There have been some impacts from the red tide organism, Karenia brevis, in Gulf County. The Florida Department of Health in Gulf County is notifying the public of red tide blooms near: George Core Park (located at the end of Jetty Park Drive), Crescent Palms Drive (near Salinas Park Bayside), and Pig Island (St. Joseph Bay).
The previous health alerts for red tide blooms at the following locations remain in place.
· Salina’s Park (Gulf side)
· Stump Hole
· Cape Palms Park, public access beach
· Dunes Drive, public access beach
· St. Joseph Peninsula State Park (Gulf side)
· Eagle Harbor Boat Ramp (Bayside of St. Joseph Peninsula State Park)
These alerts will remain in effect until further notice. Surrounding counties are experiencing similar advisories, so please be aware of beach water conditions near you. However, we would love to help you plan your Gulf County vacation. Live Chat with us for help planning and use the link to learn more about Red Tide in Florida.
Black’s Island is an extraordinary destination that brings your dream ‘private island getaway’ into reach. 26 luxurious bungalows provide all the comforts of home, with a gorgeous, enormous central Club House for socializing. Relax on a white sand beach or on your own private balcony. Explore the bay in a kayak; or perhaps a bit of paddle-boarding, or snorkeling; or fishing trip to the Gulf. Hop on the ferry and head to charming Port St. Joe for mainland shopping and entertainment. A little quiet down-time, or a lot of fun-filled adventure, Black’s Island has something to offer every mood and personality.
The Ultimate Florida Vacation Retreat
Away from the crowds, condos, and noise – but still within reach – Black’s Island provides a true escape from the outside world. A seven acre semi-tropical island set in the sparkling waters of St Joseph Bay, this lush retreat may feel a thousand miles away, but it’s just a 10 minute ride from the mainland - in U.S. waters.
Upon your arrival, you’ll follow the boardwalk over a white sand beach to be greeted at the Big Game Club. Inspired by Old English style clubhouses, the Big Game Club is the social hub of the island with details reminiscent of a 17th century sailing vessel. It is also where you’ll find your modern-day conveniences like WiFi and a commercial kitchen. Custom wood and metal work set the theme, with an enormous front porch perfect for watching the sunset in the cool gulf breeze, and a 45 foot red oak spiral staircase leading down to the patio area below and up to the crow’s nest observatory above for amazing views of the island and the gulf. You’ll find the pool and hot tub just to the south of the clubhouse, and the watersports equipment pavilion to the northwest.
Perfectly Delightful, Perfectly Private Accommodations
From Captain Black’s Big Game Club, you’ll stroll out onto a 1,200-foot boardwalk that wanders through the palm trees to connect 26 water-front luxury bungalows. These fully equipped private homes feature island style decor, and each has its own spectacular sunset AND sunrise view. The bungalows are tastefully designed, engineered for comfort, and impressively well-appointed with amenities such as granite and stainless steel kitchens, slate and wood floors, walk-in cedar closets, decks - and stunning views from every room!
Each bungalow is a completely private waterfront home that can sleep up to six. 1-stories have 2 king bedrooms, 2 baths, and sleeping loft with 1 queen bed. 2-stories have 2 king bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and a bunkroom with 2 twins, plus all the linens, dishes, appliances, and utensils you’d find at home. The open, spacious floor plan leaves plenty of room to stretch out and unwind, or relax and enjoy the view from your private balcony. This is your own space.
Water Sports & More - Be Our Guest!
As you would expect on an island, the water activities within the bay’s protected waters seem endless; Kayaking, snorkeling, sailing, fishing, scalloping, and if that’s not enough, St. Joseph Bay opens directly on the Gulf of Mexico with opportunities for fantastic offshore fishing. Our guests have access to island kayaks, paddle boards and more. Regular ferry service to and from the mainland is always available for local exploring and fun, as well. Also scattered around the island you’ll find several areas where you can do... absolutely nothing. Small ‘comfort oasis’ spots: a swing, a chair, a hammock with shade, or a beach chair and a palm tree in the sand –and plenty of privacy– are yours to settle into at will.
The Black’s Island resort-style community was designed to give you all the creature comforts, while keeping the natural island beach setting intact. Every effort was made to work around lush vegetation and palm trees - no easy feat with hundreds of palm trees on the island, dating back more than 300 years. The development actually blends in with nature, offering a refreshing and welcome change from the more common beach resort/rental experience. Black’s Island brings the private island experience within reach. Your bungalow awaits!