Spring break on 30A is full of fun and relaxation. Unlike other areas known for wild spring break college parties, South Walton is more about good times with family and friends, relaxation on the beach and refreshing fun in the sun.
Which doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to do while you’re here on vacation. Every time you visit the area you’ll discover something new. Whether you’re a bicycle enthusiast, hiker, foodie, shopaholic or avid photographer, there is a dazzling array of activities and sights for you to explore during your beach vacation.
Hiking and Biking
There are over 200 miles of hiking and biking trails throughout the state forests and parks in Walton County. There are trails through pine forests and preserved land areas, stunning bald cypress swamps, over mountainous sand dunes and by coastal dune lakes. If you are lucky you may catch a glimpse of one of the nation’s most endangered bird species or one of the 14 unique plant communities.
One of the most beloved and widely used paved paths is the Timpoochee Trail. It is named after the influential Native American Chief of the Euchee Indian tribe, Timpoochee Kinnard. It runs the full length of County Road 30A and winds through beach communities, along lakes and through natural scenery with gulf views.
Shopping and Dining
Whether you’re looking for fun and offbeat to elegant and upscale, adorable to flirty, the many boutiques of Rosemary Beach are fun to explore. Spend the day enjoying the unique offerings of fashion, jewelry, toys, books, gifts and gear, and everything else you can imagine – and then some!
Once you’ve found your treasures, treat your taste buds to a remarkable lineup of enticing meals. Rosemary Beach is home to a wonderfully diverse variety of world-class restaurants from AAA-rated fine dining establishments to delicious casual seafood shacks. The chefs of 30A are some of the most talented in the world. Want a list of the local shopping and dining establishments? Here you’ll find shopping, dining, spas, professional services, items for kids and even community services.
There is water all around 30A – who can resist the allure of water activities? One of the most popular activities in the area is stand up paddle boarding. Paddle boarding – also called YOLO (You Only Live Once) Boarding is great exercise and a lot of fun. Jet skis and parasailing are favorite pastimes in the area. And for those seeking a quieter recreation, try kayaking across a dune lake.
Fishing and boating are time-revered favorite pastimes in the area. Professional and amateur fish-seekers seek South Walton’s sugar-white shores because they offer some of the best sport fishing in the world. Grouper, cobia, red snapper, king mackerel, flounder, crevalle jack, amberjack, trigger fish, Spanish mackerel, blackfin, tuna, mahi mahi and other fresh fish are well-known catches in the area. There are local charters, guide boats or rent-your-own boats for tons of fun in the sun!
Rest and Relaxation
What would a beach vacation be without lazy days on the sand? If you’re looking for a relaxing way to decompress, a day at the beach is just the ticket. Enjoy kite boarding, surfing, shell collecting, sand-sculpting or just sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds on the beautiful white sandy beaches in the area.
Bring a chair that can get wet and sandy, a beach bag with tanning oil and sunscreen so you don’t end up with a nasty sunburn. Don’t forget a large towel, your phone or iPod with your favorite music and a good book to get lost in. Grab a Frisbee, volleyball or cornhole bags if you enjoy games, some cold drinks and you’re off to enjoy a day next to the water!
Once you’re there, go for a long walk. Enjoy the feel of the warm sand between your toes and the water washing over your feet. Luxuriate in the feel of the sun caressing your skin and the cool breeze lightly blowing your hair. Take the time to inhale the fresh scents of the sea, relax and let the beauty of your natural surroundings restore and rejuvenate your body, mind and spirit.
What’s your favorite way to enjoy the beach?