Even though our beaches are beautiful and our waters are amazing, taking a day to explore the area is well worth the trip!

We know people choose to vacation in Gulf County for the beautiful beaches and abundance of water but it’s ok to leave the beach chairs and towels behind and embark on a day trip. While our quiet piece of paradise remains relatively secluded, a variety of destinations are within easy reach.

Hop on Highway 98 and head east and you’ll happen upon Historic Apalachicola. Once the largest port on the Gulf of Mexico, Apalachicola’s diverse and colorful past remains visible today. With more than 200 historic homes and buildings on the National Register, visitors can stroll wide, tree-lined streets and experience the charm of years gone by. The Dixie Theatre, built in 1912, was recently renovated and hosts great plays and concerts year-round.

And while taking a day trip usually means hopping in a car and hitting the road, why not take the road (or waterways) less traveled? Head on down to the PSJ Marina, get on a charter and head to Apalach by boat. What could be a better ride than going up the Gulf County Canal, taking a right on the Intracoastal and heading east towards Apalachicola? Be sure to take your time going through Lake Wimico... it’s too beautiful to rush through. When you get to Apalach take time to shop the boutiques and enjoy the amazing taste of fresh oysters taken right from the Apalachicola Bay.

We know once visitors find Gulf County they don’t want to leave, but be sure to visit Mexico Beach, located just west of St. Joe Beach. Known as a funky, eclectic beach town, when you experience Mexico Beach you will literally go back in time as you have crossed into Central Time Zone. From eating fresh seafood overlooking the Gulf to great fishing and beachside fun, Mexico Beach is well worth the trip.

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.