Let’s take a trip down memory lane! In the 1890s vacationing at the beach in summer drove interest to small beach resort communities in Florida. Grayton Beach was a small resort for beachgoers from surrounding areas (Alabama, Defuniak Springs, and elsewhere in the county).  By the 1920s, new houses replaced cottages that had been located along the beach since before the 20th century.

 1) Seagrove Beach


Photo shared from 30a.com

This photograph takes place on the Fourth of July at Seagrove Beach circa the 1980s.

On Scenic 30A, the Fourth of July is not only a national holiday, it is a deep-rooted local tradition. People spend all day at the beach gathering with friends and family. Grayton Beach allows permitted cars to drive right up to the water and enjoy firework shows. This is one of the busiest weekends in the area.  

 2) Seaside Market

Seaside MarketSeaside Saturday Market, 1981. Picture shared from Seaside Library

Seaside Markets take place in the Seaside Amphitheater every Saturday 9 am-12 pm rain or shine! The Seaside Farmers Market educates the public about sustainable practices and offers customers a way to build relationships with the people growing and gathering their foods. Vendors offer farm-fresh, locally grown produce, baked goods, artisan bread and cheeses, organic eggs, and more.  

 To learn more about this event please click HERE.

3)Dune Allen Beach

Dune Allen Beach circa 1950s

Photo shared from 30a.com

The trailer Eric Allen used as his office when he began building homes in Dune Allen Beach circa the early 1950s.

4)Seaside Sidewalk

Seaside Sidewalk

Homes along 30A 1986. Photo Shared from Florida Memory

Seaside sidewalks have been revamped with beautiful trees and paved pathways. As you drive along Scenic 30A you will find an active community of joggers, bikers, and walkers. Visitors enjoy renting bikes to get to-and-from the beach, shops, or restaurants

5) Dogs at Grayton Beach

Dogs at Grayton Beach

Photo shared from "The History of Grayton Beach.mov" via youtube

Who loves the beach more…you or your beloved dog? Dogs are welcome to enjoy the beaches along 30A with a permit. The permit costs $40, and they expire on August 1st every year. Local dogs (with a permit) are allowed on the beach from 3:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m year-round.

6) Seaside Post Office

Seaside Post Office
Seaside, 1995. Photo shared from Florida Memory

 The Seaside Post Office was built in 1985.  The Post Office was established in Seaside to lend credibility to the fledgling community.

7) Fisherman returning home at Grayton Beach

Grayton BeachPhoto shared from “The History of Grayton Beach.mov” via youtube 

Local fishermen start the day before dawn and sell their daily catches directly to restaurants or seafood markets.

 To see Our 5 Favorite Organic Restaurants on 30A click HERE!

9) Seaside 1989

Seaside circa 1989. Photo shared from The Florida Memory.


9) Seaside 1995

SeasidePhoto shared from Florida Memory

The clear blue water in South Walton, Florida attracts locals and visitors!


10) Homes Along 30A

Homes Along 30AView of homes along 30A 1995. Photo shared from Florida Memory

The style and architecture of homes along 30A differ based on the community. Explore the unique 30a homes for sale at the link below!

Check Out the Newest Listings for Sale on 30A HERE!




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