30A Beach Access Guide: Public and Private Beach Spots

30A Beach Access Guide: Public and Private Beach Spots

Are you planning a trip to the stunning beaches of 30A? As a part of The Kendall Hood Collection, we specialize in luxury home sales in Santa Rosa Beach and the local communities on 30A. Here's a comprehensive guide to help you navigate the beach access options in this beautiful area.

Public Beach Access on 30A

Not staying in a neighborhood with a private beach or a Gulf Front home? No worries! Use this handy ‘Visit South Walton’ Map: plug in the address of where you are staying or planning to stay, and it will provide a color-coded map showing the nearest public beach access and the size of the beach. This tool is incredibly helpful for planning your stay and ensuring you have the best beach experience possible.

Best Public Beaches on 30A (Our Personal Faves)

Most Parking Spots: Inlet Beach 

Most Beach Space: Inlet Beach Access 

ADA Accessible: Ed Walline, Santa Rosa Beach 

Restrooms Available: Dune Allen, Ft Panic, Ed Walline, Gulf View Heights, Blue Mountain Beach, Grayton Beach, Inlet Beach, Santa Clara

State Park Beaches 

Grayton Beach State Park: Known for its natural beauty and ample parking, this park offers a peaceful beach experience. 

Deer Lake State Park: A hidden gem with gorgeous beach scenery and less crowded spots. 

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park: Features expansive beaches and plenty of amenities. 

Camp Helen State Park: Offers beautiful beach access with the charm of a historic site. 

These state parks require a nominal entrance fee but provide extensive parking and spacious beach areas.

Where to stay to enjoy private beach access

We get it, the public versus private beach situation can feel like a lot to digest. If you want to skip the fuss and enjoy a private beach, make sure to stay at one of the following communities. Staying in one of these neighborhoods during your stay on 30A will get you access to their private beach. These are also great neighborhoods to invest and buy in (hint hint 😉).

Rosemary Beach

Alys Beach

Seaside: Offers private beach access with the unique requirement to rent chairs through Cabana Man (even if you're not staying there). 




Gulf Front Homes along 30A: Many homes come with private beach access (let us know if you want to buy your own)

Neighborhoods with Deeded Beach Access: Check with us for more details on these exclusive communities or use this handy Visit South Walton Map

Are you a visual kinda person? We got you. 

Remember, safety first, tan lines second! 

We know you love our beaches, and we want to keep you safe while you have fun in the sun. Keep an eye on the surf flag warning system and follow the safety rules – they’re there to protect you and keep our beaches beautiful. Enjoy and stay safe! No matter the beach, know your flags. For Gulf conditions and flag updates, text “SAFETY” to 31279.

Whether you’re craving a private beach hideaway or scouting the best public spots on 30A, we’ve got you covered. At The Kendall Hood Collection, we specialize in luxury homes in Santa Rosa Beach and the 30A communities. Life’s a beach, and you deserve to live it up!  Contact us today—let’s make your coastal living fantasies come true.



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