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The vision for Alys Beach is carefully crafted to celebrate the public realm of streets, parks, pedestrian paths, and great civic buildings in a manner reminiscent of the world’s most beloved seaside towns. In recognition of the strong draw of the sea, a network of streets run perpendicular to the beach, guaranteeing warm light and views to the Gulf, and funneling cooling sea breezes into the heart of the town.
Streets are well-connected in a way that brings daily needs within a short walking distance. The intimate design of streets, nestled by buildings and softened by landscapes of native and ornamental plants, makes walking and bicycling safe and pleasant. Parks and public spaces are abundant, from small pocket parks along pedestrian ways to the more open Central Park.
Alys Beach was designed by Duany Plater-Zyberk and Company, a Miami-based firm that is the recognized leader in traditional town planning, having completed over 300 projects worldwide. DPZ used timeless patterns of town design to inspire differing building types, landscapes, and street designs throughout Alys Beach, giving an incredible variety of experiences, from urban to rural, in a single beachside town. A less than ten minute walk through Alys Beach takes one from the white sands of the beach, through an active town center of shops, restaurants, and outdoor cafes, down streets of elegant courtyard homes, and all the way to a nature preserve of wildflowers and towering pine trees.