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There’s one attraction you can only find in Florida and one other state in the U.S. can you guess it? No, it’s not Disney theme parks; it’s even rarer: coastal dune lakes. This rare natural phenomenon can be found throughout Walton County and is well worth checking out when you vacation along 30A. 

So, you’re probably wondering, what is a coastal dune lake? Where can I go to see them? The team at Paradise Properties has the answers. With vacation rentals in many of the towns along 30A, we’re quite familiar with Florida’s coastal dune lakes and can provide you with everything you need to know.

What is a Coastal Dune Lake?

Coastal dune lakes are lakes comprised initially of freshwater, but when water levels capacity, the freshwater spills out of the lake and the sand dunes and flows into the sea, or in the case of 30A’s coastal dune lakes, the Gulf of Mexico. Once the water gushes out, a channel directly connects the Gulf to the lake, allowing saltwater and freshwater to mingle. Eventually, the dune is repaired, but not before saltwater and freshwater mix back in the lake.

Coastal dune lakes only occur in a few locations in the world. Along with Walton County, you can only find coastal dune lakes in Oregon, Madagascar, New Zealand, and Australia.

Where Can I See a Coastal Dune Lake in Florida?

You can only find Florida’s coastal dune lakes in Walton County. With 15 named coastal dune lakes, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to check out coastal dune lakes on your vacation to 30A. Here’s a list of some of our favorites.

Western Lake: Located in Grayton Beach State Park, near our vacation rentals in Grayton Beach, Western Lake is a shining example of a coastal dune lake. Like most coastal dune lakes, Western Lake is very shallow, but you can enjoy kayaking or paddling on a stand-up paddleboard. 

Campbell Lake: Another coastal dune lake ideal for paddling, Campbell Lake is a near 100-acre spot in Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. However, please don’t bring your own kayak; the park requires you to rent one of theirs. Campell Lake is also a great spot to try kayak fishing, as anglers commonly catch saltwater species here.  

Powell Lake: Mighty Powell Lake is the largest coastal dune lake in the U.S. Located in Camp Helen State Park, Powell Lake is an excellent spot for kayaking, fishing, and bird-watching. Don’t be scared off by the lake’s brownish color; minerals and falling leaves create the brown color, but it is still sanitary. 

Lodging Along 30A

You can discover Florida’s amazing coastal dune lakes while staying in a 30A vacation rental from Paradise Properties. With locations throughout the area, you’re sure to find something suitable for your travel needs. To book your stay, please check availability online or connect with a reservationist at 850-588-7136.

Summer is right around the corner, and as the weather starts to heat up, so does the desire to travel. If you’re looking for a new destination for your summer vacation, try Florida’s scenic 30A. Florida is home to many idyllic vacation spots, but 30A is truly something special. This state road spans roughly 20 miles between Panama City and Destin and features luxurious beaches and charming seaside towns.

Need a little more convincing? The team at Paradise Properties has helped plan many unforgettable vacations along 30A. Here are our top five reasons to take a summer vacation to Florida’s beautiful 30A.

1. Pristine Beaches

There’s nothing quite like a beach vacation, and 30A is one of the best spots for this type of trip in the entire U.S. 30A is home to many white sandy beaches, each different from the next. For example, Seagrove Beach is an expansive stretch, while Inlet Beach is small and peaceful. Wherever you end up, you’re in for a beautiful beach experience. Whether you want to soak up the sun with your feet in the sand, cool off with a dip in the ocean, or enjoy exciting watersports, 30A’s picturesque beaches have you covered. 

2. Slow Pace

Have you ever felt like you need a vacation from your vacation? Some of Florida’s most popular summer vacation spots feature heavy traffic, long lines, and big crowds, which can be stressful. You don’t have to worry about that on 30A. 30A is a peaceful area where you can feel comfortable relaxing and taking things at your own pace.

3. Unique Beach Towns

You’ll find several quaint towns and villages along 30A, each with its own unique charm. All of these towns are just a short drive from one another, making visiting them all a breeze. A visit to Rosemary Beach is highlighted local shopping and dining, while a stop at Santa Rosa Beach offers a more rural view of Florida’s panhandle. Those are just a few examples; explore 30A’s beach towns yourself to discover what sets them apart. 

4. Fantastic Fishing

Fishing isn’t just a fun activity on 30A; it’s a way of life. Whether you want to cast your line onshore or from a charter, you’ll find plenty of suitable options for your preferred fishing style, including bow fishing. One of the best spots to fish on 30A is Choctawhatchee Bay near Santa Rosa Beach. Here, anglers regularly reel in redfish, seatrout, and more. For a charter fishing experience, we recommend Santa Rosa Charters LLC

5. Rare & Beautiful Natural Phenomena

30A is home to a whopping 15 coastal dune lakes. These lakes are significant because there are only a few locations in the entire world where you can find them. When the coastal dune lakes on 30A reach a high water level, it empties into the Gulf of Mexico as needed. This creates a unique ecosystem that provides a good habitat for wildlife. You can check out this rare phenomenon at beautiful Grayton Beach State Park, which features three coastal dune lakes. 

Book a Summer Vacation Rental on Florida’s Scenic 30A

30A truly has something for everyone, and you can experience it all when you stay in a vacation rental from Paradise Properties. We offer rentals in some of 30A’s most sought-after destinations, including Blue Mountain Beach, Grayton Beach, Inlet Beach, Rosemary Beach, Santa Rosa Beach, Seacrest Beach, Seagrove Beach, and Seaside. To book your stay, please check availability online or connect with a reservationist at 850-588-7136.

For a full day out exploring all of the great activities in the 30A area, like visiting scenic state parks or hitting the shops, you need something to jumpstart your day. A scrumptious breakfast made by someone else could be exactly what you need. Luckily for you, the 30A area is chock full of incredible breakfast restaurants. Do you need some suggestions? The area experts at Paradise Properties will point you in the right direction; here’s a look at the best breakfast restaurants on 30A.

5 Amazing Spots for Breakfast on 30A

No matter where you’re home away from home on 30A is, you’re not far from a great breakfast. Whether you’re looking for an upscale brunch with a view or classic breakfast fare, 30A has the breakfast food you seek.

Bud & Alley’s

Serving Seaside since 1987, Bud & Alley’s is a longstanding breakfast favorite for locals and visitors alike. Bud & Alley’s overlooks the Gulf of Mexico, providing you with views just as good as your breakfast. Stop back in at their Roof Deck Bar before sundown to celebrate and enjoy incredible sunset views. 

The Perfect Pig

With three locations, one in Santa Rosa Beach, one in Watercolor, and another in Seagrove, The Perfect Pig is an excellent option for breakfast. The star of the show is their biscuits, which you can get with gravy, bacon, pork belly, pork tenderloin, and more. They also serve a mouthwatering brunch on Sundays, complete with a fabulous bacon bloody mary. 

Big Bad Breakfast

Big Bad Breakfast has been spreading rapidly throughout the South, and for a good reason, they’re serving up fresh, creative takes on breakfast cuisine. Their location in Inlet Beach expands on their typical breakfast fare with seafood dishes, extremely fitting of the Gulf location. 

Modica Market

If you’re looking for a traditional sit-down breakfast restaurant, Modica Market isn’t for you. This grocery concept features a wide selection of food and drink groceries for purchase, as well as to-go meals. You never quite know what they’ll be serving up, but you can always expect tasty food, friendly staff, and a unique experience. 

Crackings

Whether you visit their location in Santa Rosa Beach or Destin, you’re in for a treat when you start your day off at Crackings. You’ll find many creative cocktails and breakfast options here, as well as more traditional offerings. Try their lobster gouda grits, a decadent take one of the South’s favorite breakfasts. 

After Breakfast, Enjoy your Day on 30A

After indulging in the most important meal of the day, spend some time out exploring the rest that 30A has to offer. When you stay in a vacation rental from Paradise Properties on 30A, you’ll be near tons of idyllic beaches, beautiful nature trails, and of course, great restaurants. Check availability online or give us a call at 850-588-7136 and get ready to turn your travel plans into a reality.