Blue Mountain Beach is a quieter and more relaxed spot on the 30A corridor that’s perfect for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle.
It’s nestled between Grayton Beach and Santa Rosa Beach (Gulf Place), and despite its name, you won’t find any mountains here. Instead, the name comes from the area’s native blue lupine flowers that give the dunes a blue hue, and it’s perched on some of the highest coastal dunes along the Gulf Coast.
Blue Mountain Beach offers a laid-back atmosphere and a slower pace of life. The beaches here are simply stunning, with the same white sand and emerald waters that characterize this stretch of the Gulf Coast. The beach is typically less crowded than those in the busier communities along the 30A, making it an excellent choice for those seeking a quieter beach experience.
One of the unique features of Blue Mountain Beach is Draper Lake, one of South Walton’s 15 rare coastal dune lakes. These lakes are a unique geographical feature and provide a great spot for paddleboarding, kayaking, or simply enjoying the natural beauty. The area around the lake is a haven for local wildlife, and it’s not uncommon to see a variety of bird species.
For outdoor enthusiasts, the nearby Point Washington State Forest offers miles of trails for hiking and biking. There’s also the bike path that runs the length of 30A, which makes getting around on two wheels a breeze.
In terms of dining, Blue Mountain Beach does not disappoint. One local favorite is Blue Mountain Beach Creamery, where you can enjoy homemade ice cream and sorbet. For something more substantial, try Local Catch Bar & Grill for fresh seafood and Southern fare, or Basmati’s Asian Cuisine for sushi and other Asian-inspired dishes.
For those who enjoy a good craft beer, Grayton Beer Brewpub is just a short drive away and offers a selection of locally brewed beers in a laid-back atmosphere. They also offer a food menu featuring locally sourced ingredients.
When it comes to accommodation, Blue Mountain Beach offers a range of options. From quaint beach cottages to luxurious vacation rentals, many with stunning beachfront views, there’s something to suit every taste and budget.
One notable landmark in the area is the Redfish Village, a mixed-use development that includes not only residences but also a collection of shops, restaurants, and professional services. It’s a great place to explore, and it adds a dose of convenience for those staying in the area.
Blue Mountain Beach is the perfect spot for those seeking a quieter, more relaxed beach vacation. With its stunning natural beauty, fantastic dining options, and range of outdoor activities, it’s a place that invites you to slow down, relax, and enjoy the beach life.