30A Hidden Gems: Unique Vacation Homes Revealed

Exclusive Escapes on Northwest Florida’s Scenic Coastline

Posted on 5/21/2024

At Ocean Reef Resorts we take immense pride in our deep-rooted expertise and unwavering commitment to delivering the finest vacation experiences along Florida's stunning Emerald Coast. With over four decades of dedicated service, our intimate knowledge of Scenic Highway 30A empowers us to unveil a world of enchanting hideaways for our guests—each property offering its own exclusive slice of paradise. From opulent beachfront estates to quaint cottages with secret gardens, our collection of 30A vacation rentals showcases some of the most uniquely luxurious properties available. Handpicked by our seasoned team, this curated selection promises a vacation experience that is not only magical but also profoundly personalized. 

Dive into our guide of hidden gems on 30A and let Ocean Reef Resorts guide you to your perfect coastal retreat!


Graytfully B

Graytfully B 30A

6 Bedrooms / 5 Full & 1 Half Bathrooms / 12 Guests

According to Josh in Guest Services, Graytfully B is the best beach home on 30A. He says, "It may be the best backyard in our entire rental program. The landscaping is awesome, and it's tucked away in Grayton." The laid-back privacy of this home is definitely a reason to love it! The home itself radiates Old Floridian charm, featuring a cozy front porch, a furnished rooftop deck, a private courtyard with a swimming pool, and a separate guest house. The property has a total of six bedrooms and can accommodate up to twelve guests. Inside, you'll enjoy the relaxed charm created by neutral furnishings, hardwood floors, and pops of coastal-colored accents. Each bedroom is well-appointed, with comfortable furnishings and sunny windows. On the top floor, a fun cabin-style loft bedroom includes two twin beds. Here, a set of glass doors leads to the open-air balcony with Adirondack chairs, where you can hang out with your fellow vacationers.

This lovely 30a vacation home is conveniently located in the hub of Grayton Beach while still offering the quiet privacy many crave on vacation. The beach is less than a five-minute stroll from the rental. Other nearby amusements include the beautiful Western Lake, popular restaurants like the Red Bar and AJ's Seafood & Oyster Bar, and eclectic boutiques like the Zoo Gallery and Tribe Kelley Surf Post. A stay at Graytfully B is the ideal way to experience the unique vibe of 30A's Grayton Beach.


Seven Palms

Seven Palms 30A

4 Bedrooms / 3 Full Bathrooms / 15 Guests

Paradise awaits at Seven Palms in Dune Allen Beach on 30A, according to our General Manager Justin. Tucked away by Stallworth Lake and close to a beach access, Justin explains that the home is perfectly located. He adds, "This completely remodeled property offers something for everyone. Three king beds for adults, bunk beds for kids, a large pool with a hot tub, putting green, high-end appliances, and two living rooms for convenience." Whether you're traveling with friends or family, this is a great getaway for your larger vacation groups!

Seven Palms is surrounded by palms and coastal flora, creating a private escape only a two-minute stroll from the beach. With four bedrooms, it can entertain up to fifteen happy visitors. The modern vacation home boasts natural light throughout, a wraparound balcony that overlooks the private pool, chic furnishings, and stylish art and décor. The primary suite is a dream, boasting a king-size bed, a large ensuite bath, and a private sunny sitting room. You'll likely spend much of your vacation in the outdoor oasis, whether putting a golf ball on the green, going for a relaxing swim, cooking up a surf-n-turf meal and dining al fresco, or sipping cocktails with your favorite people. If luxury is what you're looking for, you'll find it at Seven Palms!


Day Dreamer

Day Dreamer 30A

4 Bedrooms / 5 Full Bathrooms / 12 Guests

When it comes to 30A rental homes, Tonya in Reservations daydreams about the Day Dreamer in Seagrove Beach. "Besides it being a beautiful home," she tells us, "the heated pool with the amazing outdoor kitchen is very eye-catching. And then to be able to watch the kids through the glass doors when they are in the pool is great for parents. There is also a secret rooftop firepit and sitting area to help you relax in the afternoons!" Family-friendly rentals are definitely a perk in our book.

Day Dreamer is a chic, modern home with an easy-going yet luxurious vibe that many vacationers have come to expect of a 30A getaway. With four bedrooms and bonus sleeping accommodations, it can comfortably host up to twelve guests. The home is only a three-minute walk from the beach, and it has its own private pool surrounded by fabulous landscaping and tropical plants that create an air of privacy. The pool's outdoor cabana setting is perfect for al fresco dining with your fellow vacationers. Other lavish features include an open floor plan with honey-toned hardwood floors, stylish bedrooms with king-size beds, and a rooftop deck with a fire pit and amazing views. It's no exaggeration; this home truly turns beach daydreams into reality!


Pelican Place

Pelican Place 30A

3 Bedrooms / 3 Full Bathrooms / 11 Guests

According to Richard in Marketing, Pelican Place is a true hidden gem in South Walton. He says, "Hidden in plain sight, this amazing property is steps south of Scenic Highway 30A in Seagrove—and even closer to the beach! It's cozy and elegant, yet very relaxed. It features peek-a-boo Gulf views, and has its own private pool." Close to the beach with a private pool? Yes, please!

The stylish interiors and private outdoor space make this home a must-see. Inside, you'll find three bedrooms with charming coastal décor, which can accommodate up to eleven vacationers in total. The open great room is the perfect spot to relax and chat with your family and friends, while the breezy balcony is ideal for outdoor lounging with Gulf views. But the best part of this home is the private cabana and pool. A fence surrounds the space, creating a quiet escape for all. A poolside basketball hoop and oversized outdoor games add to the fun. The covered cabana features a grill, wet bar, firepit, and ample seating. We can guarantee you'll be spending much of your vacation time hanging out here! And when you're ready for some salt and sea, head to the sugary shores less than two minutes away.


Sea Sand and Stars

Sea Sand and Stars 30A

3 Bedrooms / 3 Full Bathrooms / 8 Guests

Sea Sand and Stars is an out-of-this-world property tucked in our little corner of 30A. According to Chris in Real Estate, the property is "nestled off of 30A in Seagrove with a private oasis backyard, and is great for those looking for a low-key vacation in a convenient location." And not only can you book this for a single vacation… you could be the proud owners of this cute beach cottage. Imagine coming back year after year to enjoy this gem. See real estate details here.

Southern charm and Old Floridian flair are abundant in this quaint three-bedroom cottage. A total of eight guests can enjoy the coastal magic of this home, from the coastal-inspired interior to the cozy bedrooms to the breezy balconies to a lovely screened porch. The living area features a picture-perfect seating ensemble made up of a leather couch, accent chair, and sunny window seat. All of this faces a wall-mounted flatscreen TV for entertainment. Two of the bedrooms have king-size beds, including the primary suite on the second level, which also has access to an intimate balcony. Aside from the relaxed accommodations, the home is within walking distance from the beach. Whether you're looking for a week-long rental or a long-term investment opportunity, be sure to check out Sea Sand and Stars in Seagrove!


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Backyard Bliss

Backyard Bliss 30A

3 Bedrooms / 2 Full Bathrooms / 8 Guests

The mark of the ideal vacation home is one that has its own quiet oasis for vacationers to relax when they're not at the beach. And Cameron in Reservations knows exactly which 30A beach house meets this requirement. She says, "Backyard Bliss is a true hidden gem. It's tucked away in a part of Grayton Beach that not many know about or see from the casual walk or drive." While it's a little further from the beach than some of the other hidden gems here, the quiet solitude is well worth the extra distance.

This lovely home is reminiscent of the quintessential beach cottage, boasting a shaded front porch with rocking chairs, coastal décor, and muted ocean hues inside. The rental house has three bedrooms and is large enough for eight guests to enjoy. Its name is well-deserved, as it features a great backyard area complete with a private pool and hot tub. Tables, chairs, and sun umbrellas dot the pool deck, creating a fun environment for hanging out with the crew. Palm trees add to the tropical feel, and a BBQ grill is provided to make al fresco, poolside dining a breeze. Other perks of the home include complimentary bikes and convenient access to the beach tram.


Grayton Place 5

3 Bedrooms / 2 Full Bathrooms / 6 Guests

Ivan in Guest Services is a fan of Grayton Place 5 when it comes to vacationing on 30A, and we are here for it! When asked, he was clear about this hidden gem, saying: "If I had to choose a hidden gem on 30A—whether it's for a quick getaway or a nice week with my wife and kid—I would choose Grayton Place 5. With three levels to relax and to hear the sound of waves and ambiance from the local nearby bar and restaurants, it makes you feel like it's a lucky hidden spot. The top-floor deck is nice if you want to catch some sun. The middle deck has a nice screened-in porch to cool down and enjoy the sunset with shade. The bottom floor has a great run-around size yard for my son to play with his beach toys or just kick a soccer ball. The inside of the rental has a perfect blend of modern chic without missing the timeless touch of Grayton Beach. The beach access is around the corner and is just a few steps away. From there, you can also enjoy the dune lake that leads to the Gulf of Mexico. Then return later in the day and grab some drinks and food at The Red Bar or Chiringo." Honestly, we couldn't have said it better ourselves. This place is a real treat!

Grayton Place is literally steps from the beach, taking less than two minutes to stroll from the property to the sugary Gulf shores. With two bedrooms, it can host up to six guests, making it ideal for a small family vacation or couple's getaway. Its convenient Grayton location ensures you and your fellow vacationers are never far from coastal fun. Besides the beach, you can get outdoors and explore nature trails and the beautiful tropical environment. Grayton's village center offers an eclectic array of restaurants, shops, and entertainment. From dining at popular eateries, hanging at casual bars, browsing local boutiques, and renting outdoor recreation equipment, there's plenty to do when you stay at Grayton Place 5!


Beachside Condo 7

Beachside Condo 7 30A

2 Bedrooms / 2 Full Bathrooms / 6 Guests

Beachside Condo 7 in Seagrove Beach may be just the South Walton escape you're searching for, according to Jeff in Guest Services. He says, "I love Beachside Condo 7. It's simple, but recently went through a complete remodel. No dealing with huge parking lots and lines to get on the elevator. The condo is so close to the beach that you can sit on your balcony to enjoy the amazing Gulf sunsets right from the comfort of your room." It's that small-density, low-key vibe that many love about 30A beach vacations, and Beachside Condo 7 does it right!

The second-floor condo overlooks crystalline shores and jeweled-toned waters, offering incredible views for your entire vacation stay. With two bedrooms, it can comfortably entertain up to six visitors. The whole vibe is light and airy, with the sun peeking through large glass doors in the living room and big windows in the bedrooms. Throughout the space, you'll find sleek wood floors, beachy décor, and spacious accommodations. Besides great interiors, guests also have access to a lagoon-shaped community pool. And, of course, the sugar sands are less than a minute's stroll from this beachfront property. For small group getaways, this cute condo is the perfect private haven!


Sweaty Palms

Sweaty Palms 30A

2 Bedrooms / 1 Full Bathroom / 4 Guests

Bigger isn't always better when it comes to amazing beach rentals, as Joan in Housekeeping will tell you! While hidden gems on 30A are getting harder to find, she says, "I've always loved Sweaty Palms. It was built in the 1940s and is so rustic and cute." The small beach cottage is a tropical green color and hearkens back to the days of simple beach living!

Nestled a short way from the white sands in Grayton Beach, this two-bedroom home can host up to four guests. Curated landscaping and Florida flora surround the property, giving it a nice, secluded feel. Its screened-in porch is comfortably furnished with Adirondack chairs and a picnic table. A set of fans and large windows ensure guests can stay cool while also enjoying the beautiful coastal weather. An outdoor porch in the back features a shaded table, lounge chairs, and a grill. The space overlooks a grassy yard where you can play lawn games and relax. And let's not forget the beach is only a two-minute walk from the property.


Shepherd Cottage

Shepherd Cottage 30A

1 Bedroom / 1 Full Bathroom / 3 Guests

Sometimes, you want a romantic getaway with your sweetheart, and it can be hard to find something that feels small and intimate enough for this type of trip. But Joan in Housekeeping points out that Shepherd Cottage is another hidden gem in Grayton Beach, and it's absolutely perfect for a sweetheart's retreat! She says, "Because it was built in the 1800s, Shepherd Cottage has a rustic and charming quality about it that makes it a one-of-a-kind gem on 30A."

The Old Floridian-style beach cottage is set back from the road and tucked among tall, long-leaf pines and other tropical plants. The woodsy setting gives it a secluded and quiet feel that is ideal for a getaway with your honey. The rustic wood home features a cute front porch furnished with rocking chairs and a porch swing, radiating true Southern charm. Grab a refreshing cocktail or cold lemonade while spending quality time with your other half on the cozy deck. The charm continues indoors, with a country-meets-beach décor style. Inside, you'll find one bedroom with a queen-size bed and a bonus nook with a twin bed, allowing for a total of three guests. The beach is just over a 5-minute walk from the property, and Western Lake is also within walking distance. This property is amazing for a couple wanting a quiet vacation with an outdoorsy, eclectic feel.


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Ocean Reef 30A

Ocean Reef Resorts invites you to uncover the exquisite charm and secluded bliss of our hidden gems on 30A. Each unique property promises a bespoke vacation experience that blends luxury with the serene beauty of Florida's Emerald Coast. From historical cottages to modern beach escapes, our handpicked selections cater to every taste and desire. Don't just dream about your perfect beach getaway—make it a reality. Explore our website to browse available properties and secure your spot in paradise. Your extraordinary 30a beach vacation awaits, and we are excited to help make it your most memorable yet!

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