Carillon Beach is a small community located in Bay County, Florida. It is situated in the greater municipality of Sunnyside along Highway 98 between Rosemary Beach and Laguna Beach. Florida’s Panhandle is known for its white sandy beaches especially in Walton and Bay counties and Carillon Beach is no different. The beach itself offers visitors sandy white sand, crystalline waters and plenty of room to roam.
Visit the Lake(s)
Carillon Beach, Florida is right near a large inlet dune lake known as Powell Lake. It is the largest dune lake in North America and is one of a few scattered around this part of Florida’s coastline. These freshwater lakes are so rare, there are only a few located in the entire world in far flung lands such as Australia and Madagascar. So when family and friends decide to leave the cool salt waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the freshwater lake offers multiple activities such as kayaking, canoeing, paddle-boarding, fishing and bird-watching just to name a few. Begin your exploration with a kayak rental at Camp Helen State Park then take a dip on the other side of Powell Lake. Camp Helen is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places since it contains several old structures in the park that were once the lodge, water tower, residence hall and cottages for an Alabama textile company’s employees from 1945-1987.
One of the other major attractions in Carillon Beach, Florida is the Shark’s Tooth Golf Course. Designed by the ‘shark’ himself, Greg Norman, this professional course offers one of the most scenic and unique experiences over 18 challenging holes. The greens meander through coastal oaks and pines with the Gulf of Mexico as a backdrop. Moreover, the pro shop handles all the tee times and equipment while the on-site restaurant offers a menu suitable for all ages.
Where to Eat at Carillon Beach
After the links if you so choose, visit Bayou Bill’s Crab House to shuck some fresh oysters and crack some crab. Since 1986, this restaurant has served the residents of Carillon Beach as well as hungry visitors for more than three decades. If you seek further dining and attractions, the bustling coastal community of Panama City Beach is only a few minutes down the road. Nevertheless, when you book a rental in Carillon Beach through Paradise Properties, the soft white sands combined with the tranquil inlet dune lake will provide everyone with the rest and relaxation needed for a proper summer vacation.