Florida’s famous Highway 30A runs along the Gulf of Mexico, dotted with charming beach towns and sparkling white beaches. This stretch of the Florida Panhandle provides both stunning sunrises and sunset views over the crystal emerald blue ocean water. Unlike the louder, flashier southern cities in Florida, the quaint Gulf towns along 30A embody a relaxing, chill beachy vibe. They provide the perfect setting for a family vacation to reconnect and make memories away from life’s stressors.
As you may imagine, summer beach vacations away from crowds are more popular than ever. It’s imperative you book yours as early as possible. We did the research for you and ensured all of these homes have remaining summertime availability — but not much! Mix up a piña colada and start your planning now. Here are the top Vrbo home rentals along 30A, starting from Miramar Beach running eastbound through Rosemary Beach.
This cute Floridian cottage is located within the Maravilla Resort, which gives renters access to plenty of activities to keep all ages entertained. The resort property includes two pools, hot tubs, tennis courts, basketball hoops, a shuffleboard court, and a small fitness area. The home is also a super short 0.3-mile walk to beautiful Miramar Beach. Bonus: Beachy Bungalow is pet-friendly, so feel free to bring your pooches along!
Dune Allen Beach
The Shell Shack sits directly on Dune Allen Beach, providing renters gorgeous Gulf views from almost every room. The back deck is the perfect place to enjoy your morning coffee while listening to the calm ocean waves. No need to fight over bedrooms in this home; each one has its own balcony overlooking the beach. If you want to explore 30A, four bicycles are provided for guests.
Santa Rosa Beach
Imagine waking up to that view in the morning! The Sunrise Cottage is located within the gated community of Sunrise Beach, complete with a private beach steps below the home. The decor is modern and clean, instantly filling guests with a feeling of zen. Reservations include a credit toward community rentals and services, including beach chairs, paddleboards, and even a private beach bonfire. It comfortably sleeps up to nine people, so gather up the family for a relaxing week on Sunrise!
The multi-level Port of CAW vacation home is also located within the gated community of Sunrise Beach with private beach access. The home is over 3,000 square feet, has two Gulf-facing decks, a grilling deck, and a private boardwalk to the sand. Two beach chairs and an umbrella are included with all reservations and will be set up for you daily.
Note: Port of CAW rents only Sunday to Sunday (so weekly stays only) from mid-May through mid-September.
Blue Mountain Beach
The Cerro Azul townhouse sits directly on gorgeous Blue Mountain Beach, so guests can walk directly out back onto a private area on the sand. The tasteful indoor decor makes the home an idyllic resting spot for your afternoon nap. This home sleeps up to eight people and the nightly price is a steal compared to rentals nearby. It books up quickly, so secure this beachfront home now!
If you’re looking for instant “wow” factor, look no further than the Salty Glass Cottage. The back porch overlooking the Gulf is set up with the ultimate relaxation station, complete with a porch swing and high-top outdoor dining table. Don’t stop there though, the master bedroom has its own screened-in porch with a hot tub and two rocking chairs overlooking the ocean. This home is ideal for a luxurious romantic couple’s getaway, and we’ll give you a hint: The memories will last much longer than a bouquet of roses.
This charming beach house is located in Old Seagrove Beach and provides spectacular views of the Emerald Coast. The living room has floor-to-ceiling windows and opens up to a screened-in patio, followed by a delightful outdoor space and a staircase directly down to the sand. Although a single story, this home has three roomy bedrooms and sleeps up to 10. Picture yourself settling into the brightly colored outdoor loungers to take in the sunset before enjoying the evening around the firepit, and book this home today!
The Panhandle Dreams vacation home promises to be a premier coastal haven, a 6-minute walk to the beloved Seagrove Beach. This dog-friendly home has a wraparound screened-in porch to enjoy your morning coffee while taking in the salty sea air. After a day at the beach or a game of tennis at the community courts, rinse off in the private backyard shower. This home comfortably sleeps six, ideal for a family or couples anxious to unwind.
The spectacular 5-star Dune Drifter vacation home boasts 4 bedrooms and sleeps up to 12 for the ultimate large family Gulf Coast getaway. Although the home sits one street back from the Gulf, the third-level front balcony provides serene ocean views. Then, it’s a quick 30-step walk from the front door to your own private beach. If some of your group prefers the pool over saltwater, you’re in luck! The backyard is surrounded by a privacy fence and houses a private pool, loungers, and barbecue area to enjoy nightly dinners and cocktails.
Note: The Dune Drifter accepts only Sunday-to-Sunday weeklong bookings from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
The Emerald Coast Retreat vacation home is located in the Prominence community in lovely WaterSound. Although it doesn’t sit directly on the beach, the rental includes a golf cart for speedy access or to simply tool around the community. Guests have full access to Prominence’s amenities, including a 5,000-square-foot pool, a massive family entertainment center, and 17 miles of bike paths. No bikes? No problem! This rental provides two complimentary beach cruisers for your stay. Bonus: The Emerald Coast Retreat is dog-friendly, so your pup is more than welcome to join the family.
The Stillwater Cottage sits right between Rosemary and Alys Beaches in Seacrest. The neighborhood community has a large pool and barbecue area for guests to use. Although Rosemary and Alys are both only a five-minute walk away, there is a private beach steps away from the front door. Bikes are also included for easy access to the town’s nearby restaurants and shops.
Bonus: All summer reservations include a free round of golf for each day of your stay at one of four nearby courses!
Rounding out our list is the gorgeous 30A Bliss vacation home. It sits in the heart of 30A paradise between Rosemary and Alys Beaches, both within walking distance. The owners boast of the home’s “coastal treehouse vibes” surrounded by oaks, sand pines, and magnolias. It’s one of the largest in 30A’s best neighborhoods and offers plenty of activities for families, including The Hub outdoor entertainment and dining center, dubbed “The Greatest Backyard Party Of All Time.”
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