What to Eat, See & Do at Alys Beach, Florida - 30A


What to Eat, See & Do at Alys Beach, Florida

By: Kristy Gustafson | Posted Sep 1, 2020

You know it the minute you pass through its pearly white stucco gates: if this isn’t heaven, it’s gotta be close.  

Behold Alys Beach.

As you make your way down the main drag, you are immediately drawn in by rows of towering palms and buildings dressed to the nines in dazzling white. Here’s where you might start to wonder; that perhaps there’s something to this ocean air. Notes of luxury, elegance, and ease. And to think they’re just getting started… 

The modern history of Alys Beach can be traced back to the 1970s when current owners, the Stephens Family of Birmingham-based EBSCO Industries, purchased the land at an auction.

Eventually, they brought in urban planners and architects to create a town vision inspired by Bermudan and Antiguan influences. 

With roughly half of its 158 total acres currently in development, Alys Beach is still coming to life with lots more on the horizon. 

From its beautiful parks, private beach, and nature trails to both fine and casual dining options, and a private Beach Club exclusively for homeowners, you’ll find there’s a little something for everyone here. Plus, it’s completely walkable! (And rideable. Alys Bike Shop, looking at you.)

So, what do you say we go for a stroll and take a closer look at some of our favorite spots?

Charlie’s Donuts food truck

For the best donuts in town, start your day at Charlie’s Donuts food truck. They open bright and early at 6:30 AM and go until they sell out. Feeling adventurous? Try their top-seller, the Sour Cream Donut. (We don’t make this stuff up.)

Raw & Juicy

If health-conscious options are more your speed, check out Raw & Juicy. You may recognize them from their old location in Seaside, and yes, they still have their deliciously organic smoothies, bowls, and juices available. Plus, a whole lot more where these came from. You can also enjoy handcrafted cocktails at the outdoor bar on the patio!

Between meals, hit the beach and grab some kayaks, chairs, or paddle boards for rent. Or do some perusing at the Alys Shoppe and check out the latest styles. Just steps away from its storefront, you’ll find yourself atop another Alys Beach staple. This spacious Amphitheatre is home to family-friendly activities like their summer movie nights, concerts and more, as well as adult-friendly ones by way of the walk-up bar at Henry’s food truck.

Continue walking and you’ll come to the intersection of all things luxury: Caliza. Its name, which means “limestone” in Spanish, truly sets the bar, offering an oasis of al fresco dining alongside elegant cabanas and a pool that goes far beyond five-star standards. While you’re there, don’t miss out on the private lap pool where you can hook up via Bluetooth and play your own music underwater. 

Zuma Wellness Center

From here, venture to Alys Beach’s latest and greatest: the ZUMA Wellness center. Complete with a full-service café, daily infused water, on-staff masseuse, covered pool, and all your fitness, TRX, and yoga needs, this place has truly thought of everything. They even sell Lululemon in their shop. 

Be sure to also check out the newest kid on Alys Beach’s block, The Citizen.  This coastal tavern serves creative local fare on Florida’s scenic highway 30A. With a seasonal menu, The Citizen looks to serve items at peak ripeness to best showcase their flavors, and you can almost always find a few evergreen dishes.

Complete the loop at George’s, open daily for lunch and dinner serving up “regional coastal flair infused with global flavors.” Long wait? They’ve got you covered. Grab a drink and head upstairs to their viewing deck, and pass the time with breathtaking Gulf views from above. 

Keep the merriment going and head to NEAT Bottle Shop & Tasting Room for a nightcap (or nightstarter) with the help of their artisanal cocktails, comprehensive wine list, and local brews on tap. And don’t forget about happy hour, complete with make-your-own charcuterie boards. 

Did we miss anything? Email us at [email protected]! Be sure tag 30A on Instagram in your Alys pics and bring us along for the fun.


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Kristy Gustafson is a writer, born-again beach girl, and author in the works. You can catch her on her YOLO paddleboard, the tennis courts, toes in the sand, or up and down the beach in search of the area’s best Bloody Mary. Follow along her adventures on Instagram @kristyerin10.