Visit Seagrove, Florida, for a slice of old and unhurried Florida in the midst of a vacationer’s paradise. Tucked between luxe Alys Beach and utopian Seaside, this 30A neighborhood—home of our 2015 Idea Cottage!— is a close-knit hub of locals and visitors who know and love the community’s quiet streets and glittering ocean views. Named for the thick grove of trees that surrounds it, Seagrove possesses a peacefulness that makes this small beach stop a can’t-miss.
Whether you’re a seasoned Seagrove visitor or a delighted newcomer, here are the places to stay, eat, shop, and play during your visit.
Whether you’re looking for breakfast, lunch, brunch, or just a snack to take to the beach, make your first stop Cowgirl Kitchen’s Seagrove Beach Market and Cafe. The 30A-favorite’s Seagrove location includes a market brimming with gourmet and specialty foods and offers premade casseroles and entrees to can take home. Grab a table in the café for local favorites such as The Heartache (pimento cheese and praline bacon on a biscuit) or Drunken Shrimp Tacos (gulf shrimp, tarragon cream, chipotle salsa).
Appease your appetite for upscale Southern cooking at The Perfect Pig, where you can get roasted pork sandwich with Gruyère and fig sauce for lunch and New Orleans–style barbecue shrimp for dinner. Napa Valley meets the south of France meets the Gulf in this comfortably rustic setting that captures the laid-back, old-school vibe of Seagrove.
For an after-dinner treat—or a before-dinner one (you’re on vacation)—stop by Frios 30A PopStop, a recent addition to the Seagrove culinary scene. The PopStop offers dozens of flavors of gourmet popsicles made with wholesome ingredients. Choosing between an Avocado-Lime or a Spicy Pineapple popsicle may be the hardest thing you have to do all day.
What trip to the beach is complete without some time on the water? Yellowfin Ocean Sports, headquartered in Seagrove, offers bike, kayak, and paddleboard rentals and sales. If you rent from them for multiple days, they’ll even deliver your equipment for free, so you can focus on exploring 30A from the water. (Hours vary, so call ahead before stopping by.)
Balance Health Studio has your Zen, fitness, and bodywork bases covered, with classes that include yoga, spin, and boot camp, plus chiropractic and massage services. Group or individual personal training can also be arranged.
Make a perfect beach find at Big Mama’s Hula Girl Gallery, a kitschy fusion of local art, tropical décor, and coastal jewelry. Browse the vast assortment of locally made goods for souvenirs, hostess gifts, and whatever else your heart desires.
As Seagrove is not home to a resort, the good life is lived via vacation property rental. A gorgeous option for a big gang: Monte Verde, a classic, oceanfront luxury home perched directly above the warm waters of the Gulf. The Garrett Realty–managed rental property sleeps 10 and has extensive outdoor living spaces in addition to its three bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms (including an outdoor shower!).
House all your favorite friends and family at Witches Lair, managed by Sandcastle Escapes. This welcoming home sleeps 10 with four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms and is just steps from the beach. Upstairs rooms and decks have turquoise-water views that go on for days. (Note: A seven-night minimum stay is required during holidays and peak season.)