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Sun Safety on 30A

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30A’s Beautiful Beaches

The whole family will have a wonderful time at the beach on 30A if they all follow some basic sun safety rules to prevent painful burning with skin or eye damage. Tanning is your skin’s protective reaction to exposure to the sun to prevent further damage to the skin. We may think we look good with tans, but it is best to limit  our exposure to the rays of the sun. The best way to protect yourself is to limit your exposure to the sun and to protect your skin.

Generously apply a broad spectrum water resistant sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 to all exposed skin. Reapply about every 2 hours and after swimming or sweating. Wear protective clothing, such as a long sleeved shirt, pants, a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses whenever possible.

Seek shade when appropriate. The sun’s rays are the strongest between 10A.M. and 4P.M.. If your shadow is shorter than you are, seek shade. Be extra careful when you are near white sand and water because they reflect rays of the sun and can increase your chances of sunburn. White sand will reflect rays even when you are under an umbrella. While at Seacrest’s beach, I saw lots of people wisely seeking shade under umbrellas.

Check the label when you choose sunglasses. The best ones to offer protection to your eyes have a label that ensure they will protect your eyes from UV rays from the sun. Many medications will increase your sensitivity to the sun’s rays. Some medication will cause you to get a sunburm in a matter of minutes. Read the labels carefully and use extra sunscreen as needed.

Try a new sunscreen on your child’s wrist before using to check for allergic reactions. Be careful to not get any in or too near the eyes. Apply some to all areas of exposed skin, including the ears, lips, back of the neck and tops of the feet. Use some on all children over the age of 6 months.. Sunscreen should be applied 30 minutes before you go out in the sun to give it time to work, and don’t only use it at the beach – use it all the time.

There are many places along 30A to purchase items that will help protect you from the sun. The Watercolor

Publix comes to mind as a store that is supplied with all you might need to keep you safe and happy!

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Beach Safety

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Following beach safety rules will help you have a fun and safe trip to the beach without suffering mishaps or putting yourself in dangerous situations. Yesterday, I saw families having a wonderful time at the beach at Seaside and at Grayton Beach the day before. It was nice to see that they were having their fun in a very safe way. Following are some very basic rules and suggestions to follow while enjoying the beach:

Take sunscreen, sun glasses and a wide brimmed hat for proyection from harmful UV rays. Wear a long sleeved shirt or coverup for extra protection. Limit the amount of sun you receive between the hours of 10 and 2 o’clock, when rays are the most intense.

Drink lots of water to prevent dehydration, even if you do not feel thirsty. Your body needs water to keep cool. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol in them – they will make your body even hotter

Watch for signs of heat stroke, which is life threatening. Signs are hot, dry and red skin and changes in consciousness with a rapid, weak pulse and rapid, shallow breathing. Call 911 immediately and wrap the victim in a wet sheet and fan them. Place ice on the victim’s wrists , ankles, armpits and neck to cool them.

Wear eye protection. Sunglasses are like sunscreen for your eyes. Be sure your glasses absorb 90% of the sun’s rays.

Never swim alone.

Do not dive into head first into shallow water. and don’t dive into the bottom of oncoming waves.

Check weather conditions before you go to the beach and be alert to changing conditions throughout the day.

Swim parallel to the shore instead of away from the shore. If you tire it is easier to return to shore. Also, open water is colder than water near the shore.

Follow these basic rules the next time you head out to  the beaches on 30A

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30A’s Beach

and you will be certain of fun in the sun without any problems!

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Recreation in Rosemary Beach

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Recreation in Rosemary Beach can be as simple as taking a walk from place to place, or something a little more strenuous, such as a workout in the fitness center or a tennis match. There is definitely something foe everyone to do for recreation in Rosemary Beach and everyone appears to enjoy themselves while recreating!

If you are the type who enjoys walking, you’ll have a perfect venue in Rosemary Beach. Threaded throughout the town is a network of footpaths, boardwalks and secret pathways that lead to the town center and to the beach. As you walk, you’ll pass lovely gardens, inviting pools, calming water features and friendly people. The Rosemary Beach Fitness Trail & Walking Tour is a 2.3 mile trail made of sand paths and boardwalks. The trail through the town’s native landscape, parks and public spaces and has 4 fitness stations with exercises for stretching and strength training.

Perhaps you’d like to swim in one of Rosemary Beach’s 4 pools and get a workout while cooling off. Coquina Pool is beach-side and is a lounging pool It is one depth and has no edges and is framed by palm trees. This is a place to relax. The Sky Pool is park-side and is a year round pool. The pool’s metal structure can be open and closed according to the weather. There is radiant heating in the pool decking, creating a warm walking surface during the winter. Cabana pool is park-side and is a great pool for families. There are lots of plantings and landscaping to add to the feeling of privacy. Barbados Pool is designed in French West Indies style and has a vestibule fountain, stucco tower and dramatic entrance.

Riding a bike is the most popular way to get around Rosemary Beach and 30A.Bamboo Bicycle Company

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Rosemary Beach

is located in town and is the place to rent or buy a bike for your family. There are miles of bike paths and trails everywhere on 30A and they are well used . Off road biking is available on the Eastern Lake Biking and Hiking Trail which affords the opportunity to view natural vegetation and wildlife habitats.

The Rosemary Beach Fitness Center a 1620 square foot facility, is on Water Street. All the exercise equipment you could need is there, along with fitness classes and massage treatments. Tennis is popular and the courts are open and lighted for day and evening matches. There is a pro shop on the premises and lessons are available.

Is relaxing on the beach your idea of recreation? Sea Oats Beach Service is on the beach and will rent you umbrellas, beach chairs, sea kayaks, sailboats and hammocks. They also offer surfing, swimming, snorkeling and kayaking classes to those aged 8 and up.

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Pickle’s in Seaside

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Pickle’s in Seaside is the very first place I took myself while enduring the process of moving and unpacking my plunder in my place in Blue Mountain Beach. I remember that I hadn’t eaten for a couple of days and needed to take a bit of a break to eat and to relax. I got in the car, drove to Seaside and chose to stop in at Pickle’s because it smelled so good and looked inviting. I’m glad I did! An hour there and I felt like a new person, ready to get back to the moving in.

If you are coming of the beach and are wet and sandy, and you feel like getting something great to eat, go no further than Pickle’s. Their hamburgers and fries are wonderful and there’s always someone to strike up a conversation with. This winter the restaurant got a bit of a facelift with new paint colors, signs, menu and outdoor decking right on the street for excellent people watching! You nay choose to dine “inside” or around the back to hear the surf and feel the sea breezes, under the shade trees.

Back in the day, the Pickle’s building was one of the first built in Seaside. It was used to show 16mm films at night. Bill and Heavenly Dawson got the idea to turn the building into a place that would serve hot dogs and draft beer. Today, Pickle’s is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week and serves burgers, chicken, BLTs, Club sandwiches, Philly Cheese Steak sandwiches and fried pickles. The Dawsons have opened up Wild Bill’s Beach Dogs across the street in one of the airstreams and they have also opened Heavenly Shortcakes and Dawson’s Yogurt in Seaside.

While dining at Pickle’s, it is so convenient to walk the couple of steps and do some shopping at Deja Vu

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Pickle's in Seaside

or Perscipasity to work off all that wonderful food you’ve enjoyed.What could be better than a couple hours of dining and shopping in Seaside?!

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Restaurants at Rosemary Beach

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There are so many excellent restaurants at Rosemary Beach that it might be hard to find the time to tear yourself away from them to head to the beach!  If you believe that a big part of a vacation is going out and trying local cuisine, then you are in luck at Rosemary Beach. The town boasts dining venues from very casual to quite sophisticated, so there will be a place to suit your mood and your appetite.

Onano Neighborhood Cafe at Rosemary Beach is located on the ground floor of the Pensione and is a minute’s walk from the beach and the beautiful water of the Gulf of Mexico. Onano specializez in Northern Italian cuisine and features local, fresh seafood, choice beef and foods from the Tuscan region. They are open 7 days a week.

La Crema – Tapas & Chocolate

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Rosemary Beach

is fashioned after the popular tapas and chocolate shops in Madrid and Barcelona. Rosemary Beach and Barcelona share a similar climate and locations next to the sea, so a tapas and chocolate shop is a natural here.

Sugar Shak – A wonderful place for kids to get ice cream, shakes, malts, cookies and candy in a bustling atmosphere.

Summer Kitchen –  By day, a casual place for breakfast and lunch;by night, a sophisticated venue for fresh Gulf seafood.

Restaurant Paradis –  A warm, fine dining restaurant serving the freshest, seasonal ingredients including fresh Gulf seafood and prime steaks.

Cowgirl Kitchen –  A fun, casual place for breakfast, sandwiches and soups made fresh daily.

Amavida Coffee – Family owned and serving 100% natural and Fair Certified coffee.

 

 

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Summer Camps For Kids on 30A

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Believe it or not, there are lots of summer camps for kids right here on 30A and they sure sound like fun! You might wish to consider enrolling your little ones on a couple of them and make this a really memorable summer for them. Following is a partial list of some camps I have found:

Alys Beach Summer Arts Camps – Art camps by abrakadodle for kids ages 4 to 12 all summer long on Tuesdays and Thursdays. New artistic experiences each week.

The Hidden Lantern Children’s Art Workshops – Each Wednesday in Rosemary Beach Make reservations in advance.

Camp Rosemary Kid’s Crafts – Monday through Friday behind the Summer Kitchen Cafe

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Summer For Kids on 30A

. Kids will create tie-dye T shirts, glitter tattoes, necklaces, build-a-buddy and more. All ages welcome.

Artists at Gulf Place Summer Workshops – Make funky flip flops, T shirts, sign painting and recycled art with the Artists. Open to all ages.

Watercolor Resort Art Camps – abrakadoodle art camps for kids ages 4 to 12.

Rosemary Beach Junior Tennis Summer program –  Morning classes all summer for ages 5 to 14.

Watercolor Junior Tennis Program – Summer schedule begins May 28, Monday through Thursday afternoon sessions.

Gulfside Stables Summer Riding Camp- Combines qualified staff, experienced horses with excellent facilities.Kids can advance their riding, expand horsemanship knowledge and ride with friends.

Dancewave Dance Team Camp-Learn a dance number in a week at Seaside. Open to girls and boys.

Camp Watercolor – Morning and afternoon sessions, all day adventures and Kids Night Out.

Sand sculpting lessons –  every Wednesday at Alys Beach and  at Seaside by Mark Flynn.

Movies Under the Stars – All summer in Seaside, Rosemary Beach, Watercolor and Alys Beach.

Children’s Outdoor Theater – Productions all summer at Seaside, Alys Beach  and Rosemary Beach. Bring chairs or a blanket.

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Summer Camps For Kids on 30A

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Believe it or not, there are lots of summer camps for kids right here on 30A and they sure sound like fun! You might wish to consider enrolling your little ones on a couple of them and make this a really memorable summer for them. Following is a partial list of some camps I have found:

Alys Beach Summer Arts Camps – Art camps by abrakadodle for kids ages 4 to 12 all summer long on Tuesdays and Thursdays. New artistic experiences each week.

The Hidden Lantern Children’s Art Workshops – Each Wednesday in Rosemary Beach Make reservations in advance.

Camp Rosemary Kid’s Crafts – Monday through Friday behind the Summer Kitchen Cafe

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Summer For Kids on 30A

. Kids will create tie-dye T shirts, glitter tattoes, necklaces, build-a-buddy and more. All ages welcome.

Artists at Gulf Place Summer Workshops – Make funky flip flops, T shirts, sign painting and recycled art with the Artists. Open to all ages.

Watercolor Resort Art Camps – abrakadoodle art camps for kids ages 4 to 12.

Rosemary Beach Junior Tennis Summer program –  Morning classes all summer for ages 5 to 14.

Watercolor Junior Tennis Program – Summer schedule begins May 28, Monday through Thursday afternoon sessions.

Gulfside Stables Summer Riding Camp- Combines qualified staff, experienced horses with excellent facilities.Kids can advance their riding, expand horsemanship knowledge and ride with friends.

Dancewave Dance Team Camp-Learn a dance number in a week at Seaside. Open to girls and boys.

Camp Watercolor – Morning and afternoon sessions, all day adventures and Kids Night Out.

Sand sculpting lessons –  every Wednesday at Alys Beach and  at Seaside by Mark Flynn.

Movies Under the Stars – All summer in Seaside, Rosemary Beach, Watercolor and Alys Beach.

Children’s Outdoor Theater – Productions all summer at Seaside, Alys Beach  and Rosemary Beach. Bring chairs or a blanket.

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Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach

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Digital Graffiti

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Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach

is probably the most exciting and fun event to attend during the summer on 30A. It must be seen to be believed, so you do not want to miss this special event! It will be even easier to attend this year because Digital is expanding to two nights – June 8th and 9th.

Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach is the world’s first projection art festival, with artists using the latest technologies to project their original works onto the town’s iconic white walls. Digital Graffiti is also known as Photon Bombing, Guerilla Projection, and Urban Projection and has been casting images onto skyscrapers and other urban structures as a means of artistic expression.

Alys Beach will play host to digital artists from all over the world who will be creating a few new surprises this year. On Friday night there will be a gallery stroll where artists will be availabe to discuss their work. Also new this year will be art workshops and on Saturday the evening will end with a poolside party at Caliza Pool. As you stroll about the town you will be amazed by the projected images that seem to melt and mold against the white wall surfaces everywhere you look. Some of the works are set to music, while others are silent.

VIE Magazine is hosting an event at Fonville Press with beer, wine and champagne available for purchase from 6P.M. until 8:30P.M. Adult tickets are $30 for Friday night and $50 for Saturday night, including the party at Caliza Pool. Children’s tickets are &10 both nights.

 

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Gulf Place Merchants

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Located in Santa Rosa Beach between Seaside and Destin, Gulf Place Towncenter puts you in the heart of many restaurants and shopping. Following is a list of merchants and a very brief description of their offerings:

amore a pizzeria – Thin crust pizzas with fresh ingredients delivered daily. Special entrees and desserts daily. Has gulf view dining and a large deck.

Celestine’s Special Occasions – Catering, flowers, event design and gifts for every occasion.

Kindal’s Hair Studio –  Skilled staff create a beautiful and fashionable look that suits each individual.

Ocean Elements Day Spa – Luxurious services include massage therapy, facials, body wraps, and nail services. Very stress free and relaxing.

Pilates By The Sea – Offering Pilates on the reformer, Gyrotonic, Barre Classes, Reiki, Cardio Jump Classes for advanced, intermediate and beginners.

Restaurant Fire – Fresh, hearty Napa cuisine with friendly South Walton character.

Smiling Fish Cafe

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Gulf Place in Santa Rosa Beach

– Great al fresco dining with a Gulf view. Serves fresh, local seafood and wine by the glass or bottle.

Soho Women – Has the latest fashions so you will look great at the beach.

Artists at Gulf Beach – Featuring artists creations in pottery, photography, watercolors, recycled art, tie dye art, wearable art, handbags and outdoor furniture.

The Naked Grape – An intimate, cozy wine bar with a salty, gulf flavor.

Weddings by Gulf Place – Will guide you through planning a flawless wedding in the perfect location. Enjoy the casual luxury of a coastal town for your wedding.

Soho Beach – Four different boutiques for every woman.

Southern Beach Bicycle & Water Sports Rentals – Offering a wide selection of bike and watersport rentals for your use at the beach.

Trustmark Bank – Sometimes we all need a bank, even if on vacation, and they are ready to help you.

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Favorite Things To Do On 30A

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There are so many fun and exciting things to do on 30A that it’s difficult to narrow then down to just a few. There are a number of activities that just about everyone enjoys, so I’ll relay them to you.

It’s always a good idea to begin your day at the beach with a hearty breakfast to gear you up for the day. Try a delicious omeler from Another Broken Egg Cafe in Grayton Beach or an organic cinnamon roll from La Loba’s Bakery in Blue Mountain Beach. Breakfast is available all day at The Donut Hole on Highway 98.

If you judge by the smiles and laughter on everyone’s faces, bike riding on the bike path that runs the length of 30A is favorite activity. It is easy and flat and there;s a lot to see as you zip from town to town. There are also lots of places to stop for something to drink or eat or just plain take a rest and do some shopping. There are qiute a few places to rent a bike along 30A. Big Daddy’s in Blue Mountain Beach has a lot to offer.

I always enjoy seeing people paddling in kayaks or stand up paddling on Western Lake. The waters are peaceful and its a good chance to do some wildlife viewing and get close to different ecosystems. Watercolor’s Boathouse offers all the equipment you’d need for your adventures on the lake.

It seems that virtually every visitor and local alike enjoys lunch from one of the resataurants along Airstream Row in Seaside. There is a good variety of food that is offered, from smoked meats at Barefoot Barbeque, to grilled cheeses and healthy hot dogs.

It wouldn’t be a real holiday without a little shopping! There are so many boutiques and galleries in each town on 30A – from Pish Posh Patchouli’s in Rosemary Beach to Deja Vu in Seaside. You must see the shops at Ruskin for artsy things for the home, jewelry and fashions for your style. Even shopping for outdoor plants is a pleasure at Clay”s on 30A in Seagrove Beach. Artfully arranged and wonderfully healthy, the plants and people at Clay’s promote a feeling of relazation and a love of color.

Watching the sun set is a special time, whether you watch it from your spot on the beach or you watch it with a drink from Bud and Alley’s in Seaside. It’s also a good time to try your hand at getting an art photo out of your camera. Vue, in Santa Rosa Beach is an upscale restaurant on the Gulf that has fantastic views and is a great place to enjoy the sunset.

You might feel like getting dressed up and going out for a grown – up dinner one evening and there are lots of choices here! V Seagrove would be a good choice for you and so would Fire

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Shopping in Seaside

in Gulf Place.Fish Out of Water in Watercolor has won awards and also is a restaurant with a view. Cafe 30A has been a favorite of visitors and locals alike for many years and continues to please!

 

 

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