By Kristy Gustafson
You know it the minute you pass through its pearly white stucco gates: if this isn’t heaven, it’s gotta be close.
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. (And we’re not just talking about their brand-spankin’ new, private Beach Club, coming late 2020 exclusively for homeowners. Tempted? We thought so.)
From its beautiful parks, private beach, and nature trails to both fine and casual dining options, 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?
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.)
If health-conscious options are more your speed, check out Raw & Juicy, the newest kid on the Alys Beach block. You may recognize them from their food truck in Seaside, and yes, they still have their deliciously organic smoothies, bowls, and juices available. Plus, a whole lot more where these came from. Stay tuned for their brand new outdoor bar, opening soon on the back patio!
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Between meals, hit the beach and grab some kayaks, chairs, or paddleboards 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.
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.
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 feedback@30A.com! Be sure tag 30A on Instagram in your Alys pics and bring us along for the fun!