Boating & Sailing

Born from a heritage of seafarers and fisherman, Gulf County has developed a unique on-the-water culture where families come to create their own traditions.  Water is life here.

Off the beaten path, in the heart of the Gulf Coast, lies one of Florida’s best kept secrets. Open waters and endless possibilities abound here. Authentic, uncrowded and inviting.

Over 244 miles of shoreline wind through Gulf County ranging from clear waters and white sand beaches to tranquil inland passages. Pristine St. Joseph Bay is a coastal sanctuary protected by the peninsula and teaming with marine life. The Gulf of Mexico is easily accessible with outstanding deep- sea fishing and boating. The legendary Dead Lakes are home to one of the richest eco-systems in Florida. The Intercoastal Waterway flows east and west through Lake Wimico. And, Indian Pass Lagoon offers natural beauty and its celebrated oysters.

Water is life in Gulf County with an active-as-you-want-to-be, family oriented lifestyle.   We watch the journey to the water as boats, kayaks and paddleboards are magnetically pulled to the water.  The call to the water isn’t for everyone, but those who feel it are part of a tribe, a culture where water is the single most important for fueling their soul.

Rental boats are available through many companies in the area, as well as a variety of guided trips like eco-tours, shelling, sunset cruises and snorkeling.  You can discover starfish, brittle stars, seahorse, sea squirts, adorable puffer fish, octopus and much more while snorkeling the seagrass beds of St. Joseph Bay so get on the water while on vacation.

Looking for a marina?  Captain’s Cove Marina is located just west of Port St. Joe underneath the Highland View Bridge, sitting at the mouth of St. Joseph Bay on the St. Joseph Canal and Intracoastal Waterway. This Marina was designed with convenience and affordability in mind with dry storage, fuel and great rates for transient cruisers. For generations this family-owned business has been fishing our waters and they recognize that a day spent on the Gulf waters rejuvenates the soul; so it is their goal to provide customers with a smooth transition into our unique salty playground.

Be sure to check out our new buoy system!

Gulf County Charters

Inshore, offshore, inland, the biggest catches are here. To the north freshwater anglers can hunt Largemouth Bass in the Dead Lakes, Apalachicola River or Lake Wimico. To the south saltwater fish teem in the Gulf of Mexico, St. Joseph Bay, St. Joseph Canal and Indian Pass Lagoon.

Click here to learn about our waterways.