In Blue Mountain Beach, relaxation and natural beauty go hand in hand. The blue lupine flowers that sway in the coastal breeze and the fact that the neighborhood is home to South Walton’s highest elevation—65 feet—give it its name. Take a ride on a bike from Big Daddy’s Bike Shop to Justin Gaffrey’s gallery, South Walton’s 2005 Artist of the Year. You’ll see glimpses of his distinctive style on full display even before you enter.

The handmade ice cream at Blue Mountain Creamery, where the sun can be hot in South Walton, is a local favorite. Red Fish Taco, a casual restaurant in Redfish Village across Highway 30A, has live music, a great happy hour, and fresh Gulf seafood. Your taste buds will be piqued by everything from the grilled avocado and blackened shrimp tacos to the authentic street tacos and pork carnitas.

Even though fresh Gulf seafood is probably South Walton’s most well-known specialty, Blue Mabel is excelling in barbecue. From wood-grilled jumbo prawns and smoked brisket dumplings to drunken barbecue lamb chops and the well-known 24-hour smoked brisket sandwich, the menu at this smokehouse is diverse. Cool off with a Blue Mountain Manhattan or one of their signature Negronis.

Johnny McTighe’s in Blue Mountain is a friendly Irish pub where you can enjoy classics like fish and chips, corned beef and cabbage, and a lot of fun in the game room.

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