

Just across South Walton’s eastern edge, adjoining Inlet Beach, rests Camp Helen State Park. Bordered by the Gulf of Mexico and Lake Powell (one of Florida’s largest coastal dune lakes), Camp Helen whispers the promise...

When To Visit 30A: A Month-by-Month Guide

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 our...
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