Nestled on 158 pristine acres along the Gulf of Mexico, Alys Beach is a unique urban project that blends new city planning with old-world charm. Its striking architecture, elegant settings and natural landscapes make it tempting to stop and explore on your way down the east end of Scenic 30A.
Founded in 2004, Alys Beach is one of SoWal’s newer towns. Its streets, courtyards, promenades and market places were all designed to be both innovative and timeless. It is a close knit community with small shops and restaurants lining pedestrian streets, making it a great place to stroll or enjoy a bike ride.
Both the Caribbean-style architecture and quiet neighborhoods contribute to Alys Beach’s easy pace and relaxed mood. Yet its design is a modern approach to community planning, balancing efficiency with sustainability. The area is full of green spaces, nature preserves, gardens and parks that not only accent the town’s quaintness, but preserve the area’s natural environment.
In addition to the beautiful Gulf backdrop, Alys Beach boasts an array of sites for nature lovers to enjoy. Lake Marilyn and it’s iconic towered bridge is peacefully tucked into the back of the community, flanked by pine forests and whitewashed houses. The nature trail through 22 acres of natural preserve feels miles away from the beach. Central Park is a great green space to picnic, meet with friends or just enjoy the outdoors. In addition, Alys Beach is adorned with beautiful natural landscaping and lush public greenery, while many homes have their own private courtyards and gardens.
The breathtaking Caliza Pool invites owners and guests to play, relax and enjoy the Gulf Coast sun in style. Its stunning design and luxurious cabanas make it a must see. Caliza Restaurant at the pool is equally brilliant and offers quality steaks, local seafood and more. George’s is a more casual experience but very satisfying. Don’t let the laid-back beach cottage atmosphere fool you —the food is serious. They feature local seafood dishes prepared with fresh, organic ingredients, perfect for either lunch or dinner.
Another gathering place is Fonville Press Coffee Shop and the adjacent playground. You can grab a latte in the morning or sip a glass of wine at sunset. Kids love playing out back while parents relax on the covered patio. The Alys Beach amphitheater is another guaranteed place to find a lively night. It’s often the site of live music, outdoor movies and other fun events.