The actual boundaries of this tiny little beach village are barely noticeable when traveling through Florida’s Panhandle along U.S. Highway 98. However, Inlet Beach is one of the hidden gems of South Walton County, Florida. With its sandy white beaches, state park listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and magnificent Gulf views, it is easy to see why many visitors choose the idyllic little community to spend their vacation. It is located between Rosemary Beach and Carillon Beach (both spectacular communities in their own right) and though Inlet Beach is not often considered a prime area for nightlife and entertainment, it is a superb option for those who seek rest and relaxation.
After World War II, the United States government provided beachfront property to former servicemen in the area known as Inlet Beach, Florida. Due to the influx of soldiers and their families during this period, the name often unofficially received the moniker Soldier’s Beach. When you arrive in this area, you can see why Uncle Sam bequeathed this part of Florida to the men and women who served their country in uniform; it is simply an idyllic place to live.
Powell Lake & Camp Helen
Additionally, Inlet Beach, Florida is also near one of the largest inlet dune lakes. These rare inlet lakes are scattered in certain parts of the world, however there are very few. Powell Lake is on the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s list of outstanding waters, or rather, it is considered a natural treasure to be protected by law in regard to preserving and conserving the integrity and cleanliness of the waters. Camp Helen State Park is the starting point for adventurous explorers to jump in a kayak or a canoe and paddle your way around the water. The park also has several antique structures that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The area served as a vacation resort for an Alabama company named Avondale Mills. It was open from 1945 to 1987, until the company ceded the land to the Florida State Parks Department.
Nightlife & Attractions at Inlet Beach
When night falls, many locals visit the nearby towns of Rosemary Beach or Panama City Beach for restaurants, attractions and shopping. Thankfully, all of the beaches in south Walton County are practically within a short driving distance from one another. This ultimately makes everything easier, and when booking your rental through Paradise Properties, it almost seems as if you have to do nothing at all but bring your bathing suit! Contact us today to discover our many vacation rentals, including our beautiful fall rentals.
Even More to See and Explore While You’re Here
Time at Inlet Beach is sure to please and when it comes to relaxation and restoration, there’s nowhere better suited to get the job done. When you’re feeling rested up and ready to take on the world once more, 30A is packed with potential for nearby fun and excitement. For those that find great value in filling out the itinerary to the fullest when it comes to vacation experiences, don’t miss out on the chance to add the following stops to your list of must-do activities and make your time along 30A truly unforgettable.
Visit St. Andrews State Park
Located a mere three miles from exciting Panama City Beach, St. Andrews State Park is a destination that highlights some of the best mother nature has to offer in the area. Boasting over 1,200-acres of protected land, a stop at St. Andrews State Park promises to be as impressive as it is inspiring. Visitors from near and far travel here to enjoy time soaking up the sun from the sand and admiring the incredible dunes that dot the terrain. Those with a passion for bird watching will find that St. Andrews State Park is home to a variety of incredible local and migratory birds that can be viewed throughout the year. On-site restrooms, showers, and gazebos make this an easy place to enjoy alongside family no matter how you plan on spending your time. From swimming and kayaking to hiking the many trails that wind through the park, guests will find that there’s no shortage of options for fun at St. Andrews while still savoring that immersive natural ambiance.
Enjoy Time at Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
When you’re ready for some indoor fun that comes with mind-bending wonders, head over to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! In Panama City Beach. Easily found at 9907 Front Beach Road, Ripley’s isn’t hard to spot thanks to its red, white, blue, and yellow façade designed to resemble a ship sinking into the ground itself. Inside, guests will find this family-fun stop packed with oddities that make you question the laws of physics. From hands-on displays to those that are worth stepping back and pondering, this museum is one that’s bound to fascinate children and adults alike! As an added bonus, Ripley’s is an easy add to the itinerary, no matter how full, thanks to the fact that the doors are open to the public daily between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm. Tours are available at Ripley’s upon request.