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All About Alys Beach
Pronounced “Alice” Beach, this dreamy seaside enclave mixes the porcelain sands and emerald waves of Florida’s Gulf Coast with white-walled Bermuda-style cottages, grand courtyards, and palm-fringed cobblestone alleys. The planned community of Alys Beach’s 158 acres was developed in 2003 according to the principals of New Urbanism, meaning the town is super pedestrian-friendly and there are plenty of buzzing plazas and shared green spaces for festivals and events. The restaurants are delicious, the pool complex is spectacular, and the yearly Digital Graffiti event draws artists from all over the world, projecting their work on the town’s architecture.
The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Alys Beach
The best times to visit Alys Beach are just before and immediately following the hot, humid, crowded summer, when temperatures are in the high 80s to low 90s Fahrenheit and the lows remain in the 70s. April and May offer lovely warm temperatures in the high 70s to low 80s with low humidity and are therefore popular with families. October is widely considered an ideal month to visit for the same reasons. Hurricane season lasts from early June to late November, peaking in August and October, and temperatures drop to the 50s and 60s in wintertime, clearing the beach out. (Note that some businesses keep irregular hours during this time of year, or even close completely.)
Depending on when you decide to visit, be sure to pack sun protection and/or raingear, as those afternoon summer storms have been known to catch a few visitors off-guard. And don’t forget the flip-flops.
Top things to do in Alys Beach
This private beach offers soft white sand that’s perfect for castles, along with turquoise water that’s warm as a bath for much of the year. There are two access points from town, and you can rent chairs, umbrellas, paddleboards, and kayaks.
The social hub of Alys Beach is this Moroccan-inspired complex and its three dazzling pools. There’s a 100-foot centerpiece, a 75-footer with underwater speakers for laps, and a shaded family pool replete with fountains.
Paved and mostly flat, this 18.6-mile bike trail stretches from Inlet Beach to Dune Allen, passing beach communities, fish camps, dune lakes, and state parks. Consider a stop at Deer Lake State Park, where you can explore coastal dunes, fish, or just hit the beach.