Living at the Beach

Ever imagine what it would be like to live the NW Florida coastal lifestyle? Tune in here to learn what life along the beaches of 30A is really like!

A Guide to 30A Architecture Styles: Everything You Need to Know

Are you looking for a comprehensive guide to 30A architecture styles? If so, you’ve come to the right place! Today, we're providing an overview of the architectural styles found in 30A communities, from classic beach cottages to modern contemporary homes. Whether you’re planning to purchase or build a home on Scenic 30A or are just curious about the different design styles in our area, this guide has all the information you need.


Cottage Style

The cottage-style of architecture can be seen throughout 30A communities, but perhaps nowhere more than in Grayton Beach, FL. Generations of families have been spending summers here as far back as the 1800s. While it’s now a vibrant arts…

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It has been observed that the joy of giving lasts longer than the joy of getting.

Volunteering and supporting community organizations is one way to deepen social connections and an overall sense of belonging. It’s also a fun and easy way to explore your interests and passions. Just ask any volunteer in South Walton!

We are fortunate to belong to a strong community of groups and organizations focused on benefiting the people, places, and natural surroundings that make our area so special. There are numerous organizations to pick from, including habitat preservation, helping children and families, or bringing together a thriving arts community. 

CLICK HERE for a list of non-profit organizations you can support.

One such organization is

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Saying 'goodbye' to the iconic old fishing pier was more bitter than sweet for many locals and long-time visitors to Camp Helen State Park. Sadly, the pier remnants had become a public safety hazard and were permanently removed this past spring, ahead of hurricane season. But now, peering from the southwest shore of Lake Powell is a nearly completed 142-foot ADA boardwalk and dock. The new dock will sport six boat slips and an ADA fishing platform. 

Construction of the boardwalk and dock is to be completed in early 2023. Plans for a new parking area, restrooms, and pavilion are slated for the area north of U.S. Hwy 98 (no start date yet). 

This serene, 180-acre State Park is surrounded by water on three sides, with Lake Powell, a rare coastal…

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Walton County has officially designated October as Coastal Dune Lake Month. This is a new designation and a unique way to honor our unique Coastal Dune Lakes through education and activities.

In celebration of the past 20 years of protection efforts, the board will host a month-long celebration to include community education and outreach, coastal dune lake cleanup activities, tours of the coastal dune lakes, restoration activities, and more. Here are events you can enjoy and participate in:

Every Saturday in October • DIY Coastal Dune Lake Clean-Up

Oct 5th & 19th • Lecture and Nature Trail Tour: Panhandle Outdoor Live

Oct 12th and 17th • Award-winning documentary on WFSU (PBS) Jewels of The Emerald Coast  

Oct 18th & 20th • Deer Lake…

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Lots of fun events are happening on and around Scenic 30A during the month of October. We've put together some of the highlights for you, so you don't miss out!:

Oct 1 •  Forest Williams Band

Hibiscus Coffee & Guesthouse • hibiscusflorida.com


Oct 7  •  Houndfest Beer Dinner

Idyll Hounds Brewery • facebook/houndfest


Oct 9 • Porch Fest at Watersound

Watersound Origins  •  facebook/porchfest


Oct 13  •  Film series at Eden Garden St Park

Facebook/fall-film-series


Oct 13-16  •  Harvest Wine & Food Festival 

Watercolor  • dcwaf.org


Oct 21-22  •  Alys Beach Crafted

Alys Beach Amphitheater • Alysbeachcrafted.com


Oct 28  •  Alys Beach Annual Halloween Festival

Alys Beach •…

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South Walton, FL – The Walton County Tourism Department and the Friends of South Walton Sea Turtles are, once again, hosting an International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) day on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 9 – 11 a.m.

Both residents and visitors are encouraged to participate. Volunteer Beach Ambassador teams will be hosting groups at five South Walton Regional Beach Accesses listed below:

  1. Inlet Beach Regional Access, 139 S Orange St., Inlet Beach
  2. Santa Clara Regional Access, 3468E Co Hwy 30A, Seagrove
  3. Ed Walline Regional Access, 4447 W Co Hwy 30A, Gulf Place
  4. Dune Allen Regional Access, 5999 W Co Hwy 30A, Dune Allen
  5. Miramar Beach Regional Access, 2375 Scenic Gulf Dr., Miramar Beach

Participants can choose to count their collected…

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This week, a waterspout in Destin reminded us that hurricane season is not over!

Hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to November 30, has been relatively quiet in Florida this summer. (Let's hope we haven't jinxed it just by mentioning it!)

Weather experts say 95% of all major hurricanes occur after August 1. So, we've put together a few other tips to help you stay prepared for the rest of the season!

Did you know you can sign-up to receive local alerts for Walton County?


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There’s still plenty of fun to squeeze out of summer! And if you’re looking for something different, why not explore the surrounding areas off the sandy, beaten path of 30A? Here are a few hidden gems you just may not know about:  

Defuniak Springs

The Main Street movement is hitting full force in the vibrant, small town of Defuniak Springs, about 30 miles north of 30A. There’s plenty to see and do:

  •         Weekend Farmers Market
  •         Music On Main
  •         Food Truck Friday (second Friday)
  •         Chautauqua Winery  

On The Bay at Hwy 331

North Beach Social is serving up breakfast, lunch, and dinner right on the Choctawhatchee Bay in Santa Rosa Beach. Enjoy Paella night and live music; or take time for a leisurely…

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On this day last year, we shared the Top 30A Beach Towns that were the most popular with Buyers. One year later we decided to look at what the trends show now. 

Drum roll please . . .

Coming in at first place again!

#1 Seagrove Beach

We think Seagrove Beach stays at the top of the list for a few reasons:

  • Diversity of selection among homes and condos -- from upscale, luxury, and modern to elegant, Old Florida and beach bungalow-style.
  • Seagrove is largely comprised of several small pockets of neighborhoods, many of which allow owners more freedom with design and fewer community restrictions.
  • Plenty of ways to get to the beach, with 22 neighborhood access points, one regional access at Santa Clara, and another regional access is…

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Scenic 30A and South Walton are packed with an assortment of activities that are sure to please outdoorsy types, foodies, and curious wanderers of all ages.

We’ve put together some of our favorites to share with you, from coffee houses and locally crafted beer to outdoor adventures, and best spas.


Best Kids Activities & Attractions:

  • 30A Sea Life Discovery Center
  • Learn To Surf
  • The Big Chill
  • The Village of Baytowne Wharf
  • Camp Watercolor

Best Fishing Charter:

  • Reel 30A
  • Florida Boy Adventures
  • Santa Rosa Charters

Best Outdoor Adventure Company:

  • YOLO Board
  • Adventure 30A
  • BOTE Grayton

 Best Coffee Houses:

  • Black Bear Bread Company (We also highly recommend dinner at the Grayton…

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