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3 Welcome to Mexico Beach! 4 5 Miles of Paradise

Learn where to find Mexico Beach, how far away it is, the best ways to get here and what to expect when you arrive.

6 A Glance at the Past

How Mexico Beach got its start and highlights from then until now.

8 Making the Most of Mexico Beach

The inside scoop on safety, pets, sea turtles and the City of Mexico Beach.

10 Calendar of Events

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Mexico Beach’s calendar is jam-packed with exciting events.

12 Go Fishing!

World class saltwater fishing awaits anglers in Mexico Beach.

14 Go Diving and Snorkeling!

Explore a beautiful undersea world rich in marine life.

16 Hit the Beach and Ride the Waves!

Our pristine Gulf beaches offer a variety of recreational diversions.

18 Stay as Long as You Like...and Stay Connected!

Hang your hat – for a night, week, month or season – in Mexico Beach!

22 Go Shopping!

Local art, fashion and performance apparel, jewelry, exotic imports, gifts, fishing gear, souvenirs, vacation necessities and much more.

24 Go Out on the Town!

Restaurants and night spots – spectacular seafood and good times.

26 Take a Day Trip!

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Make a day of it at these fascinating nearby destinations.

28 Hit the Links!

Eight area courses offer great golf just a pitch and putt away.

29 Park It!

Mexico Beach’s parks – access, amenities, outdoor sports and more.

30 Tie the Knot!

Plan a dream destination wedding! It’s simple in Mexico Beach.

32 Meet the Natives!

An introduction to the game fish and exotic shore birds of the region.

34 Good Medicine...

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Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf – quality regional health care.

34 Emergency Numbers and City Information 35 Acknowledgements


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Find Paradise Just Off the Beaten Path Our laid-back beach community is located in the southernmost portion of the Florida Panhandle just two hours southwest of Tallahassee and 30 minutes east of Panama City. Situated directly on the Gulf of Mexico near the mouth of St. Joseph Bay, Mexico Beach is sheltered by the protective arm of the St. Joseph Peninsula and Cape San Blas. As a result, our white sandy beaches are among the safest in the country. Flanked on either side by the beaches of Gulf County and Tyndall Air Force Base, our five mile stretch of paradise is the perfect beach getaway. Avoid the traffic and crowds associated with most destinations – enjoy Florida exactly the way it was meant to be. Venture just off the beaten path. Escape to unforgettable Mexico Beach!

Come on Down…the Weather’s Fine! Unlike many destinations further south, Mexico Beach experiences brief, subtle changes of season. Summers are warm and wonderful – perfect for long days at the beach or on the water. Winters are calm with chilly evenings – ideal for sightseeing, golf and other outdoor pursuits. Many locals, however, prefer the mild days and cool nights of Spring and Fall. The chart below shows average daily highs and nightly lows for every month of the year. With 320 days of sunshine each year and temperatures like these, there’s never a bad time to visit Mexico Beach!

Jan Daily High 63 Nightly Low 41 Month

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

Jul 91 71

Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 91 88 80 73 66 71 68 56 49 43


How Far Away is Mexico Beach? Albany, GA. . . . . . . . . . 175 Atlanta, GA. . . . . . . . . . 308 Augusta, GA . . . . . . . . . 386 Birmingham, AL . . . . . . 299 Chattanooga, TN. . . . . . 422 Chicago, IL. . . . . . . . . . . . 958 Cincinnati, OH. . . . . . . . . 763 Columbia, SC. . . . . . . . . . 458 Columbus, GA. . . . . . . . . . 201 Destin, FL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Dothan, AL. . . . . . . . . . . . . 102 Gainesville, FL. . . . . . . . . . . 233 Gulfport, MS . . . . . . . . . . . . 259 Houston, TX. . . . . . . . . . . . . 652 Huntsville, AL. . . . . . . . . . . . 397 Indianapolis, IN. . . . . . . . . . . 776 Jackson, MS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 378 Jacksonville, FL. . . . . . . . . . . . 263 Knoxville, TN. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 517 Lexington, KY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 684 Little Rock, AR. . . . . . . . . . . . . 669 Louisville, KY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 662 Miami, FL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 564 Memphis, TN. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 534 Mobile, AL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186 Montgomery, AL. . . . . . . . . . . . . 205 Nashville, TN. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 488 New Orleans, LA. . . . . . . . . . . . . 329 Orlando, FL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 341 Panama City, FL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Pensacola, FL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127 Savannah, GA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 398 Shreveport, LA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 592 St. Louis, MO. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 796 Tampa, FL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 333 Tallahassee, FL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102

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A Brief History of Mexico Beach Accounts of Mexico Beach’s origins are a little foggy before the early 1900s. Sources agree that the first settlement in the area was Fort Crevecouer, a French military installation built in 1717. The fort’s life was short – it was quickly abandoned and burned by French troops to appease La Florida’s Spanish governor. Records indicate very little activity until the 1900s when rumors of the legendary Maddox Gold Mines and sunken Caribbean pirate ships brought treasure hunters to the coast. One old sailing ship was found buried in local sands, but the name of the ship and any record of its cargo have been lost over time. Neither the mines nor any treasure have been rediscovered...yet! Businessman Felix DuPont purchased the land now occupied by the City of Mexico Beach around 1900. Native pine trees were harvested to produce turpentine, and the area gained a bit of exposure to public eyes. Fishermen were some of the first to embrace the newly discovered – and newly accessible – beaches. The allure of amazing Spring and Fall runs of migratory fish were as difficult to resist then as they are today. The completion of United States Highway 98 ushered in a new era in the 1930s – the coastal roadway opened the region to tourism and vastly increased the number of visitors to Mexico Beach. Accommodations were very limited, however, and livestock and wildlife still roamed freely along the new road. Longtime local residents recall “being chased by cows on the beach” during early visits to the area. Growth was slow, and the sleepy little community remained quiet.

In 1946, a small group of businessmen, led by Gordon Parker, W. T. McGowan and J. W. Wainwright, purchased 1,850 acres along the beach for $65,000.00. Accustomed to valuing land for its agricultural yield, Parker’s partners failed to see the potential in the stretch of windswept dunes and sandy soil. Naming the area was a matter of some dispute – the sweeping arc of white sand inspired many possibilities. “Rainbow Beach” was seriously considered, but “Mexico Beach” received the final nod due to the region’s location on the Gulf of Mexico. Shortly thereafter, Gordon Parker organized the original Mexico Beach Corporation and development began in earnest. Parker’s son eventually took over development efforts for the company. Along with determination and vision, those efforts enabled the late Charles M. Parker to shape the area into the Mexico Beach of today. Charlie Parker, his wife, Inky, and their two daughters moved to Mexico Beach in 1949. Through dedication, hard work and sacrifice, they made the community their home. The fledgling community suffered growing pains, and some development plans were realized while others were shelved. Electric power, water treatment and the canal system were just a few of the many obstacles standing in the way of progress, but the Parkers were able to overcome them all. Slow but steady

Charles M. Parker, visionary developer and first mayor of Mexico Beach.

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French build, then abandon and burn, Fort Crevecouer under Spanish threat.

1901

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

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growth ensued, and Mexico Beach boasted several hundred residents by 1955. A program of smart growth, civic pride and destination awareness fostered by Charlie Parker had the City of Mexico Beach ready to incorporate by 1966. That year, Parker was elected as the city’s first Mayor.

Since then, Mexico Beach has kept on growing. Over 1,000 happy residents now call Mexico Beach home. City officials have embraced and expanded upon Parker’s vision. A network of amenity-rich recreational facilities and parks, including the recent public fishing pier extension and new city boat launch, add to Mexico Beach’s reputation as a family-friendly vacation community. Unlike other coastal destinations, Mexico Beach has preserved an Old Florida beach lifestyle while attracting new visitors and businesses to its unforgettable shores.

1937

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

1946

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

1949

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

1955

Development progresses and local population exceeds 300 for first time.

1966

2006

2010

City of Mexico New Highway Construction of Beach incorporates. 98 bridge over new public access Charles Parker canal dedicated boat ramp and elected as the in honor of renovation of town’s first mayor. Charles Parker. City Pier completed.

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Safety First!

Necessities and Niceties

Following these basic rules will ensure that everyone stays safe, stays out of trouble, and has an enjoyable visit to Mexico Beach.

We have built our community around this spectacular stretch of shoreline. From festivals and concerts to athletic pursuits and fishing tournaments, everything happens along the water’s edge. And all you need to do to enjoy it is be here.

• Pets are not allowed on Mexico Beach. However, pets are allowed on the beaches west of the Mexico Beach Canal and east of the county line in St. Joe Beach. • Speed limit 35 mph on U.S. Highway 98. • No passing on the shoulder on U.S. Highway 98. • The entire Mexico Beach Canal is a no wake zone! Speed limit 5 mph. • Restricted area for personal watercraft (wave runners and jet skis) – 300 feet offshore. • No walking on sand dunes and/or sea oats. • Glass containers are not allowed on the beach. • Open fires are not allowed. • Vehicle traffic must yield to (and, if necessary, stop for) pedestrians in crosswalks – even if pavement markings are absent.

The sand is so white we compare it to sugar – it’s so clean it squeaks under your feet. The water is emerald green, deep blue and every shade in between. Nature abounds. Eagles nest here. Sea Turtle hatchlings make their way into the surf on warm summer nights. Mackerel, Cobia and Pompano cruise the sandbars during seasonal migrations. Bottlenose Dolphins frolic in the surf all year long. This paradise provides for an incredible variety of life. All of your necessities are here, too. Gas stations, a grocery store, a post office, a hardware store and a full service marina rub elbows with an eclectic collection of shops and restaurants. Browse stores full of unique merchandise. Enjoy some of the world’s best seafood in one-of-a-kind restaurants. Wander friendly neighborhoods where people smile and wave. Explore the parks. Comb the beach at sunset. Life here is quiet, and fosters an appreciation for simple niceties. Niceties like Music in the Park. These live music events at Sunset Park bring folks together for great entertainment in a beautiful setting. Look for posters around town, keep your eyes and ears open as you travel Highway 98, or check the event calendar at www.Mexico-Beach.com.

Dogs are welcome on the beaches west of the Mexico Beach Canal and east of the county line in ! St. Joe Beach

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ntered Loggerheads (above) are our most commonly encou ’s Ridleys species of Sea Turtle, but Greens, Leatherbacks, Kemp and Hawksbills also frequent the region!

Turtle Tips Niceties like original local art. Talented resident artists find inspiration here. Painters, sculptors, jewelers and photographers live and work in our little community. Much of their work is displayed and offered for sale in local shops, restaurants and inns. Each May, Plein Air artists gather for ten days and capture regional vistas on canvas. Every October, the city celebrates with a fabulous Art & Wine Festival. Niceties like a Welcome Center staffed by friendly volunteers ready to share the inside scoop on Mexico Beach. Located on the western edge of town at the corner of Highway 98 and Canal Parkway, the Welcome Center is a great place to begin exploring the area. You’ll find visitor information (including the Mexico Beach Destination Map), free public access computers and complimentary 24-hour Wi-Fi. Visitors are encouraged to read and enjoy The Star local newspaper, pick up the latest issue of Must See magazine, and tune in to local access TV Channel 4 for additional information.

Grocery Store

Sunset Park

Post Office

Gas Station

Highway 386

Highway 98

• Do not touch or take flash photography of Sea Turtles or their nests - they are endangered! • Call 850.647.8238 to report any unmarked Sea Turtle crawls (tracks and nests). • Keep Sea Turtles in the dark! Turn off outside lights and close all blinds and draperies on the beach side of your accommodations at night. • At the end of each day, remove lounge chairs, umbrellas, boats, coolers and tents from the beach and fill in any holes in the sand. • If you encounter a Sea Turtle at night, please remain quiet and slowly step away. • Do not disturb turtle tracks – they are extremely valuable to researchers studying Sea Turtles. • Please pick up plastic bags, balloons, styrofoam and other floating debris. Items like these can be fatal to Sea Turtles if ingested.


January

Opening Night at Dixie Theatre

Apalachicola’s historic Di kicks off three months of entertainment in January. stage plays, concerts and a 35 minute drive down H Visit www.DixieTheatre.com information about the Dix professional season.

Save Those Dates! Mexico Beach and its surrounding communities offer an incredible array of exciting and entertaining events throughout the year. The calendar is anchored by a core group of recurring annual festivals including the Mardi Gras-themed Gumbo Cook-Off in February, the Beach Blast Triathlons & Duathlons in April and September, the Forgotten Coast Plein Air Invitational in May, fishing tournaments in July and August, the Art & Wine Festival in October and a one-of-a-kind New Year’s Eve celebration every December 31st – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg! There is so much more.

May

All kinds of events are scheduled throughout the year – athletic competitions, fishing tournaments, live music, stage plays, culinary contests, golf tournaments, art exhibitions and holiday celebrations among them. There is something for every interest. Include events from the nearby communities of Port St. Joe (10 minutes) and Apalachicola (35 minutes), and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a weekend free! Visit www.Mexico-Beach.com for a full list of upcoming area events, and check back often! The online event calendar is regularly updated with confirmed details and additional dates. You’re sure to find plenty you don’t want to miss, so be sure and save those dates! We look forward to seeing you then!

FORGOTTEN COAST PLEIN AIR INVITATIONAL Nationally recognized Plein Air artists capture the beauty of Mexico Beach and surrounding communities. Fine art happens live throughout the region for ten days, and the event includes an ongoing art exhibit and sale, too!

September

MUSIC IN THE PAR

Mexico Beach ’s annual event calendar is filled with exciting events.

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Bring a chair and a cooler, listening to talented music while the sun sets over th Mexico every Thursday in at Sunset Park.

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February

March

On the Saturday before President’s Day, dozens of chefs prepare their best gumbo recipes and compete for cash prizes at Sunset Park. This event has become Mexico Beach’s Mardi Gras celebration, and the gumbo is sold by the bowl after judging to pay for Independence Day fireworks!

A fun and filling get together for winter residents and guests hosted by the Mexico Beach Community Development Council. Enjoy a great meal with friends and neighbors!

MEXICO BEACH GUMBO COOK-OFF

LING DING Anglers target Ling (Cobia) in this highly anticipated fishing tourney.

SPRING BEACH BLAST TRIATHLON & DUATHLON Athletes converge at the beach to run, bike and swim in this USA Triathlon sanctioned event starting at Veteran’s Memorial Park in St. Joe Beach.

PHOTO CONTEST Entry forms available at the Mexico Beach Welcome Center or online at www.Mexico-Beach.com.

June

July

August

This Independence Day Celebration is filled with family activities including a 5K Race, Kid’s Fishing Tournament and Fireworks Show. It’s the place to be on the 4th of July!

Held along St. Joseph Bay in Port St. Joe, the festival features headline entertainment, arts & crafts vendors, educational exhibits, the Kid’z Zone, and food galore!

MEXICO BEACH MARINA OFFSHORE CLASSIC

MBARA KINGFISH TOURNAMENT

A two day fishing tournament with divisions for King Mackerel, Wahoo and Dolphin. Bring the family, stay the weekend, catch fish and win big!

This tournament targeting Wahoo, Spanish Mackerel and Kingfish raises money for the MBARA to deploy artificial reefs in the Gulf of Mexico just off Mexico Beach.

October

November

December

Held at the Driftwood Inn, this event features fine wines, a live auction, musical entertainment and, of course, art. One of the most enjoyable days of the year!

Florida’s oldest maritime event, this festival is a two-day celebration of fresh seafood that annually draws thousands of visitors. Held where the river meets the bay in Apalachicola.

Usher in the season with a Tree Lighting Ceremony at Sunset Park. Arrive early for carols by candlelight, a golf cart parade and an appearance by jolly St. Nick.

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FLORIDA SEAFOOD FESTIVAL

FLORIDA SCALLOP & MUSIC FESTIVAL

CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION OF LIGHTS

BLAST ON THE BAY SONGWRITER’S FESTIVAL

CELEBRATE SAFE. CELEBRATE TWICE!

Florida’s Forgotten Coast plays host to a group of talented musicians and songwriters direct from the streets of Nashville. All shows are free of charge, or request a minimal donation!

Have twice the fun this New Year’s Eve! Ring in the New Year in two time zones. Free trolley rides ensure a safe and enjoyable evening for all.


World-Class Saltwater Fishing Awaits Anglers in Mexico Beach The Gulf of Mexico is widely recognized as one of the world’s great fisheries. Coastal waterways, tidal flats, fertile bays and both natural and artificial reefs function as nurseries, spawning grounds and habitat for thousands of marine species. In Mexico Beach, it’s not uncommon to see pods of Dolphins playing in the surf, Rays schooling in the shallows, Sea Turtles surfacing for a breath of air or baitfish leaping to evade predators. Those predators, also known as saltwater game fish, are one of the area’s biggest attractions. Proximity to productive waters draws anglers from all over the world to Mexico Beach. They search the sheltered waters of Crooked Island Sound, explore the grass flats of St. Joseph Bay, fish from the white sands of Mexico Beach itself, venture offshore to hundreds of nearby reef sites and cast from the renovated City Pier. Accessing the water is always free and easy – public beach access points are numerous and there is no charge for use of the pier or public boat ramp – and the fishing is excellent! Common catches from the beach and pier are Pompano, Whiting, Ladyfish, Bluefish and Spanish Mackerel highlighted by an occasional Cobia, King Mackerel or giant Tarpon. In the bay and sound, anglers target Redfish, Flounder, Spotted Sea Trout and Sheepshead.

Nearshore excursions can yield both King and Spanish Mackerel, Bonito, Tripletail and migrating Cobia. On the reefs, bottom fishermen seek myriad species of Snapper and Grouper, Amberjack and Triggerfish. Over the reefs and in deeper water, trolling produces Mahi-Mahi, Wahoo, Barracuda, King Mackerel, Yellowfin Tuna, Blackfin Tuna and prized billfish including Sailfish, White Marlin and Blue Marlin (see Meet the Natives on page 32). Like any fishing community worth its salt, Mexico Beach is very boater-friendly. Outstanding facilities and services with ample parking await mariners. The new Mexico Beach City Boat Ramp boasts three spacious launch bays in a sheltered location just three minutes from open water. Canal Park, between the City Boat Ramp and the Gulf of Mexico, provides convenient dock access and fish cleaning stations. The Mexico Beach Marina, just across from the launch basin, offers live and frozen bait, tackle, fishing gear and ethanol-free fuel. For angler’s interested in a day of charter fishing, Mexico Beach is home port to a top-notch fleet. Experienced local captains deliver unforgettable offshore and inshore fishing

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excursions year round. Most trips include equipment, bait and licenses – just climb aboard for a day of incredible fishing. Charters are available for tournaments, too. Fish the Ling Ding, Mexico Beach Marina Offshore Classic or MBARA Kingfish Tournament with a local expert and you may find yourself in the winner’s circle! The people of Mexico Beach share a passion for fishing. So much so that a local nonprofit organization has developed an extensive artificial reef system just offshore. Founded in 1997, the MBARA (Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association), has deployed more than 150 artificial reefs in our regional waters. The result is world-class fishing. For details, underwater photos and reef locations, see pages 14-15 or visit www.mbara.org.

Do You Need a Fishing License?

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Explore a Beautiful 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. Just a few miles from land in 27 feet of water, the historic 1942 shipwreck of the Vamar lies on the Gulf bottom. Easily accessible to divers and snorkelers, the Vamar is often visible from the surface and is home to a variety of sea creatures. Amberjack, Lookdowns and Spadefish circle in the water column. Snapper, Triggerfish and Flounder feed on baitfish hovering nearby. Enormous Goliath Grouper and gentle Nurse Sharks shelter within the wreckage. Sponges, Sea Fans and Corals cling to every surface of the ship as Sea Turtles and Mackerel glide by in search of an easy meal. The wreck of the Vamar is just one of many sunken ships and artificial reefs populating the Gulf of Mexico in the vicinity of Mexico Beach. There are old cargo ships, shrimp boats, service barges and hundreds of man-made reef sites in close proximity. Their presence is due in large part to the efforts of the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association (MBARA) – a dedicated group of volunteers with an important 3-part mission.

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Part I is the “Conservation and environmental improvement of natural and artificial reef systems in the Gulf of Mexico near Mexico Beach.” The MBARA reached a milestone in May of 2010, when its reef building expenditures surpassed one million dollars. Part II is to “Conduct and promote scientific research and evaluation of artificial reef designs, biomass development and fish production.” Reef designs, configurations and materials are constantly evaluated. Sites are monitored and the information gathered is shared with several state agencies and reef module manufacturers. Part III of the MBARA’s mission, “Educate the public about the importance of reef systems to the marine environment and their impact on the coastal communities where they are built,” is ongoing. Simply stated, what’s good for our oceans is good for us. It’s difficult to argue against a better understanding and improvement of marine habitat!


SCUBA DIVING HOT SPOTS The Wreck of the Vamar

UNDERWATER ARCHAEOLOGICAL PRESERVE 170-FOOT LONG STEEL SHIP

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200-FOOT LONG STEEL BARGE

Lat 29.53.145 / Lon 85.32.792

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THE WRECK OF THE SHADY 110-FOOT LONG STEEL SHRIMPLADY BOAT

Lat 29.53.957 / Lon 85.27.803

Hundreds of dive Snorkelers flock to nearby St. Joseph Bay each summer for Scallop season. Mexico Beach’s wrecks and reefs are not the only opportunities for undersea discovery. Closer to shore, especially in the clear shallow waters of Crooked Island Sound and St. Joseph Bay, snorkelers, photographers and spear fishermen come face to face with Flounder, Mangrove Snapper, Mullet, Blue Crabs and more. Scalloping, one of the region’s most popular pursuits, requires just a mask, collection bag and waist deep water! In Mexico Beach you can swim over a shipwreck, chase a Scallop, spear a Flounder and photograph a school of fish – all in the same day!

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Time Spent at the Beach is Never Wasted... ...and that’s true even if you’re just wasting time! The uncrowded, sandy shoreline of Mexico Beach is tailor-made for relaxation and rejuvenation. Our sugary white sand, warm sunshine and gentle waves are ideally suited for long, stress-free days on the beach. It’s the perfect place to kick back and unwind. When you’re ready for a little more activity, however, Mexico Beach delivers again! Long walks on the beach and shelling expeditions (see Sea Shells, right) are activities everyone can enjoy, and other diversions await the adventurous where sea meets sand.


Play volleyball or frisbee in the sand and then take a refreshing swim in the shallows near the beach. Explore the surf zone in a kayak or on a stand-up paddleboard. Challenge the swells on a skim board, There is surf board, wave runner or jet ski. Range further from shore in a sail boat or power boat. Catch some air while kite surfing or enjoy a bird’s eye view of Mexico Beach while parasailing. Swimmers and boarders always share the shallows with numerous aquatic creatures. Hermit Crabs, Rays, Starfish, schools of small fish and other marine animals are commonly encountered along our shores. While the vast majority are harmless, it is always a good idea to practice the Sting Ray Shuffle (slide instead of step) while wading. Rays are not aggressive - they just don’t like to be stepped on!

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After soaking in the sea, it’s time to soak up some sun. There’s plenty of it – Mexico Beach averages 320 days of sunshine each year! Take care, though. Our clear waters and white sands reflect and intensify sunlight. Sunscreen, sunglasses and a lightweight cover-up are necessities. No matter how you decide to spend your days, our local merchants carry everything you’ll need to make the most of your visit. From beach chairs and umbrellas to swimwear and sporting goods, you’ll be ready for anything the sea, surf and sand of Mexico Beach send your way!

Mexico Beach’s gentle waves deposit thousands of intact sea shells on shore as the Gulf tides recede. Some of the most common finds are named and illustrated here.

Spiny Jewel Box

Coquina Buttercup Lucine Common Jingle Eastern Oyster

Dove Snail

Florida Fighting Conch

Calico Scallop

Common Bubble

Giant Heart Cockle

Fan Scallop

Auger

Periwinkle Sailor’s Ear

Worm Shell

Yellow Cockle

Slipper Shell

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Accommodations Galore! Your lodging options in Mexico Beach include quaint seaside cottages, spacious Gulf front suites, luxury vacation homes, beach cottages, amenity rich RV resorts and more. Find your home away from home with these quality accommodations providers.

Vacation Rentals

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Forgotten Coast Property Management & Rentals 710 Highway 98 / Mexico Beach 888.648.1012 / 850.648.1012 www.ForgottenCoastRental.com

Parker REALTY OF MEXICO BEACH 3016 Highway 98 / Mexico Beach 800.874.5073 / 850.648.5777 www.MexicoBeachVacations.com

GULF COAST VACATION RENTALS 101 South 33rd Street / Mexico Beach 800.582.2990 / 850.648.5449 www.GulfCoastVacationRentals.com

PRISTINE PROPERTIES 1200 Highway 98 / Mexico Beach 877.523.7131 / 850.227.1100 www.VisitFloridaBeaches.com

HARMON VACATION Rentals 1402 Highway 98 / Mexico Beach 800.239.4959 / 850.648.5767 www.MexicoBeachProperties.com

RUSTIC SANDS RESORT COTTAGES 800 15th Street / Mexico Beach 877.240.7213 / 850.648.5229 www.RusticSands.com

NO WORRIES VACATION Rentals 101 Good Morning Street WindMark Beach / 850.229.6344 www.NoWorriesVacationRentals.com

SOUTHERN VACATION RENTALS 3052 West Highway 98 / Port St. Joe 866.842.0563 / 850.229.1350 www.SouthernResorts.com


Motels and Inns Buena Vista MOTEL 903 Highway 98 Mexico Beach 850.648.5323 www.NewBuenaVista.com

EL GOVERNOR MOTEL 1701 Highway 98 Mexico Beach 850.648.5757 www.ElGovernorMotel.net

DRIFTWOOD INN 2105 Highway 98 Mexico Beach 850.648.5126 www.DriftwoodInn.com

GULF VIEW MOTEL 1404 Highway 98 Mexico Beach 850.648.5955

RV Resorts EL GOVERNOR RV PARK 1700 Highway 98 Mexico Beach 850.648.5432 www.ElGovernorMotel.net

Keep up with what’s happening in Mexico Beach by visiting the Mexico Beach Community Development Council web site at www.Mexico-Beach.com. Plan your family’s next visit to correspond with exciting regional events using the online event calendar, view a live feed from the beach cam, watch informative videos, get driving directions, browse photo (continued on page 20)

RUSTIC SANDS RV RESORT 800 15th Street Mexico Beach 877.240.7213 / 850.648.5229 www.RusticSands.com


galleries and read the latest community newsletter. The Mexico Beach CDC web site is a great way to stay connected to the beach, but if you prefer media of the social variety, you can find us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube as well.

You’ll find discussion, photos, up-to-date information, timely event reminders and new friends at www.facebook.com /Mexico-Beach-FL (or search Mexico Beach FL).

Follow @mexicobeachfla on Twitter and stay current with daily tweets. It’s the perfect way to make life at Mexico Beach a part of every day.

Search Mexico Beach, FL for local video on a variety of interesting subjects including fishing, surfing, special events and artificial reef deployment.

The Mexico Beach CDC also makes sure you can connect with home while you’re at the beach. Free public access computers (business hours only) and Wi-Fi service are available at the Mexico Beach Welcome Center.

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The Merchants of Mexico Beach Have You Covered! Several intriguing shops dot the roadside as Highway 98 curves through Mexico Beach, while others are tucked away inside of motels or restaurants. No matter where you find the merchants of Mexico Beach, you’ll discover a huge variety of quality merchandise in their stores. Offerings range from

memorable gifts and souvenirs to gourmet foods and works of art. Pick up your necessities when you arrive, and set aside a few hours to explore the shops of Mexico Beach while you’re here. You’re sure to discover that perfect something to take back home!

Gotta Have It

Really Want It

CATHEY’S ACE HARDWARE 3004 Highway 98 / 850.648.5242

BEACHWALK 3102 Highway 98 / 850.648.4200

THE GROVE 2700 Highway 98 / 850.648.4445

Beach supplies, fishing equipment and tackle, outdoor furniture, tools, general hardware, more...

Beach wear, casual wear, swim wear, hats, jewelry, sunglasses, kites, beach blankets, skin care products, gifts, souvenirs, more...

Nautical curiosities, local art, home décor and accessories, small furnishings, novelty signs, outdoor furniture, bicycle rentals, more...

DRIFTWOOD INN GIFT SHOP 2105 Highway 98 / 850.648.5126

LOOKOUT LOUNGE 9454 W. Highway 98 / Beacon Hill / 850.647.8310

Local art, antiques, t-shirts, postcards, more...

Package liquors, fine wine, great beer selection...

EL GOVERNOR MOTEL GIFT SHOP 1701 Highway 98 / 850.648.5757

PORT FINE WINE & SPIRITS 202 W. Highway 98 / Port St. Joe / 850.229.2977

Package liquors, beer, wine, t-shirts, beach supplies, convenience items, Christmas store, souvenirs, more...

Package liquors, huge wine selection, cold beer, ice, more...

GULF FOODS 900-A Highway 98 / 850.648.5129 Groceries, meats, produce, beach wear, casual wear, swim wear, hats, jewelry, sunglasses, kites, beach blankets, skin care products, gifts, more...

MEXICO BEACH MARINA 3904 Highway 98 / 850.648.8900 Live and frozen bait, ice, fishing equipment and tackle, technical clothing, beach wear, sunglasses, ethanol-free gas, more...

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EMERALD COAST JEWELRY s! other treasure 2802-B Highway 98 850.648.2300

THE SHELL SHACK 3800 Highway 98 / 850.648.8256 Full-service seafood market offering fresh shrimp, fish, crab and more including pack-for-travel services, sea shells, gifts, curiosities, t-shirts, souvenirs, novelties, more...

Gold and diamond jewelry, regional gold and silver charms, photography, local art, children’s items, gifts, more...

TAMMY’s TREASURES 2802-E Highway 98 / 850.648.2233

FROST POTTERY GARDEN & GIFT SHOP 2904-C Highway 98 850.541.2839

TOUCAN’S BEACH STORE & SURF SHOP 719 Highway 98 / 850.648.8207

Imported pottery, water features, kites, wind chimes and spinners, jewelry, outdoor rugs, local art, exotic plants, gifts, more...

Beachwear and accessories, gifts, souvenirs, collectibles, one-of-a-kind jewelry, free air for inflatable beach toys, game rentals, more...

Beach supplies, swimwear, t-shirts, board shorts, skin care products, resort wear, hats, sunglasses, souvenirs, gifts, custom airbrushed t-shirts by Hippie John, more...

TWO GULLS 2802-D Highway 98 / 850.648.1122 Huge selection of resort wear for men and women, unique souvenirs, beach gear and toys, hats, t-shirts, footwear, gifts, art, jewelry, more...


Let the Good Times Roll! Mexico Beach has a variety of excellent establishments serving fresh-caught Gulf of Mexico seafood and cool libations. No jacket required! Come as you are and enjoy unique flavors, great service and the casual beach atmosphere. When you’re craving the catch of the day, a smooth cocktail or live music, Mexico Beach is the place to be!

Night Spots

Eateries

LOOKOUT LOUNGE 9454 W. Highway 98 Beacon Hill 850.647.8310

BEACH PIZZA 2902 Highway 98 850.648.4600

Located just across the Gulf County line in Beacon Hill, the Lookout Lounge offers karaoke, live music on the deck, drink specials, more...

Serving lunch, dinner and take-out Monday through Saturday. Delicious pizza, salads, fried shrimp, hot & cold sandwiches with Boar’s Head products, more...

MANGO MARLEY’s 3104 Highway 98 850.648.5000

THE FISH HOUSE 3006 Highway 98 850.648.8950

Ice cold beer, hot wings and big screen TVs with the best sporting events shown live. Arcade games, live entertainment, specialty cocktails, more...

Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Steaks, burgers, salads, full bar, friendly service and, of course, the freshest Gulf of Mexico seafood!

TOUCAn’S ON THE BEACH 719 Highway 98 850.648.8207

KILLER SEAFOOD 820 Highway 98 850.648.6565

The Upper Deck Lounge at Toucan’s is a great spot to enjoy a cocktail overlooking the beach and dance the night away to live music.

Serving lunch and dinner Wednesday through Sunday. Fried and grilled seafood specialties including fish tacos, tuna burgers, bread bowls, salads, beer, wine, more...

MANGO MARLEY’s 3104 Highway 98 850.648.5000

Serving lunch and dinner everyday. Fresh seafood served grilled or fried, burgers, salads, wings, full bar, more...

PLAYA TACOS 2802-A Highway 98 850.648.8236 Serving breakfast, lunch and specialty tacos, daily specials and delicious desserts in a friendly atmosphere. Great selection of ice-cold beer and soft drinks!

SHARON’S CAFE 1100 Highway 98 850.648.8634 A Mexico Beach tradition! Serving breakfast, lunch and take-out every day from 6:00am until 2:00pm.Waffles, omelettes, sandwiches, burgers, more...

SUBWAY 714 Highway 98 850.648.8840 Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. Located inside Express Lane. Submarine sandwiches, breakfast sandwiches, salads, soups, more...

TOUCAn’S ON THE BEACH 719 Highway 98 850.648.8207 Serving lunch and dinner every day. Indoor and outdoor beachfront dining, fresh seafood, sandwiches, burgers, salads, full bar, more...

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Refreshing cocktails and good times are in plentiful supply in Mexico Beach.


Fascinating Day Trip Destinations Surround Mexico Beach! Apalachicola: 35 Miles. Step back in time in this fascinating river

city. Stroll the historic district viewing beautifully restored antebellum homes. Browse antique stores and specialty shops. Visit museums and galleries. Watch the commercial fishing fleet unload the day’s catch. Take in a play or concert at the century-old Dixie Theatre. Savor an amazing meal at one of the city’s many superb restaurants. Apalachicola is south and east of Mexico Beach on scenic Highway 98. For more information, call the Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce at 850.653.9419 or visit www.ApalachicolaBay.org.

Downtown Panama City: 26 Miles. Panama City’s revitalized downtown is the business and political hub of Bay County, and has become an excellent day trip destination. Retailers offer an astonishing assortment of interesting merchandise, and outstanding eateries abound. It’s an exciting blend of funky, formal, traditional and modern that has undeniable appeal. Just 30 minutes north and west on Highway 98. To learn more, call 850.785.2554 or visit www.PCDIB.com.

Apalachicola’s Historic Dixie Theatre

Panama City Beach: 35 Miles. Peace, quiet and relaxation are

what Mexico Beach is all about, but if you find yourself craving a little more action consider a day trip to Panama City Beach. This high energy resort destination is home to Pier Park (a 900,000 sq. ft. shopping and entertainment hub), Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum, Wonder Works, Shipwreck Island Water Park, go-karts, thrill rides, putt-putt golf, the Gulf World Aquarium, restaurants, shops, night clubs and much more. Panama City Beach is a just short drive north and west on Highway 98. For more information, call 850.233.5070 or go to www.VisitPanamaCityBeach.com.

Port St. Joe: 12 Miles. Just a few minutes east on Highway 98, the town of Port St. Joe offers unique boutiques, excellent dining, a weekend farmers’ market in the historic downtown shopping district, frequent live entertainment, an 18-hole championship golf course, and interesting attractions such as the Florida State Constitution Convention Museum and St. Joseph Bay Buffer Preserve. For more information, call 850.229.7800 or go to www.VisitGulf.com.


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St. George Island: 49 Miles. The largest of four barrier islands surrounding Apalachicola Bay, St. George Island is the only one accessible by car. The trip is well worth it! The island is home to the St. George Island Lighthouse Museum, St. George Island State Park, the region’s largest art gallery, several restaurants and stores full of quality goods. The State Park is a wonderful place to fish, picnic, photograph wildlife, comb the beach for sea shells or just spend a day on “island time.” On your way to or from the island, don’t miss the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve located near the mainland access to the St. George Island bridge. Learn more by calling 850.653.9419 or visiting www.ApalachicolaBay.org.

St. Joseph Peninsula State Park

St. Joseph Peninsula State Park: 36 Miles. Florida’s top-ranked State Park is home

to abundant wildlife and features towering sand dunes, beautiful beaches and easy access to St. Joseph Bay. Enjoy a kayak tour of Eagle Harbor or horseback riding on the beach at nearby Salinas Park. Located at the northern end of the peninsula, the State Park is clearly visible from Mexico Beach. For more information, call 850.227.1327 or visit www.FloridaStateParks.org.

St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge: 27 Miles. Accessible only by

boat, this isolated island has a fascinating history and is home to endangered Red Wolves, giant Sambar Deer, American Alligators and countless species of birds. Tours are available and depart from Indian Pass. Make a stop at the famous Indian Pass Raw Bar part of the trip! To learn more, call 850.229.7800 or go to www.VisitGulf.com.

Wakulla Springs State Park: 103 Miles. A place of stunning

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natural beauty, Wakulla Springs is believed by some to be Ponce de Leon’s mythical Fountain of Youth. Glass bottom boat rides, swimming and diving, hiking trails, picnic areas, and more. Call 850.224.5950 or visit www.FloridaStateParks.org.

Wewahitchka: 23 Miles. Home of the Dead Lakes

and Tupelo Honey, Wewahitchka is interior Florida at its finest. Just a short drive north on Highway 71, “Wewa” is a freshwater angler’s paradise and an outdoor photographer’s dream come true. For more information, contact the Gulf County TDC at 850.229.7800 or visit www.VisitGulf.com.

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St. Joseph Bay Golf Club

Great Golf is Close at Hand! With St. Joseph Bay Golf Club in nearby Port St. Joe, Pelican Point Golf Course on Tyndall Air Force Base and several great facilities in Panama City Beach, avid golfers needn’t travel far to tee it up!

St. Joseph Bay Golf Club: 16 Miles. This golf club, located just south of Port St. Joe, boasts a 6,655 yard 18-hole championship layout with water in play on 14 holes, a driving range, putting green, pro shop and snack bar. Call 850.227.1751 or visit www.StJoeBayGolf.com. Pelican Point Golf Course: 20 Miles. Located on Tyndall AFB, this 6,931 yard, par-72 layout overlooks St. Andrew Bay. Plan ahead to play! Base access requires completion of a few forms and a background check. Call 850.286.2565 or visit www.PelicanPointGolf.com.

Nature Walk Golf Course: 27 Miles. This 18-hole executive golf course plays to a par of 60 and offers outstanding practice facilities. Call 850.265.2582 or visit www.NatureWalkGolfCourse.com. Bay Dunes Golf Course: 31 Miles. Bay Dunes is a well-routed 18-hole championship golf course located just north of Panama City off of Highway 231. Call 850.872.1667 or visit www.BayDunes.com. Hombre Golf Club: 34 Miles. The Hombre features 27 championship golf holes on “the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” nines. Home of the PGA Tour’s qualifying school! Call 850.234.3673 or visit www.HombreGolfClub.com.

Bay Point Golf Resort: 36 Miles. Test your skills on the only

Nicklaus Design golf course in Northwest Florida, or on the classic Meadows layout. A 36-hole resort facility. Call 850.235.6950 or visit www.BayPointGolf.com.

Holiday Golf Club: 37 Miles. An 18-hole, par 72 championship

layout and a lighted 9-hole course, driving range and putting green. Call 850.234.1800 or visit www.HolidayGolfClub.com.

Camp Creek Golf Club: 50 Miles. Recognized as one of the finest t urse at Bay Poin The Nicklaus Co 28

golf courses in the nation, Camp Creek delivers great golf in a beautiful setting to players of all abilities. Call 850.231.7600 or visit www.CampCreekGolfClub.com.


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City Parks and Facilities Visit the municipal facilities and City Parks of Mexico Beach! Enjoy access and amenities for beach-goers and opportunities for outdoor recreation including tennis, basketball and more. CANAL PARK runs along the edge of the Mexico Beach Canal. There is a covered pavilion, picnic tables, benches and great fishing spots on the canal, jetties and beach. MEXICO BEACH CITY PARK offers beach walkovers and public restrooms right next to Toucan’s on the Beach. SUNSET PARK is the site of many Mexico Beach events such as the Gumbo Cook-Off and Music in the Park. Next to the El Governor Motel with picnic tables, restrooms and a gazebo. MEXICO BEACH MUNICIPAL PARK is located on Paradise Path between 20th and 22nd Streets, and offers a top notch tennis court and basketball court, shuffleboard courts, picnic tables, BBQ grills and a large children’s playground. UNDER-THE-PALMS PARK is tucked away off 7th Street with walking paths, open spaces, and public restrooms.

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MEXICO BEACH CITY BOAT RAMP is a new facility destined to be the envy of communities all over the State of Florida. It features spacious concrete ramps, generous docking space, ample parking and easy access to the Gulf of Mexico.

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Unforgettable Destination Weddings Happen Here! Occasionally you happen upon a place ideally suited for your family’s special occasions. For destination weddings, that place is Mexico Beach. An expanse of bright white sand edged by sea oats bordering calm, clear, turquoise waters. Boardwalks spanning rolling dunes and providing dramatic walkways to and from beach venues. Spectacular sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico that paint once-in-alifetime backdrops in the western sky. An average of 320 days of sunshine every year. 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 wedding and event services providers. Local professionals supply everything your destination wedding requires – planning services, flowers, cakes and catering, photography, videography, entertainment, tent rentals and furnishings, officiants and much more. Many motels,

inns and vacation rental companies (see page 18) are happy to assist with family and guest housing needs as well as other details of the big day. For beach weddings, it should be noted that all local beaches are public property, and you can plan a ceremony at any location. A few specific locations may better accommodate your event, however. The beaches to the west of the Mexico Beach Canal are very picturesque with no buildings in sight. The El Governor Motel (with restrooms, a tiki bar and large swimming pool) often hosts weddings on the adjacent beach or pool deck. The Driftwood Inn offers a private Victorian wedding chapel overlooking the Gulf. Sunset Park and Canal Park offer easy beach access, convenient parking and shelters. The Mexico Beach City Pier is also available for special events. Please contact Mexico Beach City Hall at 850.648.5700 for additional information regarding the private use of these facilities.

No matter which venue you choose, a marriage license and event permit (for 25 or more persons) are required. See The Details at right for specifics and contact information.

Mexico Beach is the perfect place to tie the knot – and the Mexico Beach Community Development Council is happy to be of assistance. We regularly provide destination brides, event coordinators and wedding planners with up-to-date information and provider referrals. To learn more about spectacular destination weddings and other special events on The Unforgettable Coast, visit the informative Mexico Beach Community Development Council web site at www.Mexico-Beach.com and click on Weddings & Events.

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Mexico Beach is a wedd ing planner’s - and photographer’s dream come true! Scenic venues and outstanding event services providers abound.

MARRIAGE LICENSE: A marriage license, valid statewide, may be obtained at any courthouse in Florida. The nearest to Mexico Beach is the Gulf County Courthouse in Port St. Joe (850.229.6112). Marriage licenses are valid for 60 days from the date issued. There is no waiting period for out-of-state couples. There is a three day waiting period for Florida residents unless a pre-marital course is completed. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and present a valid picture identification and social security number. No physical examination or blood test is required. Please contact any Florida courthouse for current requirements and additional information. OFFICIANTS: According to Florida Law, ordained ministers and Notary Publics are authorized to perform legally binding marriage ceremonies. A current list of local officiants is on the Mexico Beach CDC web site at www.Mexico-Beach.com. PERMITS: For permission to stage events on Mexico Beach municipal properties (parks, pier, etc.), please contact Mexico Beach City Hall at 850.648.5700. For any event of 25 or more persons, a permit from the city Building Department is required. Call 850.648.2033. Event permits are free.

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White Marlin Blue Marlin

Spanish Mackerel Tarpon Sheepshead

Yellowfin Tuna Spotted Sea Trout

King Mackerel

Mahi-Mahi

Red Grouper

Gray Triggerfish

Redfish

Whiting

Bonito

Red Snapper

Scamp Flounder Gag Grouper

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Tricolor Heron

Cobia Pompano Sailfish

In addition to the saltwater game fis h and exotic shor birds shown here e , the region is ho me to thousands other marine spec of ies including bottl enose dolphins, bl crabs and reef fis ue h, over 30 types of gulls, brown an white pelicans ab d ( ove), ospreys, eagl es, hawks, owls, black bear s, bobcats, coyote s and deer!

Glossy Ibis

Little Blue Heron Wahoo

Roseate Spoonbill

Snowy Egret Tripletail

Hogfish

Yellow Crowned Heron Mangrove Snapper

Black Crowned Heron

Reddish Egret

Barracuda

Great Egret Vermillion Snapper

White Ibis Amberjack

Black Sea Bass

Green Heron

Great Blue Heron Blackfin Tuna

Bluefish

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Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf Since its inception, Mexico Beach has been a fantastic place to vacation. The town’s only drawback has been the lack of an easily accessible, responsive, quality health care facility. With the opening of Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf in 2010, that issue has been officially resolved! Sacred Heart Health System is known for providing high-quality health care to adults and children throughout Northwest Florida. The regional hub of the Health System is a 466-bed acute care facility in Pensacola, which includes Sacred Heart Hospital, Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital, and Sacred Heart Women’s Center. The system also includes Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast, a 58-bed facility in Walton County, and a large regional network of over 135 primary care physicians and specialists. Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf is the newest addition to the Sacred Heart Health System.  

Emergency Numbers POL ICE / FIRE PARAMEDIC

911

Florida Highway Patrol

850.872.4150

Florida Marine Patrol

800.342.5367

United States Coast Guard

850.234.2475

Turtle & Wildlife Assistance

850.647.8238

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The 19-bed hospital, located just a few minutes from Mexico Beach in Port St. Joe, features a 24-hour emergency department, inpatient acute care services, surgical services, physical and occupational therapy, a full complement of diagnostic, imaging and laboratory services, and a helipad used by Sacred Heart’s regional air ambulance service to provide rapid transport for traumatized or critically ill patients. A new Medical Office Building, opened in 2011, provides convenient access to primary care and specialty physicians, dialysis services, women’s diagnostic and imaging services (including ultrasound, bone densitometry and digital mammography) and Sacred Heart Rehabilitation. MRI services, stress tests and pain management services are also slated for the facility. Sacred Heart is part of Ascension Health, the nation’s largest system of Catholic, not-for-profit health care facilities.

Mexico Beach Utilities & Services

Mexico Beach Churches

Mexico Beach City Hall...................... 850.648.5700 Mexico Beach Police Department...... 850.648.4790 Water / City of Mexico Beach............ 850.648.5245 Power / Progress Energy...................... 800.700.8744 Gas / St. Joe Natural Gas..................... 850.229.8216 Telephone & Internet / FairPoint ....... 850.229.7231 Television & Internet / MediaCom.... 800.239.8411 Harbor Master / Boat Slip Rental ....... 850.527.7147 Mexico Beach Visitor Information..... 850.648.8196 Post Office............................................ 850.648.2208

Church of Christ at the Beaches.........................850.647.3721 350 Firehouse Road / Overstreet Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints......850.648.8182 318 Robin Lane / Mexico Beach First Baptist Church.............................................850.648.5776 823 15th Street / Mexico Beach First United Methodist Church...........................850.648.8820 111-A North 22nd Street / Mexico Beach Living Water Church at the Beach.....................850.648.1151 1602 Highway 98 / Sunset Park / Mexico Beach Mexico Beach Christian Worship Center.......... 850.348.0711 105 North 31st Street / Civic Center / Mexico Beach


Acknowledgements

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Need More Information? While visiting, tune in to Mexico Beach Cable Channel 4 for local happenings and events, drop by the Mexico Beach Welcome Center at the southwest corner of U.S. Highway 98 and Canal Parkway, or visit the Mexico Beach CDC’s informative web site at www.Mexico-Beach.com.

Health Care Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf ........850.229.5600 3801 E. Highway 98, Port St. Joe Gulf County Health Department..........850.227.1276 2475 Garrison Avenue, Port St. Joe Bay Medical Center................................850.769.1511 615 N. Bonita Avenue, Panama City Gulf Coast Medical Center....................850.769.8341 449 W. 23rd Street, Panama City

For further assistance in planning your vacation or additional copies of this Visitor’s Guide, please contact:

CONT RIBUT ING PHOTOGRAPHERS Daniel Anderson Thom Baird Dustin Bryson Jessica Cannon Carol Cox Robert Cox Lisa Gaines Debbie Hooper Paulina Pendarvis Mandi Singer Kim Stone Sandie Yarbrough HISTORIC IMAGES COURTESY OF Cathey Parker-Hobbs GRAPHIC DESIGN, COPYWRITING AND PRINTING BY

MEXICO BEACH CDC 102 Canal Parkway Mexico Beach, FL 32456 850.648.8196 phone 888.723.2546 toll-free 850.648.9403 fax www.Mexico-Beach.com

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Mexico Beach Florida Visitor's Guide  
Mexico Beach Florida Visitor's Guide  

Our little beach town is a serene and tranquil hideaway from busy schedules and the pressures of everyday life. Since 1946, this quiet beach...