Get the Inside Scoop from the Experts: GCFL Locals
PORT ST. JOE, Fla. (January 27, 2015) – Gulf County, Florida (GCFL) is truly a remarkable escape because there is no “off” season for adventure. But, you don’t have to take our word for it. We’ve handed that job over to our locals, our “Adventure Guides” – they’re passionate, insightful and know how to make your visit exceptionally memorable.
SPRING into the Dead Lakes: “The Dead Lakes get their name from the Cypress and Tupelo trees that stand in the water,” says Matt Godwin, owner of Off The Map Expeditions. “…if you go out early in the morning in April, the birds are all coming into nest and other critters are just showing up. The fog comes off the water. It’s very still. You are in the wilderness.”
Soak up the SUMMER sun on a different beach every day: Scallop in the Bay. Shell on the Cape. Go fishing out at Indian Pass. Ms. Jeri, beach adventurer and owner of Gulf Coast Vacation Rentals, recommends Lady J Charters for the Gulf and Southern Tide Charters for the Bay. Jeri’s mantra: “You never know what the next day’s adventure may bring.”
FALL in love with sunset horseback riding on the beach: “I took my seven-year-old and he had the best time. He still talks about it six months later,” says David Ashbrook, manager of the MainStay Suites. GCFL’s sunsets are already breathtaking, but something happens in the fall that is hard to put into words: every hue of red, orange, yellow and purple you can imagine paint the sky. David recommends taking your sunset ride out on the Cape with local guides Broke-A-Toe.
Thaw out this WINTER at “The Point” or “Stump Hole:” A Florida “winter” is something to experience. Everything is crisp, cool and still gorgeous shades of blue and green. David Warriner, president of Tapper and Company Properties Management, Inc. recommends renting a pontoon boat and watching the sunset from “The Point,” the northernmost tip of St. Joseph Peninsula State Park. Another favorite? Renting a bike, riding to “Stump Hole,” climbing the rocks and watching the waves.
For details on these and even more adventures, check out our guides.
About Gulf County Florida
Located in Northwest Florida, Gulf County boasts 43 miles of natural shoreline. Here, where water surrounds us, we don’t have high-rises or busy highways and never will. We have white-sand beaches facing westward into spectacular sunsets – on the Gulf of Mexico and St. Joseph Bay. We have beckoning bayous, unexpected wildlife encounters and the mysterious Dead Lakes. We’ve got seaside bike trails, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and snorkeling. We have genuine places, like the historic Indian Pass Raw Bar and flavors like Tupelo Honey. Learn more about this “no worry, no hurry” destination at www.visitgulf.com and on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.