Destin or the 30A? Which Panhandle Destination is Better?

The Florida Panhandle has something for everyone, whether you’re looking to escape to the beautiful sweeping beaches lining the Emerald Coast, explore the great outdoors, and paddleboard on a unique series of lakes, there are so many things to do in 30A! It’s a fantastic spot to enjoy the perfect family vacation. 

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One Community vs Several

The big advantage of taking a trip to the “30A” is that you can choose between one of several unique communities! The 30A is merely a historical highway that connects communities such as Sandestin, Panama City Beach, and Laguna Beach. Both have beautiful beaches, but the 30A puts a focus on people over property as it features less commercial real estate, shopping malls, and attractions.

Some great activities we recommend trying out in the 30A include:

Biking – If you are looking to explore the 30A the best way is by bike! There are several great nature trails in Grayton Beach for you to cycle through! If you are in need of a bike rental, there are plenty of great places to rent at a moment’s notice in the 30A.

Beaching – The 30A is home to some of the best beaches on the East Coast. A few of our favorites like Rosemary and Dune Allen are perfect for anyone looking to have a quiet trip on the Gulf Coast.

Boat Tours – A boat tour is a perfect way to get out on the water without getting into it! Whether you want to charter a fishing boat to catch the big fish you have been dreaming about or a glass-bottom boat to see the beautiful wildlife below, the Emerald Coast has a plethora of great options available.

Traveling to Destin, you get the advantage of everything being in one place and the 30A being a short drive away if you want to visit the rest of the Emerald Coast. Destin is home to a rather lively lifestyle with an active nightlife and a big focus on outdoor activities like boating and golfing.

Some of our favorite things to do in Destin are:

Annual Events – Destin’s famous for its great hospitality and nightlife, and nothing captures the spirit of Destin more than their events! From barbecue to songwriter festivals, there is always a great event to plan a trip around!

Golfing  – Destin is home to several nationally acclaimed public golf courses such as the Emerald Bay Golf Club or the Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club. From the novice to the pro, there is a great golf course awaiting you to tee off!

Snorkeling – If you are in the mood to go under the sea, try snorkeling! Destin has several great jetties and snorkeling companies such as Flipper’s Adventure that can take you out for an unforgettable family-friendly adventure.

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Whether you’re looking for a sleepy, family-friendly vacation in the 30A or something a bit more upbeat and festive in Destin, the Emerald Coast has a great adventure waiting! There is something for everyone from condos along the historic 30A strip to vacation rentals in Destin, Florida. Book one of our vacation rentals today!

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