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!