What to Do at the Beach When It Rains

Nov. 17, 2016

A rainy day at the beach seems like it might as well be rain on your wedding day; however, no need to cue the Alanis soundtrack...when your beach vacation is on 30A, there is more than enough to rain or shine, sun or…chill breezes.

Tour the Grayton Beer Company

It might call for a little-advanced planning, but touring the Grayton Beer Company is definitely something that’s not only enjoyable to do but also quite tasty. Sample and savor local brews and then take a guided tour of the in-house brewery learning all about the beer-making process. It will be a fun way to discover a new favorite flavor while learning something cool about beer making, labeling, bottling, and everything in between.

Hunker Down at Bars around Town

Locals understand that rain happens, which is why when it rains, most locals who advocate getting out and about suggest going to the local bar. After all, where better to ride out a rainstorm than in the company of other happy-go-lucky laid back folks just looking for a long, laid-back drink, a great conversation and a great view? Two places that quickly come to mind as go-to sipping spots are: Bud & Alley’s Rooftop Bar in Seaside Beach and The Red Bar in Grayton Beach.

Check out the Shops

Shopping is a preferred pastime for any traveler whose plans are disrupted by a rainy day, and the scene on 30A is no exception. With multiple merchant shops as well as exotic galleries like Fusion Art Glass in Seaside, The Shops of Ruskin in Seaside, the Shops at GulfPlace, the Merchants of Seaside, the Merchants of Rosemary Beach, and the WaterColor Merchants (among many others) make for resplendent shopping opportunities of clothing, jewelry, glassworks, art pieces, toys, and more.

Take in the Theater

While the nearest cinema is on Grand Boulevard in Sandestin in Miramar Beach, you can get a much more cultured theatrical experience thanks to the Seaside Repertory Theatre. This theater company has frequent, ongoing shows, so it’s very likely there will be a chance for some real culture to upgrade your rainy day evening with. Check with your concierge if you like performing arts as there may be improve or other live shows taking place on a night where you’re looking for something to do that doesn’t involve being outdoors.

Pamper Yourself

Make an impromptu spa appointment at one of the many local spas along 30A. The Pearl Salon in Rosemary Beach & Spa, WaterColor InnSpa, and For the Health of It in Blue Mountain Beach are just a few local places that can soothe, comfort, and spoil you and make you feel like the million bucks you deserve to feel like on vacation. Keep an eye on the forecast and let concierge services help you book an appointment if a spa treatment is your rainy day plan.

Pick up a New Read to Enjoy at Your Cottage Rental

Swing by Sundog Books in Seaside for a new read. Pick from a book about local landmarks (like the coastal dune lakes) or scoop up something else worthy of a rainy-day read (there are lots of children’s books, classics, and popular novels that make for killer rainy-day mind and eye candy). There’s nothing quite like curling up with a good story as the rain pitter-patters and you have nothing better to do but milk the moment.

The long and short of it is that just because the rain falls on 30A, it doesn’t mean that your beach vacation plans have to fail. There is more than enough to do to make your 30A beach trip magical beyond measure regardless of the weather.

Grey skies got you down? Don’t worry…your luxury concierge services have no problem making suggestions or reservations that will keep the good times rolling. Contact us and see how our expert, experienced services can make your 30A beach vacation the best ever…rain or shine.