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Yourcation Awaits vacation rental in Rosemary Beach 30a

Whether it be a 30th birthday, bachelorette/bachelor party, family vacation, college reunion or just a memorable girls’/guys’ getaway, there is nothing more fun than making memories with your closest friends and family.

Yourcation® Awaits is an amazing hospitality company that specializes in vacation rentals for all types of group getaways and provides the best experiences for all!

Yourcation Awaits in Rosemary Beach during sunset

During November 2020, four other bloggers and myself stayed at the amazing Yourcation Awaits rental in Rosemary Beach, which is located in the 30a area along Florida’s Panhandle.

In case you never heard of 30a before, it is a scenic highway in Northern Florida along with a beach road that is located in South Walton County. 30a spans 24 miles on Florida’s Emerald Coast from Rosemary Beach to Dune Allen and everyone who has the opportunity to visit the area falls in love with it!

A woman enjoying Rosemary Beach on 30a

Overall, I LOVED the 30a area in Florida! From my own personal experience, I definitely believe it is Florida’s best beach area that features glistening aqua blue water from the Gulf of Mexico, sugar white sand beaches, luxury beach communities, high-end resorts and hotels, renowned restaurants, fun beach bars and over 25,000 acres of protected state parks and forests as well as dune lakes.

In this article, learn all about the best 30a rental in Rosemary Beach, Florida and discover all of the top things to do in the area!

A woman wandering down an alleyway in Alys Beach on 30a

(During my stay at Yourcation Awaits’ rental in Rosemary Beach, I also invited my fellow blogger friends Hannah of Don’t Blink Blog, Shwetha of Chasing Shwetha, Alex of East Coast Contessa and Ashley of World to Wander.)

**During my time in 30a, Yourcation® Awaits in Rosemary Beach, FL hosted me for three nights.


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The best 30a rental in Rosemary Beach, Florida

Traveling to 30a, Florida

A woman enjoying a morning in Alys Beach, Florida

Traveling to the 30a area in Florida could easily be done by car if you live in a close driving distance to the Panhandle or if you’re taking a road trip, and you could also get there by plane.

A beautiful Southern home in 30a, Florida

I took a short and affordable flight from Newark Airport in New Jersey to Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport in Panama City, Florida with a layover in Atlanta. (Since Panama City has a small airport, you will most likely have a layover if you’re traveling from faraway destinations.) Panama City is the closest airport to 30a, but you could also fly into Destin.

A beautiful sunset on the Gulf of Mexico

Only one of the bloggers drove to Rosemary Beach from Tampa and others flew from Houston, Dallas and Kentucky. Both Texas bloggers were able to get non-stop flights and the blogger who flew from Kentucky had a layover in Charlotte.

An old fashion van in front of rental homes in 30a

Unless you are road tripping to 30a, you will need to get a rental car when you arrive in Panama City Beach. The reason why it is recommended to rent a car is because beaches, restaurants and activities are spread out along 30a and taxis, Ubers and Lyfts, although available, could be sparse.

A beautiful beach house in 30a, Florida

When you travel to 30a, you want to be able to see all that it offers and without a car of your own, it is hard to do that. Quite a few popular spots on 30a could be 20 minutes away from each other and there are also a variety of state parks to explore that are more remote.

The BEST 30a Rental – Yourcation® Awaits!

Yourcation Awaits vacation rental home in Rosemary Beach, Florida

During my four days in 30a, I stayed at the beautiful Yourcation Awaits‘ rental property in Rosemary Beach for three nights.

From the moment I first arrived at the rental house, I felt right at home! I loved the colorful and colonial architecture of the house. It reminded me of all the beautiful homes you come across in the Caribbean.

A woman enjoying her time at Yourcation Awaits in Rosemary Beach, 30a

What is amazing about this Yourcation Awaits’ rental house is that it is located within a private community in Seacrest Beach, so you have access to a private beach, a lagoon pool and a tram that takes you around the community.

The beach is only a 10-minute walk from the rental home, the pool is a 5-minute walk and the house is steps away from all of the eateries, galleries and boutique shops along 30a.

Staying at Yourcation® Awaits in Rosemary Beach:

The perfect 30a rental with Yourcation Awaits

This amazing vacation beach rental in the 30a area is perfect for all types of group travel whether it be a milestone birthday, bachelorette/bachelor party, family vacation, college reunion or just a general friends’ getaway.

It sleeps up to 16 people! There are five bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms, two couches and four rollaway beds.

A bedroom in a 30a vacation rental

There is a bedroom on the first floor that has a queen bed. Across the hall from that bedroom is a full bathroom.

The master bedroom in Yourcation Awaits Rosemary Beach house
A master bathroom at Yourcation Awaits rental home in 30a

On the second floor, there is a master bedroom (which is what I stayed in) that has a king bed and features a full bathroom with a Jacuzzi and his and her amenities, along with a balcony. There are also two other bedrooms that have queen beds with a shared bathroom with his and her amenities.

A bedroom in Yourcation Awaits rental home
A bedroom at Yourcation Awaits Rosemary Beach

The third floor has one bedroom with a king bed and a full bathroom with his and her amenities.

A bedroom at Yourcation Awaits beach house in Rosemary Beach, 30a

(All of the bedrooms had a television and the bathrooms included Gilchrist & Soames spa products.)

A den at Yourcation Awaits rental home in 30a

There is also a half bathroom on the third floor along with a coffee bar, bean bags and board games.

A coffee bar at Yourcation Awaits rental home in 30a

I had an amazing night’s rest at Yourcation Awaits! The mattress was absolutely comfortable and formed well to my body and sleeping position; the walls were soundproof (which was great when you’re sharing a house with a group of people) and the air-conditioning was at a perfect temperature!

A woman enjoying the 3rd floor balcony of Yourcation Awaits rental home in 30a

In addition to the bedrooms, I also loved how there were three balconies (one per floor). On the ground floor, there were two benches with cute pillows to sit at and read a book; the second-floor balcony was just outside of the master bedroom and there were also benches and a table with chairs (it is perfect for privacy) and the third floor had outdoor couches and lounge areas made for sunset viewing, wine and friend/family time.

The kitchen at Yourcation Awaits rental home in Rosemary Beach

On the ground floor, there was a living room, dining room and full modern kitchen. When I first entered the house, Yourcation Awaits greeted me to Champagne, Lindt chocolate truffles and a bottle of red wine.

The downstairs of Yourcation Awaits rental home in Rosemary Beach

The dining room had a beautiful farmhouse table that is perfect to enjoy a nice dinner at. In the living room, there were two comfortable couches and chairs along with a television. (All of the TVs in the house included Netflix, Hulu, Disney+ and ESPN+.)

The living room at Yourcation Awaits rental home in Florida

Yourcation Awaits’ kitchen is stunning and offers modern amenities, a wine cooler and countertop with barstools. (We enjoyed delicious takeout sushi for dinner from Shan Kishi in Panama City Beach on our first night and it was delicious!)

The dining room and kitchen of Yourcation Awaits in Rosemary Beach, Florida

Since I traveled to 30a with other bloggers, we all had to log in from time to time during our four days at the rental property. What is great about this house is that there is a plethora of different areas for you to sit at and quietly get work done! There is also high-speed WiFi as well.

There isn’t much of a backyard at this rental house, but it includes a backdoor that leads to a little walkway where there is a charcoal grill for barbecues.

A sunset at Yourcation Awaits in Rosemary Beach, Florida

Overall, we all loved our time staying at Yourcation Awaits in Rosemary Beach, Florida. We also felt extremely safe staying at this rental home in the 30a area!

The house has a smart lock keyless entry where you enter a code to get in. If you don’t lock the door behind you, it will automatically lock on its own within five minutes.

(The house also came with essential beach accessories such as beach towels and wristbands to allow you access onto Seacrest Beach.)

Things to do on 30a, Florida:

A woman walking through the Alys Beach neighborhood

Explore 30a:

One of the best things to do during a trip to 30a is to just wander and explore. There are so many bike shops along 30a where you could rent a bike for the day, a few days or even a full week.

Three women enjoying a bike ride in Rosemary Beach, 30a

The closest place on 30a to rent a bike near the rental house is at Peddlers in Seacrest. (It is only a 10-minute walk from the house.)

The Post Office in Seaside, Florida

For $20 USD, we rented bikes on our last day and explored all of the beautiful spots in Rosemary Beach.

Airstreams in Seaside, Florida

The majority of the homes and buildings on 30a are brand new and luxe and they are definitely something to admire. A lot of them have a European flair, so you could feel like you’re in Italy, France, Spain and Greece as you explore! I also love all of the gas lamps on the buildings and houses.

Beautiful beach rental home in 30a, Florida

Two other great places to rent a bike and explore are at the Seaside Transit Authority Bike Rentals and Watercolor Bike Barn.

A woman enjoying an afternoon in Watercolor, Florida

Seaside is a fun area along 30a that offers great restaurants, bars and of course, the beach! Watercolor is also a stunning area that has beautiful homes featuring Southern charm.

A beautiful Southern home in Watercolor 30a

(We only rented bikes in the Rosemary Beach area, but we did get to explore Watercolor on our third day and it is absolutely beautiful to walk through. There are gorgeous parks with gardens, walking paths and bridges to enjoy in Watercolor, plus the homes look like they are straight out of Southern Living magazine!)

A woman enjoying a morning in Alys Beach, Florida

Another beautiful area along 30a that you could easily explore from the rental home is Alys Beach. In this lovely seashore town, there are beautiful luxury homes that will make you feel like you’re in Cyclades Greece.

Enjoy the Restaurant Scene:

Chiringo in 30a, Florida

Chiringo (Grayton Beach): On our first day, we grabbed a late lunch at Chiringo, which is a fun beach bar located steps away from the shore.

A lobster roll from Chiringo

At this great indoor and outdoor restaurant, you could order tropical drinks, tapas, pizza, tacos, salads, sandwiches and more!

During our afternoon here, I got one of the best margaritas I’ve ever had with a chilled lobster roll.

Donut Hut (Seagrove): Located in Seagrove, just outside of Alys Beach is Donut Hut. When we woke up early on our second morning to create content, we stopped at Donut Hut for coffee and donuts.

Donuts from Donut Hut 30a

This family-owned donut shop offers over 20 different types of fresh homemade donuts that are delicious and decorated beautifully!

In addition to sweet treats, you could also get kolaches, which are a Slovak pastry that could either be sweet or savory, along with breakfast sandwiches and more!

La Crema Tapas & Chocolate (Rosemary Beach): If you are a lover of Spanish food and chocolate, then you will be in HEAVEN when you visit La Crema in Rosemary Beach!

Seafood paella from La Crema in Rosemary Beach

Located along the European-inspired Main Street in Rosemary Beach, La Crema is a beautiful courtyard restaurant that features stringed lights.

At this wonderful restaurant you could savor traditional Spanish dishes like paella, patatas bravas and gambas along with some Latin and Mexican favorites such as ceviche, tacos, empanadas and tostadas. La Crema also has a great dessert menu that features chocolate fondue, chocolate dipped bacon, molten chocolate cake and traditional chocolate chip cookies.

Red sangria from La Crema in Rosemary Beach

During our lunch here on our second day, I savored the seafood paella with a sangria. I got full off of my lunch, so unfortunately didn’t have a dessert, but next time I go back, I’m not missing out on a chocolate delight!

The Bay Restaurant (Santa Rosa Beach): Another great restaurant to visit in the 30a area of Florida is The Bay Restaurant located on Choctawhatchee Bay.

Jumbo lump crab cakes from The Bay Restaurant in Santa Rosa Beach

Since we visited this restaurant for dinner in November, it obviously got dark early, but if you go during the summer months, you could enjoy a lovely evening on the bay beach. (The Bay is also a great lunch spot too and they also have brunch!)

Key lime pie from The Bay Restaurant in 30a

Throughout The Bay Restaurant are stringed lights and a welcoming ambiance. The menu consists of seafood dishes, sushi, steak, salads and sandwiches.

During our evening at The Bay, I savored delicious jumbo lump crab cakes with fried zucchini with a red wine. I also had the key lime pie for dessert and it did not disappoint.

Big Bad Breakfast (Inlet Beach): One of the best breakfast spots along 30a, that also isn’t far from the rental house, is Big Bad Breakfast at Inlet Beach.

A luxury condo with a pool and cabanas at Inlet Beach

This awesome café has a cool indoor and outdoor ambiance and they feature a great Southern breakfast menu. We sat in their outdoor seating area that overlooked the pool and cabanas of a luxury condo complex in Inlet Beach.

Chicken and waffles from Big Bad Breakfast in 30a

During our morning at Big Bad Breakfast, I savored the delicious chicken and waffle dish with a coffee and it was amazing!

Surfing Deer (Santa Rosa Beach): A great upscale New American restaurant to enjoy in Santa Rose Beach, between Seagrove and Seaside, is Surfing Deer.

This amazing restaurant has a nice indoor as well as a cool outdoor dining ambiance and their menu has a big seafood focus.

A cajun dinner from Surfing Deer on 30a

On our last night in 30a, we got dinner at Surfing Deer and we split the crispy calamari appetizer with pickled cherry peppers, ancho chili agrodolce and manchego.

For my main meal, I had the seafood Acadiana that consisted of grouper, lobster, crawfish, shrimp, andouille sausage, butter lobster stock, brown rice and hushpuppies. It was amazing and brought me back to my trips to New Orleans.

Creative Crepes (Seacrest): Located on 30a, steps from the rental home, is Creative Crepes. I actually eyed this café the moment I first arrived in the area and knew that I had to grab a delicious crepe at this spot before I went home.

Creative Crepes in Seacrest, Florida
A turkey pesto crepe from Creative Crepes on 30a

On our last morning in Rosemary Beach, we decided to grab crepes after our bike ride and they did not disappoint. I had the delicious turkey pesto panini that also had mozzarella cheese in it along with tomatoes and it was amazing! Definitely go here if you’re in 30a.

Sip on Tropical Beverages:

A woman standing in front of The Pearl hotel in Rosemary Beach

The Hub 30a (Watersound Beach): During a trip to 30a, you cannot miss out on enjoying some fun at The Hub on 30a. It is the perfect place for families and friend groups!

The Hub consists of a variety of eateries and bars to sit at and enjoy food and drinks along Watersound Beach. (It isn’t far from Seaside.)

A tropical drink in Seaside, Florida

The places you could eat and drink at are Duos Bar, which is an all-American eatery and bar; Local Smoke, which is where you could enjoy Southern BBQ; Super Freeze, which is an ice cream shop; Pineapple at The Hub, where you could enjoy fresh pineapples and smoothies; Sauce It 30a, which has brick oven pizza; Macho Taco, which is Mexican-inspired soul food; Jack & Diane’s, which offers New Orleans Style Snow Balls and The Hub Bar, where you could get buckets of beer and really get the party going!

Havana Beach Rooftop at The Pearl (Rosemary Beach): A great place that you cannot miss out on visiting during your time in 30a is The Pearl hotel in Rosemary Beach.

The Pearl hotel in Rosemary Beach, 30a

This beautiful and posh 55-room luxury boutique hotel has a beach bar and grill along with a rooftop called Havana.

Havana Rooftop at The Pearl in 30a, Florida

During our last evening, we made our way to Havana Beach Rooftop that has a full bar, tables and lounge areas that overlook the hotel’s pool. It is definitely a great place to sip refreshing drinks. During the day you could swim in the pool and also enjoy wonderful views of the Gulf from the rooftop.

Modica Market (Seaside): What is awesome about 30a is that they have lenient open container laws.

Alcohol is permitted on all of the beaches and even in some areas off the beach for those who are of a legal drinking age. Please note that glass containers are not allowed. (You could also drink and bike, by doing so responsibly!)

A mimosa to go from Modica Market in Seaside, Florida

One of the top things to do during a trip to 30a is grab mimosas to go from Modica Market. You could get them in a large or small size and take them wherever you wish along 30a.

During our time in Seaside, we all got large mimosas at Modica Market and enjoyed them in the square there. Other great items you could find at Modica Market are different pastas, sauces, pre-made meals, organic products, fresh produce, desserts and more!

Great Southern Café (Seaside): Another great place to grab drinks and food in Seaside is at Great Southern Café.

Oysters from Great Southern Cafe in Seaside, 30a

At this great Southern restaurant, you could order tropical frozen drinks, seafood, Southern dishes, salads, sandwiches and burgers.

During our time here, we all got a drink and also enjoyed some oysters. The drinks we got were the Orange Dreamsicle, Frosé, Cold Fashioned and Cocolada.

Tropical drinks from Great Southern Cafe

Overall, Great Southern Café is an awesome place to sit outside in Seaside on a beautiful day!

Relax at the Beach:

The beautiful beach at Seacrest on 30a

One of the main reasons why people travel to 30a is because of the BEACH! Florida’s Gulf beaches are absolutely stunning. The water is usually calm and a bright blue color and the sand is powdery soft. In fact, the Gulf beaches are some of the most beautiful in the country!

The sand from Seacrest Beach on 30a

During our time in Rosemary Beach with Yourcation Awaits, we sat on the beach in Seacrest because that was where we had free access to. (Please note that there are very few beaches open to the public along 30a.)

A woman enjoying a rainbow on the beach in Florida

The first time I visited the Gulf beaches in Florida was when I was in the Sarasota area in 2014. I found them to be amazing!

These Gulf beaches are perfect for everyone, including families, because the water is usually low tide and calm.

Visit a State Park:

A beautiful state park along 30a

Another great thing to do in the 30a area is get your nature and adventure fix at a State Park. Some of the best state parks in the 30a area are listed below:

  • Grayton Beach State Park (Santa Rosa Beach)
  • Camp Helen State Park (Panama City Beach)
  • Topsail Hill Preserve State Park (Santa Rosa Beach)
  • St. Andrews State Park (Panama City)
  • Eden Gardens State Park (Santa Rosa Beach)
  • Deer Lake State Park (Santa Rosa Beach)

A beautiful sunset a Yourcation Awaits in Rosemary Beach

I hope you all enjoyed reading about my stay at Yourcation® Awaits’ Rosemary Beach rental and discovering the top things to do along 30a on Florida’s Panhandle.

A beautiful rental on 30a

If you have any questions about my time on 30a, please email me at [email protected]

(Yourcation Awaits also has a beautiful cabin rental home in the beautiful Smokey Mountains of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.)

Basic Facts of the United States:

Currency: United States Dollar, Capital: Washington D.C., FL State Capital: Tallahassee, Time Zone: Most of Florida is on Eastern Standard Time, but the Panhandle/30a or anything west of Tallahassee is on Central Standard Time

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14 Comments

  1. Kim Deer on November 17, 2020 at 11:20 pm

    This looks like an amazing place to stay at ~ the home @yourcation awaits is so beautiful and spacious ~ what a fabulous place, the beautiful 3 story home, the breathtaking grounds and the beautiful charming beach town. You cannot ask for more, it is all there right in one place. The Gulf of Mexico water looks amazing ~ such a beautiful color ~ like the Caribbean Islands! This is definitely on my bucket list to visit in 2021. May be a place I would like to retire at ~ loved all the stunning photos of you ~ especially the ones where you are dancing around those beautiful architecture homes with lovely grounds ~ great that you were able to catch an awesome rainbow 🌈 I really enjoyed this blog on such a beautiful place ~ love you, mom xoxo 😘 💕

    • Taylor Deer on November 18, 2020 at 1:14 pm

      It really was an incredible house! I loved staying there so much! You and dad definitely have to go in 2021. 🙂

  2. Emma on November 22, 2020 at 2:27 am

    What a gorgeous property. I love the colors of the decor. The pastels and fun colors are just so nice and pretty. And that outdoor patio is amazing, so spacious. Would love to catch the sunset from up there

    • Taylor Deer on November 23, 2020 at 6:38 pm

      It really was so beautiful and spacious! It was definitely perfect for a girls’ weekend! 🙂

  3. Falke on November 22, 2020 at 7:35 am

    This place looks incredible!! I would love to spend the evening there and watch the sunset! Beautiful photos!!

    • Taylor Deer on November 23, 2020 at 6:39 pm

      It really was Falke! I loved it so much. Also thank you! 🙂

  4. Kate on November 22, 2020 at 2:26 pm

    Wow! I have never heard of Yourcation awaits before, but that property is so beautiful! I love all of the colors and the beautiful decor. I would def love to visit! What a perfect place for a vacation.

    • Taylor Deer on November 23, 2020 at 6:39 pm

      It really is so amazing and Yourcation Awaits also has a rental property in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, which is in the Smokey Mountains. 🙂

  5. Jiayi Wang on November 22, 2020 at 3:26 pm

    You’ve truly captured the essence of this place, Taylor! I’ve never even heard of this place before and now it’s definitely on my FL to-go list! 🙂 All that seafood and that lobster roll especially will have me drooling for days 🙂

    • Taylor Deer on November 23, 2020 at 6:40 pm

      Thank you so much Jiayi! 30a is definitely an amazing area in Northern Florida. 🙂 You would love it!

  6. Caroline on November 27, 2020 at 3:33 am

    These houses have an old world charm to them! I would love to explore this part of Florida one day!

    • Taylor Deer on November 27, 2020 at 3:14 pm

      You totally have to! It’s so beautiful there. 🙂

  7. Marina on November 29, 2020 at 5:17 pm

    This looks like such an amazing place to stay at *w* and all the restaurants look sooo good! I would love to explore Florida one day!

    • Taylor Deer on November 29, 2020 at 8:36 pm

      It really was so beautiful Marina! You definitely would love the 30a area and the rest of Florida. 🙂

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Yourcation Awaits vacation rental in Rosemary Beach 30a

Whether it be a 30th birthday, bachelorette/bachelor party, family vacation, college reunion or just a memorable girls’/guys’ getaway, there is nothing more fun than making memories with your closest friends and family.

Yourcation® Awaits is an amazing hospitality company that specializes in vacation rentals for all types of group getaways and provides the best experiences for all!

Yourcation Awaits in Rosemary Beach during sunset

During November 2020, four other bloggers and myself stayed at the amazing Yourcation Awaits rental in Rosemary Beach, which is located in the 30a area along Florida’s Panhandle.

In case you never heard of 30a before, it is a scenic highway in Northern Florida along with a beach road that is located in South Walton County. 30a spans 24 miles on Florida’s Emerald Coast from Rosemary Beach to Dune Allen and everyone who has the opportunity to visit the area falls in love with it!

A woman enjoying Rosemary Beach on 30a

Overall, I LOVED the 30a area in Florida! From my own personal experience, I definitely believe it is Florida’s best beach area that features glistening aqua blue water from the Gulf of Mexico, sugar white sand beaches, luxury beach communities, high-end resorts and hotels, renowned restaurants, fun beach bars and over 25,000 acres of protected state parks and forests as well as dune lakes.

In this article, learn all about the best 30a rental in Rosemary Beach, Florida and discover all of the top things to do in the area!

A woman wandering down an alleyway in Alys Beach on 30a

(During my stay at Yourcation Awaits’ rental in Rosemary Beach, I also invited my fellow blogger friends Hannah of Don’t Blink Blog, Shwetha of Chasing Shwetha, Alex of East Coast Contessa and Ashley of World to Wander.)

**During my time in 30a, Yourcation® Awaits in Rosemary Beach, FL hosted me for three nights.


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The best 30a rental in Rosemary Beach, Florida

Traveling to 30a, Florida

A woman enjoying a morning in Alys Beach, Florida

Traveling to the 30a area in Florida could easily be done by car if you live in a close driving distance to the Panhandle or if you’re taking a road trip, and you could also get there by plane.

A beautiful Southern home in 30a, Florida

I took a short and affordable flight from Newark Airport in New Jersey to Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport in Panama City, Florida with a layover in Atlanta. (Since Panama City has a small airport, you will most likely have a layover if you’re traveling from faraway destinations.) Panama City is the closest airport to 30a, but you could also fly into Destin.

A beautiful sunset on the Gulf of Mexico

Only one of the bloggers drove to Rosemary Beach from Tampa and others flew from Houston, Dallas and Kentucky. Both Texas bloggers were able to get non-stop flights and the blogger who flew from Kentucky had a layover in Charlotte.

An old fashion van in front of rental homes in 30a

Unless you are road tripping to 30a, you will need to get a rental car when you arrive in Panama City Beach. The reason why it is recommended to rent a car is because beaches, restaurants and activities are spread out along 30a and taxis, Ubers and Lyfts, although available, could be sparse.

A beautiful beach house in 30a, Florida

When you travel to 30a, you want to be able to see all that it offers and without a car of your own, it is hard to do that. Quite a few popular spots on 30a could be 20 minutes away from each other and there are also a variety of state parks to explore that are more remote.

The BEST 30a Rental – Yourcation® Awaits!

Yourcation Awaits vacation rental home in Rosemary Beach, Florida

During my four days in 30a, I stayed at the beautiful Yourcation Awaits‘ rental property in Rosemary Beach for three nights.

From the moment I first arrived at the rental house, I felt right at home! I loved the colorful and colonial architecture of the house. It reminded me of all the beautiful homes you come across in the Caribbean.

A woman enjoying her time at Yourcation Awaits in Rosemary Beach, 30a

What is amazing about this Yourcation Awaits’ rental house is that it is located within a private community in Seacrest Beach, so you have access to a private beach, a lagoon pool and a tram that takes you around the community.

The beach is only a 10-minute walk from the rental home, the pool is a 5-minute walk and the house is steps away from all of the eateries, galleries and boutique shops along 30a.

Staying at Yourcation® Awaits in Rosemary Beach:

The perfect 30a rental with Yourcation Awaits

This amazing vacation beach rental in the 30a area is perfect for all types of group travel whether it be a milestone birthday, bachelorette/bachelor party, family vacation, college reunion or just a general friends’ getaway.

It sleeps up to 16 people! There are five bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms, two couches and four rollaway beds.

A bedroom in a 30a vacation rental

There is a bedroom on the first floor that has a queen bed. Across the hall from that bedroom is a full bathroom.

The master bedroom in Yourcation Awaits Rosemary Beach house
A master bathroom at Yourcation Awaits rental home in 30a

On the second floor, there is a master bedroom (which is what I stayed in) that has a king bed and features a full bathroom with a Jacuzzi and his and her amenities, along with a balcony. There are also two other bedrooms that have queen beds with a shared bathroom with his and her amenities.

A bedroom in Yourcation Awaits rental home
A bedroom at Yourcation Awaits Rosemary Beach

The third floor has one bedroom with a king bed and a full bathroom with his and her amenities.

A bedroom at Yourcation Awaits beach house in Rosemary Beach, 30a

(All of the bedrooms had a television and the bathrooms included Gilchrist & Soames spa products.)

A den at Yourcation Awaits rental home in 30a

There is also a half bathroom on the third floor along with a coffee bar, bean bags and board games.

A coffee bar at Yourcation Awaits rental home in 30a

I had an amazing night’s rest at Yourcation Awaits! The mattress was absolutely comfortable and formed well to my body and sleeping position; the walls were soundproof (which was great when you’re sharing a house with a group of people) and the air-conditioning was at a perfect temperature!

A woman enjoying the 3rd floor balcony of Yourcation Awaits rental home in 30a

In addition to the bedrooms, I also loved how there were three balconies (one per floor). On the ground floor, there were two benches with cute pillows to sit at and read a book; the second-floor balcony was just outside of the master bedroom and there were also benches and a table with chairs (it is perfect for privacy) and the third floor had outdoor couches and lounge areas made for sunset viewing, wine and friend/family time.

The kitchen at Yourcation Awaits rental home in Rosemary Beach

On the ground floor, there was a living room, dining room and full modern kitchen. When I first entered the house, Yourcation Awaits greeted me to Champagne, Lindt chocolate truffles and a bottle of red wine.

The downstairs of Yourcation Awaits rental home in Rosemary Beach

The dining room had a beautiful farmhouse table that is perfect to enjoy a nice dinner at. In the living room, there were two comfortable couches and chairs along with a television. (All of the TVs in the house included Netflix, Hulu, Disney+ and ESPN+.)

The living room at Yourcation Awaits rental home in Florida

Yourcation Awaits’ kitchen is stunning and offers modern amenities, a wine cooler and countertop with barstools. (We enjoyed delicious takeout sushi for dinner from Shan Kishi in Panama City Beach on our first night and it was delicious!)

The dining room and kitchen of Yourcation Awaits in Rosemary Beach, Florida

Since I traveled to 30a with other bloggers, we all had to log in from time to time during our four days at the rental property. What is great about this house is that there is a plethora of different areas for you to sit at and quietly get work done! There is also high-speed WiFi as well.

There isn’t much of a backyard at this rental house, but it includes a backdoor that leads to a little walkway where there is a charcoal grill for barbecues.

A sunset at Yourcation Awaits in Rosemary Beach, Florida

Overall, we all loved our time staying at Yourcation Awaits in Rosemary Beach, Florida. We also felt extremely safe staying at this rental home in the 30a area!

The house has a smart lock keyless entry where you enter a code to get in. If you don’t lock the door behind you, it will automatically lock on its own within five minutes.

(The house also came with essential beach accessories such as beach towels and wristbands to allow you access onto Seacrest Beach.)

Things to do on 30a, Florida:

A woman walking through the Alys Beach neighborhood

Explore 30a:

One of the best things to do during a trip to 30a is to just wander and explore. There are so many bike shops along 30a where you could rent a bike for the day, a few days or even a full week.

Three women enjoying a bike ride in Rosemary Beach, 30a

The closest place on 30a to rent a bike near the rental house is at Peddlers in Seacrest. (It is only a 10-minute walk from the house.)

The Post Office in Seaside, Florida

For $20 USD, we rented bikes on our last day and explored all of the beautiful spots in Rosemary Beach.

Airstreams in Seaside, Florida

The majority of the homes and buildings on 30a are brand new and luxe and they are definitely something to admire. A lot of them have a European flair, so you could feel like you’re in Italy, France, Spain and Greece as you explore! I also love all of the gas lamps on the buildings and houses.

Beautiful beach rental home in 30a, Florida

Two other great places to rent a bike and explore are at the Seaside Transit Authority Bike Rentals and Watercolor Bike Barn.

A woman enjoying an afternoon in Watercolor, Florida

Seaside is a fun area along 30a that offers great restaurants, bars and of course, the beach! Watercolor is also a stunning area that has beautiful homes featuring Southern charm.

A beautiful Southern home in Watercolor 30a

(We only rented bikes in the Rosemary Beach area, but we did get to explore Watercolor on our third day and it is absolutely beautiful to walk through. There are gorgeous parks with gardens, walking paths and bridges to enjoy in Watercolor, plus the homes look like they are straight out of Southern Living magazine!)

A woman enjoying a morning in Alys Beach, Florida

Another beautiful area along 30a that you could easily explore from the rental home is Alys Beach. In this lovely seashore town, there are beautiful luxury homes that will make you feel like you’re in Cyclades Greece.

Enjoy the Restaurant Scene:

Chiringo in 30a, Florida

Chiringo (Grayton Beach): On our first day, we grabbed a late lunch at Chiringo, which is a fun beach bar located steps away from the shore.

A lobster roll from Chiringo

At this great indoor and outdoor restaurant, you could order tropical drinks, tapas, pizza, tacos, salads, sandwiches and more!

During our afternoon here, I got one of the best margaritas I’ve ever had with a chilled lobster roll.

Donut Hut (Seagrove): Located in Seagrove, just outside of Alys Beach is Donut Hut. When we woke up early on our second morning to create content, we stopped at Donut Hut for coffee and donuts.

Donuts from Donut Hut 30a

This family-owned donut shop offers over 20 different types of fresh homemade donuts that are delicious and decorated beautifully!

In addition to sweet treats, you could also get kolaches, which are a Slovak pastry that could either be sweet or savory, along with breakfast sandwiches and more!

La Crema Tapas & Chocolate (Rosemary Beach): If you are a lover of Spanish food and chocolate, then you will be in HEAVEN when you visit La Crema in Rosemary Beach!

Seafood paella from La Crema in Rosemary Beach

Located along the European-inspired Main Street in Rosemary Beach, La Crema is a beautiful courtyard restaurant that features stringed lights.

At this wonderful restaurant you could savor traditional Spanish dishes like paella, patatas bravas and gambas along with some Latin and Mexican favorites such as ceviche, tacos, empanadas and tostadas. La Crema also has a great dessert menu that features chocolate fondue, chocolate dipped bacon, molten chocolate cake and traditional chocolate chip cookies.

Red sangria from La Crema in Rosemary Beach

During our lunch here on our second day, I savored the seafood paella with a sangria. I got full off of my lunch, so unfortunately didn’t have a dessert, but next time I go back, I’m not missing out on a chocolate delight!

The Bay Restaurant (Santa Rosa Beach): Another great restaurant to visit in the 30a area of Florida is The Bay Restaurant located on Choctawhatchee Bay.

Jumbo lump crab cakes from The Bay Restaurant in Santa Rosa Beach

Since we visited this restaurant for dinner in November, it obviously got dark early, but if you go during the summer months, you could enjoy a lovely evening on the bay beach. (The Bay is also a great lunch spot too and they also have brunch!)

Key lime pie from The Bay Restaurant in 30a

Throughout The Bay Restaurant are stringed lights and a welcoming ambiance. The menu consists of seafood dishes, sushi, steak, salads and sandwiches.

During our evening at The Bay, I savored delicious jumbo lump crab cakes with fried zucchini with a red wine. I also had the key lime pie for dessert and it did not disappoint.

Big Bad Breakfast (Inlet Beach): One of the best breakfast spots along 30a, that also isn’t far from the rental house, is Big Bad Breakfast at Inlet Beach.

A luxury condo with a pool and cabanas at Inlet Beach

This awesome café has a cool indoor and outdoor ambiance and they feature a great Southern breakfast menu. We sat in their outdoor seating area that overlooked the pool and cabanas of a luxury condo complex in Inlet Beach.

Chicken and waffles from Big Bad Breakfast in 30a

During our morning at Big Bad Breakfast, I savored the delicious chicken and waffle dish with a coffee and it was amazing!

Surfing Deer (Santa Rosa Beach): A great upscale New American restaurant to enjoy in Santa Rose Beach, between Seagrove and Seaside, is Surfing Deer.

This amazing restaurant has a nice indoor as well as a cool outdoor dining ambiance and their menu has a big seafood focus.

A cajun dinner from Surfing Deer on 30a

On our last night in 30a, we got dinner at Surfing Deer and we split the crispy calamari appetizer with pickled cherry peppers, ancho chili agrodolce and manchego.

For my main meal, I had the seafood Acadiana that consisted of grouper, lobster, crawfish, shrimp, andouille sausage, butter lobster stock, brown rice and hushpuppies. It was amazing and brought me back to my trips to New Orleans.

Creative Crepes (Seacrest): Located on 30a, steps from the rental home, is Creative Crepes. I actually eyed this café the moment I first arrived in the area and knew that I had to grab a delicious crepe at this spot before I went home.

Creative Crepes in Seacrest, Florida
A turkey pesto crepe from Creative Crepes on 30a

On our last morning in Rosemary Beach, we decided to grab crepes after our bike ride and they did not disappoint. I had the delicious turkey pesto panini that also had mozzarella cheese in it along with tomatoes and it was amazing! Definitely go here if you’re in 30a.

Sip on Tropical Beverages:

A woman standing in front of The Pearl hotel in Rosemary Beach

The Hub 30a (Watersound Beach): During a trip to 30a, you cannot miss out on enjoying some fun at The Hub on 30a. It is the perfect place for families and friend groups!

The Hub consists of a variety of eateries and bars to sit at and enjoy food and drinks along Watersound Beach. (It isn’t far from Seaside.)

A tropical drink in Seaside, Florida

The places you could eat and drink at are Duos Bar, which is an all-American eatery and bar; Local Smoke, which is where you could enjoy Southern BBQ; Super Freeze, which is an ice cream shop; Pineapple at The Hub, where you could enjoy fresh pineapples and smoothies; Sauce It 30a, which has brick oven pizza; Macho Taco, which is Mexican-inspired soul food; Jack & Diane’s, which offers New Orleans Style Snow Balls and The Hub Bar, where you could get buckets of beer and really get the party going!

Havana Beach Rooftop at The Pearl (Rosemary Beach): A great place that you cannot miss out on visiting during your time in 30a is The Pearl hotel in Rosemary Beach.

The Pearl hotel in Rosemary Beach, 30a

This beautiful and posh 55-room luxury boutique hotel has a beach bar and grill along with a rooftop called Havana.

Havana Rooftop at The Pearl in 30a, Florida

During our last evening, we made our way to Havana Beach Rooftop that has a full bar, tables and lounge areas that overlook the hotel’s pool. It is definitely a great place to sip refreshing drinks. During the day you could swim in the pool and also enjoy wonderful views of the Gulf from the rooftop.

Modica Market (Seaside): What is awesome about 30a is that they have lenient open container laws.

Alcohol is permitted on all of the beaches and even in some areas off the beach for those who are of a legal drinking age. Please note that glass containers are not allowed. (You could also drink and bike, by doing so responsibly!)

A mimosa to go from Modica Market in Seaside, Florida

One of the top things to do during a trip to 30a is grab mimosas to go from Modica Market. You could get them in a large or small size and take them wherever you wish along 30a.

During our time in Seaside, we all got large mimosas at Modica Market and enjoyed them in the square there. Other great items you could find at Modica Market are different pastas, sauces, pre-made meals, organic products, fresh produce, desserts and more!

Great Southern Café (Seaside): Another great place to grab drinks and food in Seaside is at Great Southern Café.

Oysters from Great Southern Cafe in Seaside, 30a

At this great Southern restaurant, you could order tropical frozen drinks, seafood, Southern dishes, salads, sandwiches and burgers.

During our time here, we all got a drink and also enjoyed some oysters. The drinks we got were the Orange Dreamsicle, Frosé, Cold Fashioned and Cocolada.

Tropical drinks from Great Southern Cafe

Overall, Great Southern Café is an awesome place to sit outside in Seaside on a beautiful day!

Relax at the Beach:

The beautiful beach at Seacrest on 30a

One of the main reasons why people travel to 30a is because of the BEACH! Florida’s Gulf beaches are absolutely stunning. The water is usually calm and a bright blue color and the sand is powdery soft. In fact, the Gulf beaches are some of the most beautiful in the country!

The sand from Seacrest Beach on 30a

During our time in Rosemary Beach with Yourcation Awaits, we sat on the beach in Seacrest because that was where we had free access to. (Please note that there are very few beaches open to the public along 30a.)

A woman enjoying a rainbow on the beach in Florida

The first time I visited the Gulf beaches in Florida was when I was in the Sarasota area in 2014. I found them to be amazing!

These Gulf beaches are perfect for everyone, including families, because the water is usually low tide and calm.

Visit a State Park:

A beautiful state park along 30a

Another great thing to do in the 30a area is get your nature and adventure fix at a State Park. Some of the best state parks in the 30a area are listed below:

  • Grayton Beach State Park (Santa Rosa Beach)
  • Camp Helen State Park (Panama City Beach)
  • Topsail Hill Preserve State Park (Santa Rosa Beach)
  • St. Andrews State Park (Panama City)
  • Eden Gardens State Park (Santa Rosa Beach)
  • Deer Lake State Park (Santa Rosa Beach)

A beautiful sunset a Yourcation Awaits in Rosemary Beach

I hope you all enjoyed reading about my stay at Yourcation® Awaits’ Rosemary Beach rental and discovering the top things to do along 30a on Florida’s Panhandle.

A beautiful rental on 30a

If you have any questions about my time on 30a, please email me at [email protected]

(Yourcation Awaits also has a beautiful cabin rental home in the beautiful Smokey Mountains of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.)

Basic Facts of the United States:

Currency: United States Dollar, Capital: Washington D.C., FL State Capital: Tallahassee, Time Zone: Most of Florida is on Eastern Standard Time, but the Panhandle/30a or anything west of Tallahassee is on Central Standard Time

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14 Comments

  1. Kim Deer on November 17, 2020 at 11:20 pm

    This looks like an amazing place to stay at ~ the home @yourcation awaits is so beautiful and spacious ~ what a fabulous place, the beautiful 3 story home, the breathtaking grounds and the beautiful charming beach town. You cannot ask for more, it is all there right in one place. The Gulf of Mexico water looks amazing ~ such a beautiful color ~ like the Caribbean Islands! This is definitely on my bucket list to visit in 2021. May be a place I would like to retire at ~ loved all the stunning photos of you ~ especially the ones where you are dancing around those beautiful architecture homes with lovely grounds ~ great that you were able to catch an awesome rainbow 🌈 I really enjoyed this blog on such a beautiful place ~ love you, mom xoxo 😘 💕

    • Taylor Deer on November 18, 2020 at 1:14 pm

      It really was an incredible house! I loved staying there so much! You and dad definitely have to go in 2021. 🙂

  2. Emma on November 22, 2020 at 2:27 am

    What a gorgeous property. I love the colors of the decor. The pastels and fun colors are just so nice and pretty. And that outdoor patio is amazing, so spacious. Would love to catch the sunset from up there

    • Taylor Deer on November 23, 2020 at 6:38 pm

      It really was so beautiful and spacious! It was definitely perfect for a girls’ weekend! 🙂

  3. Falke on November 22, 2020 at 7:35 am

    This place looks incredible!! I would love to spend the evening there and watch the sunset! Beautiful photos!!

    • Taylor Deer on November 23, 2020 at 6:39 pm

      It really was Falke! I loved it so much. Also thank you! 🙂

  4. Kate on November 22, 2020 at 2:26 pm

    Wow! I have never heard of Yourcation awaits before, but that property is so beautiful! I love all of the colors and the beautiful decor. I would def love to visit! What a perfect place for a vacation.

    • Taylor Deer on November 23, 2020 at 6:39 pm

      It really is so amazing and Yourcation Awaits also has a rental property in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, which is in the Smokey Mountains. 🙂

  5. Jiayi Wang on November 22, 2020 at 3:26 pm

    You’ve truly captured the essence of this place, Taylor! I’ve never even heard of this place before and now it’s definitely on my FL to-go list! 🙂 All that seafood and that lobster roll especially will have me drooling for days 🙂

    • Taylor Deer on November 23, 2020 at 6:40 pm

      Thank you so much Jiayi! 30a is definitely an amazing area in Northern Florida. 🙂 You would love it!

  6. Caroline on November 27, 2020 at 3:33 am

    These houses have an old world charm to them! I would love to explore this part of Florida one day!

    • Taylor Deer on November 27, 2020 at 3:14 pm

      You totally have to! It’s so beautiful there. 🙂

  7. Marina on November 29, 2020 at 5:17 pm

    This looks like such an amazing place to stay at *w* and all the restaurants look sooo good! I would love to explore Florida one day!

    • Taylor Deer on November 29, 2020 at 8:36 pm

      It really was so beautiful Marina! You definitely would love the 30a area and the rest of Florida. 🙂

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