Visitors Guide to Seacrest Beach, Florida
Seacrest Beach is a family-friendly 30A vacation spot where you’ll find affordable rentals, lagoon pools, boutique shops, good eats and an outdoor pub. There’s a bunch of fun things to do in Seacrest Beach and they’re all accessible via bike, tram or afoot. The central gathering area in Seacrest Beach is at the Village of South Walton where you’ll find the majority of the restaurants and shops.
Peddlers Pavillion is located right in front of the Villages and is where you’ll find live music throughout the summer months. It’s an outdoor venue that has been recently upgraded with a deck style boardwalk which interconnects all the little merchant huts. Those huts consist of bike rentals, food spots, boutiques and a draft beer shack. Peddlers Pavillion is a great place to relax, catch a day buzz and let the kids run around.
Seacrest is located in-between Rosemary Beach to the east and Alys Beach to the west. It’s a casual, flip-flop community where you can walk down the street with your shirt off and a cold beverage in your hand. In addition, you’ll find some of the best restaurants on 30A in Seacrest Beach which we’ll touch on now.
Seacrest Beach Restaurants
Most of the food spots in Seacrest Beach are found in the vicinity of The Village of South Walton and some of my favorites include the following…
Crabby Steve’s Bar and Gulfside Restaurant – Located in the High Pointe Resort community on the south side of 30A in Seacrest Beach, Crabby Steve’s is the only true Gulf front restaurant on the east end of South Walton. Crabby Steve himself mixes up some of the tastiest cocktails on the beach and his food is always delicious. At Crabby Steve’s in High Pointe Resort, you’ll get fresh Gulf seafood and amazing open-air ocean views.
Grits and Grind – This is a super delicious breakfast restaurant located behind Peddlers Pavillion in The Village of South Walton. It’s owned by the Spell Restaurant Group and it shares the same building as La Cocina Mexican Grill. I like Grits and Grind because the staff is always friendly and their breakfast food is reasonably priced and always fantastic.
La Cocina Mexican Grill – If you love Mexican food and you’re staying in Seacrest Beach, then La Cocina restaurant is where you need to dine. Located in the Seacrest Villages, La Cocina serves up delicious margaritas, local craft beers, and cocktails in addition to tasty Mexican dishes. You’ll find a number of dining options which include a large bar area, outside as well as a vast dining room. Everything on the menu is good and the decor throughout the restaurant is a lot of fun.
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Seacrest Beach Shops
Shopping lovers will find a bunch of fun boutiques in Seacrest, the majority of which will be found at The Village of South Walton / Peddler Pavillion. It’s impossible to miss Peddlers Pavilion as it’s right off of scenic 30-A and has a ton of colorful bikes out front. Some of the most popular Seacrest Beach shops are as follows…
LMN – All ladies love this little Seacrest Beach boutique as it has the latest fashion trends for women. It’s owned and operated by an awesome lady named Neely and she will help you find whatever you’re looking for.
Ophelia Swimwear – No worries if you forgot your bikini at home. Ophelia has it all when it comes to women’s swimwear and beachwear needs.
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Seacrest Beach Rentals
The vacation rental market in Seacrest Beach is always strong and each year there are good deals to be found if you know where to look. If you’re working on a tight budget the first thing you’ll want to always make sure to do is to book directly through a vacation rental management companies’ website. Booking directly through a website like 30A Escapes will automatically save you a nice chunk of change versus booking through VRBO or Airbnb.
The reason for that is because VRBO and others like it, charge a service fee on top of the base rental rate. When you book directly through a local 30A property management company website, they typically do not charge that extra service fee. Also, management companies usually have much more flexibility if for any reason you need to make adjustments to your reservation after the fact.
Now that we’ve covered that important tip, let’s talk about the different segments of Seacrest Beach so that you can better decide on where you want to stay. It’s important to note that no matter where you stay in Seacrest, you’ll be able to walk or bike to all the shops and restaurants. Many of the vacation rentals in Seacrest Beach include complimentary bikes so make sure to look for that when deciding on a place to stay for the week.
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Main Seacrest Beach Neighborhood on the North Side of 30A
Seacrest Beach has one of the largest lagoon style pools on 30A and in all of South Walton County for that matter. If having access to the lagoon pool is important to you, then you’ll want to book a property in the main Seacrest Beach neighborhood on the north side of 30A. The main entrance to the community is marked by a white lifeguard stand which has become a favorite spot to take selfies. All the vacation rentals in the main neighborhood have access to the lagoon pool and free Tram service to the beach.
The Village of South Walton Condos in Seacrest Beach
Great deals can almost always be found when you book a condo at The Village of South Walton. The Village recently upgraded their pools and although I have not personally swum in them, they look awesome. However, it’s important to understand that the new pools at the Village are different than the Seacrest Beach lagoon pool.
Rules are always changing so I’m not sure if renters staying in the Village of South Walton have access to the huge Seacrest Bach neighborhood lagoon pool or not. If having access to the massive lagoon pool is important to you, make sure to ask the management company about it before you book a rental in Seacrest Beach.
Seacrest Beach Rentals on the South Side of 30A
All throughout Seacrest Beach on the south side of scenic 30A you’ll find private communities. The gated communities in Seacrest Beach on the south side of HWY 30A include Water’s Edge, High Pointe Resort, Longue Vue, Villas at Sunset Beach and Paradise by the Sea. You’ll find phenomenal Gulf front 30A rentals in each of those private communities. My personal favorite is High Pointe Resort because it has a fantastic pool, tennis courts, kids playground, easy Gulf access and Crabby’s Steve Bar & Grill.
Seacrest Beach Access to the Gulf of Mexico
30A vacationers staying in Seacrest Beach have only one way to access the Gulf of Mexico and that is via a private community called the Villas at Sunset Beach. It is a gated development that you either walk or ride the tram through and it extends down to the beach access point. The Seacrest Beach Gulf access point like most on 30A does have a number stairs you’ll need to navigate in order to reach the water. If you have elderly or handicap people in your group, please keep that in mind.
The major upside in regards to the ocean access in Seacrest Beach is that you can ride the free tram all the way down and back to your rental. The major downside to the Seacrest Gulf access is that you cannot ride your bikes down to the beach. The guards at Sunset Beach will not allow you to ride your bikes through so please keep that in mind.
If you’re staying in Seacrest Beach and need a handicap accessible Gulf access point the closest one is Inlet Beach Orange Street regional access. It’s a short drive or even bike ride away and offers a ton of parking, bathrooms and ramp down to the sandy beach. Inlet Beach is also one of the most popular spots for beach bonfires.
30A Beach Bonfires
You’ll want to arrange your beach bonfire party at Inlet Beach because they aren’t allowed in Seacrest Beach. Bonfires on the beach must be conducted at public access points and a $50 permit is required per South Walton County law. Beach bonfires are a ton of fun and I highly recommend them, just make sure to check out our guide here… Do It Yourself 30A Beach Bonfires
Overall, Seacrest Beach is a great 30A family vacation spot. The main thing is to decide what you want access to before booking. If access to the lagoon pool is important, double check with the management company. If complementary bikes are important, look into that as well. Finally, make sure to avoid VRBO and book directly through a 30A vacation rental management website. Doing that will save you money and will open better lines of communication about your rental from the start.