With coastal dune lakes along the north side of Scenic 30A (including Stallworth Lake and Oyster Lake, which is shaped like an oyster shell, but also was reportedly once teeming with fresh oysters) and glimpses of the glittering Gulf of Mexico to the south, the mostly residential community of Dune Allen has been a favorite vacation destination for generations.

Fishing and flip-flops are king here, although shopping and dining options are just a short stroll or bike ride away.

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Stinky’s Fish Camp, on the shore of Oyster Lake, has been a consistent culinary crowd-pleaser since the day it opened. Further to the east, Gulf Place is a colorful community with shops, restaurants and an outdoor amphitheater and lawn that hosts plenty of fun events year round.

Looking for one of the best dining views along 30A? It’s hard to beat  Vue on 30A restaurant. In the winter months, it’s also a warm alternative to other open-air beachfront spots.

Just across the street from the restaurants and shops of Gulf Place, Ed Walline is one of the nicest (and most accessible) beachfront parks along 30A. The Ed Walline beach access area is ADA accessible, features ample parking, restrooms, picnic shelters and an elevated viewing platform.

To the very west end of Dune Allen, Topsail Hill State Preserve ranks as one of Florida’s most treasured parks, with its beaches, majestic dunes and tranquil coastal dune lakes remaining virtually untouched throughout the centuries. The preserve includes 3.2 miles of secluded beaches, and some of its sand dunes tower over 25 feet tall.

Topsail’s Gregory E. Moore RV park is also one of the nicest campgrounds you’ll ever find anywhere.