Hypoluxo Island on Florida’s Gold Coast takes its name from Lake Worth’s original Seminole Indian name which, roughly translated, means “water all ‘round – no get out;” a fitting description for a town located along the Intracoastal Waterway and just a short distance from the Atlantic Ocean.
Totaling only 0.8 square miles and with over 3,000 residents, Hypoluxo Island, located in Palm Beach County, Florida, may be a small town but it is certainly not one lacking in history and natural beauty. These are evidenced by the town’s administration facility, which was built in the traditional Key West style; the Frank Varga statue erected as a tribute to the Barefoot Mailman; as well as the Hypoluxo Scrub Natural Area, which is home to various plant and animal species endemic to the area.
Hypoluxo Island is an island on the eastern side of the south end of the Lake Worth Lagoon, an estuary which is part of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway system. It is about three miles long, but less than a quarter mile wide. It is home to fewer than 300 families, and is a small, friendly community of single family homes, with no commercial properties. It also offers a small public library and a beautiful public park, both within easy walking distance. Hypoluxo Island connects to the mainland town of Lantana, Florida on the west by a short bridge across the intracoastal waterway, and to the oceanside towns of South Palm Beach and Manalapan by way of a bridge across a smaller waterway to the east. The majority of the island is part of the town of Lantana, but the southern tip of the island is a gated community known as Point Manalapan, which is part of the town of Manalapan.
Property values are uniformly high, and the entire island is considered one of the most desirable residential areas in the Palm Beach area. Many families have lived on Hypoluxo Island for years, residential turnover is low, and there is a good sense of community. The majority of residents know most of their neighbors, and they all look forward to the yearly barbeque picnic at the park, hosted by the Hypoluxo Island Property Owners Association, a voluntary membership organization with very minimal dues. The event usually features a live classic rock or reggae type band, as well as various activities and attractions for children, and is always well attended.
Hypoluxo Island will appeal to prospective homeowners with an appreciation for peaceful Intracoastal living as well as for history and nature preservation.
- The “barefoot mailmen” are a point of pride in the shared history of Hypoluxo and other parts of South Florida. The term refers to the mail carriers who served the mail route from Palm Beach to Miami, between the years 1885 to 1892. They rode boats and then walked on the beach barefoot (hence the name) on a six-day journey to deliver mail. Artists Frank and Stephen Varga unveiled a bronze statue commemorating these brave men in 2012. The sculpture can be found in the Hypoluxo Scrub Natural Area.
- There are many parks in town such as the Hypoluxo Hammock, which was created to show what the area was like in the late 19th Century when the only flora in the area was indigenous; the Hypoluxo Scrub Natural Area, a nature preserve which has several hiking trails, an observation tower, and educational exhibits; and the new Garnett Park, where visitors can picnic as they view the Frank Varga sculpture “Sail into the Future.”
- There are many beach and water-based activities that you can enjoy in Hypoluxo. Deep-sea fishing trips, diving, and paddle-boating are just a few of the many things the town’s residents and visitors love to do
Luxury Oceanfront Estates, condominiums and townhomes are among the more popular residential offerings on Hypoluxo Island. Find Mediterranean and Spanish Revival-inspired homes in the town’s many gated neighborhoods, which typically feature a wide variety of amenities like spas, tennis courts, pools, gyms, and even libraries.
Hypoluxo Island remains a small, quiet community of luxury waterfront homes that are only a few minutes drive from Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, City Place, Clematis Street, and The Kravis Center of the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach, Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach, Town Center Mall in Boca Raton, and is 15 minutes to the Palm Beach International Airport.