If Seaside is the heart of Scenic Highway 30A, then Grayton Beach is her soul. In fact, in these parts, Grayton is where vacationing first began, with early travelers arriving by horse and buggy to these sugar-white shores. Grayton Beach is also the only place in the region where you can take a 4-wheel drive vehicle directly out onto the sand (but only with a proper permit!). You can also go on a pedal tour to explore the area’s best bars and restaurants!
An icon of Destin, Crab island is a must see if you want a truly unique once in a lifetime experience. Out in the middle of Destin's Pass lies Crab Island. A once dry piece of land, Crab Island now sits only a couple feet below water and ready for friends and family excited to have a little fun...in the middle of the Pass. Come check it out, you won't forget it.
A true hidden gem rarely fully explored, Okaloosa Island is nothing short of incredible. Protected by our local wildlife conservation authorities, you can see birds, sea turtles and marine life here that you would rarely see elsewhere because of its remoteness. Take a hike off 98 through the Snow White dunes, where permitted, and see this incredible beauty for yourself.
Pristine white sugar sand beaches and more than 6,000 feet of natural scenic shoreline border the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Shifting sand dunes and coastal scrub provide habitat for a wide variety of plants, birds, and mammals. Boardwalks provide access to the beach for swimming, sunbathing, and fishing. Six pavilions allow for picnicking and grilling. Outdoor cold showers are available for rinsing off after a day at the beach....
Topsail Hill offers a wide variety of natural resources including 3.2 miles of secluded, white sand beaches with majestic dunes over 25 feet tall. Three rare coastal dune lakes provide excellent freshwater fishing. Although boats are not allowed, fishing from the shoreline yields bass, bream, panfish and catfish. Lakes, pristine beaches, old-growth long leaf pines, sand pine scrub and a variety of wetlands offer a bird-watching and hiking paradise....
Located about 1 hour away from Destin, FL, these natural springs are simply breathtaking. The spring area boasts an open pool with easy access steps entering the water. The crystal clear water shows bream and bass swimming around below.
Visitors can take a leisurely walk along two self-guided nature trails through a lush, hardwood forest and learn about the local ecology and wildlife. The walk offers a closer look at Sandy Creek....
Located about 1 hour from Destin, FL, Morrison Springs is a great place to bring the family on a hot day. The cold crystal clear water is incredible. Morrison Spring discharges an average of 48 million gallons of crystal-clear water each day to create a 250-foot-diameter spring pool and a spring run that flows into the Choctawhatchee River. There are 3 cavities reported at the bottom of the spring pool, 1 of which is 300 feet deep. The spring is popular not only for scuba diving but also for swimming and snorkeling.
Cypress Springs is truly unique. Only accessible by canoe or paddle-board, it is one of the most amazing springs nearby. With its strong current, lush banks and deep sapphire waters, Cypress Springs is one of the most beautiful springs in Northwest Florida. The spring discharges from two vents in the limestone boulders at the bottom of the spring pool. The diameter of the spring pool is approximately 150 feet and the maximum depth is 29 feet. A large surface boil is visible over both vents. The cool, clear water is a constant 68 degrees Fahrenheit. The banks surrounding the pool are heavily vegetated with cypress and tupelo trees. Click below for an outfitter whom you can rent from should you want to visit.
With coastal dune lakes along the north side of Scenic 30A (including Stallworth Lake and Oyster Lake, which is shaped like an oyster shell, but was also reportedly once teeming with fresh oysters) and glimpses of the glittering Gulf of Mexico to the south, the mostly residential community of Dune Allen has been a favorite vacation destination for generations. Looking for one of the best dining views along 30A? It’s hard to beat Santa Rosa Beach Club’s Vue on 30A restaurant (open to the public)
Said to be the highest point anywhere on the Gulf of Mexico (at a whopping elevation of 64 feet), “Blue Mountain Beach” is hardly a mountain… but at least they got the beach part right. As for the blue? Folks say it likely originated from the blue lupine flowers that still flourish between the homes here. At one time, they blanketed these Gulf-side hills.
Navarre Beach is a beautiful and serene beach and pier just 30min away from Destin Pass. With far less crowds and access to a wonderfully long pier stretching 1,545 feet into the ocean, you can experience marine life that you would otherwise miss from the beach. The park, which is just steps from the pier connects Santa Rosa Sound and the Gulf of Mexico with three attractions above and below sea level. From artificial reefs to the marine science station, you are sure to learn and see lots on your visit here.
you’ll find in South Walton, and perhaps anywhere. Quite quiet and bordered by 13-acres of protected dunes, this pristine beach neighborhood feels as if time somehow forgot it. Once known as “Soldiers Beach” (named after World War II vets who purchased land in this area through a government homestead program), the dunes often soar to massive heights here, and the extra long neighborhood walkovers allow for some pretty spectacular photography