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This Florida Destination Has Rare Dune Lakes, Quartz Crystal-sand Beaches, and the First Permanent Underwater Sculpture Garden in the U.S.

A local shares her favorite restaurants, hotels, and things to do in Florida’s 30A.

By Carrie Honaker  |  June 11, 2024

The first time I glimpsed the 26-mile stretch of beach on 30A — almost 30 years ago — I thought I had been transported to some undiscovered island paradise. The stark white sand and crystal-clear emerald waters coupled with forests, rivers, and bays teeming with wildlife convinced me to make my home here. This gorgeous region — unlike anywhere else in Florida — has grown into an area with a vibrant arts and culture scene, four state parks, and Timpoochee Trail, the bike path that hugs 18 miles of 30A coastline and lures visitors from all over.

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