KEEP IT WILD
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.
Click here for the entire LNT Ordinance.
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
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.
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
- Always keep your dog on a leash. It’s the law.
- Respect children and adults around you who may not be familiar with your pet.
- Always keep waste bags with you. We want our beaches to be people friendly, too.
- Don’t bury pet waste. Children enjoy digging in the sand as much as pets.
Click here to learn more about our pet friendly beaches.
The following information is a highlight of the rules implemented by the Leave No Trace ordinance
- All unattended personal items (chairs, tents, toys, kayaks, etc.) must be removed daily from the beach no later than 1 hour after published time of sunset and can be placed back on beach after sunrise the following day.
- All holes created must be filled in prior to leaving the beach each day.
- Overnight camping must not be within 400 feet of any waterfront residence.
- Glass bottles, containers, etc. are prohibited on Gulf County beaches.
- Bonfires are permissible, but must not be within 100 feet of any structure, and all remnants must be extinguished and removed from the beach that same day. All items other than natural wood are prohibited from burning (i.e.-pallets, wood with screws or nails, pressure-treated wood, etc.).
- All trash must be removed from the beach.
- Soliciting and canvassing on the beach is prohibited other than County Administration and Law Enforcement officials.
- It is unlawful to remove sand from Gulf County beaches.
- Per Gulf County Ordinance 2008-20, pets must be on leashes at all times.
- Beach Driving is no longer addressed under Leave No Trace. Click here for more information check our Riding the Beach