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What is Red Tide and Other FAQs about this Phenomenon

Each year as fall approaches, a naturally occurring phenomenon called "red tide" is on a lot of people's minds up and down the Gulf Coast. We've compiled some information with the help of the...

12 Dirty Little Secrets About Life on Scenic Highway 30A

From afar, life along Florida's Scenic Highway 30A may seem quite idyllic, but that doesn't mean that living in paradise comes without a price. Here are a few dirty little secrets about life on...

The Surprising History of Coffeen Nature Preserve and Topsail Hill

By Susan Gunn It’s no secret that Walton County, specifically coastal County Highway 30A, boasts some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. The stunning white sand is among some of the whitest in the world....

Chef Phil McDonald Dishes Out Details on Favorite French Dessert, Nature Spots & More!

Phil McDonald, Executive Chef & Partner at Blackbear Bread Company, lists his top recommendations along 30-A! 1. Where do you go when you need some quality me-time The places I like to go for some me-time...

5 of the Top Sunset Spots On 30A

Sunsets and 30A. Whether you’re a local, visitor, or admirer from afar, you know these two things to go together like happy hour and a darn good time. There’s just something about taking in...

Locals at Play: Grayton Beach Volleyball Sets Up Weekly

You will find them on the beach every Monday and Wednesday after work unloading beach chairs, coolers, putting up nets, and getting ready for a fun evening of volleyball. Grayton Beach Volleyball isn’t a...

Q&A: Beach Locals Give You the Scoop

RICHARD OLIVAREZ Director of Marketing, Ocean Reef Vacation Rentals & Real Estate 1. What makes living at the beach so special? Being surrounded by all this natural beauty is humbling. Spending time on or by the water...

6 of the Hippest New Restaurants & Bars on the 30A Grub Scene 

Our eclectic beach community is known for some amazing culinary hotspots that satisfy both that beastly hunger growl and the more sophisticated palate. We foodie locals, and visitors alike, take every opportunity to curb...

Six Things You Didn’t Know About the Seahorse

While there are approximately 50 species of seahorses worldwide, the Hippocampus Erectus – also known as the Lined Seahorse – is the most common form of seahorse found in the Gulf of Mexico and...

Gulf Therapy: A Community Board Meeting

It’s no secret that the beach is our favorite playground. It’s fun. Relaxing. Beautiful. But there’s more to the gulf than meets the sky. Studies are proving that spending time in the water is...

Alys Beach Unveils ‘Recline in Blue’

Alys Beach, Florida, an EBSCO Industries New Urbanist development in northwest Florida, recently added a new sculptural installation to the landscape. Recline in Blue was unveiled in early February and is currently turning heads on...

‘Leave No Trace’ Prohibits Articles Left on Beach Overnight

If you're planning to spend time out on the beach this year, please don't leave anything behind! In accordance with Walton County’s Leave No Trace clean beaches ordinance, all personal items left on the beach in...
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