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Your guide to Alys Beach

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

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.

Caliza Pool

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.

Timpoochee Trail

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Alys Beach?

    Alys Beach has a humid subtropical climate, with hot, humid summers and mild, slightly cooler winters. Average summer temperatures hover around 90°F (32°C), while winters typically see temperatures of around 60°F (15°C).

  • What are some of the best things to do in Alys Beach?

    In Alys Beach, you can explore the stunning architecture, take a leisurely bike ride, or relax on the pristine white sandy beaches. Another frequent activity is picnicking in Alys Beach's beautiful parks, or snorkeling in the crystal clear waters.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Alys Beach?

    The most frequented time to visit Alys Beach is during the spring and summer, from March to August. This period coincides with popular local events such as the Alys Beach 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run, and Digital Graffiti, a unique outdoor digital art festival.

  • What are the best places to stay in Alys Beach?

    Some popular areas to stay in Alys Beach include properties near the beachfront for easy access to the sand and sea, or accommodations near the town center, which is close to shops, dining spots, and community amenities.

  • What are the best places to visit in Alys Beach?

    The most popular places to visit in Alys Beach often include the town's striking architecture, such as the Caliza Pool and Restaurant, or the stunning Fonville Press. The Alys Beach Nature Trail and the charming Central Park are also highlights for many visitors.

  • What are some hiking trails in Alys Beach?

    For those seeking outdoor adventure, the Alys Beach Nature Trail is a popular choice. This 20-acre nature preserve boasts a 0.8 mile (1.3 km) trail that meanders through the beautiful flora and fauna of Florida's coastal ecosystem.

  • What are some family activities to do in Alys Beach?

    Families in Alys Beach often enjoy exploring the nature trails, having a picnic in the parks, or building sandcastles on the beach. Water sports such as paddleboarding or snorkeling are also frequently suggested activities for families.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Alys Beach?

    Popular day trips from Alys Beach frequently involve a drive to the nearby towns of Seaside and Rosemary Beach, both known for their unique beach town charm. Another common choice is a trip to Panama City Beach, noted for its family-friendly attractions.

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