Blue Mountain Beach

Towering a cloud-kissing (if by cloud-kissing we mean fog) 64ft-high, 'Blue Mountain' is supposedly the highest point on the pancake-flat Gulf Coast. Be on the lookout for blue lupine flowers, which supposedly gave this alpine peak it's name. Relax on the exquisite beach in the shadow of this mighty massif. (Note: 'mountain' does not actually provide a ton of shade.)

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2. Dune Allen Beach

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Simply one of the more pleasant beaches along South Walton, Dune Allen is a family-friendly slice of sand that's great for the kids, or adults who just…

3. Topsail Hill Preserve State Park


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4. Eden Gardens State Park

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Inland from 30A on a peninsula jutting into Choctawhatchee Bay, manicured gardens and lawns front the 1800s estate home of the Wesleys, a wealthy Florida…

5. Deer Lake State Park

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Named for its eponymous coastal dune lake – a body of water that sits inland from the Gulf, but is connected to it – this park is rich in scrub oaks,…

6. Inlet Beach

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7. Seascape Beach

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8. Henderson Beach State Park

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