Florida’s year-round sun and warmth are what make it the ideal getaway no matter what time of year you’re wedding anniversary comes around. Time on the beach, taking a plunge in the Gulf of Mexico, and several other romantic and fun activities await. Build a wedding anniversary trip that reflects you and your spouse and your continued love, whether you’re celebrating just a year together or the silver shine of your 25th anniversary, you’ll find something along on your 30A trip and make one to remember for all your anniversaries to come!
Whether you’re here for just a few days or you’ve planned a week or more of celebrating your love, you definitely want to spend plenty of time at the beach. Pack the cooler and your beach gear and prepare for a fun day on land or on the water. Whether you’re staying on land or heading out to sea, there’s a romantic activity for you. Sunbathe on the beach together, or take a romantic walk at sunset. Swim in the waves of the Gulf or take a lesson or rent some gear for activities like stand-up paddleboarding or kayaking. You can even plan a romantic horseback ride down the beach!
The Coastal Biplane, better known as the Spirit of 30A, was built in 2010 but reflects the look and feel of a classic 1930s biplane aircraft design. The Ferrari-red colored open cockpit design of the Waco YMF-5 biplane seats the pilot and two side-by-side passengers – perfect for a romantic ride for you and your love. Look down to catch glimpses of land and sea and the animals that inhabit it. You can opt for a short 20-minute cruise, or choose one of their packages that offer time in the sky, either choice provides memories for a lifetime!
Head to a dune lake for a different water experience. Florida is one of just two states in the U.S. and five total locales around the world where coastal dunes are a natural geographic feature. These lakes are typically shallow, irregularly shaped permanent bodies of water. They are typically brackish and dark-colored due to their unique mix of saltwater and freshwater sources. Rent a kayak, canoe, or paddleboard for some fun on the water, purchase a combo freshwater/saltwater fishing license, or just relax and enjoy the day on the shoreline together.
Explore the area together on foot. The 30A area is dotted with state parks and hiking trails for hours of outdoor fun. Pack your sun gear, water, and trail snacks, and head out to experience the land-based natural beauty of 30A and get some exercise, too. While you’re out in the wild, keep a lookout for local wildlife, including black bears, coyotes, deer, and osprey, to name a few. Take a break from the hike and stop in at one of the picnic areas of the state parks and enjoy a romantic picnic for two.
Cooking together can be fun and romantic, especially if you’re learning a new skill or dish together. Try a cooking class taught by some of the best local chefs on 30A. Use your skills to make a romantic meal together that you can share at your vacation rental or any time after you get home.
Private Catamaran Cruise
For some private, romantic time on the water with your sweetheart, soak up the sun on a daytime or sunset sail in a catamaran. You might even spot pelicans or other sea birds flying overhead, or bottlenose dolphins or manatees out for a swim. Ask about champagne or dining options aboard the vessel.
Snorkel and SCUBA Tours
Embark on an undersea adventure. Tap one of the many companies along 30A for tours that extend your nature and wildlife viewing below the shimmering waters of the Gulf. Get close to bottlenose dolphins, sharks, manatees, rays, sea turtles, and a variety of fish species. Ask about daytime or sunset tours, as well as gear rental for when you’ve built your confidence and want to strike out on your own.
The beach towns or 30A know relaxation. There are several spas along the route that offer couples’ massages, as well as other treatments including body wraps and scrubs, manicures, pedicures, and more. Some even offer special packages for “him” that include manicures, pedicures, and other skin treatments created just for his unique needs.
Find Fun and Romance on Your 30A Trip
Begin and end every romantic day on your 30A trip in a vacation rental by Dune Vacation Rentals. We have cozy and intimate one-bedroom condos all the way up to eight-bedroom homes for when you return with the rest of the family. Try making the dish you learned at Kitchenique in the fully equipped kitchen, and enjoy the meal in spacious living and dining areas. Relax in beautiful and comfortable rooms and more to bring the feeling of home away from. Choose a premium rental for upgrades like stainless steel appliances, sprawling master suites, and flat-screen TVs for family movie night.
Contact us today to start planning your wedding anniversary trip to 30A!
The idyllic 30A is famous for its fantastic scenery and impressive communities. One of these brilliantly designed unincorporated residential communities in the area is Watercolor. This relatively new and remarkable residential area lies between Seaside and the fabled Grayton Beach State Park. Like other 30A gems, the community features excellent accommodations, well-maintained trails, and elaborately planned parks. Part of these charming homes in this unique neighborhood is the amazing Playing Hooky, a three-bedroom vacation home with a carriage house. This impressive abode lies at the heart of Watercolor’s Park District. Its prime location strategically places it close to the excellent amenities Watercolor offers. You can stay in this unique rental when exploring the fascinating 30A during your Watercolor trip. Here are the intricate details you need to know about this wonderful home.
A Remarkable Interior
Since Watercolor lies along the scenic Florida coast, most houses feature white hue variations. Playing Hooky exhibits the same color palette extending from the exterior to the interior. Incorporating such a hue indoors helps improve the aesthetic appeal of the house. Additionally, the white color helps enhance lighting, ultimately elevating the clarity of the house’s interior décor. Offering such clarity also goes a long way in improving the indoor atmosphere.
The first room on the first floor that captures your attention the moment you step into the house is its impressive living room area. The excellent design of this room stems from the materials used and the furnishings incorporated into the area. The brilliant design is noticeable in the skillfully designed wood paneling that partly wraps the interior walls of this room. Quality furniture strategically lying across the room also forms a considerable part of this lovely interior décor. The flooring also blends with the walls, ultimately inspiring an appealing interior design.
Besides featuring excellent furnishings, the living room has a double-sided fireplace, with the opposite side facing the dining area. You can relax on the cozy seats taking in some warmth from the fireplace as you enjoy watching TV. The room also features art pieces placed on racks and hangings on the walls. Incorporating these pieces of art improves the living room’s atmosphere. These artistic pieces make the space more appealing and convenient for unwinding. The well-curated art pieces also enhance the area’s vibrancy. They capture your curiosity anytime you’re relaxing in the room.
Next to this well-designed living room is a fully-equipped gourmet kitchen. Well-crafted cabinetry and broad granite countertops make up the primary furnishings of this kitchenette. In addition to featuring such brilliant pieces of furniture, the cooking area incorporates excellent kitchenware. You can prepare all kinds of meals in this area using the provided kitchenware and cookware, including an oven, a toaster, and more.
The dining area, which can host up to eight people, also lies in this cooking area. You can enjoy a meal in this area while taking in the outdoor vistas or getting warmed by the double-sided fireplace. Additionally, you can dine alfresco in the outdoor space accessible from the kitchen area. There’s also a laundry room off the kitchenette for guests residing on the first floor.
Another amenity on the first floor is the master bedroom, with a king-size bed and a private bath. The bathroom features a shower and tub. Given the diverse options in store for you, you can pick your preferred showering choice for a refreshing bath after a day exploring the scenic 30A. There’s also a half bath for the convenience of guests staying on the first floor.
The other bedroom, which features two queen-size beds and a private bathroom, lies on the second floor. This room provides access to the front porch for stunning views of Watercolor. A spiral staircase on this level also takes you to the tower for more exciting vistas. The carriage house also has a king-size bed and an outdoor bathroom. All these rooms can host up to eight guests at a time.
An All-inclusive Exterior
The majority of 30A communities incorporate extensive parks with excellent amenities. Your Watercolor vacation doesn’t shy away from including these diverse amenities. Before exploring what the community offers, you can first utilize Playing Hooky’s outdoor space. This expansive exterior space features a grill, a dining table for six people, parking for two, an outdoor shower, and three beach cruiser bikes. Once you arrive, you can familiarize yourself with the surroundings. You can pick one of the cruiser bicycles in the vacation rental for a ride around the community and its immediate attractions, such as Seaside.
Enjoy Your Watercolor Trip at the Playing Hooky
Florida’s scenic 30A boasts unique communities with excellent vacation rentals. Lying in Watercolor, one of these remarkable communities is the iconic Playing Hooky. This three-bedroom vacation rental features top amenities to cater to your accommodation needs. Reach out to us today to book your stay at the Playing Hooky.
There’s magic to discover in 30A all year long, especially during the spooky season! Home to several beach towns along highway 30A on the Gulf of Mexico in Florida, it’s a name that’s become synonymous with dreamy white sand beaches, tropical shores, and vivid, clear-blue water. It might not seem like the typical Halloween destination as it doesn’t have the standard fall scenery, but 30A certainly knows how to celebrate the season in style, from local events to fall activities. Whatever your vision for your 30A Halloween vacation is, you’re certain to have an unforgettable trip—a Halloween unlike any other!
Spend Your 30A Halloween at the Beach
One of the best things about spending a 30A Halloween here is that you get to experience an entirely different way to celebrate the holiday—and it involves copious amounts of beach time! Since the larger 30A community is made up of several smaller beach towns, you’ll be able to have your pick—maybe you want a low-key beach with lots of natural features, like the shorefront at Deer Lake State Park, or perhaps you want to spend a day at a vibrant beach with lots of nearby shopping and eateries, such as Rosemary Beach or Alys Beach. Seacrest Beach is another great option when you’re looking for a bit of relaxation. Inlet Beach is an ideal area to rent a bicycle and cruise along the shore. When you spend Halloween on a beach vacation, you get to trade fall flannels for sandals and swimsuits!
Visit the 30A Farmers Market to Get Into the Fall Spirit
Of course, just because you’re on a beach vacation for Halloween doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice any of those typical, cozy fall delights. Pay a visit to the 30A Farmers Market to get your fall fix—vendors will be selling fresh produce, along with seasonal produce like your classic orange pumpkins. You can even take one back to your vacation rental to carve and create a little Halloween atmosphere! Grab a pumpkin spice latte and browse the market—beyond fresh ingredients, you’ll find other items for sale, such as locally-made jewelry, organic skincare, candles, and more. You might even find some fall-themed gifts or décor to take back home once your Halloween beach vacation comes to an end. There are four multiple locations for the 30A Farmers Market—the Watersound Town Center, Grand Boulevard, Rosemary Beach, and Niceville at Palm Plaza. The Rosemary Beach location is on Sundays, while the others are on Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Check Out Local 30A Halloween Events
With so many towns along 30A, you’re likely to find a fun Halloween event nearby! In Watersound, The Big Chill (formerly known as The Hub) hosts a family-friendly trick-or-treat event on Halloween weekend, while the Village of Baytowne Wharf shopping center offers a Halloween trick-or-treat event as well—in previous years, the Village of Baytowne Wharf has also hosted spooky movie nights, with classic Halloween flicks such as Hocus Pocus. Depending on which town you’re near, there are also community events such as trunk-or-treats, where you can bring the kiddos to collect goodies from the trunk of decorated cars.
Experience the Best of 30A Shopping
Fall is the time for sales, and it’s no different on 30A, even though we have beach weather almost all year long! If you’d like to do a bit of shopping on your Halloween visit to 30A, you’ll find your options plentiful, from large outdoor shopping malls to boutique shops. You might even find the missing accessory to complete your perfect costume for a Halloween night out on 30A.
Celebrate the Halloween Season in Style in 30A
After spending a day at the beach, you can get dressed up in your spookiest gear and check out some of the local spots on 30A for a night full of music and dancing. Depending on where you’re staying, you’re likely to be near a venue with live music on the weekends. Some popular spots along the beach include the Salty Goat Saloon and Whiskeys Saloon. In the past, Local Catch Bar and Grill, Louis Louis, and the Old Florida Fish House have thrown Halloween bashes with DJs and costume contests! These are certainly some of the best places to go out for Halloween on 30A!
Reserve Your 30A Halloween Vacation Rental Today!
If you’re ready to learn more about our fabulous 30A Halloween beach vacation rentals, our friendly team is ready to chat—just give us a call, and we’ll help you pick the perfect 30A Halloween rental today!