Welcome to Blue Mountain Beach
A private residential beach town full of charm and great dining.
Speckled with the area’s famous Blue Lupine flower, the sunlight-drenched hills of Blue Mountain Beach still beckon to visitors today the way they once did—according to local folklore—to the sailors of old who were inspired enough to give Blue Mountain its unique name.
Though no longer completely blanketed by the floral covering, the dunes and rises of Blue Mountain still provide some of the best views of the Gulf. Visitors and residents can rest perched above the ocean and watch the heavy, orange glow of the sun dip beneath the emerald waters and send a riotous blaze of color through the sky.
The majority of Blue Mountain Beach is residential, and the housing options are varied and full of personality. Take your pick of charming beach cottages perched on the coastline, luxury condos with impressive amenities, low-key vacation homes, and new builds.
What to Love
People & Lifestyle
Blue Mountain is known for its laid-back feel and easy family-friendly charm. It’s the perfect place for those looking to enjoy privacy and exclusivity during their beach vacations while maintaining close contact to the best venues and activities in the South Walton area.
Shopping, Dining & Entertainment
Blue Mountain is mostly a private residential area; however, it maintains several unique local stores that radiate with charm and is minutes away from premier shopping locations in the area. Less than twenty minutes west, Silver Sand Premium Outlets
awaits with all of your favorite name brands and designer labels. Shop deals at stores like American Eagle
, Eddie Bauer
, and Ralph Lauren
. In need of the perfect healthy food option and nutritional support? Check out, For the Health of It
, a health store based in Blue Mountain that has the best organic groceries, a juice bar, and tons of supplements.
Dining in Blue Mountain is a heavenly experience. Treat your tastebuds to the bold flavors at Mimmo’s Ristorante Italiano
, where the full bar’s impressive drink menu will have you staying long after you’ve finished the tender pasta to spend time conversing with friends. Known for their “made from scratch mentality,” Blue Mabel
is a smokehouse and restaurant that serves up some of the best barbecue around with refreshing takes. Expand your palette with their impressive wood-grilled ribeye nachos that come sizzling hot with premium meats, queso, and charro beans.
Try the delectable breakfast options at Blue Mountain Bakery
, where you can also order custom cakes for any occasion and indulge in your sweet tooth with some of their world-famous cinnamon rolls and giant cookies. Still craving more confectionary goodness? Hit up The Creamery
—and its sister venue right behind it, the Shake Shop—which offers homemade ice cream, frozen yogurt, waffle cones, and more.
Things to Do
Set apart from the hustle and bustle of busier areas, Blue Mountain Beach offers access to some of the best natural beauty in the Florida Panhandle. Several coastal dune lakes—a rare treasure—are located within Blue Mountain, including Big Redfish Lake
and Little Redfish Lake
. Perfect for kayaking, fishing, and paddleboarding, these serene waters and surrounding wetlands are a mecca for bird watchers and conservation enthusiasts who want to view the vast diversity of the local wildlife.
Blue Mountain Beach also provides access to Point Washington State Forest
, where you can hike the miles of trails and experience ten natural communities with habitats that vary from basin swamps and wet flatwoods to cypress swamps and sandhill environments. You’ll also be able to spot several endangered species during your visit, and to truly immerse yourself, you can take advantage of the overnight camping options.
Blue Mountain Beach is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
- Emerald Coast Middle School, 6-8, well-rated public middle school
- Van R. Butler Elementary, PK & K-4, well-rated public elementary school