And it’s all packed together along a four mile stretch so everything is within easy access. You can spend the day swimming and relaxing on the beach. In the evening hit the boutiques and thrill rides of the boardwalk and the famous Steel Pier. Then at night, step into the casino for some slot action and star-studded live entertainment.
This area is also home to the Canaveral National Seashore. This is a nature preserve where the family can get a look at bald eagles, alligators, and marine turtles. Playalinda Beach is part of the park area. Cocoa Beach is the main Space Coast beach.
It gets a little crowded and many families tend to head towards Melbourne Beach where the beach area is nice and wide. Sebastian Inlet is also a good one for family fishing, surfing and swimming.
There are hundreds of miles of trails to explore, many with excellent views of the Atlantic Ocean. You can go deed-sea fishing or fresh water fishing. Sailing and whitewater rafting are popular. There are many historical and cultural sites in the area. Dine on succulent lobster, visit one of the local lighthouses or take off on an outdoor adventure.
The area is rather low-key but the shops, galleries and beautiful landscapes attract visitors from around the world. Nearby is the renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row and Big Sur. A popular drive with spectacular views is along Route 1 south of Carmel. It takes you along the coast with five-thousand foot mountains on one side and a steep drop-off to the Atlantic Ocean on the other side.
The town’s architectural style is inspired by both Bermuda and the Antigua, Guatemala family courtyard homes. In fact, Forbes recently named Alys Beach America’s "Top Spot for Design-Savvy Home Buyers."
When it is complete, Alys Beach will have 600 villas, courtyard homes and family compound retreats. The town will also have many restaurants, pools, parks and shops.
Alys Beach is the first Fortified community in the U.S., as designated by the Institute for Business & Home Safety, and all homes here are also built to the Green Home Designation Standard of the Florida Green Building Coalition.
"Scenic 30A" is a 20-mile scenic stretch tucked quietly between Destin and Panama City, Florida, speckled with upscale beach villages and resorts, rare coastal dune lakes, funky beach bars, world-class restaurants, 25,000 acres of protected habitats, and the world's most spectacular white-sand beaches.