Highway 30A is a 28.5 mile stretch of road that follows the Gulf of Mexico on the panhandle of Florida. It’s a strikingly gorgeous and peaceful area dotted with picturesque little towns such as Seaside, Seagrove, Rosemary Beach, Watercolor, and more. Lined by flawless snowy white sand beaches, it’s certainly a place to put on your travel radar. We visited the area last May and fell in love with the beauty of the place – we can’t wait to go back. In the meantime, I’ve been doing a little research on where to take in the best sunsets along 30A. Everyone knows a key part of every beach vacation is to take in a sunset or two, and I’ve compiled a list of some of the more popular places to do it.
So while most of us are huddled in our houses in flannel pajamas and a roaring fire to escape the cold of winter, we can take the edge off the chill and make a dining plan for our next warm seaside vacay!
Best Places to Watch a Sunset on 30A
1. Bud & Alley’s Rooftop Bar – Seaside – visit website
2236 East County Rd 30-A
Seaside, FL 32459
Arguably the most popular spot to catch a sunset right in the middle of Seaside, Bud & Alley’s rooftop bar has an impressive view of the Gulf and the iconic Coleman Pavilion. You won’t be the only ones vying for one of the coveted tables at the open air bar (which also serves the full menu, available on the website) We visited Bud & Alley’s during our vacation near Memorial Day weekend and you can read about our experiences and our own personal opinions on the place right here.
Photo source: vueon30a.com
2. Vue on 30A – Santa Rosa Beach – visit website
Aptly named, Vue features indoor and outdoor dining options in an elegant setting with sparkling Gulf views. Self-described as sophisticated yet laid back, Vue offers lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch menus with a yummy array of land and sea options such as pistachio-crusted grouper and braised lamb shank.
3. Crabby Steve’s – Seacrest Beach (near Rosemary Beach) – visit on Facebook
10254 E County Highway 30a
This place is a well kept secret tucked in behind High Pointe Resort in Seacrest and is perfect for those wanting a super casual atmosphere to enjoy the weather and views in their beach clothes. Walk up from the beach (not through the resort) and enjoy a varied and low-priced menu of cold and hot sandwiches, salads, appetizers, and a full bar.
Photo source: 723 Whiskey Bravo on Facebook
4. 723 Whiskey Bravo – Old Seagrove – visit website
3031 E County Highway 30A
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
This casual dining spot serves up American fare with an open air bar on the top level (“The Roof”) where you can either have dinner, watch the game, take in a cocktail, or do all three while you enjoy the Gulf views and watch the sun sink below the horizon. Lunch and dinner menus can be found on the main website as well as a special 5 for $15 entree menu between 5-6pm.
Photo source: WaterColor Inn website
5. Fish Out of Water – WaterColor – visit website
34 Golden Rod Cir
WaterColor Resort, FL 32459
If you’re looking for more of an upscale dining experience, Fish Out of Water is located on the second floor of WaterColor Inn between Seaside and Grayton Beach State Park on 30A with a balcony offering stunning sunset views. Order one of the creative signature cocktails from the bar or indulge in the opulent entree options with items such as roasted black grouper or shrimp and scallop paella, all sourced from local farmers and fishermen. It’s the perfect spot to celebrate a special occasion or just to treat yourself to a nice evening.
6. Literally Any Beach
Really, there is no shortage of beautiful sunsets in the area, and Gulf coast beaches are among some of the most stunning in the country. Packing a picnic and some beach towels and grabbing a spot in the thick white sugar sands is all you need for an unforgettable evening.