Sandestin, a sprawling 2,400-acre resort that hugs the Gulf of Mexico, only offers beach access for guests.  But immediately to its east, Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, located at 7525 W. County Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach FL 32459, promises a beach that ranks among the top on the planet.


Outdoor wonderland with sugar-sand beaches and comfy amenities but no crowds.
1,600-acres, three miles of immaculate beaches, three coastal dune lakes and 15 miles of trails add up to make Topsail a natural paradise. Here, you’ll see kayakers dipping their paddles into gin-clear waters; campers greeting the sunrise with a cup of gourmet coffee; and red-shoulder hawks riding the laminar sea breezes.

See, feel

Towering dunes, pure white sand and clear, and bewitching, blue green water mark Topsail as one of best beaches in the world. The shoreline slopes gently, making it ideal for little ones or timid swimmers. While the water is usually placid, winds, tides and offshore systems can occasionally cause rough conditions.

On or near the beach

Do as little or as much as you like at Topsail: soak up the sun; swim; snorkel; or explore the trails via bike or on foot. Fish off the beach or in the lakes for common catches like redfish, Spanish mackerel, and pompano.  Paddling is glorious here, either on the Gulf of Mexico or on Campbell Lake, a 100-acre pristine coastal dune lake dotted with cypress trees and sweet-scented water lilies.  Kayak, canoe and SUP rentals are available at the park store.
You can even stay the night on a camping expedition—and you don’t have to rough it, thanks to Fancy Camps. This luxury camping group promises experiences in the great outdoors without leaving the luxuries at home. Here's more information about things to do at Topsail.


Dedicated to making the park welcoming to all visitors, Topsail Hill’s accessible amenities include trams to the beach; elevated boardwalks to the beach; several campsites with a concrete pad, picnic table and nearby restrooms; bungalows and cabins; and a clubhouse that’s available for rent.
Beach wheelchairs are available for free. Service animals are welcome in all areas of Florida State Parks.


Amenities at Topsail include an amphitheater; cabins and bungalows; campgrounds; a canoe/kayak launch; a laundry; picnic pavilions; a playground; restrooms and showers; RV parking; a visitor center; a water fountain; a concession selling snacks, camping essentials and T-shirts and renting bicycles, beach carts, canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, beach chairs and umbrellas; and the Kith & Kin Café, a cozy gourmet coffee shop serving up locally sourced coffee, gourmet sandwiches and pastries.


There are no lifeguards; swim at your own risk. Visitors are reminded to pay close attention to the Warning Flag Signs posted at welcome stations and on the beaches. These flags indicate the swimming conditions at the beach.


Parking is included with admission.

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