Discovering Florida’s Gulf: Highway 30A

Baby, it’s cold outside!

If you’re experiencing some seriously cold weather where you are right now, be sure to check out Deb’s tips for surviving the freeze. Or, take my advice and head somewhere warm! I know just the spot.

Florida, of course!

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September of last year, Ryan and I celebrated our two-year wedding anniversary (four months ago to the day!) with a trip to Seacrest, FL, which is right on the Gulf of Mexico, just north of Panama City Beach. I’d never been to this part of Florida and didn’t know what to expect. We love to travel and we’ve taken some pretty great trips; but, I can honestly say, this vacation was the first one where we actually came back rested and relaxed. It was simply amazing!

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Seacrest, Fl, is one of many small towns along coastal Highway 30A. We selected it because we were able to rent bikes and ride to the surrounding communities and state parks. (In total, we biked 33 miles in 3 days. It was crazy!) Plus, we got an amazing deal on a studio condo at The Inn at Seacrest Beach, with a stunning ocean view.

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Not to mention, a pool we basically had to ourselves the entire time. Score! Needless to say, we got plenty of vitamin D.

Here are some of our favorite experiences from the trip.


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  • 723 Whiskey Bravo: One of the most amazing dinners we’ve ever had! Dining on the rooftop while the sun set over the Gulf wasn’t half bad either.

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  • Great Southern Café: We had Sunday brunch here and it was delicious! Pictured: Fried Green Tomato Eggs Benedict. YES.

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  • The Red Bar: While we didn’t actually eat here—we did try some of this Grayton Beach establishment’s cocktails. The place is famous for their live music and the jazz band that was playing the night we went, had the house packed! We managed to grab a seat at the bar but the wait for a table was too long. We’ll have to get there early next time!
  • The Bay Restaurant: This is where we had our anniversary dinner. It’s not on the Gulf, but it is on the water. We sat on the deck overlooking the Choctawhatchee Bay, ate a delicious seafood dinner and then, treated ourselves to the best key lime pie there is. PERIOD. Seriously, don’t miss it!


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  • Camp Helen State Park: Beautiful blue water and soft white sand for miles! You have to hike a mile to actually get to this beach, but it’s totally worth it when you realize you have the entire beach to yourself because no one else wanted to make the trek.

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  • Coastal Dune Lakes: In South Walton County, all along Highway 30A, are gorgeous dune lakes (15 to be exact). We spotted several while biking and stopped to take a picture of this one. Apparently, coastal dune lakes are very rare and only occur in a few places around the world. Pretty cool!

Overall, everything about the trip was absolutely perfect and we can’t wait to go back! Unfortunately, it won’t be soon enough, so for now, I’ll do some wishful thinking. 🙂

What’s your favorite warm weather destination?



2 thoughts on “Discovering Florida’s Gulf: Highway 30A

  1. missemrenee January 21, 2016 / 3:59 pm

    Thanks so much for the “follow!”
    I’m looking forward to reading your blog – what a fun concept!


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