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Blue Mountain Beach is named after the area’s Blue Lupine which used to blanket the dunes, combined with being known as the highest point of elevation on the entire Gulf rim.
Enjoy gorgeous views of turquoise water from the top of this beach neighborhood, which sits at a slight incline compared to the rest of South Walton. From cozy beach cottages to luxurious new homes, Blue Mountain Beach offers a variety of accommodations for beach-goers to choose.
Explore this beach neighborhood’s eclectic eateries and locally owned boutiques; or pick up a handmade creation at a Blue Mountain art studio. Experience more of what makes Blue Mountain Beach unique as you jog along a running trail or enjoy a cup of homemade ice cream.
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Did You Know? In the early days, sailors traveling past the Emerald Coast of South Walton could see “Blue Mountain” rising out of the beach, more noticeably than anything else in the entire Gulf coast; from afar, the slightly steep land appeared more like a mountain. Because the area was covered in Sky Blue Lupine blossoms, the sailors found it fitting to deem it “Blue Mountain.”
There are more than 200 different types of wild lupine species in North America. The beautiful flower comes in almost every color — the Lupinus westianus variety found in South Walton is a bright purplish blue. Though the blue lupine is commonly referred to as a flower, it’s actually part of the legume (that is, pea) family. It has small, delicate petals, grey textured fruits, and pockets full of dark brown seeds.
Blue Mountain’s Lupinus westianus is a biennial plant, meaning that it takes two full years to bloom. The plant thrives in sandy, acidic soil, and has far-reaching roots that help it stay grounded in loose dirt. Most Lupinus westianus plants live about four to six years.
The Lupinus westianus is listed as a “near threatened” species, with protected populations living in Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and Deer Lake State Park. Make sure you help preserve Blue Mountain’s blue lupines by looking, but not touching, this beautiful plant species.