Hi chickadees?! How’s everyone’s Monday so far? I just landed in Barcelona, Spain to meet up with my friend + photog, Hanna! We’re going to spend the week exploring the Spanish islands and shooting lots of content. I’m also trying my hand at “vlog-ing”, so stay tuned for that. In the meantime, I wanted to post about our trip to the Gulf Coast of Florida a few months back! I’ve been going down to the Gulf Coast [ right below the border of Florida + Alabama ] since I was a baby, so I may be biased when I say it’s one of the most beautiful places on earth. Keep readin’ and let me know what you think!
After years of bunking with relatives or renting little vacation homes, my parents accomplished one of their dreams of getting a house of their own in Santa Rosa Beach. Aaaand let me tell you, it’s the best! One of my favorite parts is this winding staircase up to a lookout tower. You can see the entire Gulf of Mexico from up there.
One of our favorite little towns is Seaside, a quaint neighborhood with the yummiest restaurants ever. It’s pretty much looked the same since I was five years old…just the way I like it 🙂
BEST VACATION SPOTS ON THE GULF COAST OF FLORIDA
Alys Beach : Pristine white houses + pretty courtyards. The most glam spot on 30A [ that’s what we call the area we live because County Road 30A runs through the middle of it ].
Seaside : Little beach houses in every color of the [ pastel ] rainbow. Complete with gravel streets, food trucks + an amphitheater with live music!
Watersound Beach : The only spot on 30A that has protected sand dunes. Rolling white sand and tons of wildlife!
Rosemary Beach : Beachside town meets New Orleans charm. Has some of the best restaurants within walking distance plus a fancy shmancy new hotel!
Grayton : The oldest + most historical area on the Gulf Coast. Overgrown palms and sprawling Jasmine covers vintage airstreams and wooden bungalows!
The primary mode of transportation on the Gulf Coast? Beach bikes, duh! There are few things I love more in this life than riding my little blue bike barefoot to the beach. Say that five times fast, I dare ya!
Another one of my favorite spots? Alys Beach! Every single house is white stucco with colorful shutters…there are beautiful courtyards + countless alleyways to explore. Verrrrry romantic vibe, for you lovebirds reading this!
Did someone say tacos?! Our little Florida paradise has so much good food. From fresh seafood [ red snapper is my fave ], to tacos + queso [ AKA cheese dip for those poor souls who haven’t experienced queso yet ], you could spend an entire week on the Gulf Coast without trying all the best restaurants.
BEST RESTAURANTS ON THE GULF COAST OF FLORIDA
La Crema Tapas + Chocolate : My absolute number one! Every single menu item is delicious and it’s all small plates for sharing. Be sure to try the white orange Sangria [ if you’re over 21 of course ]!
Pizza By The Sea : Just good, solid pizza. Enough said, right?!
Seagrove Market : An older spot with tons of history and tons of good, fried southern food. Shrimp po boys and chicken tenders galore!
The Doughnut Hole : Their cinnamon sugar donuts will change your life. Just trust me on this one.
Edward’s : A romantic little spot in Rosemary Beach! Eat outside in a European style courtyard while a local guitarist strums some tunes.
Red Bar : Local favorite in Grayton Beach! You can’t look up the menu, because the chef writes it on a chalkboard after he gets a look at what fresh caught fish came into the kitchen that day.
As its name suggests, the Gulf Coast is located on the Gulf of Mexico. That means miles and miles of warm, crystal clear water and some of the whitest sand you’ve ever seen. It’s dreamy!
Is there anything else y’all want to know about the Gulf Coast?! Let me know in the comments below. Xx
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