Frequently Asked Questions for Visitors to 30A Beaches

Frequently Asked Questions for Visitors to 30A Beaches

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Before Your Trip:

What is 30A?

30A, also known as Scenic Highway 30A, is a stretch of highway along the Florida Panhandle in Walton County. It's known for its beautiful sugar-white sand beaches, charming beach towns, and relaxed atmosphere.

What airports service 30A?

The closest major airport is Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP) in Panama City Beach, about a 30-minute drive from 30A. Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) is another option, approximately a 45-minute drive.

Do I need to rent a car?

While some towns in 30A are walkable, having a car gives you the most flexibility to explore different beaches, restaurants, and shops.  If you plan to stay in a central location and utilize a complimentary beach shuttle or bikes offered by some rentals, you might manage without a car, but it's a good idea to check with your accommodations beforehand.

What's the weather like in 30A?

30A enjoys a subtropical climate with warm to hot summers and mild winters. The peak season is typically from spring to fall, with the hottest months being July and August.

What should I pack?

Pack for warm weather, including swimwear, sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, comfortable walking shoes, and cover-ups.  Depending on the season, you might also want to pack light rain gear and a light jacket for evening walks on the beach.

During Your Trip:

What are the best beaches in 30A?

There are many beautiful beaches along 30A, each with its own unique charm. Popular options include Rosemary Beach, Seaside Beach, Alys Beach, Watercolor, Grayton Beach, Blue Mountain, and Inlet Beach.

What are some things to do in 30A besides the beach?

  • Explore the charming towns along 30A, each with its distinct shops, restaurants, and art galleries. Each town has their own touch and feel about them. You can also check out this blog post, Exclusive Sneak Peek: Behind the Scenes of Our Beach Photoshoot!  We show you some places to be sure and visit in 30A.
  • Go biking or hiking on the Timpoochee Trail, a paved pathway that runs along much of 30A.
  • Take a boat tour or go kayaking in the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Watercolor has a great spot called The Boat House at Watercolor! Visit one of the many state parks in the area, such as Point Washington State Forest or Grayton Beach State Park.
  • Enjoy a round of golf at one of the championship courses in the area.


Are there any fees for the beach?

Public beach access points are typically free, while some private beach accesses might have parking fees.  Check with your rental or beach information signs for details.

What is the best way to get around 30A?

Renting a car offers the most flexibility. Some areas offer complimentary beach shuttles or bike rentals,  so check with your accommodations. Biking is a popular way to get around the smaller towns especially when the towns get really busy.

What's the food scene like in 30A?

30A offers a variety of dining options, from casual beach cafes and fresh seafood restaurants to fine dining establishments. See our blog for Best Places to eat in 30A! 

Are there any shops in 30A?

Yes, 30A boasts a variety of shops, from boutiques selling beach essentials and souvenirs to art galleries and specialty stores. Many towns have charming shopping districts with unique finds.

What is the nightlife like in 30A?

The nightlife in 30A tends to be more relaxed than in larger beach destinations.  There are bars and restaurants with live music, but it's not a party scene.