Vacayzen Partners with YOLO Board

Vacayzen Partners with YOLO Board

Jacob Watkins and Phillip Poundstone of Vacayzen and Jeff Archer of YOLO Board

YOLO Board and Vacayzen Announce New Partnership

Santa Rosa Beach, Florida — January 22, 2016 — Two local companies — YOLO Board and Vacayzen– announced a new partnership in rental services. Both companies started in Walton County and service a large area of Northwest Florida.

Jeff Archer created YOLO Board in 2006, armed with the motto “You Only Live Once” and a deep passion for sharing the emerging sport of standup paddling with the community. Jacob Watkins and Phillip Poundstone founded Vacayzen in 2012 with the mission to help families create the best vacation experience possible.

“We bought our first rental paddleboards from Jeff when we started our business in 2012”, said Watkins. “We are so excited to partner with him as he shares the same high standards in customer service that are imperative for success.”

“We have always aligned ourselves with the best in the business and Vacayzen certainly qualified in this arena,” said Archer. “We considered offering rental deliveries in-house, but with our company moving into many other ventures, we felt that we should hand it over to the experts.”

The two companies have joined forces for paddleboard and bike delivery in Walton and Okaloosa County. They are also in the process of producing a custom line of Vacayzen YOLO bikes, which will roll-out in the spring of 2016.  Rental opportunities are available on both company’s websites.

“YOLO Board has always strived to create memorable experiences for people,” Archer said. “This partnership will allow that to happen on a bigger scale in this community.  Together YOLO board and Vacayzen are going to be able to provide our customers with the highest quality product and service at the best value and this translates into the kind of YOLO experience we want every customer and visitor to enjoy.”



“YOLO Board didn’t invent standup paddling or its boards… but its savvy, marketing-driven approach has, despite the sport’s West Coast roots, made the Santa Rosa Beach, FL-based company an industry leader,” said Entrepreneur magazine. YOLO Board, LLC, is a leading designer, marketer and distributor of standup paddleboards, paddles, equipment, lifestyle apparel and accessories. Since 2007, the community-minded brand (aptly named for the lifestyle mantra “You Only Live Once”) has been committed to manufacturing a variety of quality boards suited to fit any paddler, from the recreational novice to the elite pro racer. In 2014, the company expanded its growing YOLO-inspired lifestyle product line with the debut of YOLO Paddles and YOLO Bike Co. Board and bike rentals, lessons, corporate and team building packages and seasonal community race events are available through YOLO Board Adventures Sandestin and YOLO Board + Beach – the company’s flagship store in Miramar Beach featuring the unique ‘try before you buy’ lake experience. Additional retail and rental locations include YOLO Board + Bike at Gulf Place Town Center on Scenic Highway 30A, YOLO Board West Coast in San Diego, California, and a growing number of distributors nationwide.

For more information, visit or call 850-622-5760.

ABOUT Vacayzen

Vacayzen was created to revolutionize the vacation experience. Vacayzen, specializes in vacation gear rentals across the panhandle of Florida. Offering everything any family would need for vacation, Vacayzen focuses on high quality products and the best customer service in the industry. Our slogan, “Bike, Beach, Baby and More” introduces our customers to the wide variety of rental products and services we offer. Vacayzen has been serving the locals and guests of the area since June 2012 quickly rising to the leader in the market. With two retail locations in Santa Rosa Beach, FL and Destin, FL as well as a fleet of over 10 delivery vehicles, we make it convenient for our customers to use our services!

For more information, visit or call 888-750-7606.

It’s Fall, Y’all! Vacayzen Is Open Year-Round!

It’s Fall, Y’all! Vacayzen Is Open Year-Round!

It’s Fall, Y’all! Vacayzen Is Open Year-Round!

What can we say? Fall at the beach is our favorite time of year. (Shh! Don’t tell summer.) The breezes are cool but the Gulf’s still warm, and you know we love college football Saturdays!

Come celebrate your fall break at the beach and let Vacayzen help you out with all your beach gear and more. We’re open year-round and excited to serve you and help make your trip a little easier. As always, we’ve got free delivery and pick-up on all rental bikes, paddleboards, coolers, umbrellas, strollers, cribs… you name it! Save some room in the car on the way down and let us know what you need!




5 Reasons to Love Fall at the Beach:

  1. The best sunsets. The earth’s tilt in fall makes for sunsets over the Gulf, and there’s nothing better than watching that pink and orange blaze across the sky when it dips below the horizon. It’s a great reason to have a bonfire on the beach! (Not that you need an excuse.)
  2. It’s less crowded. We love summer, but we know it can be a little hectic around the beach. Things relax a little more in the fall, so you can, too.
  3. Great events. Concerts, food festivals, you name it… From Panama City Beach to Fort Walton Beach, there are awesome events going on almost every weekend.
  4. Football! Whether you’re into the NCAA, the NFL, or both, you’ll find your fellow fans here. Grab a seat at almost any of your favorite local watering holes and catch the big game with locals and visitors alike.
  5. Biking. Hop on your 30A rental bike, because you could not ask for better cruising weather! The sweltering heat of summer is gone and you’ll love taking a ride down 30A’s trails to Seaside, Rosemary Beach, or maybe for a delicious handmade popsicle or coffee at Pop Stop and Grove Bros in Seagrove Beach!



There are plenty more reasons to love fall at the beach, but we’ll let you come see for yourself. Just give us a call or e-mail this fall or winter season for all your beach gear, bikes, and baby gear rentals!




Warm Up or Cool Down at Grove Bros Coffee and Pop Stop!

Warm Up or Cool Down at Grove Bros Coffee and Pop Stop!

Warm Up or Cool Down at Grove Bros Coffee and Pop Stop!

If you’ve stopped by Vacayzen in Seagrove Beach on 30A, you might have noticed the brightly colored patio furniture and giant popsicles on the shop to your right—the 30A Pop Stop! We’re proud to offer delicious handmade popsicles in fruity flavors such as pineapple and watermelon, creamy dessert flavors like blueberry cheesecake and cookies ’n’ cream, and seasonal flavors such as eggnog and salted caramel. What a tasty way to wind down from a bike ride or to take with you for a walk along the beach! Stop in to see what’s poppin’ today.

We know how it is when you just need your coffee fix, too, so that’s why we opened Grove Bros coffee shop inside Pop Stop in Seagrove Beach! Stop in for your cup of java or coffee drinks like lattes, cappuccinos, chai teas, and more. (Come get your pumpkin spice fix this fall!) Avoid the long lines and parking trouble at other area cafes. Grove Bros has a full-service espresso bar and professional baristas to make your drinks just the way you like them. Grab a drink on the go or sit on the patio and enjoy a chat with friends, relax with a book, or study—free Wi-Fi is available upon request of the password.


Our coffee is fair trade and organic. Stop in for your morning pick-me-up or after a jog down the beach. We also have snacks like granola, trail mix, nuts, pretzels, and a whole lot more! Also available are 30A and Seagrove souvenirs. Our friendly local staffers are excited to help you cool down with a pop, warm up with your favorite coffee or tea, or just take a look around and say hello.

Visit Pop Stop’s Facebook page for more news, and follow @30apopstop on Instagram!

Pop Stop & Grove Bros Coffee 30A


4020 East County Highway 30-A

Seagrove Beach, Florida

(877) 483-5616

5 Places to Paddleboard in Northwest Florida

5 Places to Paddleboard in Northwest Florida

5 Places to Paddleboard in Northwest Florida

You probably know that the new favorite pastime for water sport adventures is stand-up paddleboarding. At Vacayzen, we’ve got the paddleboard rentals to keep the whole family covered from Panama City Beach to Fort Walton Beach, and everywhere in between! While many enjoy paddling or even fishing from their boards in the Gulf of Mexico, sometimes the water can be a little choppy for beginners who might need to practice on a smoother surface. We’ve put together a list of 5 Places to Paddleboard in Northwest Florida for paddlers of all ages and skill levels!


Grayton Beach State Park

If you’re staying near or on Highway 30-A in South Walton, a trip to Grayton Beach State Park is definitely a good idea whether you’re paddleboarding or not. But if you are, grab your boards and head out to practice in 30-A’s famous Western Lake! The park entrance just east of Grayton Beach is a good place to go (note the $2 parking charge) to drop your board in on one of the area’s most scenic coastal dune lakes. You can paddle all the way to the beach or explore the wilder side amid the pines and growth of the park. You can also launch from the boat ramp just east of Red Bar, or head straight to the beach and test your skills in the Gulf.


Crab Island

Definitely one of Destin’s most popular hangouts, Crab Island is a sandbar in the Choctawhatchee Bay just north of Destin’s East Pass by the Harbor. A great launching area is directly under the Marler Bridge (East Pass) on the western end, and then it’s just a short paddle to the action at Crab Island! Due to high boating traffic and often many people wading in the warm waters, this is a spot better suited to advanced paddleboarders.


Hogtown Bayou – Santa Rosa Beach

Launch from the Cessna Landing docks just off Highway 393 north in Santa Rosa Beach and explore this little bayou or take a longer paddle right out to the Choctawhatchee Bay! With tons of inlets and beautiful homes to view from the water, it’s a peaceful ride with calm waters. Be sure to look to the west near the day’s end, because sunsets from Hogtown Bayou are beautiful!

St. Andrews State Park

For our Panama City Beach visitors, escape the high traffic and busy Gulf waters with a trip to beautiful St. Andrews State Park. The park boasts lakes that are great practice, or take a ride on the Shell Island Shuttle and explore. Head north from the kayak launch and check out Alligator Point!

Where to rent yolo boards on 30a

Santa Rosa Sound

On the western end of our area lie Okaloosa Island and the serene Santa Rosa Sound. With miles of nearly deserted beaches, Okaloosa Island is a great spot for some R&R, or on the north side of the island, take a paddle around the sound. Maybe even try some SUP Yoga!


Don’t forget that Vacayzen is open all year and always includes free delivery and pickup for all beach gear rentals, paddleboards, kayaks, baby gear, and more!


Visit our Beach Rentals page for all paddleboard rentals or give us a call to reserve yours!

Perfect in South Walton Awards 2016 – Vote for Vacayzen!

Perfect in South Walton Awards 2016 – Vote for Vacayzen!

Perfect in South Walton Awards 2016 – Vote for Vacayzen!

The 2016 Perfect in South Walton Awards have commenced! These awards are given to South Walton, Florida, businesses that have exemplified what it takes to be considered one of the area’s best. We can’t say how thankful we are to have been nominated in two categories for the 2016 Perfect in South Walton listings. Thanks to Visit South Walton for hosting these awards each year.

Vacayzen is honored to be in the running for Best Beach Service and Best Bicycle Service!

Pop Stop is also nominated in Best Bakery/Dessert Shop!

Thank you to all our customers who have kept Vacayzen in business and to those who nominated us for these awards! Please vote for Vacayzen and Pop Stop! The deadline to vote is August 31, 2015.

Perfect in South Walton Awards 2016


Vote for the 2016 Perfect in South Walton Awards Here!