Destin Gulf Front
Located in South Walton just south of Santa Rosa Beach and east of Grayton Beach State Park is Blue Mountain Beach. Named for its high elevation, its “mountainous” sand dunes, and the beautiful blue lupine wildflowers that grow in the area’s sandy soil, Blue Mountain Beach is a picturesque coastal respite where healthy living and taking it easy harmoniously collide.
Renowned for enabling residents a ‘laid back’ lifestyle, Blue Mountain Beach is one of the best locations on 30A for kicking your feet up on your cozy bungalow’s porch balcony and soaking in the rosy glow of an evening sunset over the emerald ocean and berry-blue lupine-covered sand dunes.
This neighborly community is ideal for languid strolls for ice cream at the popular Blue Mountain Beach Creamery, which features homemade sweet treats, or for a fresh, easy-to-eat bite from Cup 30A. Another delight is the popular Justin Gaffrey Art Studio. Gaffrey’s art, which is inspired no doubt by local scenery, is vibrant, exciting, and moving; it is among the most popular and highly-sought after on 30A. All of the most desirable dining and shopping destinations –including the oldest health food store on 30A– are within walking distance making Blue Mountain Beach a truly rejuvenating place to live.
In addition to its walkability, Blue Mountain Beach is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream with Point of Washington State Forest nature trails are connected to Blue Mountain Beach just off Scenic 83. These cypress swamps and pine groves are ideal for hiking, biking, bird watching, and more. Additionally, the community has access to the scenic 30A bike path. Fishers and kayakers will discover their indulgence at one of Blue Mountain Beach’s three rare coastal dune lakes –Little Redfish Lake, Big Redfish Lake, or Draper Lake.
Contributing to the healthiness of Blue Mountain Beach’s outdoor living scene is the culinary scene where fresh, local seafood is skillfully prepared. Try the Mediterranean fare at the Grecian Gardens or the artful Asian cuisine at Basmati’s Restaurant. Locals swear by For the Health of It, a unique venue where you can get organic produce, a fresh smoothie, and a healing massage.
Though its isolated vibe is a huge attraction for residents, Blue Mountain Beach is also conveniently close enough to Seaside, Grayton Beach, and Dune Allen Beach for “getting away” for a little adventure, shopping, and exploration.
At the end of the day, it’s great to return home. Like its coastal dune lakes, Blue Mountain Beach is an exotic, quaint seaside escape that offers rarely received peace to both visitors and residents.
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