Old Florida Beach Real Estate
Old Florida Beach or Inlet Beach in South Walton is one of the oldest, most authentic “old Florida” beach communities along 30A. Though the beach is one of the largest gateways into the beach and travelers area always welcome, it still retains a rustic, private quality that makes it easy for locals to slow down and take life one day at a time.
Old Florida Beach goes by many names, two of which are Soldiers Beach or Veterans Beach. This stretch of pristine sand and emerald surf was named such for its role as “lottery land” following World War II. The land of Old Florida Beach was made available to veterans via a government homestead program. Thus, it earned the monikers Soldiers or Veterans Beach.
Old Florida Beach developed as a cottage community where quiet, charming A-frame homes sit high aloft stilts overlooking the crashing waves of the Florida Gulf Coast. It’s easy to lost track of time on Old Florida Beach as you sit on your front porch overlooking the water watching the waves wash layers of sand.
The views on this particular beach truly are spectacular. Due to the high elevation of the dunes, the sights and natural formations are amazing. For example, Camp Helen State Park is part of Old Florida Beach; this is where Draper Lake, which is one of Florida’s rare coastal dune lake, resides. The coastal dune lakes of Florida are truly a phenomenon of nature; the only other known place they occur is in Africa.
In addition to paddling along (or just looking at) the coastal dune lake, there are several ways to enjoy the outdoors. Fishing off the pier is one such favored pastime; kayaking is another. Residents also enjoy biking and hiking through the Point Washington State Park Longleaf Pine Trail.
Though many other delightful South Walton communities are a hop and a glance away, when it comes to Old Florida Beach, there’s no place like home. There are several restaurants and eateries within walking distance in the charming community including the Naked Grape Wine Bar, Goatfeathers Restaurant, Café Tango fine dining, and Miss Lucilles to name a few.
The community gazebo and pool of Old Florida Beach truly makes the community feel tightknit. It’s truly a place where everything a person needs is at their fingertips. With quaint, rustic cottages, exotic natural dune formations, delightful local culture and company, and, of course, sugar-white sand beaches and glistening ocean views, Old Florida Beach is the kind of place people visit but never leave.
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