Protect Our Shores

Let’s work together to protect Gulf County and our natural resources.


Gulf County is the largest nesting place for Loggerhead Sea Turtles in Northwest Florida.

Home to more than 28 percent of the Loggerhead Sea Turtle nests, we love and protect these massive, beautiful creatures and we ask that our visitors do as well.  Play your part in turtle conservancy by keeping our beaches clean, flat and dark and follow the Leave No Trace Ordinance.  At the end of your beach day, please do your part by leaving only your footprints, and remove all trash and beach equipment.

Visit the new Forgotten Coast Sea Turtle Center or contact a member of our concierge team tofind out how you can accompany our turtle patrol on their dawn walks in search of new nests or hatchlings.

“It takes 450 years for a plastic bottle to break down and at least 10 to 20 years for a single-use plastic bag,” according to U.S. National Park Services.

Pet Friendly Beaches


Bring your furry friends along. Woofs are welcome all over Gulf County.

Let your four-legged best friend run through the sand, splash in the water, shake it off, and then do it all again. Gulf County Florida is dog heaven and more families are taking their pets along on vacation (cats don’t seem too fond of beaches). In fact, two ofthe Top 20 Dog Beaches in Florida are located in Gulf County. Both Cape San Blas and Salinas Park received the coveted “5-Bone Rating” for its long stretches of uncrowded beaches and gentle waves by

Pets are welcome on all Gulf County beaches with the exception of St. Joseph Peninsula State Park. Animals must remain on a leash at all times, it’s the law. Bring a long lead leash so you and your pet can be active.

There are over 20 pet waste disposal stations with bags and receptacles along the public beach access points. However, owners must remove any remnants left behind so it’s a good idea to pack your waste baggies for beach adventures.

Many areas on and off the beach are perfect for pets; even the Gulf County Welcome Center is pet-friendly so stop in and say hello! Located in Port St. Joe, it’s a great starting point for the Port City Trail that meanders nearly four miles throughout the town. Many of the local shops and restaurants also welcome pets on leashes.

Need help deciding where to stay with your dog? Just look for the paw prints on the vacation rentals page.

Pet Etiquette or Helpful Tips