Sun, surf, sand and seafood!

Santa Rosa Beach, Florida is our favorite vacation spot. When we lived in Florida, we fell in love with the little towns along Walton County’s Highway 30-A. We had never been there for Spring Break until this year, but I had my fingers crossed that it would be as quiet and sweet as any other time of year… and Santa Rosa Beach did not disappoint!

Not exactly crowded!!!
Leah and Camille


The public beach access points have ramps but they are covered in sand which means they’re not actually wheelchair accessible. Bryan drove as far as he could and then scooted down the walkway a few yards. Where there is a will, there is a way! We want to invent a beach-wheelchair and sell it on QVC.

Everything I hate about Florida is at least a 30-minute drive from Santa Rosa – and by that I mean strip clubs, dance clubs, tattoo parlors, airbrush tee shirt shacks, drunk rednecks, etc.

Everything I love about Florida is in Santa Rosa…

The beaches along 30-A draw people who really just want to enjoy sun, surf, sand and seafood. It’s all mom-and-pop businesses, restaurants, ice cream parlors, nature trails, bike rentals… (You have easy access to outdoor malls, more restaurants and movie theaters within a 15 minute drive if you head up to Highway 98.)

It was only crowded the day we went over to Seaside. The kids and I were the only non-teenagers on the beach!!! We were a little out of place, but it looked like such a nice group of kids. I didn’t see any alcohol, cigarettes, tattoos, PDA… just kids chatting or throwing a football.

Seaside was very reminiscent of Annette Funicello in “Beach Blanket Bingo”.

We have rented a house in Old Florida Village before, but this year I found a rental house in Cypress Dunes which is a gated neighborhood sandwiched between the Topsail nature preserve and Dune Allen Beach.

Michael loved the little frogs by the pool. The neighborhood had an infinity pool overlooking the preserve with a view to the ocean.

The pool was never crowded although we did get in the hot tub with 9 middle school girls and two dads who were chaperoning. Leah loved listening to the girls talking about school, boys and sports.

The pool and fitness center were wheelchair accessible. Our rental house was one-story and only had a couple steps in and out which works fine for us.

My little polar bears! You could not have paid me to get in that pool!

Driving into the neighborhood, you cross a bridge over a swamp! It was so cool.

Michael wanted to keep a frog but he eventually decided to let it go – and brought home a hermit crab instead. His name is Myrtle or Hermie.


Note: All these towns have a Santa Rosa Beach, Florida address but will be differentiated as you search for vacation rentals. We usually search Generally speaking, there are no condos or hotels – just houses. We like to stay down by Dune Allen or Gulf Place – very small communities and very quiet. Watercolor and Seaside are adorable little towns but they’re a bit more crowded and a bit more expensive.

Up next? Headed to Charleston with Bryan’s whole family this summer!

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