First Timer's Guide to Dune Allen
When you think of sprawling stretches of sugar-white sand and turquoise water and beach cottages that speckle the shoreline – this is Dune Allen. Located on the far west end of Highway 30A, Dune Allen caps the stretch of unique neighborhoods that make South Walton special for generations to come
Home to rare coastal dune lakes, a state park, and dining staples, Dune Allen is the perfect escape. Visiting this beach neighborhood for the first time? Here’s what you need to know.
Accessing the beach is a breeze. Walk, bike or drive to Dune Allen’s two regional beach accesses, Fort Panic or the newly constructed Dune Allen Regional Beach Access. Complete with parking, restroom facilities, and easily accessible dune walkovers, these accesses make it easy to stay on the sand until sunset.
If you’re looking for another spot to catch some rays or explore beyond the beach, check out Topsail Hill Preserve State Park - one of South Walton’s four state parks. Its three-mile stretch of white sand beaches, bordered by 25-foot rolling dunes will transport you to another world. Take the tram to the beach or walk through the towering pines on the paved nature trail. Cabins and campsites are available to rent if you plan to spend a night under the stars.
While Dune Allen may be a quiet beach escape, it is home to a hotspot for live music and great food. Stinky’s Fish Camp, nestled along Allen Lake, is where both locals and visitors go to enjoy fresh seafood in a casual, fun setting. Chef Jim Richard taps into his Louisiana roots with his Cajun-inspired family recipes, with a South Walton twist. Indulge at the Sunday Brunch and order The Rock Star, a crawfish pie with a poached egg. This, paired with one of their famous Bloody Mary’s, will give you a taste of a New Orleans café on the coast!
The great food doesn’t stop there! With the saying “Not Fancy, Just Famous,” Elmo’s Grill is the perfect spot to find a welcoming, casual atmosphere mixed with the flavors of South Walton. A plate of crab legs, live music and great company await on their open-air porch.
The amenities you know and love about South Walton, mixed with old Florida charm are what make Dune Allen a classic beach getaway. So, are you ready to pack your beach bag?