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7 30A in Florida

Updated: May 30, 2022

Dates: February 10-12, 2022

The Drive

The drive from Pensacola to 30A was beautiful. I wish I’d have taken pictures but I was on the phone with Kevin the whole time. I’m sure you’re wondering who Kevin is, but just hang tight. You’ll meet him this summer but because I’m sure you want at least a sneak peak, he’s an engineer friend of mine from South Carolina who trades coins.

Back to the scenery on my drive.

Can you believe there were actually stretches of road without buildings? I saw sand dunes and natural grass everywhere. When I could see water it looked like pictures taken straight out of a magazine. Picture perfect turquoise.

30A (That’s a highway)

I fought my GPS the whole way. It kept wanting to reroute me to the interstate, but I was determined to take the scenic route along highway 30A.

Highway 30A is like no other highway I’ve ever been on. Driving down it you see one quaint town after another. Seriously. Every mile or so there’s a new city welcome sign. Each one has its own personality displayed through their architecture with a ton of restaurants and shops. It travels along the Florida panhandle coastline from Destin to Panama City. You can’t really see the beach from 30A because of houses and buildings are on both sides of the two lane road.

Alys Beach was the little town with the grandest entrance of them all.

These spires sat at either edge of town and the main drag was lined in tall palm trees and hedges.

It took me a while to figure out why this area felt so cozy and inviting. Other than the buildings being new and super close together, there are no electric lines! What a difference. I could see the sunrise or sunset from anywhere with a totally clean view.

Remember this picture for next week when I’m in the oldest city.

Est. 1995.

Nothing says swanky like special spelling. I’m not this fancy.


What everyone thinks my life is:

What life actually looks like:

My stay in Alys Beach and Rosemary Beach was short. After spending an entire week with my marketing friends, I had a lot of emails I needed to catch up on. It’s probably a good thing that it rained during most of my stay and that I couldn’t figure out how to get to the beach. The beach is lined with private homes. That part was kind of a bummer.


Would I visit again?

Only with friends who know how to get to the beach!

Enthusiasm level: 6. Where are my beaches at?

Here’s to finding warm sand soon,

Megan “Where My Beaches At” Giles

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Edited by: Ali Garbero, Write Brand Marketing


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Drew Bird
Drew Bird
May 02, 2022

I remember the first time I drove that road and got to Alys Beach. I couldnt quite figure out what it was or how it got there, seemingly in the middle of nowhere (and I had not seen a single road sign on the lead up to it, could be different now),

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