Spring Break, with the Locals

30A local shares the best of the best

Tracy Louthain of Newman-Dailey knows her neighborhood. We asked this 30A pro about her favorite spots on the Emerald Coast. Go for spring break, stay for the good stuff.

Favorite place for sunset happy hour: Pompano Joe’s Restaurant-Destin. Tip: Happy Hour daily from 3-5 p.m. Order a drink & head down to the beach for a sunset toast! 

2237 Scenic Gulf Drive, Destin, Florida 32550


Favorite new place to grab lunch on 30A: The Grove 30A. Tip: Stop in for small plates, sandwiches & charcuterie daily or bottomless mimosas on Sunday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in an open-air outdoor setting

3375 W County Hwy 30A, Santa Rosa Beach 


Favorite 30A Adventure: Pedego 30A Electric Bike Ride Tip: Rent bikes and head out for a tour of Seaside, WaterColor, Grayton Beach & Grayton Beach State Park 

174 Watercolor Way #106, Santa Rosa Beach 


Favorite Staycation Spot: Sanctuary at Redfish in Blue Mountain Beach. Tip: Enjoy use of the complimentary kayaks and paddle to the beach or ride the pontoon boat (March – October).

1653 County Road 30A, Santa Rosa Beach


Favorite Place on 30A: Grayton Beach State Park Tip: Rent a YOLO stand up paddle board and paddle the lake and the Gulf of Mexico. On good days, head into the Gulf and paddle to the artificial reef deployed off Grayton Beach State Park 

357 Main Park Rd., Santa Rosa Beach 


Rent SUP from La Dolce Vita: LDVBeach.com

Favorite Day on the Water in Destin: Pontoon Boat at Crab Island. La Dolce VitaPontoon Boat Rentals are offered at Calhoun Street, Destin Harbor & Sandestin Baytowne Wharf Locations.


Favorite Spot for Sushi: Camille’s Café, Crystal Beach.

2931 Scenic Highway 98, Destin 


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