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Guide to Highway 30A Beach Communities

Guide to Highway 30A’s Beach Communities

What is 30A? Highway 30A consists of 11 different beach communities connected along 24 miles of scenic road, surrounded by forest and coastal dune lakes. Let’s explore these beach towns and what makes each unique. Click into the links under each community to learn more.

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NO. 1

Rosemary Beach

This east end of Highway 30A connects to Inlet Beach off Hwy. 98. You’d swear you’re walking through a romantic, little European town. Enjoy shopping down Main Street and their Farmers Market on Sundays.

Top Restaurant:

Restaurant Paradis – Romantic steak house vibes, coastal cuisine, cocktails and wine. Perfect for a date night and celebrations. *Reservations highly recommended!

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NO. 2

Seacrest Beach

Peddler’s Pavilion has a little bit of everything, from shops to restaurants and a small local market.

Top Restaurant: La Co – Mexican

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NO. 3

Alys Beach 

A Greek inspired oasis with lavish all-white architecture.

Top Dining:

The Citizen – A coastal tavern serving creative local fare! A Greek inspired oasis that feels out of this world.

Fonville Press – Great cafe and market

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NO. 4

Watersound 

Top Recommendation:

The Big Chill – the hang-out spot for the whole family to enjoy a variety of open-air eateries, shops, live music, sports games and events!

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NO. 5

Seagrove

The midway point of Highway 30A. Peaceful scenery in a growing community.

Top Recommendations:

Clay Garden & Gifts: Peaceful garden nursery and unique gifts

Old Florida Fish House: Fantastic sushi, fresh seafood, special ticketed dinners, live entertainment, events and a beautiful outdoor space for the whole family to enjoy!

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Seaside 

Picture perfect and featured in the film, “The Truman Show”. There is no shortage of places to dine and shop here! Seaside also hosts a Farmers Market on Saturdays.

Top Restaurants:

87 Central – Award winning wines, sushi, charcuterie and shareable plates al fresco

Great Southern Cafe – perfect brunch and dinner spot for favorites like Grits A Ya Ya, authentic Po’ Boys, Pensacola Pulled Pork and the best Mojitos on 30A! This beloved Seaside restaurant is a must-do.

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NO. 7

Watercolor 

Stunning beach community including private clubs, peaceful trails to explore and more!

Top Restaurant:

Wine Bar – Dine al fresco on Hwy. 30A or inside and enjoy their extensive award winning wine list, small plates, sandwiches, pizzas, salads and more.

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NO. 8

Grayton

The funkiest spot in town where the motto and lifestyle is: “Nice dogs, strange people.”

Top Recommendations:

Grayton Beach State Park

Red Bar – Iconic staple and dive featuring large portions of awesome food and live music

Crackings – Local family owned excellent breakfast and brunch spot!

Borago – Find locals sitting at the bar at this favorite Italian neighborhood spot (plus ask for their off-menu “Priscilla Pasta” and thank us later)! *Reservations highly recommended!

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NO. 9

Blue Mountain

Got its name by the beautiful Blue Lupines that cover the coastal dunes at peak elevation.

Top Restaurants:

Cafe Tango – A hidden gem featuring fantastic steaks and unique wines. Perfect for intimate date nights. *Reservations highly recommended!

M & P – An American Omakase. Dining here is an immersive experience and unlike most restaurants on Highway 30A. *Make reservations!

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NO. 10

Gulf Place 

Local art, shops and restaurants!

Top Dining:

Shunk Gulley – fresh seafood with gulf views

Pecan Jack’s – homemade ice cream and treats

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NO. 11

Dune Allen 

The west end of Highway 30A, connecting to Miramar Beach and Highway 98. Soak in nature at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park 

Top Restaurant: Stinky’s Fish Camp – local seafood with lake views