Where to Drink and Dine Along 30A

Whether you are looking for the perfect intimate restaurant to celebrate with your special someone, or you want to head straight from the beach with the family to a fast and delicious burger and fries, 30-A has something for everyone when it comes to dining out.

Blue Mountain’s Chanticleer Eatery serves up a variety of smoked meats and their own house made sauces for lunch and dinner, while also offering a surprising amount of vegetarian selections. With a versatile menu and an atmosphere that floats somewhere between fine dining and beach casual, Blue Mabel is the perfect place to please everyone in a family or large group of friends.

Enjoy the atmosphere of Napa’s wine country while only steps from Rosemary Beach at Restaurant Paradis. The menu is seafood centered, but they are also known for their prime steaks and house made gelato for dessert.

While in Rosemary Beach, craft beer fans will want to check out Beach & Brew on 30A to sample from their rotating taps of local and regional brews. Bring the kids and even the dog and enjoy a pint or a flight in this laid-back taproom.

Tucked away in Grayton Beach’s Art District, Roux 30A both a fine-dining hidden gem, with an open kitchen and modern farm (or sea) to table menu, and a fun spot for culinary classes and private menu tastings.

On the other end of the spectrum, if you’re looking for a fun spot to take the kids after an afternoon on the beach, head over to Meltdown on 30A in Seaside Beach. This open-air food truck keeps the locals lined up for gourmet grilled cheeses and popsicles, along with cold beer to wash it down.

Things to See and Do Along 30-A

Of course, the main draw to fabulous 30-A is the beach itself – the pristine white sand and clear blue water of the Gulf of Mexico have been drawing visitors to this part of Florida for generations. But when you’re ready to take a break from the beach, there are other ways to enjoy 30A, both in and out of the water.

Head just north of Seagrove Beach to explore the Choctawhatchee River out in the open on an airboat with 30A Airboat Adventures. You’ll see both breathtaking landscape and native wildlife including alligators, water birds and more.

If you’d rather sail the open sea instead of the inland waterways, check out Dead Fish Charters in Grayton Beach. They’ll provide everything you need to reel in the big one, from the bait and tackle to the fishing license. Trips last 3-4 hours and you’ll catch grouper, red snapper, blackfin tuna and more.

If you’d like to custom tailor your 30-A experience, Adventure 30A, alsolocated in Grayton Beach, is your one stop shop for water sports rentals, from paddle boards and kayaks to fishing and snorkeling equipment.

Another way to enjoy the water along 30-A is to explore the coastal dune lakes found along the inland side of the route. These environmental rarities are found in only four other countries in the world – Australia, New Zealand and Madagascar. 30-A is home to 15 of these lakes, which are believed to be around 10,000 years old. From the expansive Lake Powell near Carillon Beach at the 30-A’s eastern end, to the small but picturesque Oyster Lake near Dune Allen to the west, these lakes provide ample opportunities for wildlife viewing, both fresh and saltwater fishing, and water sports.

If you’d rather stay out of the water for a bit, grab your bike and head out to explore the 19-mile paved path known as the Timpoochee Trail. It runs the entire length of 30A, passing through each beach village and offering a view of the area that is difficult to see from a car, such as breathtaking views of coastal dune lakes. Another great place for an outdoor adventure is Point Washington State Forest, whose 15,000+ acres run from Seagrove Beach in the south to Blue Mountain Beach. Four-wheel drive vehicles are welcome to traverse the sandy trails throughout the forest, otherwise you can use the trails for hiking and biking.