Come to Gulf County Florida this New Year's Eve for our annual “Celebrate Twice” extravaganza. Gulf County is one of only four places across the U.S. that has two time zones within its limits. To celebrate this geographic rarity, we ring in the New Year twice – once in Port St. Joe and once in Mexico Beach.

Keeping safety in mind, complimentary shuttles will pick up guests at 10 designated trolley stops, driving them to a variety of pubs, bars and restaurants throughout the night. For additional information, visit celebratetwice.com.

New this year: Gulf County Bar Wars. Throughout December, several of our local establishments have been creating and testing tasty concoctions with the goal of developing our region’s new signature drink, The GCFL. Each bar will submit its favorite creation to a local panel of judges and the winner will be unveiled on New Year's Eve.

Lodging is still available and many local companies offer affordable New Year's Eve packages


Tuesday, December 31, 2013 – Wednesday, January 1, 2014
8:00 p.m. until 3:00 a.m. EST / 7:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. CST
Fireworks – Port St. Joe: 10:00 p.m. EST; Mexico Beach: midnight CST


Various locations in Mexico Beach and Port St. Joe (details below).

Mexico Beach

  • El Governor Motel
  • Toucan’s Restaurant
  • Mango Marley’s
  • Rustic Sands

Port St. Joe

  • Dockside Seafood and Raw Bar
  • Haughty Heron
  • Ronnie B’s
  • Sunset Coastal Grill
  • The Thirsty Goat
  • St. Joe Bar
  • Lookout Lounge

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.