Hwy 30-A is an 18 mile stretch that runs along the Gulf of Mexico. This highway is a two-lane paved road that includes paved bike paths. It is the main east/west arterial through the area south of Highway 98. It runs from Inlet Beach to the east to Topsail Hill State Park to the west. There are numerous separate communities along 30-A including Rosemary Beach, Watersound, Watercolor, Seaside, Grayton Beach, Seagrove, The Retreat, to name a few.
Many of these communities are mixed use, live/work neighborhoods that feature commercial and retail services. There are 9 dune coastal lakes adjacent to the Gulf that have tributaries to it. These lakes are purportedly found nowhere else. The area extends north from the Gulf inland 1 mile. A good portion of the surrounding land will remain vacant as it is part of a 21,000 acre state natural park and preserve that encompasses land in south Walton County.
As a result, there can be large gaps between communities resulting in comparable sales data from several miles away. The St. Joe Company is the largest single land owner of developable tracts along the 30-A corridor. There are numerous public beach access points along the corridor. These are county maintained. The economy supports year-round residents; however, the summer months are the peak season for vacationers and tourists. Most of the residential properties are used for second homes. The peak season is the summer months for vacation purposes.