Blog - Which 30A beach community is right for you?

When traveling to 30A, there are a lot of choices to make! Where to eat, what activities you want to do, what size rental to get, and arguably most important, which beach community to stay in! Here at Cottage Rental Agency, we have homes across seven beach communities along 30A, each as unique as your vacation needs. Which area is right for you? Keep reading to find out!

Overhead view of Seaside


If you’re looking for a quintessential picturesque beach town, look no further than Seaside. Each home features a white picket fence reminiscent of The Truman Show, which was filmed here in 1992. Located directly on 30A, this beach community is walkable to everything from the Gulf to fitness centers and pools included in your stay! If you’re looking to ditch your car for the week, Seaside is the place for you. Easily accessible from Scenic Hwy 30A, Seaside has numerous restaurants and shops. Grab a delicious meal at Great Southern Cafe or enjoy lunch at one of the many airstreams located on the square. Looking for family friendly activities? Seaside has plenty of them! From children’s theatre performances at the amphitheater to movies on Lyceum Lawn, these free events are sure to keep everyone entertained. Check out the events page for more information on everything going on!

Learn more and book your Seaside getaway here.

Blue Mountain Beach

Named for the blue lupine flowers and boasting the highest elevation in South Walton County (61 ft!), Blue Mountain Beach is nestled along Scenic Hwy 30A. Known for being tranquil and family friendly, Blue Mountain Beach attracts visitors from around the country wanting to try Blue Mabel’s famous brunch or grab an ice cream cone at Blue Mountain Creamery. If you like a more tranquil environment, Blue Mountain Beach might be your place!

Learn more about the available homes in Blue Mountain Beach here.


Nestled a mile from Seagrove Beach, a Naturewalk, a tranquil paradise tucked away from the hustle and bustle of 30A. A fairly new community, Naturewalk features a clubhouse and pool available for all guests and is a short drive or bike ride to the beach! Each home features an open floor plan, perfect for your next family getaway or girls trip. If you’re looking to stay in Naturewalk, make sure you can come for a full week as all homes require a seven night stay. Added bonus? Naturewalk is walking distance to Publix and great restaurants such as The Perfect Pig and Pizza by the Sea.

Learn more about available Naturewalk homes here.


If you’re looking for a beach community close to everything, Watercolor is your place! Known for picturesque dune lakes perfect for kayaking or paddleboarding, Watercolor features pristine beaches perfect for outdoor activities. Looking to get some hiking in? Grayton Beach State Park is a short car ride away! Grab a drink at Wine Bar or enjoy beachfront dining at the Watercolor Inn. Come in the fall for the Harvest Wine and Food Festival. Cinephiles are sure to enjoy the MountainFilm Festival hosted in Watercolor every spring.

Learn more about available Watercolor homes here.


If you like to spread out on your beach trip, tucked away from other travelers, Watersound may be your beach community! Tucked between Seaside and Rosemary Beach along 30A, Watersound is a private community featuring winding boardwalks to the beach as well as biking trails and sand dunes. Avid golfers will enjoy the Camp Creek Golf Club and swimmers of all ages will love the two zero entry pools featured on property. Watersound is close to The Hub which features food and drink options the whole family will enjoy.

Learn more about homes available in Watercolor here.


The laidback luxurious 30A lifestyle truly comes to life in Seagrove Beach. Featuring fine dining like Surfing Deer and low key haunts like Seagrove Village Market, there is something for everyone. Seagrove’s upbeat ambiance and numerous state parks attracts visitors from all corners of the globe looking to soak up the sun in the great outdoors. Close to boutiques and dining options, Seagrove also features large homes with more land than your typical beach community.

Learn more about Seagrove homes here.

We hope you found your dream beach community and visit 30A soon!

Inlet Beach

Inlet Beach is a true beach lover’s paradise. With the area’s largest regional beach access, a beach chair, sunscreen, and a good book are all you really need to mix up the perfect recipe for relaxation. Old-meets-new here, as cozy cottages elicit an Old Florida feel, while modern accommodations, new restaurants and high-end shopping bring a new energy to this carefree beach neighborhood. You might spend the day exploring local boutiques and specialty shops at 30Avenue, an open-air lifestyle center with wide-open green space for events, before settling down for a bite to eat. Grab a laid-back bite at The Donut Hole, an authentic Neapolitan pizza at amici 30A Italian Kitchen or meet friends at Shades Bar & Grill, an elevated sports bar that serves as the community watering hole.

Check out our rentals available at Inlet Beach here.

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