July 2016

ADVENTURE OFF THE BEATEN PATH

Sometimes you just want to go where no one has ever been. Or, at least somewhere you’ve never been! We understand! There are so many places to blaze your own trail in Gulf County. And, so many great Guides to get you out in the thick of it.

Lake Wimico is a nature-lover’s dream. Over 4,000 acres of natural lake, it is only accessible by boat and makes for a haunting and beautiful trip up the Intracoastal. Most people who visit Gulf County have never heard about the lake unless they are avid fresh-water fishermen. But, fresh-water fishing is just the tip of the iceberg on this beauty.

“Lake Wimico just has so many different things you don’t see on a regular bay trip. I like to start my trips by showing people a houseboat village. Then we follow along and look for alligators and other wildlife. It’s amazing how shallow Lake Wimico can get especially when you are just a few miles from the Gulf of Mexico. It makes for all kinds of interesting animal spotting.” Captain Phil Cox, a Gulf County Adventure Guide and part of the new concierge program, loves taking visitors on Lake Wimico eco-tours.

The Indian Pass Lagoon is also teeming with wildlife and will transport you back in time. Catch some Tarpon or hunt for Triple Tail with Adventure Guide Captain Carle. Or, just spot an occasional shark in the shallow waters. But, Captain Carle will remind you to look up every once in a while, too.

“The Lagoon is next to St. Vincent Island so you can see all of the different types of wildlife on the island while enjoying being on a boat in the water. People really enjoy seeing the different types of birds and especially the eagle nests out there.”

Updated: Dec 14, 2017 20:55

Published: Jul 01, 2016 19:05

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Local Jeri daydreams about doing a different beach every day. “I love taking time with my family. And we love to be outside. You never know what the next day’s adventure may bring.”

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ADVENTURE OFF THE BEATEN PATH
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Sometimes you just want to go where no one has ever been. Or, at least somewhere you’ve never been! We understand! There are so many places to blaze your own trail in Gulf County.

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“We grew up vacationing here. We camped in Apalach and in 1968 we found St. Joseph Peninsula State Park. Right after that we built a house in Indian Pass. As soon as the house was built, we came down every weekend.”

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Jeri, Owner of Gulf Coast Vacation Rentals, talks about a favorite Guest Book Story. “We had a family coin the term “the dolphin parade.” They stayed in one of our homes out on Indian Pass called Palmetto Breeze.”

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“The difference between staying in a house vs. renting a hotel room is that you’re going to cook there and eat there and hangout together. Kitchen and living space is always an important thing to look for. But, I don’t just mean inside the house. Many of our homes have just as much living and gathering space outside as they do inside.”

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Indian Pass Lagoon is a treasure says Adventure Guide Trish. A true eco-adventure. You need a flat bottom boat or a kayak because it’s so shallow. You will see all kinds of wildlife around the oyster beds.

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