Winter Guide to 30A

We can’t help it. We love our little corner of the world and we feel as if we live in paradise most every day of the year. Offering an eternal summer and the opportunity to stay young forever, life along 30A comes as close to perfect as possible, and when winter arrives, paradise shines even brighter! Obviously, you, our Tropical Escape 30A guests, understand this is true as you flock to our doors in greater numbers during the coldest months of the year. Escaping black ice, subzero temperatures, and astoundingly high utility bills for a week or longer, you pack your flip flops, tees, and swimsuits, stock up on sunscreen, and make your way to the Florida panhandle for summer adventures that feeds the needs of your shivering soul! This winter guide to 30A will keep your bucket list full to enjoy the best winter vacation in Florida and your desire for comfort sated as you play, explore, and revel in the luxuries provided by our Tropical Escape 30A seasonal sanctuaries!

This Way to the Beach!

 As your friends and family are digging out the snow blowers and clearing out mountains of snow, you will be experiencing and reveling in white stuff that is far warmer! We are, of course, talking about our white sand beaches, created from the purest quartz crystals that frame the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico. December may be a little chilly for our local residents to do more than wade along shore’s edge, but our hardier guests from the northern states and countries often do find themselves swimming in the clear waters that generally reach about 67 degrees. If it is too cold to swim in, the sun will still shine brightly enough to work on your winter tan, so stake your claim on your section of the beach, put up your umbrellas and pop in your ear buds and prepare for hours of peaceful relaxation that will be the envy of your snow shoveling friends back home!

DeFrance Open House and Holiday Market December

The festivals and events that take place in the winter months offer a unique opportunity to explore the beauty of local craftsmen and women and the DeFrance Open House and Holiday Market held in December is a perfect example. Located at 230 Eglin Parkway in Fort Walton Beach, DeFrance Antiques provides a glimpse into the past as you celebrate the winter holidays with hot dogs, hamburgers, and a choir singing Christmas carols to help put you in the spirit as you browse the wares, perhaps finding the perfect gifts for your most finnicky family members! In 2022 it will be held on December 3, starting at 9 AM.

A Time to Eat

While back at home you may be preparing chilis, stews, and other hearty comfort foods but during your winter escape to 30A, it’s the seafood that will make your taste buds stand up and take notice! Bud and Alley’s Waterfront Restaurant and Bar, located at 2236 E W County Highway 30A in Santa Rosa Beach may be the place you want to make your regular hangout, offering delicious seafood, refreshing beverages, and views from the rooftop bar that will make you forget the crab cakes you ordered, especially when the sun begins to set! Breakfast at the Summer Kitchen Café in Rosemary Beach, lunch at Shades Bar & Grill in Inlet Beach, and a comfortably elegant meal at Edwards Fine Foods and Wine (also in Rosemary Beach) are just a few other eating spots you might want to try during your 30A adventures!


Golfers know that the best places to hit the greens are right here in the sunshine state and if you packed your clubs you will want to take that long walk spoiled at the Santa Rosa Golf and Beach Club in Dune Allen Beach. Newly renovated in 2021 this challenging course embraces the beauty of the beach and still manages to not be intimidating to newer golfers. Another local fave, Camp Creek Golf Course can be found in the Watersound community. Offering an exquisitely groomed course and a delicious casual grill at which you can finish your day on the links, it’s a great course to add (and check off!) to your golf bucket list!

Come Home to Beauty

No matter how you fill your Florida vacation guide, coming home to the tranquil beauty and luxurious comforts of our Tropical Escape 30A seasonal sanctuaries is destined to be the highlight of your visit! Choose the community you feel most at home in, we offer properties in many of the beachfront communities that run down the coastline of the panhandle, and relax, recharge, and revel in feeling spoiled and wanted! State-of-the-art electronics, high-end appliances, and high-speed internet will ensure that all your technical needs are met, and plush furnishings, light spaces, and views of the sea will ensure that all the needs of your soul are met as well. Reserve your favorite today!

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