Water All Around,
No Get Out

“Hypoluxo” is the name the Seminole Indians gave Hypoluxo Island when Lake Worth was fresh water with no inlet to the ocean. Roughly translated, Hypoluxo means “water all around, no [way to] get out.” Today, with the creation of the Jupiter Inlet and Intracoastal Waterway, Lake Worth is now Lake Worth Lagoon, an estuary, and Hypoluxo Island has evolved from an uninhabited barrier island to one of the most coveted residential areas in all the Gold Coast.

The island, part of the exclusive Manalapan-Hypoluxo community, is located in the southeast end of Lake Worth Lagoon and is approximately three miles long by a quarter-mile wide. Fewer than 300 families live here, with a total population of about 2,000. The area receives very little through-traffic and appeals to those who enjoy solitude. Yet easy access exists to a multitude of shopping, dining and entertainment destinations, including Palm Beach’s famous Worth Avenue, the equestrian and polo community of Wellington, and some of the finest golf courses in the country.

To the south of Hypoluxo and just east of Boynton Beach lies Ocean Ridge. This upscale barrier-island gem of the Gold Coast is also secluded, yet close to world-class dining and popular shopping and entertainment. Residents relish the miles of white-sand beach, pristine waters and sunsets worthy of an artist’s canvas.

Today on the Island

As information about the Hypoluxo Island area, Manalapan and Ocean Ridge unfolds and events are slated and occur, you’ll learn about it here at Today on the Island. Check back often as this news blog is updated regularly.

The replacement East Ocean Avenue Bridge is slated to open November 9, 2013, amid both organized celebration and a collective sigh of relief from most everyone in the area. The center span is 21 feet high, which is estimated to reduce bridge openings some 40 percent compared to the old bridge. It’s also wider and pedestrians and bicyclists are protected by a barrier.