Santa Rosa/30A

The communities of Santa Rosa Beach and 30A offer a wide variety of dining experiences.

Welcome to Santa Rosa/30A

Sparkling white quartz beaches along the Emerald Coast

Santa Rosa and the scenic 30A Highway are a modern vacation getaway featuring 26 miles of sparkling white quartz beaches along Northwest Florida’s gorgeous Emerald Coast. Santa Rosa Beach is an affluent incorporated community in South Walton County and is one of several idyllic destinations and beach towns dotted along the 20-mile stretch of County Road 30A.
Local zoning regulations restrict building heights in Santa Rosa to under 50 feet, preserving the area’s small-town charm and breathtaking views. Each community along 30A has its own architectural vibe. Santa Rosa has been praised for its New Urbanist planning and luxurious beach homes with wide porches. Other styles in the area include coastal cottages in Seaside, Dutch West Indies-style architecture in Rosemary Beach, and colorful Florida coastal styles in WaterColor. Housing options also include Gulf facing, low-rise condo developments.

What to Love

  • Sparkling white quartz beaches 
  • Wide selection of excellent restaurants 
  • Gorgeous Emerald Coast scenery
  • Thousands of acres of protected scenery

People & Lifestyle

Santa Rosa Beach and the other communities along 30A offer a laid-back beach town vibe and endless outdoor recreation. Marine life such as dolphins can easily be seen from the beach and boat trips. The small town of Seaside was used as the main filming location for the dreamy small town in The Truman Show. Each community has its own town center with shops, restaurants, bars, and ice cream parlors.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

The communities of Santa Rosa Beach and 30A offer a wide variety of dining experiences. At the WaterColor Inn in charming Seaside, Fish Out of Water serves delicious coastal Southern specialties in a scenic spot overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Bud & Alleys is another Seaside waterfront favorite with a menu of sophisticated seafood dishes and a rooftop bar. The Great Southern Café in the heart of Seaside combines the traditional flavors of the South with modern international influences. Surfing Deer in neighboring Seagrove Beach offers seafood-focused New American dining and exquisite cocktails. In Grayton Beach, The Red Bar is a laid-back, late-night hangout combining Southern pub grub with live music. The quaint town of Alys Beach is home to great restaurants such as globally-inspired CalizaGeorge’s at Alys Beach is an upscale but playful dining destination. The menu is divided between organic Behave options and beachy Misbehave items, such as po boys and fried seafood baskets. George’s also offers a curated wine list and decadent desserts. Seafood spots along scenic 30A include Shunk Gulley, which boasts panoramic views over the Gulf and the sugar-white beach. Others include Stinky’s Fish CampVue on 30A, and Local Catch Bar & Grill.

Things to Do

The communities of Santa Rosa Beach and 30A offer miles of biking and walking trails running through thousands of acres of protected natural scenery. The area also contains sandbars, tidepools, and coastal dune lakes ideal for boating and stand-up paddleboarding. Seaside Amphitheater regularly hosts outdoor concerts as well as movie screenings and theatrical performances. Feel free to bring your own lawn chairs, picnic baskets, and wine with which to enjoy the show. Seaside also hosts diverse food trucks in vintage Airstream trailers along Highway 30A. Every Sunday morning, Rosemary Beach hosts the 30A Farmers Market, where you can pick up fresh seasonal produce from Weslowski Farms. The 30A Songwriters Festival is a wonderful annual event held each January where talented performers take to more than two dozen venues around South Walton County and the 30A Highway. In May, Digital Graffiti sees artists from around the world project unique artworks onto the iconic white walls of Alys Beach.


The communities of Santa Rosa and 30A are served by the Walton Public School District.

  • Van R. Butler Elementary School, Public, PK-5
  • Dune Lakes Elementary School, Public, K-5
  • Emerald Coast Middle School, Public, 6-8
  • South Walton High School, Public, 9-12
  • Seaside Neighborhood School, Public, Charter, 5-12


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