Family-Friendly Guide to 30A: A Taste of the Caribbean

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  • Florida

  • Active Travel

  • Beaches

  • Domestic Travel

  • Family Travel

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  • Kid-Friendly

  • Coastal

  • Outdoors

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Curator’s statement

30A is the best way to take your family on a high-end, Caribbean-style beach vacation without the hassle or extra work of actually leaving the country! Imagine crystal clear water, white sand beaches, and European-esque villages around every corner.

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Where to stay in 30A

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WaterColor Inn

Between the Gulf of Mexico and a dune lake, this beachfront resort is a playground for families and seclusion seekers alike.

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The Pearl - Rosemary Beach

A beloved boutique sleep a short walk from Rosemary Beach, with a small spa and breezy restaurant.

Carillon Beach Resort Inn

Just two miles from Rosemary Beach, this upscale all-suite resort features multiple outdoor swimming pools, two tennis courts, a spa and private beach access.

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Things to do in 30A

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Family-Friendly Outdoor Activities

The Beach - The sand is white and fine, the water is crystal clear and the beach is wide! The beach in front of Watercolor Inn offers chair and umbrella rentals, beach bonfires, paddle boards, kayak and surfboard rentals.

Seaside Amphitheater and Green Space - Grab some balls or toys and take the kids to the big green space right in the heart of Seaside. There are always kids running around and the food trucks are varied, convenient and delicious. After you tire the kiddos out, walk right down the side street to Heavenly Ice Cream and Shortcakes for delicious ice cream. Next, stop by Duckies, the cutest toy shop around! They have evening family events there, too, and it is the most convenient place for evening kid entertainment.

Alys Beach Green Space and Playground - This entire town is adorable and brings you straight to Europe! Take the kids to grab a donut at Charlie’s Café on the amphitheater. Then, walk over to Raw & Juicy and grab a juice and pastry for the adults. While you enjoy your juice, sit back, relax and let the kids run around the CUTEST playground/park. Don't miss out on simply walking around the streets and enjoying the unique architecture.

Watersound - This is the home to “The Hub”. It has a lot of outdoor restaurants and shops. They also have entertainment for families and kids: movie nights, DJ nights for kids, etc. There are always people around and other kids to play with.

Rosemary Beach Playground and Splash Pad - While this is not in the main square, it is the only splash pad in the area and has plenty of seating space to "sittervise" and watch the kiddos while relaxing!

Boathouse Paddle Club - This is located within Water Color and offers kayaking and canoeing on Western Lake, a beautiful dune lake that is a unique type of lake in northern Florida.

Places to eat & drink in 30A

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La Crema - Rosemary Beach. No reservations taken, but I wouldn’t take kids. More of a date night spot.

The Perfect Pig - This is very family-friendly and perfect for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

Chiringo - Located in Grayton Beach, Chiringo has a great upstairs outdoor space and takes reservations (a bonus when taking kids and wanting to avoid waiting).

Donut Hole Bakery and Diner - Not on 30A, so it's a drive, but they have delicious donuts.

Pizza By the Sea - What child doesn't like pizza? There are four locations throughout 30A.

Bud and Alleys - A staple restaurant of 30A and perfect for dinner!

Leave the Kids with a Sitter and Head out!

George's - My absolute favorite date night spot in Alys Beach.

Neat - Drinks in Alys Beach with a super fun vibe.

Pescado - Enjoy the sunset at this rooftop restaurant in Rosemary Beach.

Need to Know

For more family-friendly travel tips, check out my Family-Friendly Guide to the North Carolina Mountains.

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