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Blue Mountain Beach

By Amy Bailey — March 15, 2016

Many of us are familiar with the 30a areas of Seaside and Rosemary Beach, but if you are looking for those turquoise blue waters and white sand with a little less traffic, Blue Mountain Beach is for you. In this off the beaten path seaside village, some days you may find yourself one of the only people on the beach, even during summer. Named after the blue lupine flowers and home to some of the highest dunes along the coast, Blue Mountain Beach is one of my favorite beaches in the world because it offers tranquility which can sometimes be hard to find among the hustle and bustle of 30a.

bluemtnviewWhere To Stay

There are a host of beautiful beachfront homes offered by 360 Blue Properties as well as condo units.

bluemtnswimWhat To Do

As if the allure of relaxing beachside wasn’t enough, there are plenty of adventures to be had in Blue Mountain Beach.

Biking

One of the perks of staying at Blue Mountain Beach is it is easy to get around on bike without having to dodge tons of traffic. You may prefer to bring your own bikes, but most rentals offer bikes as well. Cruise up and down the back streets or have a family outing to Blue Mountain Creamery.

bluemtnsinset2YOLO Board

Rent a YOLO board for $30 an hour or $195 for the whole week. You can pick up the board at YOLO Board + Bike store at Gulf Place on 30a or have it delivered to you. All rentals come up leash, paddle, and Coast Guard Approved PDF. SUP boards are not near as hard as you might think and can be a fun adventure for the whole family. (Just remember paddling with the current is easy, paddling against the current…not so much.) An early morning YOLO adventure in summer will prove most exciting for anyone who loves nature as you are sure to see stingrays, schools of fish, blue crabs, and dolphins. You may also find live sand dollars, just remember if you see tiny hairs all over it or if it is dark in color it is a live animal and by Florida law should be returned to the ocean.

bluemtnsanddollarKids YOLO Camp

For kids 8 and up, we offer an incredible YOLO board experience and camp on beautiful Eastern Lake. Just drop the kids off from 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM and we’ll take care of the rest. Paddleboard instructors are there to assist kids of all experience levels from first time paddlers to the super advanced. We’ll provide the snacks, life jackets, great instructors and one of the best settings on the Coast for this amazing camp.

bluemtncrab– Recommended for: All levels of experience including first timers!
– Experience Level: Beginner to Advanced
– Kids: $145/person
– Session will only be held if 6 or more are registered for that scheduled day.
– This excursion is only offered Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM – 12PM
– Minimum age to participate: 8 and up
– Snacks provided
– Instructor to child ratio is 1 to 5

Please note: Life jackets are provided and mandatory. A parent or guardian must sign a waiver upon drop off. For more information, please call 844-374-2203 or email concierge@360blueproperties.com.

 

bluemtnyogaYoga On The Beach

Take in the first rays of the morning as you stretch, build strength, and find balance with 360 Blue’s hour-long yoga on the beach sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8AM at the Gulfview Heights Public Beach Access in Blue Mountain Beach. Afterwards, enjoy a post-workout breakfast including fresh juices, fruits, and more. This workout is appropriate for all levels.

bluemtnsunet– Recommended for: Those looking for a fitness experience with the Emerald Coast as their backdrop.
– Experience Level: All Levels
– Cost: $50/person
– Session will only be held if 6 or more people are registered
– This excursion is only available on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8AM
– Minimum age to participate is 12 years old

For more information, please call 844-374-2203 or email concierge@360blueproperties.com.

Where To Eat

My first and foremost recommendation on where to eat is grabbing some delicious freshly caught seafood at Goatfeahers and cooking at your place.

stinkysoystertsStinky’s Fish Camp

Get ready for oysters all day in all ways – champagne broiled, raw with ceviche, cheddar jalapeño, oyster shooters – you name it Stinky’s has it. Plus an array of other mouthwatering menu items that are sure to please the whole family.

Local Catch

Get a taste of where the locals hang out while enjoying great food and service. Enjoy ceviche, who dat shrimp, shrimp tacos, po boys, and more.

The Pickle Factory

A thai pizza? Yes thats right enjoy a selection of pizzas at The Pickle Factory with their most famous named the Kee Mao aka Thai pizza. Also make sure to try the fried pickles with bits of fried garlic tossed in.

The Vue on 30a

The cue offers just that – a beautiful waterfront view of those beautiful blue waves and white sand. The Vue on 30a offers a more refined dining experience, but perhaps the best meal offered is brunch. Serving up crawfish benedict, lobster roll, and fried oyster benedict – brunch paired with a Bloody Mary at The Vue is a must.

bluemtnjuiceFormula Fresh Juice

Right in the heart of Blue Mountain Beach is Formula Fresh Juice, a healthy option to begin your day on beautiful 30a. I like to start my day with one of their ‘be sunny’ carrot juice because drinking or eating carrots before and after sun exposure is good for your skin.

Where To Shop

If you want to shop, a short trip down 30a will lead you to some of my favorite stores.

bluemtnduckiesDuckies In Seaside

Duckies is named ‘Shop of Fun’ for a very good reason. From octopus fingers to some of the cutest clothes imaginable to magic potion bottles, Duckies is a child’s dream and once you see the look on their face, a trip to Duckies will become a delight to you too.

bluemtnopheliaOphelia Swimwear

The best swimwear store in the Southeast has 2 locations – Seaside and Seacrest offering Tori Praver, Wildfox, Some Days Lovin’, and so many more brands. Whether you are looking for a bikini or one-piece, let Ophelia Swimwear unleash your inner mermaid.

bluemtngigifabGigi’s Fab Kids

There is a reason the majority of my child’s fall and spring wardrobes come from Gigi’s Fab Kids – they have the cutest most unique clothes and shoes. It is a joy to have my daughter actually get excited to try on clothes and Gigi’s offers a special experience for each child.

Willow

I still remember how excited I was when I first discovered Willow, their eye for style when it comes to clothing and jewelry is impeccable. With locations in Seaside and Rosemary Beach, Willow is a must for any style maven.

Alys Shoppe

High end, yet simple, Alys Shoppe consistently scouts out unique designers to bring to 30a like Santa Rosa’s own Coastal Road Leather Goods and TryB212.