The Most Iconic Hotels Along Florida’s Scenic Highway 30A

WaterColor Inn & Resort. Image courtesy of St. Joe Hospitality
By Jessica Roberts

Our idyllic beach town is known for beautiful beach cottages dotting the shoreline and sandy streets throughout our 16 neighborhoods. But, if you’re looking for something a bit more full-service, there are a number of luxury hotels perfect for your next stay along 30A.

These stellar, award-winning properties are sure to impress even the most well-traveled guests. No matter your style, you will find the perfect fit for you.

Here are a few of the hottest hotels on 30A:

WaterColor Inn

Images courtesy of St. Joe Hospitality

The 60-room WaterColor Inn offers all of the perks and amenities of a well-appointed boutique hotel while just steps away from the dazzling waters and sugar-white sands of the Gulf of Mexico. As one of Northwest Florida’s only AAA Four-Diamond and Forbes Four-Star Destinations, this property is truly one-of-a-kind.

As a member of the St. Joe Hospitality collection, the WaterColor Inn offers guests access to a host of amenities, including private golf and beach club access, complimentary bicycle use, kayak, canoe, pontoon boat and YOLO Board rentals, catered beach bonfires and much more.

Location: 34 Goldenrod Circle, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
Website: https://www.watercolorresort.com
Call: 850-534-5000

The Pearl

The Pearl at Rosemary Beach

The Pearl is an intimate, 55-room hotel that celebrates the town’s undeniable charm. Each room provides a private balcony with views of the Gulf of Mexico or surrounding town center of Rosemary Beach, with local artists showcased throughout the hotel. Perfect for romantic getaways, this AAA Four Diamond property leaves guests revived, inspired, and dreaming of their next visit to 30A.

Another of the St. Joe Hospitality collection, The Pearl’s array of amenities includes private golf and beach club access, complimentary bicycle use, access to beach bonfire services, and much, more more.

Location: 63 Main Street, Rosemary Beach, FL 32461
Website: https://www.thepearlrb.com/
Call: 850-588-2881

Hotel Effie Sandestin


Photos courtesy: Hotel Effie, Sandestin

Hotel Effie’s 250 guest rooms and overall property is purposefully created to delight even the most selective of guests. Savor a meal and a cocktail in the restaurant led by Chef Hugh Acheson, relax in Hotel Effie’s rooftop pool, indulge in a spa treatment, or work out in the fitness center.

The full-service luxury hotel is adjacent to the 30,000 sq. ft. Baytowne Conference Center features an additional 20,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, and guests will enjoy all of the amenities of the Village of Baytowne Wharf that they have come to know and love all while experiencing the latest and greatest offering in Sandestin.

Location: 1 Grand Sandestin Boulevard, Miramar Beach, FL 32550
Website: https://www.hoteleffie.com
Call: 833-873-3343

Hyatt Place Sandestin at Grand Boulevard

Photo Credit: Hyatt Place Sandestin/at Grand Boulevard

Conveniently located in the Grand Boulevard Town Center, the Hyatt Place Sandestin at Grand Boulevard puts you just steps from all first-class shopping, dining, and entertainment. Each of the 84 rooms offers peak comfort in a location that can’t be beat for its proximity to beaches, state parks, and shopping. This property will appeal to both business and leisure travelers.

Location: 325 Grand Boulevard, Destin/Miramar Beach, Florida, United States, 32550
Website: hyattplacesandestingrandblvd.com
Call: 850-650-7611

Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa


Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. Photo Credit: 8 Fifty Productions

Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa in South Walton has become a beloved home-away-from-home for countless guests. People who first traveled here for a family vacation, a romantic getaway, a wedding or a meeting tend to come back, year after year to enjoy one of the most inclusive experiences in all of South Walton.

Location: 4000 Sandestin Boulevard South, Miramar Beach, Florida 32550
Website: https://www.hiltonsandestinbeach.com/
Call: 850-267-9500

There are certainly no limits when it comes to accommodations when visiting 30A. Each of these hot spots are sure to please and keep you coming back year after year to enjoy all that these hotels – and the surrounding areas – have to offer!

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.

 

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