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Top Choice State Park in South Walton & 30A Beaches

Grayton Beach State Park

An 1133-acre stretch of marble-colored dunes rolling down to the water's edge, this state park's beauty is genuinely mind-blowing. The park sits nestled against the wealthy but down-to-earth community of Grayton Bea…
State Park in South Walton & 30A Beaches

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

There's some 1640 acres of natural beauty to discover at Topsail, including quiet white-sand beaches, sun-battered wetlands, sand pine scrub forest, a 2.5-mile nature trail, and three rare coastal dune lakes – inlan…
International in South Walton & 30A Beaches

Roux 30A

This odd-duck gem has a strong commitment to working closely with local farmers and fishermen – and producing an eclectic menu that jukes from New American brunch to Friday Indian lunch (veg/nonveg curries $12/15) t…
American in South Walton & 30A Beaches

Cafe Thirty-A

Set in a modern, Frank Lloyd Wright–esque townhouse, this smart-casual fine-dining establishment feels good from the moment you walk through the door. Seafood delights include Maine lobster in paradise and wood oven…
American in South Walton & 30A Beaches

George's at Alys Beach

We give this playful Southern-style coastal seafood spot credit for their menu divisions – 'behave,' which includes locally sourced, organic fare like jerk-roasted snapper, and 'misbehave,' fried oyster plates, stea…
Books in South Walton & 30A Beaches

Sundog Books

Need a beach read? Or just a book in general? Sure you do. Head to this hip, indie book and music shop, which carries great literature, coffee-table pieces and uber-cool tracks.
State Park in South Walton & 30A Beaches

Eden Gardens State Park

Inland from 30A on a peninsula jutting into Choctawhatchee Bay, manicured gardens and lawns front the 1800s estate home of the Wesleys, a wealthy Florida timber family. The white-columned house was purchased and ren…
Beach in South Walton & 30A Beaches

Blue Mountain Beach

Towering a cloud-kissing (if by cloud-kissing we mean fog) 64ft-high, 'Blue Mountain' is supposedly the highest point on the pancake-flat Gulf Coast. Be on the lookout for blue lupine flowers, which supposedly gave …
Fast Food in South Walton & 30A Beaches

Meltdown on 30A

Unless you're gluten- and dairy-intolerant, we dare you to go past this excellent food truck, a vendor of oozy grilled-cheese deliciousness (we couldn't resist the avocado-and-bacon-jam creation). It also serves che…
Pub Food in South Walton & 30A Beaches

Red Bar

There's live music most nights at this hippy, homely, funky local fave, housed in an old general store stuffed with knick-knacks and general weirdness. It draws friendly mobs who hunker down for beers, goss and good…