Secret Gems of South Florida: Coral Point in Wilton Manors

South Florida is known as a top tourist destination with fabulous beaches, world-class restaurants, exciting nightlife, and compelling history – but to locals, it’s simply a vibrant place to live, work, relax, and raise a family. Whether you were born and raised a South Floridian or simply ended up in South Florida by some other lucky means, this incredible region offers plenty of unique neighborhoods that still have that highly sought-after small-town feel. One such neighborhood is Coral Point in Wilton Manors. Located in the heart of SoFlo, it’s one of the area’s best-kept secrets. 

Meet Wilton Manors 

Wilton Manors, affectionately known to locals as “Island City” or “WilMa,” is a shining Broward County city that packs a lot of culture and character in just under two square miles. Wilton Manors has a little something to make just about everybody happy.

The Island City 

The “Island City” nickname stems from the fact that Wilton Manors is actually an island; The city is surrounded by forks in the Middle River, making it a true island and home to a host of water and native wildlife. Nature lovers will enjoy exploring Colohatchee Park, a nearly 9-acre mangrove preserve that offers a boardwalk for nature observation, as well as a boat ramp, walking trail, picnic area, and dog park. You’ll spot many Florida species of birds, plants, animals, and trees at this scenic park. Another must-see in Wilton Manors is the historic Carriage House and Manor House at Richardson Historic Park & Nature Preserve


Wilton Manors’ main thoroughfare, Wilton Drive, boasts many award-winning restaurants, boutique shops, coffeehouses, art galleries, chic nightclubs and bars, and more – all in a pedestrian-friendly setting in the center of the city. 

South Florida’s LGBTQ+ Capital 

Wilton Manors is vibrant and welcoming to all. The residents of Wilton Manors are filled with pride – for both their city and their community. This charming South Florida city has long been a welcoming haven for LGBTQ+ residents and visitors and has been a progressive place to live, work, and play for decades. The City of Wilton Manors ranks second in the United States for per capita LGBTQ+ population (next to Provincetown, Massachusetts). Because of that, streets are lined with gay-owned businesses, the vibrant nightlife is plentiful, and the small city of just over 12,000 people has its own Pride parade. The progressive town even elected its first openly gay official in 1988. By the year 2000, Wilton Manors had made history as having the second gay-majority governing body in the United States, including a gay Mayor, Vice Mayor, and Councilman. History was again made in November 2018, when Wilton Manors became the first city in Florida with an all LGBTQ+ City Commission, second only to Palm Springs, California.

Standout Dining Destinations 

You will never run out of fabulous dining options in Wilton Manors! Visit The Alchemist Cafe for a craft coffee (The Alchemist Craft Coffee is a must-try) and brunch in a rustic-chic outdoor garden setting with lush greenery. Or head to Rosie’s Bar and Grill for a colorful treat like the “Quinoa Tifah,” the “Briney Spears,” or the “Steakation.” Rosie’s burgers are famous in the area – don’t miss out! For dessert, be sure to grab an out-of-this-world guava and cheese pastry at the iconic Stork’s Bakery & Café

Fun Activities 

Whether you’re looking for a fun weekend activity for the whole family or the perfect place to host a party, the Manor Lanes Bowling Center has it all. Enjoy the relaxing, throwback atmosphere, test out your 10-pin skills, or join in on Friday night karaoke. Or, grab a seat at Island City Stage for an entertaining live theater show. 


For those who enjoy the great outdoors, exploring the seven-mile blue trails river loop that wraps around Wilton Manors via kayak or canoe is a must-do. Be sure to bring your camera and look out for resident manatees, iguanas, kestrels, ospreys, ibises, ducks, and herons on your trip. 

Gorgeous Beaches 

There is no shortage of beautiful beaches around Wilton Manors. The closest beach is the world-famous Fort Lauderdale Beach, less than three miles away. Nearby, you can also find Las Olas Beach, Hollywood Beach, and Dania Beach. 

Exceptional Homes 

Wilton Manors homes range from charming single-family homes and luxurious waterfront homes to stunning townhomes and dazzling condos. Recently, Wilton Manors has experienced tremendous economic revitalization, which has positively impacted commercial and residential property values. 


Without further ado, let us introduce you to one of South Florida’s best-kept secrets: The Coral Point subdivision in Wilton Manors. 

Discover Coral Point 

Signature real estate agent Karen Foster has sold numerous properties in Coral Point and lives just minutes away. According to Karen, the neighborhood is perfect for boaters with smaller vessels, as the waterway has fixed bridges, but a major plus is that there is direct access to the ocean! Coral Point contains the majority of waterfront properties in Wilton Manors. This desirable neighborhood boasts quintessential South Florida appeal, with a hint of small-town charm. Coral Point has streets where neighbors get together for a cookout, children stand together at the bus stop, and your car is always sandy from an afternoon at the beach. 

Start With Signature 

There’s no shortage of great neighborhoods in South Florida to choose from, whether you’re looking in bustling Downtown Miami, the luxurious beachfront options of Palm Beach, or the charming waterfront communities in Wilton Manors. Finding your perfect home starts with finding the right neighborhood. To discover homes in these beautiful neighborhoods and more, start your search with Signature International Real Estate. Signature has an extensive network of agents, tools, and resources to help you find your dream home. Contact a Signature real estate professional today!