30a Part One

We spent the last four days in South Walton/Rosemary Beach and we can easily say it has been our favorite vacation spot yet! If you’ve been to this area, you will understand why I am breaking this up into two posts, it is just so beautiful! I loved reading through all of your recommendations for this area, and we tried to hit as many of them as possible, starting with an early lunch at The Great Southern. They are famous for their mojitos & have the cutest shaded outdoor patio! We walked around Seaside in the early afternoon & then headed to the beach at Deer Lake State Park. This beach was so pretty, and almost empty! The only downside was that the path & boardwalk were a haul from the parking area, but it was worth it for the scenery!

We rented a townhouse in an area called Prominence, which was across the street from the Hub on 30a, which is located in Watersound between Seacrest/Watercolor and Alys/Rosemary. It was just a few minute drive in either direction! If you are heading here without three kids, you could likely still bike everywhere! The Hub is a cute spot with tons of restaurants, outdoor seating, things for kids to do, like free movies on the big screen & the most delicious ice cream shop! We could walk across the street for lots of different kinds of food (tacos, burgers, hot dogs, bbq) and enjoy them in the shade. We ate fish tacos & had margaritas while the kids danced to the live music. We would definitely stay here again!

My parents were in Destin for work early in the week, so they met us when they were done to stay the rest of the trip. Friday morning, we all headed to the infamous Donut Truck located in Alys Beach, which turned out to be my most favorite place of all. Alys is SO incredibly beautiful, like beyond words. All of the architecture, scenery, everything. Next to the donut truck (which was honestly the best donut I have ever had in my life) is a splash pad, which is literally the best idea ever, because three little girls who were once covered in chocolate, were now clean as a whistle & happy as can be. We played there for almost an hour, and then headed to the beach. This time we went to Rosemary Beach, which was quite a bit more crowded, but it was still pretty early in the day.  The girls got to do all of their favorite things, dance in the ocean, build sand castles, dig a hole to turn into a pool & sit in the waves. They were also completely fascinated with all of the outdoor showers!

Harper’s Swimsuit // Ellie’s Swimsuit // Claire’s Swimsuit // My Swimsuit

We left to head back to our house in the early afternoon so Claire could nap, make lunch & enjoy the pool. They just completed swim lessons so they were having a blast jumping into the water. The pool at the place we stayed was amazing & was never busy, a huge plus when watching three kids in the water! 😉

More to come soon in part two! XO



  1. Did you know that exact same swimsuit is online at target for $30?! I got it also and loooove it. I’m even thinking about other colors!
    Sea angel – target!

  2. can you send me the info for the townhouse you rented? I’m planning a trip down there with my husband and 2 girls and your location sounds perfect.

  3. These pics are the best! I am always looking for places to vacation within Florida…and this is next on my list! Florida beaches really are some of the best! You should ABSOLUTELY check out our ALL TIME FAVORITE beach spot…Anna Maria!

  4. These photos are heart melting! Such fun memories. I love the picture of the girls running towards the beach. Annnnd now I want donuts lol.

  5. Any chance to find out which townhome rentals you all used? I don’t want to be that nosey but I’m just so curious, because this looks so incredibly nice and being from PA we are not too familiar with all areas of Florida (have only done Miami – prekids, and Orlando -pre marriage lol). This whole vacation though is right up our alley and looks great for the little ones as well. I have major vaca envy right now… September goals maybe…

  6. I have never heard of this beach but am literally looking into this right now!!! Could you PM the place you rented from or which townhouse? I love word of mouth and you know how renting a place can go. Any info would be greatly appreciated it. Thank you for this idea!!!

  7. This looks amazing!! Random question I am on the search for a swim suit for my husband…do you know where Brandon’s trunks are from??? (I know random…!)

  8. Can you please let us know the name of the townhouse you rented? It would be so nice to stay somewhere you know is decent. Our whole trip looked beautiful!

  9. Could you give the info on the townhouse you stayed at? We are trying to plan a trip to 30A and would love the info 🙂 Thanks!

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