Even though it right in the middle of Scenic 30A and SoWal, you’ll have to do some digging to get to Blue Mountain Beach. The towering beauty is hardly a mountain with only 64 feet of elevation but it is still the highest point along the Gulf of Mexico. Legend has it that the first sailors to pass through the region thought the sand dunes were mountains. The “blue” in its name comes from the Blue Lupine Flowers covering the sand dunes.
There are three rare coastal dune lakes found at Blue Mountain Beach- Draper lake, Little Redfish Lake, and Big Redfish lake. These are some of the greatest charms this beach town has. The lakes are good for kayaking as well as fishing. A short distance from the entrance of the public beach is a trail that leads you straight into the Point Washington State Forest. The trail will also take you all the way to the towering stands of longleaf pine, thick cypress swamps, and large fields covered with wildflowers that come to live in Fall and Spring.
The food in Blue Mountain Beach is plenty and full of personality. You can kick back and enjoy a homemade pizza with a Guinness in hand or catch a live lobster on the classic drop-claw game machine during lunch at the Johnny McTighe’s Irish Pub. Redd’s Fueling Station and Sally’s By The Sea Store are the places to be if you love fried chicken and burgers. For those who still want to eat healthy while on vacation, the For the Health of It will help with that. This store is locally owned and specializes in selling yummy healthy smoothies, organic produce, and health supplements. It is also known for the excellent massage which many locals have praised.
You can’t go to Blue Mountain beach and not swim given the clean and cool waters. Thus, your bathing suit should be the first thing to go into your suitcase when packing. You’ll have perfect views of the Blue Mountains if you make it to the gulf. It is a site you will remember for ages.