The beaches along scenic Highway 30A on Florida’s Gulf Coast offer countless opportunities for fun, adventure, and relaxation. One of the best ways to make the most of a trip to this special area is to paddle one of the area’s unique coastal dune lakes! These natural formations are only found in five small parts of the world—New Zealand, Madagascar, Australia, Oregon, and right here in 30A. Below, you’ll find everything you need to know about these breathtaking natural wonders! There’s lots more to explore, though, so be sure to access our free 30A Vacation Guide for a complete list of the area’s best local points of interest.
The Coastal Dune Lakes of 30A: Your Ultimate Guide
What Is a Dune Lake?
Since naturally occuring dune lakes are only found in a few specific parts of the world, many people go their whole lives without seeing one. We’re here to let you know that it’s something you need to see to believe! This phenomenon occurs when water from a large body of water (like the ocean) makes its way behind a community of towering sand dunes. Much like a traditional lake, a dune lake is typically vast, still, and supportive of organisms. Though many are often saline in nature, a dune lake can consist of salt or freshwater. Natural tides cause the water level to ebb and flow, so they are very much “living,” dynamic structures.
What Can I Do at a Coastal Dune Lake?
Aside from marveling at its vast, shimmering beauty, visitors can engage with a dune lake in several ways. Here’s a list of the best lake activities available in 30A:
- Stand-up paddleboarding (sometimes called “YOLOboarding” here on the Gulf Coast)
- Hiking (around the dunes)
- Jet skiing
- And more!
Where Can I Find a Dune Lake in 30A?
If you’re searching for one of the Gulf Coast’s beautiful dune lakes, you won’t have to travel far! There are 15 of them in the 30A area, and each features at least one public access point. To choose the lake that’s closest to where you’ll be staying, this map may help you decide!
Now that you’re dreaming about exploring the unique natural formations of the Gulf, you’ll need a comfortable place to stay! Select one of our stunning condos in Adagio, San Remo, or Villa Coyaba and relax knowing you’re just steps away from the shoreline. All of our properties come with complimentary amenities like Keurigs (so you can have your favorite flavor as you watch the sun rise), cookware, hot tubs, pools, lounge chairs, and so much more!
Whether you’re searching for Santa Rosa Beach paddleboard rentals, equipment to take on 30A’s bike trails, or kayak rentals for your dune adventure, we can help you arrange almost any excursion! In addition to luxury condos and complimentary perks, our team offers an extensive concierge service! Leave the planning to us and we’ll make sure your trip is as stress-free as possible.