Located in South Walton County Florida is one of the most scenic and beautiful drives in the entire state. Along Highway 30 A from Inlet Beach to Miramar Beach is a stretch of highway along the seashore picking up beautiful coastal highlights, seaside villages, and beachside cottages. There are nature walks, multiple parks, beautifully designed cottages and communities and sugary sandy beaches paired against emerald green waters. If you’re visiting Panama City Beach, you might want to consider renting a car and driving up just a little bit north along 30 A.
This scenic highway runs through flatwoods, white sandy beaches, and coastal sand dunes as well as many lakes, lagoons, and saltwater inlets. There are wetlands, marshes, parks and trails all up and down this highway.
If you’re looking for great seafood, coastal bistros, quiet villages, and communities or a peaceful walk along the beach, try this getaway just minutes from Panama City Beach.
There are not really any cities here but smaller communities such as Watercolor, Watersound, Alys Beach, Grayton Beach and about 12 others. Some are larger than others and all offer a unique vacation amenity. Some have great ice cream shops, others have small beach cottages for rent, some have luxury condos and beachfront mansions and others have boutiques and antique shops with little treasures all their own.
Whether you have the entire family or it’s a quiet couples retreat for two, this is a perfect getaway in the middle of your Panama City Beach vacation.
Some of the not to miss things to do on your scenic outing along Highway 30 A would be to ride the 30 A bike trail. This is also referred to as the Timpooshee Trail and is a 19 mile paved bike path. There are several places to enter or you can start at the beginning by renting a bike at one of the main beaches on either side of the highway.
You could go fishing or kayak in the rare dune lakes. Coastal dune lakes are extremely rare. They are only found in four countries around the world. Along this stretch of highway are 15 coastal dune lakes. You can find unique species of fish or simply kayak around and explore the coastline.
Visit Seaside. This small coastal town was the site of the 1996 movie The Truman Show. You might recognize the small town design and cottage architecture with cobblestone roads and white picket fences.
Try stand up our boarding in either the crystal blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico or on one of the dune lakes.
Visit the Red Bar in Grayton Beach. This unique bar is a lively place to hang out, enjoy cold bruise, funky jazz, and a unique menu. You can enjoy crawfish, shrimp and grits, or jambalaya. This places been around here since the early 1900s so it certainly has its own flair and ambiance.
Taken dinner with a view of one of the many restaurants offering coastal views and waterfront dining. Check out the Old Florida catfish House and Sushi Bar overlooking a dune Lake, Bud and Alleys, a seaside grill with plenty of character and pizza, or perhaps the Fish Out Of Water in Watercolor for fine dining options or stop in the Sugar Shack in Rosemary Beach which is a one-of-a-kind candy store.
There are so many unique things to see, do and experience along Highway 30 A. Make sure you added to your to do list when visiting Panama City Beach Florida.