Looking for a cure from the winter weather blues? With freezing temperatures across the county, record snow falls and winter storms approaching, now is a great time to plan your next warm weather vacation. Or better yet, pack your suitcase and come on down!Many people think of the beach as a summertime place, but there are four seasons of beautiful weather here and a year-round list of events and festivals to attend while you’re here.No matter what time of year you visit 30A, even in the winter, you’ll find pleasantly warm temperatures. In the coolest months of December – February, the area along 30A enjoys an average daily high of 62° – 65°. Nights cool off but the temperature rarely dips below 45°. During the warmest months, July and August, the average low is 71°; upper average is 89°. We’d call that perfect, summertime weather.September through May tend to have less rain than the months of June, July and August, but even during the “rainy season” we may only have a brief sun shower and then it dries up. While winters can be dry and summers can be warm, a gentle sea breeze keeps everyone cool and comfortable. There really isn’t a “bad” time to visit 30A.While you’re dreaming of warm turquoise-blue waters and sugar-white beaches to wriggle your toes in, take some time to explore all that the 30A beaches have to offer.Alys Beach – Featuring dramatic architecture and a casual culture, Alys beach is at the intersection of simplicity and luxury.Blue Mountain – A great retreat for outdoor enthusiasts, Blue Mountain is filled with outdoor adventures like hiking through cypress swamps and pine groves and biking the famous Timpoochee trail.Grayton Beach – Home to the vastly diverse ecosystems of Grayton Beach State Park and Western Lake, Grayton Beach is a haven for fishermen, boaters and beachcombers alike.Dune Allen – One of South Walton’s most naturally stunning beach neighborhoods, Dune Allen boasts three rare dune lakes, an abundance of walking trails, and plenty of beach access points.Gulf Place – Gulf Place is quickly making a name for itself as a complete vacation experience. With more than 200 options for vacation rentals, you’re almost guaranteed a unique view of the clear Gulf waters, tranquil ponds or several wonderful swimming pools.Rosemary Beach – Named by CNN as one of the most romantic small towns, Rosemary Beach will sweep you off your feet! If you’re seeking a low-key but luxurious beach vacation getaway, you’re bound to fall in love with Rosemary Beach.Santa Rosa Beach – Named one of the “10 Best Beach Destinations” by Yahoo! Travel, Santa Rosa beach is praised for its “lapping waves, cool sand and endless array of outdoor activities.”Seacrest Beach – Enjoy this beach neighborhood’s beautiful beach views, and then head to The Village to join in the Seacrest community. From boutique shopping to upscale dining to self-serve sweet treats, Seacrest’s central gathering space has something for everyone.Seagrove Beach – Seagrove has a well-balanced menu of beyond-the-beach activities that range from biking along 30A to browsing the one-of-a-kind beach shops and restaurants.Seaside – Hailed as one of Travel + Leisure magazine’s “Best Beaches on Earth”, this picture-perfect community has plenty of personality to go with its beautiful design.WaterColor – With nearly 500 acres dedicated to natural beauty and preservation, WaterColor is a place where breathtaking views abound. WaterColor seamlessly weaves award-winning restaurants, shops, and more amidst its natural landscape, creating a perfect mix of indoor and outdoor adventure.WaterSound – As a place that both reflects and complements its surroundings, WaterSound allows guests to enjoy relaxing beach getaways at their own pace.Keep toasty warm with pleasant thoughts of a balmy seashore getaway on 30A.
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