We currently live in Atlanta, GA and have been vacationing along Scenic Highway 30A since the 1980s. Seagrove has always been a special place to us and a great getaway. We enjoy our beach home, relaxing on the top third floor (the tower) with a glass of wine overlooking the ocean, feeling the gulf breezes, biking in and around Eastern Lake (just a few blocks away), fishing and hanging out at the beach, visiting the Seaside Farmer’s Market, exploring the 56,000 acres of natural state park, discovering local artists, singers/songwriters and visiting with family and friends in our quaint, white picket fenced seaside community, Summer’s Edge.
Many know Destin, FL but may be unaware of the 16 unique communities along highway 30A in South Walton County (SoWal) about 24 miles East of Destin. One of the first communities, Seaside, has received international accolades and recognition as a pioneer in New Urbanism, which is now studied at leading architectural schools worldwide. Next to Seaside is Seagrove where you will discover the acclaimed Summer’s Edge beach community and our beach home, Toes in the Sand. You will not find any high rises, franchises or outlet malls along 30A. Instead, you will discover old Florida charm, quaint boutiques, renowned restaurants, exciting events and festivals (many within walking or biking distance) and, of course, arguably the most beautiful beach in the world. Visitors of South Walton have long since known of the spectacular beaches and laid back communities that line Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast – but now they’re spreading the news. South Walton has been the recipient of many recent accolades, including an international proclamation that our Gulf Coast beach is the best on Earth.
Named for the thick grove of windswept trees that surround it, Seagrove still maintains the same green canopy of oaks, magnolias, hickories, and sand pines that came to define it a half a century ago. Today, Seagrove is an eclectic mix of quaint beach cottages, elegant Euro-Caribbean & Craftsman Bungalow style homes as well off-beach activities that range from exploring the unique coastal dunes, bike trails, golf courses, Choctawhatchee Bay and other natural wonders to browsing the local shops, art galleries and restaurants along Scenic Highway 30A. In Seagrove, the options are endless. From water activities to shopping and exquisite dining, spend the day soaking up the best the Gulf has to offer in this eclectic seaside neighborhood.
Seagrove has one of the finest sugar white sand beaches you will see and is renowned for its natural scenic beauty and turquoise waters earning Travel + Leisure magazine’s award for ‘Best Beaches on Earth’ for families. Santa Rosa Beach was named one of the “10 Best Beach Destinations for 2011” by Yahoo! Travel, which praised its “lapping waves and cool sand” and the endless array of outdoor and indoor activities. Featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur and Florida Trend magazine, 30A.com’s “Local Guide” and TownWizard, news about the Emerald Coast has spread to 150 markets worldwide.
Frommer Travel Recognizes the Lifestyle and Natural Beauty of the Florida Panhandle beaches as a “top 10 destination” for sixth year in a row. The “Florida Panhandle Beaches” is the only continental U.S. destination included in Frommer’s list of Top Destinations! “Stunning beaches, nature trails … great restaurants, and a cozy, yet quirky, sense of community.” — Frommer’s