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18 Dec 2023
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If you’re looking to head south for the winter, there’s no better destination than the stunning white sand beaches of 30A. With year-round warm weather, beautiful landscapes, and tons of activities to keep you entertained, you’ll find yourself never wanting to leave. Whether you’re visiting for a month or the entire winter season, we’ve got you covered on how to make the most of your trip. Check out this month’s blog and start planning your perfect snowbird getaway in 30A!

Sunshine State of Mind

No matter which beautiful beach town you decide on along Florida’s scenic 30A highway, your snowbird getaway will be full of sunshine, comfortable weather, and fun. Average winter temperatures range from a high of 64°F to a low of 45°F, with several 70°F+ days sprinkled throughout the months. And while the water may be too chilly to splash around in all day, it’s still great for invigorating morning swims or things like kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, fishing, and more! These sunny days and mild temps make outdoor activities like hiking along the Alys Beach Nature Trail enjoyable for everyone. With its 1800 feet of well-maintained trails that wind through the 20-acre nature preserve, you’ll be able to get up close to some of the area’s unique wildlife without the oppressive heat of summer. Daily bike rides are also an excellent winter activity for snowbirds in 30A, thanks to the cool Gulf breezes and enviable climate.

Snowbird’s Packing List for Your Stay in 30A

Packing for a month or more in 30A requires careful planning and preparation, but that doesn’t mean it has to be overwhelming. Check out these helpful tips to make snowbird packing for 30A a stress-free experience.

  1. Less is More – When packing for your snowbird getaway in 30A, remember comfort is key. There’s little chance you’ll wear those rarely used items from the back of your closet. Focus on bringing clothes you love and wear often – after all, this will be your home away from home for a large part of the winter season. Essentials like swimwear, casual shorts, t-shirts, comfy shoes, hats, and sunglasses are must-haves. Don’t forget a couple of dressier outfits for those occasional evenings out. By focusing on the familiar pieces of your wardrobe, you’re guaranteed to be prepared without overpacking.
  2. Know What’s Provided – Typically, vacation rentals offer essential amenities such as hair dryers, towels, linens, and sometimes even basic supplies like starter packs of toilet paper, laundry detergent, and shampoo. However, for a longer stay, consider packing personal items like your preferred hair styling tools, toothpaste, and other daily essentials. It’s always better to have your go-to items with you. You can check your vacation rental’s provided amenities to see what items you won’t want to leave home without.
  3. Kitchen Essentials – Bringing along staple pantry goods and snacks that won’t spoil is a great idea, but for bulkier grocery items, consider buying them once you arrive. Or, better yet, if you’re staying in one of our 30A Luxury Vacations rentals, take advantage of our KEY Guest Essentials and get groceries delivered straight to your rental before you even arrive! In addition to groceries, check what kitchen appliances are available at your rental; common items like coffee makers, pans, and slow cookers are often provided, but if you’re planning meals that require specific appliances or utensils, like a blender for your evening cocktails or specialized cookware for a gourmet dinner, it might be worth packing those.

Perfect Snowbird Activities in 30A

The wonderful thing about a longer getaway is that you have time to get involved in the local culture of the area. Where week-long vacations are great for a relaxing retreat and even come with a day or two of exploration about town, escaping for the season means you can immerse yourself in activities that would normally not even be available. Instead of spending an afternoon checking out the galleries of 30A, you can enroll in a weekly art class. Where a short vacation may afford an afternoon on a charter boat, a longer stay means you can take sailing lessons and learn to pilot your own boat! Other fun snowbird activities include cooking classes where you can take advantage of year-round farmer’s markets for fresh, seasonal ingredients, dance lessons, tennis lessons, or even getting certified in SCUBA diving! No matter how you fill your time on your snowbird getaway in 30A, you’re guaranteed to have a great time getting to know the people who call this picturesque stretch of coastline home.

Snowbird Long-Term Rentals in 30A

The most important piece of any snowbird getaway to 30A is finding the perfect vacation rental to call home during your visit. At 30A Luxury Vacations, we have everything from immaculate private homes with pools and hot tubs to breathtaking waterfront condos that put you right on the beach. With enough space to accommodate any size group and even pet-friendly options, there’s a long-term vacation rental guaranteed to transform your winter escape into the cozy coastal retreat of your dreams. So, shake off those winter weather blues and call us at (850) 745-2951 to hear about our long-term rental rates, today!