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There is so much for you to do in the Sunshine State all year round, but the summer can be hot—what now? You came prepared, with tons of sunscreen, bathing suits, and hot-weather clothes. Still, the triple-digit temperatures are sometimes just too much. We love the long days of sunshine, great sunsets, cool breeze on our faces, and sand between our toes. However, finding summer-friendly activities before you visit the Sunshine State is a must. Check out the top 30A summer activities to beat the heat, stay cool, and have a fun time with your family.

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Live Music

One of the best things to do with your friends or family this summer vacation is to listen to some live music outside as you sip on an ice-cold beer, eat fresh seafood, and watch the sun go down over the water. Head to the WaterColor Beach Club to listen to Monday’s live music to start your week off in the right way. Or check out Russ Whitten by the Lake at the Old Florida Fish House to keep the live music vibes going.

On Tuesdays, we love going to Huck and Lily’s Music Performance at the Seaside Amphitheater to support the local community and bring your kids to a family-friendly event. Once that ends, you can head to Red Fish Taco to listen to Casey Kearney Band or the Red Bar Jazz Band at the local just down the street.

If you are in 30A on a Wednesday, going to The Courtyard at Pescado is a must-do to listen to TJ and Brad. You can then check out the Palm Folly Hard Seltzer party, enjoying trivia with your best mates and slices of pizza to see who is the smartest in the group!

Thursday is the first day of the long weekend, so head to North Beach Social to listen to Donnie Sudnal and continue the live music given by going to the Big Chill to listen to live music on the stage. You can also visit the nearby Sandestin Wine Festival if you are keen to try some pinot noir and pinot gris in the hot weather.

Now that the weekend is finally here, tons of bars and breweries offer live music on Friday nights. We love going to AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar, Rum Runners Dueling Piano Bar, Peddlers Pavilion, and Fish Out of Water to listen to some of the best local musicians in the entire state of Florida.

On Saturdays and Sundays, go to Watersound Town Center to participate in the Block Party, Growler Garage for some tasty drinks, and The REP Theatre, all popular sports among tourists and locals alike.

Stop by a 30A waterpark this summer

Take Your Kids to the Waterpark

Not sure where to go with your kids for a family-friendly day with your young ones? We have the perfect idea in mind. We know that it can be too hot for kids to spend all day at the beach. That is why going to the nearby water park is the ideal way to cool off, have fun with your kids, teach your toddlers how to swim, and get a tan in the process.

Head to Big Kahuna in nearby Destin to see what people have been raving about for over 25 years. Slide down the slides, relax in the lazy river, and take a break from the crowded beach to head here and chill out. You can also visit Shipwreck Island in nearby Panama City Beach if you don’t mind taking a drive from chilled-out 30A to experience this incredible waterpark with tons of slides, rides, lounge chairs, pools, and wave pools.

Grab an Ice Cream Cone

Your kids will love you if you suggest getting an ice cream cone during a hot day in 30A, Florida. We love going to Pecan Jacks Ice Cream and Candy on Santa Rosa Beach for a treat. Pecan Jacks is right off the County Highway and features pralines, brittles, toffees, chocolates, gummi bears, sauces, and gift items to bring back home. We recommend getting the gourmet chocolate pecans box!

Another great spot to check out is Ice Cream Shoppe at 30A. The ideal spot to get a tradition comes with your choice of toppings to cool off during a hot day. This shop offers dozens of flavors and is open all day long so that you can head here any time for a mid-day break from the heat. We love the blueberry cheesecake and bourbon flavors for a sweet treat.

Finally, check out Coast Creamery and New Orleans-style Snoballs on Santa Rosa Beach. Are you in the mood for authentic gelato and sorbet? If so, this is the best place to stop on a hot summer day. Coast Creamery is open Thursday to Sunday after 4:30, so you can head here for a pre or post-dinner treat.

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Florida has no shortage of springtime events. The weather is perfect in the Sunshine State all year round, but spring is arguably the best time for you to come here. You can get warmer weather without being too hot, fewer people than you do in the summer, and fun events that only happen during March, April, and May. We love coming to 30A during the spring to hit the beach, relax, chill out, and have fun with our mates.

Let’s see a few must-do things for you to include on your 30A Spring Break itinerary during your spring trip to FL. No matter if you are here for a weekend and want to jam-pack everything into two days or you are here for two weeks, there is so much for you and your pals to do. We promise you will never be bored during your fun and exciting time in this vibrant coastal area.

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30A Wine Festival February 20-23

Are you a fan of Pinot Grigio? Maybe you prefer a Cabernet Sauvignon with dinner before bed at night. Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or have been drinking boxed wine for your entire life, you will love going to the 30A Wine Festival. Head here on Thursday to listen to live music, taste fresh oysters right for the water and sip on some champagne that pairs perfectly with the tasty seafood.

You can even come back the next day to listen to more live music, chat with locals, sample some local bourbon, taste craft beer from right around the corner, and eat Southern food. We love coming on Friday and listening to the talented musicians churn out song after song that has us up and on our feet. Saturday is also a great day to attend the festival if you are interested in learning more about the wine from each region early.

Finish out the entertaining and knowledgeable weekend on Sunday by sampling wine oeuvres, sipping on some cold rose, and sitting down for an afternoon filled with boozy brunch.

Sandestin Wine Festival

Did someone say more wine? Of course, we did! You can never have enough wine, especially when you’re on vacation. Head to Sandestin Wine Festival in April to sample hundreds of international and local wines. Every pour of wine is perfectly paired with the right type of food, featuring Gulf Coast seafood and fresh fruit.

The SeaLights Festival

Head to nearby Destin, Florida, to attend the monthly SeaLights Festival. This is a great spot to bring your kids so they can see over 1,000 handcrafted lanterns high up in the sky. This special event occurs one Friday per month during the spring season, so make sure you purchase tickets ahead of time and get here right at 5 pm to enjoy a less-crowded event.

Go Out for a Family Brunch

If you come to Florida with your kids and want to spend quality time with one another, you need to get out of the house and enjoy what is around you. Of course, we know that you want to stay at home in one of our lovely condos, but it can also be nice to explore the nearby town, walk around the downtown area, and see where you can go for a filling and healthy breakfast with your kids.

We recommend going to another Broken Egg Cafe for breakfast at least once during your stay here. We can’t recommend this spot enough, positioned perfectly right on Hutchinson Boulevard and churning out plate after plate, even on super busy mornings. Whether you are in the mood for a large egg-filled omelet, or your kids want something sweet, they have it all.

Try one of the brunch specialties, like the chicken and waffles with house-made chipotle honey, cinnamon roll French toast with cream cheese icing, or the country power bowl with cheddar jack cheese grits, baked bacon, huge buttery biscuit, and country ham. There are other specialty items that you won’t find elsewhere, like the crab cake benedict with jumbo lump crab, or the egg Blackstone benedict with grilled tomato slices.

Do your kids have a sweet tooth? Well, look no further. The Bourbon Street pancakes with topped bananas, pecans, and rum butter sauce will hit the spot. Or the apple fritter French toast with fried apples, bourbon cream sauce, and fresh blueberries is a sweet treat to start your day.

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Are you coming to 30A to enjoy drinking wine, going to local restaurants, and dancing all night long at nearby bars? Or maybe you are interested in a laid-back vacation with your kids and want to build sandcastles, listen to live music, and go out to breakfast. No matter the reason, you will be able to find a perfect home for your unique needs with 30A Beach Properties.

We offer luxurious homes right on the beach, cozy condos, and pet-friendly options. We take care of the details for you, so you can just relax and show up. Anything you need, we can get it for you during your stay. Contact us today to book your spring escape!

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Valentine’s Day Dinner Special

Kick off a romantic weekend trip to 30A with your loved one by taking them to a mouthwatering dinner that offers the best seafood in the entire state. After all, you are right on the coast of the Sunshine State, so you can get fresh trout, salmon, calamari, and other filets in just minutes from local fishermen who really know what they are doing.

We recommend making reservations for a romantic sunset dinner at AJ’s Grayton Beach. Opening at 4 p.m. on Friday, February 14th, you can choose an early dinner time to go for dancing and drinks afterward or choose a later dinner to watch the sunset from your private table out on the balcony. Purchase the $49 pre-set menu to share plates with one another, trust the chef, and taste incredible food.

Suppose you want to use the Happy Hour deals instead. In that case, you can pay for half price sushi rolls, like the famous California or Dragon Roll, and indulge in a few cocktails for half price. Talk about a bargain.

Sandestin Gumbo Festival

Add a bit of fun and flare to your upcoming romantic getaway with your partner by going to the 31st Annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival held over Valentine’s Day weekend. Walk around to local vendors, try spicy and savory food, chat with locals, and get in the upbeat spirit on February 14th and 15th as you explore the Village of Baytowne Wharf.

This picturesque and high-energy town really comes to life this weekend, offering different samples of mouth-watering and spicy gumbo, providing live music for you to sing along and dance to as you walk down the sun-filled street, and children’s activities and family-friendly things to do that will keep everyone in your group entertained and happy.

Purchase tickets ahead of time by going to the website and buying discounted prices for the best seafood and food festival on the entire Emerald Coast. This exciting two-day festival offers sing-along tunes, family-friendly things to do, and a famous gumbo cook-off that you won’t find anywhere else in Florida. You can even try samples from local restaurants, including the Best Bloody Mary competition to win the ultimate prize!

Try Another Valentine’s Day Dinner

If you want to try somewhere new for Valentine’s Day dinner, then we love going to Surfing Deer on Seagrove Beach off the Scenic Highway 30A in Florida. This incredible menu is hand-crafted and specifically prepared by Gregory Smith, an award-winning head chef who has a fantastic reputation in the culinary world. Plus, the three-course menu will have you drooling before you even get there.

You can start with a glass of Zonin Prosecco to set the mood and ‘cheers’ with your significant other. Then, enjoy your choice of either the Maine Lobster chowder with fresh seafood or the Black and Blue Wedge Salad, featuring fresh seafood and vegetables. The second course is your choice of a chargrilled 12 oz. NY Strip Steak with smoked mushroom wild rice, or a Pan Roasted Black Grouper with smoked mushroom wild rice and asparagus tips.

For the final course, you and your partner can indulge one another with a few bites of the Dark Chocolate Cheesecake with white chocolate sauce and berry preserves. This mouthwatering and rich dessert pairs perfectly with the Boen Pinot Noir.

Listen to Some Live Music

Get in the mood to celebrate, have fun, dance, and drink a few cocktails with your boyfriend or girlfriend by going to Shunk Gulley Oyster Bar at Santa Rosa Beach in Gulf Place, FL. This upbeat and exciting spot offers live music, good vibes, friendly people, and mouthwatering seafood appetizers that are ideal for sharing plates and having a few drinks.

You can listen to Valentine’s Day live music here on Friday February 14th at 12 p.m. and 4 p.m., which is the ideal spot for you to head to for a post or pre-dinner drink with your partner.

For other spots to check out some live music that will get you up and out of your seat, we highly recommend venturing to The Hub at Watersound Beach, FL, to listen to Boukou Groove. This funk band brings inspiration from Creole-style music, including Latin flare and New Orleans grooves.

Plus, Mark Leadon is a master on acoustic guitar, setting the mood for a romantic Valentine’s Day evening with your partner. Come and listen to easy-going rock, classical music, and modern covers of traditional songs as you enjoy an ice-cold beer or a cold glass of rosé at The Perfect Pig on Watercolor Way in Santa Rosa Beach.

There are dozens of romantic activities for you and your partner to do during your time in 30A this upcoming winter. Leave the cold weather behind, rent a beautiful property from 30A Beach Properties, and settle in for a romantic weekend filled with drinks, live music, mouthwatering seafood, and romantic vibes.

 

The best thing that you can do when it comes to a relaxing vacation with your significant other, best friends, or family members is to head to a coastal area where you can put your toes in the water, feel the sunshine on your face, and forget all of your worries. Leave the stress at home and truly sit back, relax, and soak in the good vibes when you stay with us at 30A Beach Properties.

We know it can be stressful to keep an eye on your kids, stay on top of your work commitments, get straight A’s in school, and have a social life. That is why we create relaxing and laid-back luxurious properties that have everything you want and more, to make sure you have a fantastic stay in paradise.

Check out our Peaceful Cottage 30A beachfront rental if you are on a getaway with a group of your best friends or extended family members. Even though this place is huge, you will still be able to have an intimate vibe with your guests.

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Outside Space

Peaceful Cottage vacation home private pool

Once you drive up the front of the house, you will be blown away by the architecture, design, and location right on the edge of the bright blue water. Plus, when you head outside to the back of the house, you may never feel the need to leave the comfort of your private adobe.

The backyard of the house features a bright blue pool that is plenty big for you to swim laps, practice your breaststroke, or teach your kids how to swim. You can also lounge on the relaxing chairs, sit and read a book under the shade of the umbrella, and just kick back and relax with a cocktail as you sit in the warm weather.

Beautiful Kitchen

The bright lights, open-air floor plan, functional space, large windows, and comfortable furniture are great spots for you and your guests to chill out, relax, have a drink, watch TV, and enjoy one another’s company. The bright white interior, wicker furniture, large windows, and beach-style vibe make this a fun place to stay and hang out with your best friends.

Once you get a bit peckish from being outside all day long, taking a multi-hour road trip to get to this coastal location, or going swimming for hours on the beach, it might be time to whip up a quick snack for your friends. What to do now?

The good thing is that our beautiful and spacious kitchen makes it easy for you to cut up some fresh vegetables for a snack, pour a strong cocktail for your friends, or make a tasty five-course dinner that is going to be an unforgettable meal with your loved ones.

The kitchen offers a large granite countertop to use at your leisure, multiple cabinets, and stainless steel appliances that are great for any meal of the day. We make sure that even if you are not the best cook, you will enjoy using this kitchen as the focal point of the home.

Relaxing Bedrooms

Tired after a long day of surfing in the rough waves, lying down on the beach, or exploring the nearby town? We don’t blame you. Head inside and see which bedroom can work for your needs. We offer four king suites with private bathrooms so you can get a great night’s sleep during every single night of our stay with us.

One of our bedrooms has two twin beds and a private bath, making this a smart choice for teens or younger children who want their own privacy, but enjoy having a sleepover with one another. You can also make use of the bunk room with two bunk beds and two trundle beds with a private bathroom, so your younger kids can enjoy a private vacation on their own!

Comfortable Living Room

Our Peaceful Cottage 30A beachfront rental's dining area

Last but not least, the living room is a great place for you to chill out, hang out with your best friends, watch your favorite flick or show on the TV, gaze out of the bright windows to the blue water, and relax after a long day of being on the beach.

You can curl up on the couch and take a midday nap after being out in the heat, turn on the flatscreen TV to watch a Netflix show, or just sit and sip on an ice-cold beer in the summer temperatures in August.

The bright white furniture, decorative pillows, large windows, flatscreen TV, and air conditioner make this a fun place to simply relax, prop your feet up, and forget about all of your worries.

We make it easy for you to have the vacation of a lifetime. Our job at 30A Beach Properties is to give you everything you want, and more, during your stay. When you and your best friends book our Peaceful Cottage, we guarantee that you and your 14 best friends are going to have the vacation of a lifetime.

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