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.

Click here for the entire LNT Ordinance.

Visit the new Forgotten Coast Sea Turtle Center or contact a member of our concierge team to find 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.

The following information is a highlight of the rules implemented by the Leave No Trace ordinance

Watch the Video below for quick Tips & Tricks regarding our Leave No Trace Ordinance

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

Click here to learn more about our pet-friendly beaches.