Public Beaches of 30A
The short answer is...kind of? There are communities where you HAVE to be staying in the neighborhoods to have access to their beaches. These communities are WaterColor, Seaside, Watersound, Seacrest (proper,) Alys, and Rosemary.
The accesses there may require a code to use and most of them don't have parking, anyway. There is a public access in Seaside at the main pavilion near Bud and Alley's that many people use for a quick stroll, but if you're looking to post up and have a beach day, the closest is going to be at Van Ness Butler between WaterColor and Seaside.
In what we call "Old Seacrest," the part that doesn't have access to the Lagoon Pool located between Prominence and Alys, there are neighboor hood accesses, but no Regional Beach accesses. So what's the difference?
Regional Beach Accesses
Regional Beach Accesses (RBAs) are available in South Walton. You can tell them apart because they have parking, bathrooms, and ramps for wheelchair access. These are the truly public accesses.
Dune Allen Regional Beach Access
Fort Panic Regional Beach Access 43
*Also in Dune Allen
Ed Walline Regional Beach Access 39
Blue Mountain Regional Beach Access 36
Van Ness Butler Jr Regional Beach Access 30
Santa Clara Regional Beach Access 17
Inlet Beach Regional Access 2A, 2B, 2C
No matter where you're staying on 30A, it's likely there's a neighborhood access close by. Again, if you're visiting any of the above mentioned neighborhoods with private accesses, in a way, those private accesses are your neighborhood accesses. The difference is, the public neighborhood access will never have a code. However, there's often no parking, and sometimes no bike racks.
There are a TON, so we won't list them this time, but here is a list of all the Beach (and Bay accesses in Walton County)