Families have been making the pilgrimage to Seagrove Beach’s soothing shores since the 1940s, and the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of those early pioneers still return to relax in some of the very same cinder-block cottages of their youth.
That could be because, when you’re in Seagrove Beach, you’re arguably “in the middle of it all.” Seaside, WaterColor and Grayton are just a mile or two to the west, while the planned communities of WaterSound, Alys Beach and Rosemary Beach are a few miles east.
Not that you need to go anywhere, of course, as Seagrove is home to a wonderfully diverse assortment of restaurants, shops and other local businesses, all of which just a short stroll or bike ride away. Most homes in Seagrove are either tucked away beneath stately oak trees or overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.
At just over 2 miles long, the unplanned community of Seagrove has more public access beach points than any other on 30A. It’s a true mix of old and new Florida, classic homes next door to brand new modern ones, but its the irreverent, laid back style which makes Seagrove truly one of a kind.
Seagrove is home to Scenic 30A’s only high-rise building, One Seagrove Place. The tall structure was built before the 40′ height limit went into effect and serves as a landmark for all those giving directions when the cell phone reception is weak.
Seagrove Village Market Cafe is a true South Walton institution, serving “Deep Fried Love” since 1949. Their grouper sandwich was named one of the “100 Things You Must Eat Before You Die” by Garden & Gun magazine.
Down 30A to the east, the award-winning Café Thirty-A is casual and yet sophisticated. No matter how much your appetite begs for mercy, the banana beignets are a must.
Be sure to browse the 30A Store located in the shops of Seagrove Plaza, presenting a full line of 30A recycled gear and serving mimosas and beer to parched visitors and residents alike.
A little further to the east, you’ll cross Eastern Lake and Deer Lake, two of South Walton’s rare coastal dune lakes. Deer Lake State Park consists of 1,920 acres and eleven distinct natural habitats. The main boardwalk spans stunning and pristine dunes before opening onto a less-traveled section of secluded gulf beaches.
Deer Lake State Park boasts a variety of rare plants including spoon flowers, golden asters and the Gulf coast lupine, among others. The nearby Eastern Lake system features a “Bike /Hike Trail” with 3.5, 6 and 10-mile trail loops.