(make sure you read the entire post because I have some pretty great discount codes for you to use at some of these places, including our favorite beach house)
Every year, we try to go at least once (if not more) to our favorite beaches in the U.S. It’s those along 30A in Florida, specifically Santa Rosa Beach. We go for about 3 weeks each year. It’s the best thing to unplug from normal life for that time with family and live life at the beach.
Where are our favorite places to eat? What all can you do on 30A?
Bike and Golf Cart Rentals
First off, you need to rent bikes. Riding bikes along Highway 30A and to/from the beach is a must. The last couple of years we have rented our bikes from Live Well 30A and have LOVED our nightly, family bike rides.
We also love to have a golf cart when we visit 30A. It makes beach life much easier. It’s fun and convenient and a great way to get around the area. Need a quick ride to the beach but don’t want to get your car full of sand? The golf cart is the way to go.
The cart was there when we arrived at our rental, and was picked up the day we left. Talk about convenience! There are quite a few different options of carts to choose from. Our 6 passenger golf cart was just perfect for our family of 5.
Let’s talk food.
There are SO many options along 30A for great places to eat, any time of the day. Really, if all you did was eat, you’d never run out of options, but here are a few of our favorites:
The Perfect Pig – This is my husbands favorite place to eat on 30A. He loves their Potato Parmesan Crusted Grouper dish. Their breakfast? It’s perfection! Our favorite is the Parmesan Crusted Breakfast 3 Grilled Cheese Sandwich with bacon, 2 eggs, and 2 types of cheddar cheese is to die for.
The Great Southern – There are too many wonderful things here to list, but our favorite is the Grits a Ya Ya. Yummo!
The Donut Hole – Such a great place and a tradition for breakfast. Their bacon? Our favorite. But everything they serve here is so good. Our boys favor the donuts. Hah!
The Food Trucks at Seaside are always fun and The Hub has so many different, yummy options for any meal.
Playgrounds at the beach?
Yep, a few of our favorites are along 30A and in Destin. Fanville Press in Alys Beach and The Village at Baytowne Wharf.
State Parks along 30A.
There are a few beautiful Florida State Parks along 30A and near Destin. A few of these are places you can camp at if you’re up for camping at the beach or go for the day to explore.
Of course, Starfish and Coffee in Old Florida Village is the cutest little beach house. Old Florida Village is located right on 30A and is a quiet, little neighborhood that makes you feel like you’re right at home. The home we had was directly across the street from the pool. So close that I could send the kids over to swim while looking out the window and seeing them. It almost felt like it was your own private pool.
I’m excited to give you all a 10% discount on your rental from Starfish and Coffee. See for yourself why we love this place so much. Use the code starfish10 at checkout through 12/31/2018 when making your reservation. You can see my complete review of this home away from home, here.
If you need help planning your next family vacation, I’d love to help you plan a trip to Santa Rosa Beach, Florida on 30A. I promise it will be one of the best.