Destination guide

An alternative Florida getaway

Located at the edge of a long, languid stretch of blissfully coastline, Inlet Beach is among the most alluringly laid-back slivers of Florida's South Walton region. This under-the-radar gem is a compelling choice if you're hankering for a spot of Florida sunshine, but want to avoid the visitor hordes of classic vacation hotspots like Miami and the Keys. Inlet Beach vacation rentals range from cozy studios with direct beach access, to luxury oceanfront homes with private pools and enough space to host a large family celebration. And should you ever want to go beyond Inlet Beach's gentle charms, South Walton boasts more than a dozen other coastal towns to explore.

Things to do

Fun for the family around Inlet Beach

You'll find an array of enthralling attractions within reach of your Inlet Beach vacation rental. Shipwreck Island Water Park offers a thrill-packed day out for the whole family. Fling yourself down adrenalin-pumping freefall slides, savor a leisurely ride down a glistening lazy river, or splash around with the kids in a churning wave pool. At nearby Zoo World you can get up close and personal with all manner of creatures from every corner of the globe, from graceful giraffes to magnificent lions. Kids of all ages will find further excitement at Emerald Falls Family Recreation Center. Here you can race along a wooden go-kart track, play a round of mini golf, or take a trip down memory lane in the retro amusement arcade.

Activities

Inlet Beach's watery wonders

While you may well be content to idle away your days here kicking back on the beach and lounging on the powder-soft white sand, you can just as easily make your trip thrillingly action-packed. Inlet's crystal-clear waters are well suited to all manner of pursuits. Don a snorkel mask and keep your eyes peeled for colorful tropical fish and other friendly ocean dwellers, or join the locals in a spot of surf fishing. The waters are often tranquil and silky smooth, offering ideal conditions for kayaking or swimming. But often, particularly during the rainy season, crashing waves lure adrenalin-seeking surfers to Inlet from far and wide.

Weather

Sunshine all year long at Inlet Beach

Inlet Beach is blessed with a subtropical climate, ensuring warmth and sunshine at most times of year. Winters are pleasantly mild, making it a popular destination for those seeking to escape chillier climes. Inlet Beach vacation rentals are also in fairly high demand during the peak summer season, although it can feel rather humid, and there's a higher chance of rain and thunder storms. Spring and fall are lovely times to visit, with temperatures that are generally enjoyably hot rather than stiflingly so.

Natural features

Inlet Beach's rare natural phenomena

Coastal dune lakes can only be found in a handful of locations around the world, but South Walton boasts 15 of them. Their proximity to the Gulf's waters creates an extremely rare ecosystem where both freshwater and saltwater species can thrive. On the banks of Lake Powell, one of the largest of the dune lakes, you'll find Camp Helen State Park. This vast expanse of natural spectacle encompasses fragrant forests and waterfront vistas, making it a prime spot for a hike or bike ride.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Inlet Beach

Fly into Panama City, FL (ECP-Northwest Florida Beaches Intl.), the closest airport, located 13.5 mi (21.7 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into Destin, FL (DSI-Destin-Fort Walton Beach), which is 29 mi (46.7 km) away.

Where to stay around Inlet Beach?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,483 vacation rentals near Inlet Beach. From 1,333 Houses to 118 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Inlet Beach for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Inlet Beach?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Inlet Beach:

  • Seaside: 941 vacation rentals
  • Rosemary Beach: 1,191 vacation rentals
  • Seagrove Beach: 2,307 vacation rentals
  • Watercolor: 1,243 vacation rentals
  • Seacrest: 582 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Inlet Beach?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Inlet Beach. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Pier Park: 12,307 vacation rentals
  • Grayton Beach State Park: 6,854 vacation rentals
  • St. Andrews State Park: 7,971 vacation rentals
  • Frank Brown Park: 12,385 vacation rentals
  • Camp Helen State Park: 13,727 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Inlet Beach listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Inlet Beach?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 1,333 Houses in Inlet Beach. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Inlet Beach include:

  • Cottages: 118 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 786 rentals available
  • Townhouses: 170 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Inlet Beach?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 2,106 vacation rentals with pool available in Inlet Beach. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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