There’s never a bad season to vacation in South Walton Florida as it’s become a year-round destination. The summer months are by far the most popular, however, there’s a growing segment of vacationers that prefer winter on 30A. If you and your family are looking to escape the cold, there’s no better place for a winter getaway than the beaches of 30A Florida.
Although 30A is located in the northwest part of Florida, the weather is generally warm and pleasant during the winter months. High daytime temperatures average around the middle 60s but can often be much warmer. The skies are typically bright blue as the high humidity and low pressure systems of the summer are long gone. To help you get started planning your vacation, we’ve compiled a list of fun things to do on 30A during the winter months so let’s get started…
Stand Up Paddle Board and Kayaking:Winter on 30A means Gulf water temperatures are cool (still warm enough to swim for some) and calm. It’s a great time of year for standup paddle boarding and kayaking enthusiasts as the Gulf and lakes are smooth as glass.
Go Fishing: Fishing along the beaches of 30A is world-class year round. Whether you want to cast off from a pier or a beach or book a fishing charter, you’re sure to have a blast. Winter is one of the best seasons to surf fish in South Walton for a couple reasons… First, you’ll have the white sand beach pretty much to yourself and second, winter is when Pompano are in! Most saltwater fishing enthusiasts know that Pompano are among the best fish to eat which makes winter surf fishing on 30A so much fun! If the fish aren’t biting, consider taking a short drive to Destin, known as the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village.” Maybe some of the village’s good luck will rub off, and you’ll catch a big one.
30A Brewery Fun: South Walton is home to several great micro breweries. If you’re craving a tasty craft brew, you’ll have plenty of options. Grayton Beer Company is one of the highlights; their taproom features a wall of over 20 unique beers, and their brewpub serves delicious food. Idyll Hounds Brewing Company is another fantastic spot to stop for an artisan ale, and it’s right down the road from Grayton Beer Company’s taproom. Another great option is to check out the Growler Garage in Dune Allen Beach. It’s next door to Gulf Place 30A and Ed Walline Regional Beach Access. They have a huge selection of Gulf Coast craft beers that you’re sure to enjoy in the sun!
Hit the Links: The 30A area is home to some of Florida’s best golf courses. Winter is a great time of year to play them as they're less busy than summer and typically in better condition. Located in Dune Allen Beach, Santa Rosa Golf Club is our favorite course on 30A. However, there are a bunch of great courses within easy driving distance no matter where you stay in SoWal. Here you’ll find a detailed breakdown of three top 30A area golf courses.
Holiday Golf Club Tour
Holiday Golf Club is located just a short drive from the 30A corridor in Panama City Beach. It's one of the best all-around courses in the area and is fun for golfers of all skill levels. Take a couple minutes to watch our 30A Escapes exclusive tour of Holiday Golf Club in PCB now...
Gulf World Marine Park: A stop at Gulf World Marine Park is a must for those that enjoy marine animals. Located in Panama City Beach (15 minute drive from Rosemary Beach), the park is home to a wide variety of rescued marine life, including dolphins, sea lions, and penguins. Stroll through the exhibits and take in the park’s spectacular shows. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can swim with the dolphins. A visit to Gulf World Marine Park in PCB is the perfect activity for families.
30A Songwriter Festival: Live music lovers must experience the 30A Songwriters Festival at least once in their lifetime. It happens every January and features world-renowned songwriters from various genres. Over 250 musical artists perform over the course of 4 days in venues scattered all along the 30A corridor. From Rosemary Beach to Seagrove Beach to Grayton Beach to Dune Allen Beach and everywhere in between you’ll find live music. The 30A Songwriter Festival provides opportunities for music lovers to experience their favorite artists in intimate settings along the beaches of South Walton.
Explore 30A on Bikes: Bikes are a great way to discover 30A in the winter. The Timpoochee Trail runs the entire 19 miles stretch of scenic 30A and is made for biking. Most of 30A Escapes vacation rentals include complimentary bikes making it easy to get out and explore all winter.
Escape the winter blues and warm up with a vacation to Florida’s Gulf Coast. You can enjoy all of these fun 30A winter activities and so much more when you stay at one of our luxury rentals. We have beautiful South Walton vacation rentals from Inlet Beach to Blue Mountain Beach. We hope for the opportunity to host you at the beach in the near future!