There’s a not-so-secret spot that almost everyone in Nashville likes to visit in the summer…it’s the “Emerald Coast”.
When I first heard it was called this I was a little skeptical that it was a popular destination for people in Nashville, let alone the US. It sounded like some enchanting place off the coast of the French Polynesian Islands. But the Emerald Coast actually much MUCH closer than that! It’s about a seven hour drive south from Nashville to a stretch of Florida called 30A.
My first chance to visit was several years ago on a long weekend. It was too cold to swim in the ocean, but not too cold to sit on the beach and take in the beauty! This stretch gets it’s name from the green blue water and the “sugar sand” beaches. What the name doesn’t tell you is about the stunning sunsets. Watching the sun set on the coastline is so serene and peaceful. Truly a beautiful way to end a day at the beach.
Having been here a few times now, I have a couple favorite spots and one of them is George’s. George’s is an adorable little restaurant in the beach community called Alys Beach. The menu centers around seafood, so if you enjoy good seafood add this to your list! We then went for a stroll along what can only really be called a promenade. It’s lined with towering palm trees that line the road and sidewalk.
After our little walk we headed to the beach to catch the sunset, which is maybe my favorite part of any trip to 30A. Some beach communities present themselves as a little more relaxed than others, but the view from the beaches is equal in my opinion. Which means, if you’re staying in Destin or Alys Beach, the view of the sunset is still going to be lovely.
What a beautiful place! I’m going to check it out!