The Town of Manalapan is a truly unique municipality of unparalleled beauty and quality of life. Snuggled on the eastern shore of one of the fastest growing areas in the state and nation, it remains a small and quiet community dedicated to maintaining exceptional levels of service, controlled development, and a conservative approach to government.
First recorded in history in 1889 when President Benjamin Harrison granted George H. K. Carter a homestead on the yet unnamed land, the sparsely populated settlement was incorporated in 1931 by Commodore Harold Vanderbilt with the granting of a charter to the “Town of Manalapan.” Thought to be named after the New Jersey township of Manalapan, the Indian name means “Good Bread.”
The geographical configuration of the community is unique in that two separate areas exist, contiguous only by water. That portion along A1A between the Lantana Public Beach and the South Lake Worth Inlet, more commonly called Boynton Inlet, is the best-known area because of travel along the main north/south highway. Sharing Hypoluxo Island with the Town of Lantana, the more secluded area of Manalapan occupies about the southern one-third of the island.