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Visitor’s Guide


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Unforgettable Beaches Shop Like a Local Dine Like a Local Fish On A Day on the Gulf Unforgettable Day Trips Unforgettable Seashells Going to the Birds

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Places to Stay Snowbird Love

Special Times Acknowledgements Contributing Photographers

Bill Fauth Carol Cox Cindy’s Dream Photos Debbie Hooper Kim Stone Photograpy Rob Dunalewicz Romona Robbins Ron Childs Scott Holstein Southern Outdoor Photography Tom Baird

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Historic Images Courtesy of The Parker Family

Graphic Design, Copywriting and Printing by

Rowland Publishing 1932 Miccosukee Road Tallahassee, FL 32308 850.878.0554 RowlandPublishing.com

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Love Notes – Married in Mexico Beach Let’s Make a Date History of Mexico Beach

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Tips, Safety and Turtles Stay Connected With Us Featured Partners


Getting Here

Mexico Beach, Florida, is easily accessible by car or air. Located on a pristine stretch of beach in Bay County, Florida, Mexico Beach is Florida’s best choice for travelers who are in the know and seeking a genuinely quiet, white-sand beach vacation destination.

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re you ready to truly enjoy the beach? Ready for sandy-white beaches, pristine Gulf waters, spectacular sunsets, great meals with family and friends? Then it’s time to enjoy Mexico Beach, “The Unforgettable Coast.” We welcome you to relish all that Mexico Beach has to offer. Through this Visitor Guide, you will be able to familiarize yourself with our area so you can begin your beach vacation the moment you enter town. Be ready to indulge in simply nothing. Whatever you’re wanting out of this beach vacation, we’ve got it, as long as it doesn’t consist of chain restaurants, overcrowded shopping malls or traffic lights. Information about our beloved area abounds in this guide. You’ll read about outstanding restaurants, shopping, water-sport activities, ecotourism, weddings on the beach and much more. The indulgent options are endless. Legendary sunsets, uncrowded beaches, easygoing vibes, friendly locals and a variety of festive events ensure that Mexico Beach has what you need. With predictable sunny weather and ideal accommodations to call your temporary home, you will see all the reasons that Mexico Beach is one of the most unforgettable vacation destinations along the Gulf. Enjoy what others have known about for years, or, if you’ve visited before, you’ll enjoy what has not changed since you last left. We hope that you’re ready to truly enjoy our beach. Wonderful memories and long-lasting traditions await you in Mexico Beach, “The Unforgettable Coast.” See you soon,

Miles Time

Tallahassee, FL

100

1.5

Columbus, GA

202

3.0

Mobile, AL

223

3.5

Montgomery, AL

224

3.5

Jacksonville, FL

267

4.0

Birmingham, AL

315

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Atlanta, GA

322

5.0

Nashville, TN

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Charlotte, NC

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From Panama City & Destin/South Walton

Mexico Beach is located just 20 minutes east of Panama City, and an hour east of the Destin/South Walton area. It’s a great day trip for vacationers seeking serenity and seclusion. Simply drive east on Highway 98. You will enter Mexico Beach shortly after passing Tyndall Air Force Base.

By Air

Air travel to Mexico Beach, Florida, is by way of the new Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP) located in Panama City Beach and just a one-hour drive away. Delta and Southwest Airlines offer flights arriving and departing daily, with many direct flights from major cities.

Maps & Info

GPS Coordinates 29.56.29 N 85.24.23 W Zip Code 32410

Kimberly Shoaf, President Mexico Beach Community Development Council

Area Code 850 Time Zone Central

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Activities & Attractions Unforgettable Beaches 320 days of sunshine each year

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So, how does one get to our beaches? Easy. he uncrowded, sandy shoreline of Mexico Beach is tailor-made for The City of Mexico Beach has five miles of relaxation and rejuvenation. Our sugary beach available for residents and visitors to enjoy. white sand, warm sunshine and gentle waves Public beach access is easy and abundant. There are ideally suited for long, stress-free days on are a number of easy-to-spot beach walkovers. the beach. It’s the perfect place to kick back The beach walk-overs have been constructed and relax. along the entire length of Speaking of our sand, it’s Highway 98 in Mexico Beach. quite rare. The sand found on They provide beachgoers with Virtual Beach the majority of the world’s When you’re too far convenient and direct access to beaches contains a mixture of from Mexico Beach approximately twenty different the Gulf of Mexico. They also to actually view materials. The sugar-like white the water, log on to protect our natural vegetation MexicoBeach.com and sand found in Mexico Beach, and sand dunes from erosion. enjoy the live Beach however, contains only one: If you’re not able to make Cam that allows you to evenly sized quartz crystals. feel like you’re sitting it down to the beach then you on the beach. While This quartz sand originated can view it right now! That’s online jump over to millions of years ago in the the Calendar of Events right, we have our Beach Cam Appalachian Mountain page and check out that runs 24/7. Simply log what’s coming up, and range. Because our area lacks be sure to book your on to MexicoBeach.com and the influence of silt-bearing next vacation. rivers, our sand remains pure enjoy the beach — live. and white. Unlike destinations Mexico Beach averages 320 further south, Mexico Beach days of sunshine each year! Take care, though. experiences brief, subtle changes of season. Our clear waters and white sand reflect and Summers are balmy and wonderful, and intensify sunlight. Sunscreen, sunglasses and winters are calm and comfortable. But most cover-ups are necessities. Forgot to pack the locals prefer spring and fall with their warm sunscreen? Don’t worry. From beach chairs and days and cool nights. Just remember, no matter umbrellas to swimwear and sporting goods, our the weather, it’s always a warm feeling when local merchants carry everything you’ll need to you’re in Mexico Beach. make the most of your beach days.

Average Daily Temperatures at Mexico Beach High Low

Jan 63 41

Feb Mar Apr May Jun 67 73 79 86 90 43 50 54 62 68

Jul 91 71

Aug Sep 91 88 71 68

Oct Nov Dec 80 73 66 56 49 43

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Activities & Attractions

Really, Gotta Have It About Beach 2802-C Highway 98 850.648.4663 Beachwalk 3102 Highway 98 850.648.4200 Cathey’s ACE Hardware 3004 Highway 98 850.648.5242 Emerald Coast Jewelry 2802-B Highway 98 850.648.2300 Frost Pottery Garden and Gift Shop 101 S. 36th Street 850.541.2839 Gulf Foods and Gifts 900-A Highway 98 850.648.5129 La Robe Boutique 2904-C Highway 98 850.648.2035 Mexico Beach Marina and Outfitters 3904 Highway 98 850.648.8900 The Grove 2700-A Highway 98 850.648.4445 Toucan’s Gift Shop 719 Highway 98 850.648.8207 Two Gulls at the Beach 2802-D Highway 98 850.648.1122 White Sands Salon and Boutique 2802-E Highway 98 850.648.5889

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Shop Like a Local

Explore intimate shops and southern boutiques

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veryone wants to know where the locals go when it comes to food, shopping and fun. Be forewarned, if you’re in search of glamorous name brand shopping or ritzy dining establishments, then you’ll be out of luck. However, if you’re ready to explore intimate shops offering Southern charm and Mexico Beach flair as well as sinking your teeth into succulent seafood and savory unforgettable dishes, then you’ll have plenty to choose from. Shopping, shopping and more shopping. Mexico Beach offers some wonderful shops and boutiques that you can spend all day in and fill up your shopping bags. And, for that beach lover who’s in search of a memorable souvenir but doesn’t want to miss any beach time, both the El Governor Motel and the Driftwood Inn offer gift shops so you can simply pop in on your way to the

beach from your room. From bathing suits, colorful T-shirts and flip-flops to homemade artwork, picture frames, furniture and beach towels, there’s not a shop in Mexico Beach that doesn’t offer something for everyone. When shopping like a local, you’ll need to know how the locals think about shopping. If you are in search of Mexico Beach memorabilia, original artwork, jewelry or accessories for your home away from home, then The Grove, About Beach and Emerald Coast Jewelry are some of the ideal places you will want to visit. Forgot your flip-flops or sunhat, or are you looking for fashionable beachwear? Then be sure to swing into Beachwalk and Gulf Foods for all your apparel and souvenir needs. We also encourage you to take a token or two home to friends and family so they can see how much fun you had in Mexico Beach.


Food, Drinks and More! 40th Street Pizzeria & Seafood 101 S. 40th Street 850.648.2000 Caribbean Coffee 2700 Highway 98 850.705.1366 Crazy Beach Pizza 2902 Highway 98 850.648.4600 Graba Java Internet Café 2904.D Highway 98 850.648.5282 Killer Seafood 820 Highway 98 850.648.6565 Lookout Lounge 9454 Highway 98 850.647.8310 Mango Marley’s 3104 Highway 98 850.648.5000

Dine Like a Local

Music, libations and fresh-from-the-gulf menus

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here do the locals dine? That’s a common question, and we know how to answer it. Mexico Beach offers a number of excellent establishments for delicious food and cool libations. Whether you’re craving fresh-caught seafood, a mouthwatering burger or breakfast at 2 p.m., we’ve got it covered. The Fish House Restaurant and Mango Marley’s are some of the local hotspots you will want to visit when that hunger craving strikes. Ready for a night on the town? If live music and a cold one are what you have in mind, then be sure to visit the Lookout Lounge or Toucan’s Restaurant. Both offer drink specials, live music and beautiful sunsets. Not much on going out, but still want caught-that-day seafood? Then

venture into the Shell Shack and pick up fresh shrimp and fish to prepare at your vacation home. The restaurant selections in Mexico Beach are appealing to even the pickiest eater in your group. Where there’s seafood, and good fellowship, there is always a great recipe. Most of the recipes you’ll discover while in Mexico Beach will be some that you will want. Several chefs from local restaurants will be willing to lend you their recipes, so just ask. If you’re too shy to ask, then the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association Seafood Cookbook will be something you’ll want to purchase before heading out of town. This cookbook covers an array of seafood and local favorites. It is one cookbook you will use over and over again.

Rustic Sands Grill 800 15th Street 850.648.6696 Sharon’s Cafe 1100 Highway 98 850.648.8634 Shell Shack 3800 Highway 98 850.648.8256 The Fish House Restaurant 3006 Highway 98 850.648.8950 Tommy T’s 3603 Highway 98 850.648.8578 Toucan’s Restaurant 719 Highway 98 850.648.8207

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Fish On!

Get hooked on world-class fishing

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exico Beach offers not only beautiful beaches and breathtaking sunsets but also world-class fishing. Proximity to productive waters draws anglers from all over the world to Mexico Beach. Accessing the Gulf of Mexico is very convenient. With numerous public beach access points, a City Pier stretching over 800 feet and a city boat ramp, fishing is plentiful from both shore and boat. Mexico Beach is very boater friendly! The City Boat Ramp boasts three spacious launch bays in a sheltered location just three minutes from the Gulf of Mexico. Before hitting the water, visit Mexico Beach Marina where you can fuel both the boat and tackle box. The City of Mexico Beach has a variety of boat slips available to meet your needs while vacationing here. Slips are located adjacent to Canal Park on the Gulf side of Canal Parkway. To inquire about availability and pricing, contact the Harbor Master by calling 850.527.7147. The fishing in Mexico Beach is as good as it gets. A fleet of charter boats is available for the angler who needs a ride out into the Gulf or bay. Many of the charter boats offer the option of inshore or offshore trips, and most include your gear and license. With many charter captains offering half- and full-day adventures on the open waters, there are plenty of chances to

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tell the story of the one that got away. Just going at it alone or in a small group? No worries, our charter captains will work with any size group, with many offering the ability to join in on another party. Information and resources for fishing expeditions are available at the Mexico Beach Welcome Center or online at MexicoBeach.com under the Things-To-Do/Fishing page. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission publishes fishing regulations and a license application online; both can be found at myfwc.com. Be sure and check these regulations from time to time.


Fishing Guide Cobia

Flounder

Gray Triggerfish

Greater Amberjack

King Mackerel

The Gulf of Mexico is home to some of the best saltwater fishing you will find anywhere in the world. Get ready to cast your line and hook the big one. Be on the lookout for reeling in an array of great fish, including: red snapper, grouper, flounder, mullet, king and Spanish mackerel, triple tail, pompano and whiting. But that’s not all you have to look forward to catching when you visit Mexico Beach. Just north of Mexico Beach is Wewahitchka, home to the Dead Lakes. Here anglers will be able to test out their freshwater fishing skills with a variety of native species, including largemouth bass, bluegill, warmouth, spotted sunfish, black crappie, flathead catfish and redbreast sunfish. Like the Gulf and bay, your time on the lakes will be unforgettable. Mexico Beach offers something that most places don’t — over 160 artificial reefs in the Gulf of Mexico that are teeming with game fish! Thanks to the efforts of the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association (MBARA), these reefs have been providing unforgettable fishing memories since 1997. A directory of GPS numbers for these artificial reefs can be found on the MBARA website, MBARA.org. So, grab your license, coolers and bait, and gas up for a day of great fishing and unforgettable memory making. This will be one fishing community you will continue to visit again and again. To put it simply, the fishing here is amazing!

Mahi

Pompano

Red Grouper

Red Snapper

Redfish

Sea Trout

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A Day on the Gulf

Making memories on the waves

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exico Beach is comprised of sandy beaches and the stunning waters of the Gulf of Mexico. These waters are home to some world-class fishing. But there is more to the Gulf of Mexico than just fishing. From snorkeling and diving to stand-up paddleboarding and skimboarding, a day on the Gulf in Mexico Beach can be endless. One of the best ways to experience Mexico Beach and its surrounding areas is from sea level. Whether you paddle a kayak, a canoe or a stand-up paddleboard, you’ll experience wild Florida in an intimate and personal way as you glide quietly through its rivers, canals, lakes and bays. Several outfitter and guide services provide both rentals and guided ecotours led by experienced naturalists. Nearby, Wakulla Springs State Park is a favorite, featuring the longest and deepest known submerged cave system in the world. And, for a truly primordial experience, try a paddle through the Dead Lakes. Hitting the surf takes on an entirely new meaning. With Mexico Beach’s mild surf, it’s ideal for skimboarders and boogie boards. This water sport is a favorite among the tweens, preteens and teenagers. You might even see Mom or Dad trying to relive

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their youth with this fun sport. Don’t worry about packing one in the car; we know it’s already overloaded and Fido has to sit somewhere. Both The Shell Shack and Gulf Food Grocery and Gift Shop offer an assortment of boards for all ages. And for those beginners, The Shell Shack offers board rentals so you can test the waters. Get ready to explore an undersea world rich in marine life. Mexico Beach is home to a spectacular nearshore marine environment that beckons to divers, snorkelers, underwater photographers and spear fishermen. A key favorite to underwater sightseers is the Vamar, a historic 1942 lumber ship that wrecked approximately 3.7 miles off the shore of Mexico Beach. For snorkelers and divers, this is a great adventure. The Vamar is often visible from the surface, being located in 27 feet of water, and is home to a variety of sea creatures. Another diving favorite is the Empire Mica that was sunk in 105 feet of water. This wreck offers scuba divers a historically significant, world-class diving experience. Some visitors love to sightsee, and what better way than from a bird’s perspective. Parasailing is offered beachfront at the El Governor Motel and is a great way to see all of Mexico Beach.


Thrill-seekers can soar up to three miles in the sky and gain a great view of both the Gulf of Mexico and the City of Mexico Beach. And for those who prefer to stay closer to the ground, there are waverunners as well as banana boat rides that can take you all over the Gulf to explore. A day on the Gulf can also be relaxing. Board a sunset cruise or ecotour and enjoy the waters while resting your feet. Several of our charter captains offer relaxing exploration trips on the Gulf. An ecotour can take you all over, and if you’re fortunate you can see dolphins swimming in pods as well as sea turtles venturing for food. Be sure to ask your captain to stop over at Crooked Island, where shell collecting is exciting and bountiful. Sunsets in Mexico Beach are simply breathtaking. The fall months offer some of the best to be seen. Hop a charter and head out on the Gulf where you can enjoy all of your surroundings while watching one of the best shows on the beach: the sun going down. With so many activities to do on the water, there is definitely something for everyone. From floating in the waves to riding them, your time spent on the water will be unforgettable.

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Unforgettable Day Trips

Activities & Attractions

From waterparks & zoos to history & shopping, it’s all nearby

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n Mexico Beach, you’ll find countless hours of fun and relaxation. One of the many great things about our little town is its location. We are very lucky to have some really great neighbors, and we encourage you to get out and meet them! Each of these neighboring destinations makes a wonderful day trip. So get out, explore and make your Mexico Beach visit even more unforgettable. And who knows? You may just decide to stay with us a few more days!

Apalachicola ▪ Distance: 35 miles This quaint fishing village just thirty-five miles east of Mexico Beach on Highway 98 will take you back in time to the mid-1800s. Be sure to spend some time viewing the beautifully restored antebellum homes in the Historic District, relaxing at scenic Lafayette Park and browsing the numerous antique and specialty shops. Visit the waterfront to welcome commercial fishing boats as they bring in the day’s catch, and dine on Apalachicola’s nationally acclaimed oysters in any of the superb downtown restaurants. Cape San Blas ▪ Distance: 24 miles The cape is a great picnic spot, offering visitors a backdrop of towering white sand dunes at either St. Joseph Peninsula State Park or Gulf County’s Salinas Park. Cape San Blas is also one of the very few beaches in the entire state of Florida where horseback riding is permitted. Destin ▪ Distance: 80 miles

If shopping is on your agenda, the Destin and Miramar Beach corridor will not disappoint. Silver Sands Premium Outlets is a shopper’s paradise with more than a hundred brands represented. Baytowne Wharf, Grand Boulevard, Destin Commons and countless other nearby shopping opportunities will surely satisfy you as well.

Marianna ▪ Distance: 73 miles Although it is the site of a minor Civil War battle in 1864 and home to a number of restored antebellum homes, Marianna is best known for nearby Florida Caverns State Park. There, visitors will find the only air-filled, publicly accessible caves in the state. Ranger-led tours are available, and the park offers a host of additional amenities. Panama City Beach ▪ Distance: 34 miles Need a break from the peace and quiet of

Mexico Beach? Panama City Beach needs little in the way of introduction. Spend the day enjoying family-friendly attractions such as Gulf World Marine Park, ZooWorld and Shipwreck Island Waterpark. There is no shortage of great nightlife either­— the city is home to hundreds of great restaurants, nightclubs and gathering spots.

Port St. Joe ▪ Distance: 16 miles Deep in history with the signing of the State Constitution and preserved by natural beauty, visitors can explore historical sights while enjoying true Southern hospitality. Scattered throughout the town are great places to dine and a shopping district to find unique gifts, outfits, local art and much more. The newly relocated Cape San Blas Lighthouse is open for tours at George Core Park on St. Joseph Bay. Wakulla Springs ▪ Distance: 100 miles Claimed by some to be the site of Ponce de León’s Fountain of Youth, Wakulla Springs is the longest and deepest known submerged freshwater cave system in the world. The Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park, once roamed by mastodons, giant sloths and saber-toothed tigers, is now home to manatees, alligators and an abundance of birds. Several early movies were filmed here. The park service offers guided boat tours throughout the year.

Wewahitchka ▪ Distance: 23 miles The Dead Lakes State Recreation Area offers the finest freshwater fishing grounds in the state of Florida. The lakes are strewn with the stumps and trunks of dead cypress trees, creating a stunning vista. Wewahitchka is well known as an important source of Tupelo honey and served as the location for the 1996 Peter Fonda film, Ulee’s Gold, of Sundance Film Festival fame.

Bring Your Golf Clubs While there is not a golf course in Mexico Beach, award-winning greens are very near. St. Joseph Bay Golf Club (18 miles) ▪ This golf club, located in Port St. Joe, boasts a 6,655-yard 18-hole championship layout, driving range, putting green, pro shop and snack bar. 850.227.1751 stjoebaygolf.com Nature Walk Golf Course (27 miles) ▪ This 18-hole executive course in Lynn Haven, near Panama City, plays to par of 60 and offers outstanding practice facilities. 850.265.2582 naturewalkgolfcourse.com Hombre Golf Club (34 miles) ▪ With 27 championship holes on “the Good, the Bad and the Ugly” nines, this Panama City Beach course is home of the PGA Tour’s qualifying school. 850.234.3673 hombregolfclub.com Bay Point Golf Resort (36 miles) ▪ Test your skills on the only Nicklaus Designed golf course in Northwest Florida, with a 36-hole resort facility located in Panama City Beach. 850.235.6950 baypointgolf.com Holiday Golf Club (37 miles) ▪ Offering an 18-hole championship course, a 9-hole lighted par 3, illuminated range, chipping green and putting green, located in Panama City Beach. 850.234.1800 holidaygolfclub.com

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Unforgettable Seashells Seashells by the Seashore

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exico Beach’s gentle waves deposit thousands of intact seashells on shore as the Gulf tides recede. From early morning strolls on the beach to late afternoon runs, there’s always time to stop and pick up that one shell that catches your eye. And,

before you know it, you’ve spent the past half hour collecting a bucket full of beautiful seashells. We’re sure you’ve seen those left behind on the condo’s balcony or by the steps of the foot wash station at your vacation home. Looking at those

shells might bring out your inner child, and the hunt begins. There is something to seashell collecting that just can’t be described; the thrill of finding a whole sand dollar or a still enclosed coquina continues your ardent search on for more. With miles and miles

of shoreline available for hunting, the entire family will become involved in the adventure. Just remember, it’s a treasure hunt! Whether on land or in the water, some of the most common seashell finds are depicted below.

Shelling Guide Alphabet Cone

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Angel Wings

Atlantic Giant

Florida Fighting

Calico Scallop

Lightning Whelk

Sand Dollar

Cat’s Paw

True Tulip


Going to the Birds

ONE of the nation’s best bird-watching regions

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exico Beach is a popular destination for bird-watchers, offering the quiet relaxation of pristine white-sand beaches that the entire family will enjoy and countless opportunities for some of the best birding in the country. The area is home to hundreds of species: birds of prey, waders, coastal birds and songbirds. It is an extremely active nesting location, as well as a resting area for migratory species.

Please help protect our birds by respecting posted areas. Mexico Beach lies within one of Florida’s — and the nation’s — best bird‑watching regions. Twenty-one sites on the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail are located within an easy drive of Mexico Beach. This 2,000‑mile, self-guided highway trail connects and unifies 515 birding and wildlife viewing sites throughout Florida. Of special note are the

St. Vincent Island and the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuges. St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge is an undeveloped island that is part of the natural barrier forming Apalachicola Bay. Accessible only by water, the island is a true natural wonder, undisturbed by man, and a haven for threatened species such as sea turtles and red wolves. St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge encompasses

more than 70,000 acres, including 43 miles of coastline, and is one of the oldest refuges in the nation. Many consider it to be the best birding site east of the Mississippi River. St. Marks is home to more than 150 species of birds, including more than 20 nesting pairs of American bald eagles. Make sure you pack the camera and binoculars to enjoy sightseeing for some of nature’s wide variety of birds.

Birding Guide Bald Eagle

Brown Pelican

Osprey

Dunlin

Plover

Great Blue Heron

Red Shouldered Hawk

Laughing Gull

Sandpiper

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Lodging Places to Stay

Find your perfect place to relax and unwind

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our lodging options in Mexico Beach include quaint seaside cottages, spacious Gulf-front rooms, luxury vacation homes, RV parks and more. Whatever type of accommodation you may be seeking, you’ll find the perfect place to hang your hat in Mexico Beach. Be sure to visit MexicoBeach.com/Pages/Places-to-Stay for more details on the accommodations in Mexico Beach.

Hotels, Motels & Inns Buena Vista Motel 850.648.5323 ▪ newbuenavista.com Driftwood Inn 850.648.5186 ▪ driftwoodinn.com El Governor Motel 850.648.5757 ▪ elgovernormotel.net Gulf View Motel 850.648.5955

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RV Parks & Campgrounds El Governor RV Park 850.648.5432 ▪ elgovernormotel.net Rustic Sands Resort Campground 877.240.7213 ▪ rusticsands.com

Vacation Rental Companies Forgotten Coast Property Management & Rentals 888.648.1012 ▪ forgottencoastrental.com

Gulf Coast Vacation Rentals 800.450.5116 ▪ gulfcoastvacationrentals.com Harmon Realty Vacation Rentals 800.239.4959 ▪ vacationrentalsmexicobeach.com Mexico Beach Sundance Realty 850.648.8700 ▪ mexicobeachsundancerealty.com No Worries Vacation Rentals 850.229.6344 ▪ noworriesvacationrentals.com Parker Realty of Mexico Beach 800.874.5073 ▪ mexicobeachvacations.com Pristine Properties 877.523.7131 ▪ visitfloridabeaches.com Serenity Beach Rentals 850.596.9228 ▪ serenitybeachrentals.com Southern Vacation Rentals 866.842.0563 ▪ southernresorts.com


Vacation Rentals by Owner Absolute Serenity 850.832.5322 ▪ vrbo.com/231965 Azure Blue 478.719.7883 ▪ gulfcoastrentals.com/florida10/1mex-princeJ2-mexico-beach.htm Beach Cottage 478.957.4500 ▪ vrbo.com/424964 Beachcomber 850.340.0643 ▪ vrbo.com/295661 Coastal Cottage 478.957.4500 ▪ vrbo.com/554919 Cottage #2 404.787.0716 ▪ belinda.cowart@maas911.com Daydream Believer 615.394.4453 ▪ vrbo.com/469405

Dockside #4 770.345.5876 ▪ tekerns@aol.com

Pierside Place 850.215.5387 ▪ vrbo.com/5951

Dream Catcher 850.508.7040 ▪ vrbo.com/347060

Sandpiper House 706.324.6081 ▪ sandpipermexicobeachhouse.com

Driftwood Cottage 478.957.4500 ▪ vrbo.com/497537

The Crab Shack 850.648.6471 ▪ mexicobeachcrabshack.com

Fit for a Prince 478.719.7883 ▪ gulfcoastrentals.com/florida10/1mex-princeJ3-mexico-beach.htm

Three Sea 901.461.2435 ▪ vrbo.com/471935

Flip Flop Stop 229.561.1111 ▪ vrbo.com/489060

Tuscany Vue 423.903.1288 ▪ vrbo.com/639735

Gulf White Sands 404.558.5920 ▪ rlwoodruff@mchsi.com

Voshall 770.309.6819 ▪ vrbo.com/136955

Margarita Villa 404.510.6014 ▪ vrbo.com/471384

Water’s Edge 850.508.7040 ▪ vrbo.com/448672

Paradise in Style 850.508.7040 ▪ vrbo.com/606252

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Snowbird Love

Welcome to your winter home

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n unforgettable Snowbird destination … Flee the gloomy, gray skies and frigid winter weather, and head south to sunny Mexico Beach along northwestern Florida’s Unforgettable Coast, where the Southern hospitality is as authentic as our Old Florida charm! Explore miles of sugar-white sandy beaches and shimmering emerald waters. Enjoy endless activities, outdoor adventures and getting to know the friendly locals in our pristine little corner of paradise. Quaint Mexico Beach is ideally situated far enough away from the crowds and congestion yet close enough (typically within thirty minutes) to most urban amenities such as hospitals and urgent care clinics, pharmacies, veterinarians and kennels,

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airports and libraries. Rest assured, our local businesses offer various services and conveniences and will go out of their way to assist you with whatever you may need during your stay with us. Wintering along Mexico Beach, as opposed to destinations farther south, offers our Snowbirds reduced driving distances and great rates — our lowest of the year during the cooler seasons! Whether you’re planning to stay several weeks or even months, Mexico Beach has a wide variety of accommodations that fit almost any budget. Choose from quaint seaside cottages, spacious Gulf-front condos, luxury vacation homes, RV parks and rustic cabins. No matter what kind of accommodation you may be seeking, you’re sure to find a cozy, homey place in charming Mexico Beach.


Socializing is a big reason to spend your winters in Mexico Beach. Make new friends with our growing number of Snowbirds who return here year after year, and join us for special Snowbird events and excursions. Outdoor enthusiasts can relish in our winter playground with fun-filled days spent fishing, boating, paddling, golfing, walking, bicycling, photographing and simply soaking up the bright sunshine and fresh, salty air. Culture enthusiasts can flock to our lively arts and cultural scene full of concerts and festivals. If you’re looking for lots of local flavor, don’t miss our delicious “mom-and-pop” restaurants and eateries and one-of-akind shops. In fact, there’s so much fun to be had, you’ll have a hard time trying to fit it all in. Come on down to Mexico Beach for an unforgettable winter escape. What are you waitin’ for?

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Your Beach Destination Wedding

Special Times Love Notes

Getting Married in Mexico Beach

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ometimes you stumble over a place ideally suited for life’s special occasions. For a destination wedding, that perfect place is Mexico Beach. A wide band of white sand edged by sea oats borders the calm, clean, emerald waters. Boardwalks span rolling dunes and provide dramatic walkways to and from beach venues. Every day, the sun sets over the Gulf of Mexico in spectacular fashion and paints a once‑in‑a‑lifetime backdrop in the western sky. Without a doubt, this little beach town is a wedding planner’s dream come true. Maybe that’s why there are so many outstanding regional event services providers. Local professionals supply everything your destination wedding requires: planning services, flowers, photography, entertainment, tent and chair rentals, cakes, catering and much more! Many property management companies, inns and motels are happy to help with family and guest accommodations as well as other details for your big day. The Driftwood Inn even offers a private Victorian wedding chapel that overlooks the Gulf of Mexico. For beach weddings, it should be noted that all local beaches are public property. A few

specific locations may better accommodate your event. The beaches to the west of the Mexico Beach Canal are very picturesque with unobstructed views. Sunset Park, just along Highway 98, offers easy beach access, convenient parking, restrooms and covered pavilions. Those looking to tie the knot over the water, consider making the City Pier your wedding ceremony site. For permission to stage events at any of the Mexico Beach municipal properties, please contact the Mexico Beach City Hall 850.648.5700. Our unforgettable coast is ideal for those searching for simplicity and breathtaking beach views to say their “I Do’s.” Mexico Beach is the perfect place to tie the knot, and the Mexico Beach Welcome Center is delighted to help you begin your ever after. We regularly provide destination brides, event coordinators and wedding planners with up-to-date information and provider referrals. To learn more about making Mexico Beach your spectacular destination wedding or other special event location, visit MexicoBeach.com and click on Weddings & Events, or simply give us a call and we will be happy to place a wedding planning package in the mail to you.

To help in planning your special day, we’ve answered some frequently asked questions: Q. Can I get married on the beach? A. Yes! All of our beaches are public property. Some areas are, however, more accommodating than others. Q. How do I obtain a state of Florida marriage license? A. A marriage license can be obtained by visiting any county courthouse in the state of Florida. The closest one is located in nearby Port St. Joe. Q. Who can perform the ceremony? A. Either an ordained minister or a Florida notary public may perform a wedding ceremony. Q. Are catering, entertainment or floral services available? A. Absolutely! Mexico Beach boasts some of the top wedding-related service providers you will find. Q. Is there anything else I need to know? A. If your wedding is on the beach or on public grounds and your wedding party exceeds 25 people, you will need an event permit. This permit is free of charge.

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Special Times

Let’s Make a Date!

there’s always something happening in mexico beach

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exico Beach and its surrounding communities offer an incredible array of exciting and entertaining events throughout the year. From athletic competitions and fishing tournaments to chef cook-offs and songwriter duels, there is an abundant list of events that keeps everyone entertained. For a full and current list of activities and events taking place, visit the Calendar of Events page on MexicoBeach.com.

January Snowbirds Flock for Fun

▪ Weekly activities are taking place that are sure to entertain our winter residents. Call the Mexico Beach Welcome Center for the updated list!

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February

April

May

Mexico Beach Gumbo Cook-Off

Beach Blast Triathlon/Duathlon Spring Event

Forgotten Coast en Plein Air - America’s Great Paint-Out

▪ Every year on the third Saturday in February, the best of the best drag out their secret recipes and spices and prepare gumbo to catch the eyes and taste buds of the judges and crowds.

March Mexico Beach Snowbird Luncheon ▪ A complimentary luncheon

to say “thank you” to all the winter guests who have made Mexico Beach their home away from home these past few months.

▪ Athletes hit the beach to run, bike and swim in this USA Triathlon-sanctioned event at Veterans Memorial Park just outside of Mexico Beach city limits.

Mexico Beach Photo Contest

▪ Love to capture your vacation in Mexico Beach? Enter your photographs in the annual Mexico Beach Photography Contest that takes place from April to July.

Ling Ding Fishing Tournament

▪ Anglers have multiple times to catch the biggest ling (cobia) they can! With weekly winner brackets and prizes, anglers can fish once, twice or the entire time.

▪ Among the world’s most prestigious Plein Air event, nationally acclaimed artists capture the area through their eyes onto canvas that is showcased throughout this 10-day event.

June Golly Whopper Fishing Tournament ▪ Opening on the day of red

snapper season, anglers fish for both red snapper and king mackeral to claim the Golly Whopper trophy and title.


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September October

Best Blast on the Beach

Music in the Park

▪ Celebrate Independence

Day on the beach with a day full of activities, and end the night with the Best Blast on the Beach firework show.

August MBARA Kingfish Tournament

▪ The Mexico Beach Artificial

Reef Association’s largest fundraiser benefitting the artificial reef program in the Gulf of Mexico. With a cash prize up for grabs, anglers hit the open waters to capture the biggest king mackeral there is.

▪ Every Thursday during the month of September visitors and residents are invited to enjoy musical talent that is featured every week during this complimentary concert session. These concerts are provided by the Mexico Beach Community Development Council.

Beach Blast Triathlon/Duathlon Fall Event ▪ Athletes from all over

venture to the beach to run, bike and swim in this USA Triathlon-sanctioned event at Veterans Memorial Park just outside of the Mexico Beach city limits.

Blast on the Bay Songwriters Festival ▪ Florida’s Gulf Coast

plays host to a group of talented musicians and songwriters direct from the streets of Nashville. Festival performances consist of over 30 musicians who perform their top hits that many know and love.

November Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot

▪ Enjoy a morning run or walk before digging into the big Thanksgiving feast. Bring the entire family out to participate in this fun, easy, 5k run.

December Christmas Tree Lighting

▪ Mexico Beach’s park becomes transformed into a magically lit Christmas wonderland. With a visit from Santa himself, this event gets everyone into the holiday spirit.

Celebrate Twice

▪ There are only a handful

of places in the world that New Year’s Eve can be celebrated in two time zones, and, fortunately for us, one location is here in Mexico Beach. With complimentary transportation moving patrons between the eastern and central time zones, it’s a great time to ring in the New Year not once, but twice!

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History of Mexico Beach

The Community with an Unyielding Spirit

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tories of Mexico Beach’s origins are vague before the early 1900s. Some sources feel that the first settlement in the area was Fort Crevecouer, a French military installation built in 1717. The life of the fort was brief, and it was quickly abandoned and burned by troops to appease the Spanish governor. Records indicate very little activity until 1900 when rumors of the legendary Maddox Gold Mines and sunken Caribbean pirate ships brought

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treasure hunters to the coast. One old sailing ship was found buried in the sand, but the ship’s name and any records of its cargo and crew have never been found. To date, neither the mines nor any pirate treasure have been discovered. Around the 1900s, businessman Felix du Pont purchased the land now occupied by the City of Mexico Beach. The native pine trees were sought after for harvesting to produce turpentine,

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French build then abandon and burn Fort Crevecover under Spanish threat.

Felix DuPont purchases site for harvesting of trees to produce turpentine.

Construction of U.S. Highway 98 completed. Traffic to area increases dramatically.

Coalition of businessmen led by Gordon Parker buys 1,850 acres along the beach.

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and the area began to gain exposure. Fishermen were some of the first to embrace the newly discovered and accessible beaches. Allure of the spring and fall runs by the migratory fish was not easy to resist, a true statement to this day. The 1930s ushered in a new era with the completion of U.S. Highway 98. This coastal roadway opened the region to tourism and vastly increased the number of visitors to Mexico Beach. In 1941, Tyndall Field was constructed and became the training site for pilots in the Air Force. Livestock and wildlife continued to roam freely along the new road, and accommodations were very limited. Lifetime residents recall being chased by cows on the beach during these early days. Still, this sleepy community remained quiet with slow growth. In 1946, a group of businessmen, led by Gordon Parker, W.T. McGowan and J.W. Wainwright, purchased 1,850 acres along the beach for $65,000. Naming the area was a tough matter that lead to some dispute. The sweeping arc of the white sandy beaches inspired the name of “Rainbow Beach,” which was given serious consideration. However, “Mexico Beach” received the final vote, thanks to the beaches’ location on the Gulf of Mexico. Shortly thereafter, development began with Gordon Parker establishing the original Mexico Beach Corporation. Parker’s youngest son, Charlie, soon overtook the development responsibilities for his father’s company. His determination, efforts and vision shaped the area into the Mexico Beach we know today. Charlie, his wife, Ink, and their daughters relocated to Mexico Beach in 1949. Through their dedication, sacrifice and faith they made the community their home. The beach community suffered growing pains, with many plans for development realized and others shelved. Electricity and water treatment were some of the challenges, but slowly growth ensued. By 1955, Mexico Beach boasted several hundred residents. Landmark accomplishments by the Mexico Beach Corporation remain a footprint in the sand today thanks to the guidance of Charlie Parker. A beautiful, unobstructed view of the Gulf of Mexico, just over a mile long, was platted and

recorded for public use in 1949. In 1953 the water plant was constructed, and in 1955 the Mexico Beach Canal became a reality. By 1967, the City of Mexico Beach was formed, and the residents elected Charlie Parker as their first mayor. Since then, this beachfront city has continued to grow at a steady rate. Over 1,200 residents currently call Mexico Beach home. City officials have embraced and expanded upon Charlie Parker’s vision, preserving Mexico Beach’s reputation as a family-friendly beach community and vacation spot. Without the unyielding spirit of those before us, the enjoyment of Mexico Beach, our piece of paradise, would be unknown. Special appreciation to Cathey Parker Hobbs, daughter to Charlie Parker, and to Al Cathey, nephew of the late Charlie Parker, for assisting with the History of Mexico Beach section.

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Charles Parker and family arrive in Mexico Beach to assist with development.

Development progresses and local population exceeds 300 for first time.

City of Mexico Beach incorporates. Charles Parker is elected as the town’s first mayor.

New Highway 98 bridge over canal dedicated in honor of Charles Parker.

Construction of new public access boat ramp and renovation of City Pier completed.

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Resources

Resources Tips, Safety and Turtles Best practices to enjoy our beaches

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e want your trip to Mexico Beach to be relaxing, stress-free and unforgettable. To help you plan your trip, here are a few basic tips and safety information that will help ensure everyone stays safe and has an enjoyable vacation.

While You’re on the Beach ▪ Four-legged family members (pets) are not

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allowed on the beaches in Mexico Beach. They are welcome a few miles down in St. Joe Beach (Gulf County). The speed limit in the canal is 5 MPH, and it is a no wake zone! Preserve our dunes! Do not walk on the sand dunes, and do not pick the sea oats. There are numerous walkovers throughout the city for your use. Please do not take glass containers on the beach. When driving along Highway 98, please adhere to the crosswalks. Vehicle traffic must yield for pedestrians waiting in the crosswalk. Open fires are not permitted on the beaches in Mexico Beach.

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About our Sea Turtles We love our sea turtles, and they call our beaches home for their nesting. Area volunteers work year-round to ensure the best protection, and public awareness on our beloved, endangered sea animals is available for residents and locals. To ensure the longevity of turtles calling Mexico Beach home, please help us by following these tips. ▪ Please do not take flash photography of sea turtles or their nests. ▪ If you discover a sea turtle or nest on the beach, please contact the Mexico Beach Welcome Center at 850.648.8196. ▪ If you are staying beachfront, please turn the outside lights down low and lower the blinds to reduce inside light. Turtles use the light of the moon to make their journey, and these “foreign lights” can misguide them. ▪ If you come upon a nesting sea turtle, please stay back and leave them alone to do their thing! ▪ Do not disturb turtle tracks in the sand — they are extremely valuable to our area turtle patrol volunteers. ▪ Please pick up after you leave the beach for the day. Plastic bags, cigarette butts, plastic beverage rings and other litter are not biodegradable and can harm sea life.


Stay Connected with Us! IMPORTANT NUMBERS WHILE You’re HERE

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he Mexico Beach Welcome Center, located at 102 Canal Parkway, offers area brochures, maps, restaurant menus and more. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff are ready to help answer any questions. They also offer complimentary Wi-Fi that is accessible 24 hours a day as well as restroom facilities. Make sure the Mexico Beach Welcome Center is one of your first stops when arriving in Mexico Beach. While you’re here, take an unforgettable picture in our big white chair! To help you with any need while on vacation, here are a few important numbers.

▪ Mexico Beach Welcome Center 850.648.8196 ▪ Mexico Beach City Hall 850.648.5700 ▪ Mexico Beach Police Department 850.648.4790 ▪ Mexico Beach Harbor Master 850.527.7147 ▪ Mexico Beach Post Office 850.648.2208 ▪ Buy-Rite Pharmacy (Port St. Joe) 850.227.7099 ▪ CVS Pharmacy (Port St. Joe) 850.229.8771 ▪ Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

888.404.3922 ▪ Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf 850.229.5600 ▪ Florida Poison Information Center 800.222.1222 ▪ Florida Highway Patrol 800.459.6861 ▪ Gulf County Health Department 850.227.1276 ▪ Turtle and Wildlife Assistance 850.647.8238

Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP) serves as the gateway to Northwest Florida and its beautiful world-famous beaches. With service from Southwest, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines, it is now more economical, convenient and simple to visit Mexico Beach. The airport is 46 miles from Mexico Beach and offers rental car services. For more information, visit iflybeaches.com.

If You Need Urgent Care Emergencies occur and accidents happen. Should you be in need of urgent care, Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf is located in Port St. Joe. Mexico Beach is fortunate to have this easily accessible, responsive, quality health care facility in close proximity. So please rest assured, help is near should you need it. ▪ Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf 850.229.5600

When planning your vacation, wedding, or other beach event, let Forgotten Coast Concierge do the legwork for you. Provide us with your grocery list in advance, check in and go directly to the beach. Your paradise home will already be stocked with cold beverages, snacks, meal ingredients and supplies specified by you. We also coordinate services for weddings, reunions and special occasions, including floral and cake designers, photographers and officiates and catered meals.

Forgotten Coast Concierge Mexico Beach – Cape San Blas 850.227.5298 | ForgottenCoastConcierge.com

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While you’re here, visit these local merchants.

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We have everything from sea turtle toilet flush handles to hummingbird swings and sea themed quilts to local artists’ throws. Tropical pillows to costal tableware. Solar lanterns to flameless candles. Everything’s not just beachy… it’s functional too!

Taste the love... love the taste! Coffee, pastries, homemade chocolates, gourmet food and gifts. Grab a taste of “the islands.”

We can provide all your banking needs from personal checking, savings, mobile banking and more! Contact us toll free or at our Mexico Beach location (850) 227-2640. Member FDIC.

About Beach 2802-C Highway 98, Mexico Beach 850.648.4663 | MariesPhotoArt.com

Caribbean Coffee 2700 Highway 98, Mexico Beach 850.705.1366 | facebook.com/CaribbeanCoffeeLlc

CentEnnial Bank 101 15th Street, Mexico Beach 888.372.9788 | My100Bank.com

Stop time with beautiful portraits to treasure for generations. As a professional photographer, I will create quality portraits that will last a lifetime. I am confident that you will be thrilled with the results. 

Expect to be impressed! Oneof-a-kind, large “blue diamonds” rings and pendants. Local yearly charms in 14kt and sterling. Rockbottom prices on unique jewelry items. Estate jewelry, watch and jewelry repair and fun fashion jewelry you won’t find in a chain store.

Cindy’s Dream Photos Mexico Beach 850.227.6039 | CindysDreamPhotos.com

Emerald Coast Jewelry 2802-B Highway 98, Mexico Beach 850.648.2300 | EmeraldCoastJewelry.com

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Graba-Java and start the day off right. Serving fresh brew coffees, specialty drinks, breakfast and lunch. Enjoy relaxing on the patio, surfing the web or strolling through the Left Bank Art Gallery. It’s a great way to start the day. Open daily except Sundays.

Graba-Java Internet Café & Art Gallery 2904 Highway 98, Mexico Beach 850.648.5282 | facebook.com/GrabaJavaCafe


While you’re here, visit these local merchants.

Shop at Gulf Foods for groceries, clothing, gifts, souvenirs and all of your beach needs. Full-line grocery store offering high-quality, gradecut meats, fresh produce and a large selection of beer and wine. Video rental and ATM services are also available.

Ivy’s Nail Spa partners with Shoreline Styles to provide professional care for your nails and hair with a personal touch. We offer manicures, pedicures and Shellac services. We also specialize in hair color techniques, modern cuts and styles. Come relax, and let us pamper you.

PeoplesSouth Bank is a full-service bank. Visit out locations in Mexico Beach, Lynn Haven and Callaway. We have other locations located throughout the Panhandle. Member FDIC.

Gulf Foods 900 Highway 98, Mexico Beach 850.648.5129

Ivy’s Nail Spa at Shoreline Styles 2904-A Highway 98, Mexico Beach 850.648.5445

PeoplesSouth Bank 1202 Highway 98, Mexico Beach 850.648.6555 | PeoplesSouth.com

Offering vacation rentals from Cape San Blas to Mexico Beach. Whether it’s hours of quiet solitude or activities in the great outdoors that you crave, we have something for everyone. Let us help you make memories that last. When you think vacation, think Serenity.

Escape to Florida’s Forgotten Coast, and enjoy a sweet Southern experience with Southern Vacation Rentals. We represent a timeless collection of vacation homes equipped with everything you need for an unforgettable getaway. Take advantage of our seasonal specials.

Shop the Grove! Enter a colorful oasis filled with home décor, small furnishings, nautical gifts, unique accessories and art. Offering a large selection of handmade and painted outdoor furniture, novelty signs and bike rentals!

Serenity Beach Rentals, LLC Port St. Joe 850.596.9228 | SerenityBeachRentals.com

Southern Vacation Rentals 3052 W. Hwy 98, Port St. Joe 877.501.6723 | SouthernResorts.com

The Grove 2700 Highway 98, Mexico Beach 850.648.4445 | TheGroveOfMexicoBeach.com

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While you’re here, visit these local merchants.

The coasts most convenient spirits shop offering large selections of wines, imported and craft beers, liquor, mixers and cigars. With over 25 years of experience, you’ll appreciate our great selection, fair prices and friendly service.

Come to the beach and get pampered! Offering highlights, lowlights, colors, corrective coloring, keratin smoothing treatment, hair extensions, manicures, pedicures and waxing. Up-do’s for bridal parties or any special occasion. Certified makeup artists. Walk-ins welcome!

The Port Fine Wine & Spirits 202 W. Highway 98, Port St. Joe 850.227.2977 | ThePortFineWine.com

White Sands Salon and Boutique 2802-E Highway 98, Mexico Beach 850.648.5889

Experience Beachwalk for a great selection of beach apparel for the sun and sand. You will also find treasured gifts for any occasion and a wide range of souvenirs to remember your vacation. Beachwalk is a must stop in Mexico Beach, so please come by and enjoy the quaint inviting atmosphere and friendly staff. Conveniently located between Mango Marley’s and the Fish House. Open daily 10am-5pm CST

Beachwalk 3102 Highway 98, Mexico Beach 850.648.4200 | MexicoBeachGifts.com

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Family owned by father-son duo, Captain Bobby and Captain Wade Guilford, along with Captain George Lautt, are your fishing guides. We offer inshore and offshore fishing, shelling, sightseeing, scalloping and “snuba” trips. The snuba system allows you to dive with air but without the tank, and no special certification is needed. We have everything you need to enjoy a day on the water, and we can’t wait for you to come Break-A-Way with us.

Break-A-Way Charters Mexico Beach 850.227.4159 | facebook.com/BreakAWaycharters13


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Welcome aboard Charisma Charters! The charter boat “Charisma” is a custom built, fast, twin diesel-powered, 43-foot sport fisherman. It’s equipped with full electronics, galley, head, bunks and air conditioning for total comfort and can accommodate a party of six plus crew with ample fishing room. The charter boat “Bottom Line” is a 41-foot Morgan Custom fisherman with plenty of fishing room, equipped with the latest electronics and equipment needed to catch that big one.

“Daydream Believer” is a 2 bedroom, 2 bath beach house in the heart of Mexico Beach. It offers the best of both worlds: 600 feet from the ocean but tucked away on a quarter-acre tropical paradise. Five-star luxury upgrades include coastal décor and furniture, fully stocked kitchen, outdoor shower, patio set, grill and a couple’s swing. Enjoy the tranquil, private setting minutes from the ocean and sand! Perfect for couples or parties of four.

Charisma Charters 104 Miramar Dr., Mexico Beach 850.648.8211 | CharismaCharters.com

Daydream Believer Mexico Beach 615.394.4453 | vrbo.com/469405

Imagine a charming “beach Victorian” inn located on the sugar-white sands of the Gulf Coast. All of our rooms are tastefully furnished with unique antiques in a B&B style. Each room has a fully equipped kitchen, air conditioning and cable TV. Other amenities include a gift shop, wedding chapel, Wi-Fi access and extraordinary Gulf sunsets. Come visit soon.

The El Governor Motel is located directly on the beach, offering the perfect place for your Florida beach vacation. Our 120 beachfront rooms overlook the snow-white sand beaches and the blue-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Our pool bar is one of the most enjoyed gathering places on the beach. Wave runner rentals, parasail rides, skimboarding, surf fishing and a world of other beach activities are all within steps of your motel room.

Driftwood Inn 2105 Highway 98, Mexico Beach 850.648.5126 | DriftwoodInn.com

El Governor Motel 1701 Highway 98, Mexico Beach 888.648.5757 | ElGovernorMotel.net

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Specializing in vacation rentals from Mexico Beach to Cape San Blas, we offer beachfront and canal-front properties as well as affordable homes, condos and townhomes. If you are looking for a vacation of a lifetime, come and stay with us at Forgotten Coast Property Management & Rentals. We will make dreams come true.

The Frost family has created a colorful outdoor oasis that is open year round! They offer spectacular shopping and great service, featuring pottery and gifts from around the world like quality imported pottery from Vietnam, China and Mexico, exotic plants, garden features, water features, wall art, fairy gardens and more! Inside, discover souvenirs and gifts, including handmade jewelry, scented candles, windchimes, local art, outdoor rugs, hand-blown glass and more!

Forgotten Coast Property Management & Rentals, LLC 710 Highway 98, Mexico Beach 888.648.1012 | fcpmr.com

Frost Pottery Garden 101 S. 36th Street., Mexico Beach 850.541.2839 | FrostPotteryGarden.com

Gulf Coast Vacation Rentals offers top-notch vacation homes that showcase how we celebrate that magical feeling of being at the beach. From luxury five-bedroom, beachfront homes to affordable townhomes, we offer over 100 rental properties from Mexico Beach to Cape San Blas. Clean, quality vacation rentals are our specialty, and outstanding customer service is our #1 priority. Visit our website or give us a call today!

Sit back and enjoy beautiful sunsets, white sandy beaches and emerald-green waters in a laid-back, family atmosphere. Harmon Realty Vacation Rentals offers a great selection of luxury vacation rental homes and condos with the best amenities — beachfront, pool, hot tub, elevator, Wi-Fi, pet friendly and more. Check out our website where you can view rates, photos, availability and virtual tours of the area. Give us a call or book online now!

Gulf Coast Vacation Rentals, Inc 101 S. 33rd Street, Mexico Beach 850.648.5449 | GulfCoastVacationRentals.com

Harmon Realty Vacation Rentals 1402 Highway 98, Mexico Beach 800.239.4959 | VacationRentalsMexicoBeach.com

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While you’re here, visit these local merchants.

High Tide Beach Service is a mom-and-pop operation, locally owned and operated, offering chairs and umbrellas in the Mexico Beach area. We also work with local hotels to accommodate your vacation. Whether you’re renting for a day or a week, we’ve got you covered. Open June through Labor Day.

La Robe Boutique is for anyone, from the girl who knows the latest fashions to the college conservative in search of a defining look and the mother who wants an eyecatching style. Bonnie and her lovely staff can help you customize your wardrobe. She offers many fashion-forward clothing lines, shoes, boots and accessories.

High Tide Beach Service Mexico Beach 850.665.0270 | HighTideBeachService.com

La Robe Boutique 2904-C Highway 98, Mexico Beach 850.648.2035 | LaRobeBoutique.com

Looking for music and fun in Mexico Beach? Come to the Lookout Lounge and enjoy live music on the Poop Deck and karaoke and dancing in the Crow’s Nest Wednesday through Sunday. All your favorite beer, wine and liquor available in the Package Store. Open 11 a.m. daily, ET. Ladies Night Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Don’t miss our 1st Sunday Celebrations. 2-for-1 all day with special entertainment. Visit our website for upcoming events.

Mango Marley’s is a family-friendly restaurant open 7 days a week. Catch your favorite game while the kids enjoy our arcade game section. Offering a diverse menu with daily lunch and dinner specials, Mango Marley’s is famous for their 25 homemade wing sauces, delicious burgers and signature dishes — including bacon-wrapped shrimp and mango mahimahi. Bring the whole family and enjoy a relaxing atmosphere where the fun flows just as naturally as the conversation.

Lookout Lounge 9454 W. Highway 98, Port St. Joe 850.647.2971 | LookoutLounge.com

Mango Marley’s 3104 Highway 98, Mexico Beach 850.648.5000 | MangoMarleys.com

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Mexico Beach Marina is your full-service marina. A family-owned and operated business, we pride ourselves on customer service with a focus on true southern hospitality. Our knowledgeable and experienced staff, along with our well-equipped facility, have everything you need. We have ethanol-free gas, Yamaha and Action Craft Power Boats sales and service, wet storage, kayak rentals, boating and beach accessories, live and frozen bait, fishing tackle clothing, sunglasses and more. Open daily!

Looking for a vacation rental? Sundance Realty has them. Are you a member of the military looking for a rental? Sundance specializes in providing quality rentals to F-22 B-Coursers/TX, ABM, AOC TDY’s. 12 miles to Tyndall Air Force Base’s main gate. Located in the purple building corner of 98 and 28th Street. USAF Veteran-owned. “Renting Mayberry on the Water.”

Mexico Beach Marina & OUtfitters 3904 Highway 98, Mexico Beach 850.648.8900 | MexicoBeachMarina.com

Mexico Beach Sundance Realty 2802-F Highway 98, Mexico Beach 32456 850.648.8700 | MexicoBeachSundanceRealty.com

Mexico Beach offers a glimpse into what a Florida beach vacation can truly be. Protected from the growth that has spoiled much of Florida’s coastline, these white-sand beaches offer visitors a vacation they have yet to experience. Uncrowded white sand beaches, beautiful Gulf and Bay waters and a slower, more relaxed place to unwind, decompress and enjoy making memories that will last a lifetime……..No Worries!

This is your escape. A place without crowds or traffic. A place where white-sand beaches edge the calm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. A place where you’re welcomed with open arms. A place no one knows better than Parker Realty! Family-owned and operated for 69 years, Parker Realty offers an outstanding inventory of quality Mexico Beach and Gulf County beach vacation properties, friendly customer service and affordable rates. We hope to see you soon!

No Worries Vacation Rentals 101 Good Morning Street, Port St. Joe 850.229.6344 | NoWorriesVacationRentals.com

Parker Realty of Mexico Beach 3016 Highway 98, Mexico Beach 800.874.5073 | MexicoBeachVacations.com

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While you’re here, visit these local merchants.

Pristine Properties Vacation Rentals offers a variety of clean beach vacation home and town home rentals to fulfill all your vacation dreams. We have properties located gulf-front, canal-front and anywhere in between; some rentals have private boat slips and others are pet friendly. Linens are provided, and we offer DVD rentals and other amenities. Our friendly reservationists are available locally seven days a week offering high quality customer service.

A full service seafood market and much more! Providing the best local seafood in Mexico Beach since 1965. Offering fresh or steamed shrimp, fish and scallops. A must-stop shop during your vacation. Peruse our large variety of seashells, t-shirts and novelty gifts. We will pack seafood for travel!

Pristine Properties Vacation Rentals 1200 Highway 98, Mexico Beach 877.523.7131 | VisitFloridaBeaches.com

Shell Shack 3800 Highway 98, Mexico Beach 850.648.8256

Family-owned, the Fish House Restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner in a casual dining atmosphere. We specialize in fresh seafood at affordable prices. Home of the famous Shrimp Basket, featuring daily lunch and dinner specials. We can accommodate large parties as well as offer private rooms for weddings and special events. Our large menu is sure to appeal to everyone. Bring the entire family and enjoy excellent food served by friendly staff.

Toucan’s of Mexico Beach combines the three must-have ingredients for the perfect seafood restaurant experience: an amazing menu of the freshest Gulf of Mexico seafood, a fun, family-friendly atmosphere and gulf-front dining with a relaxing view of our white sand beaches. Kids can enjoy the beachside playground while parents relax and unwind. Come listen to live bands play your favorite tunes almost every Friday and Saturday night in Toucan’s Tiki Bar and outdoor patio.

The Fish House Restaurant 3006 Highway 98, Mexico Beach 850.648.8950 | FishHouseMexicoBeach.com

Toucan’s Restaurant 719 Highway 98, Mexico Beach 850.648.8207 | ToucansMexicoBeachFL.com

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This complimentary Visitor’s Guide is published by the

Mexico Beach Community Development Council 102 Canal Parkway, Mexico Beach, FL 32456 888.723.2546 | www.MexicoBeach.com

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Mexico Beach Florida - 2015 Visitor's Guide  

The 2015 Mexico Beach, Florida Visitor's Guide: A Place to Remember. Produced by the Mexico Beach Community Development Council.

Mexico Beach Florida - 2015 Visitor's Guide  

The 2015 Mexico Beach, Florida Visitor's Guide: A Place to Remember. Produced by the Mexico Beach Community Development Council.