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Florida Gulf Coast News And Happenings

Where to Find the Best Bar and Restaurant Near Me

During Gulf Coast getaways, there is so much to see and do, whether it’s scalloping, touring Cape San Blas, or relaxing on the beach. Enough choices already present themselves during vacation, so when it comes to picking a place to eat, you shouldn’t have to struggle. Sometimes you want a strong drink and some hearty food, and we at Pristine Properties are here to help you out. Check out our list, so you don’t have to search for the “best bar and restaurant near me” during your stay on the Gulf Coast.  Choosing the Best Bar and Restaurant Near Me  [...]

Gulf Coast Getaways Nightlife | What’s near Me?

As the days become shorter during your fall Florida getaways, you may find yourself back at Pristine Properties Vacation Rentals earlier than expected. With the early autumn nights, you think, “well… now, what am I going to do with myself? It is a vacation, after all. I should at least find out what’s near me.” Keep reading to find out what nightly adventures you can enjoy during your Gulf Coast getaways to the Florida Panhandle. The Haughty Heron As you’re searching for the best restaurants “near me,” The Haughty Heron is a hot spot for live entertainment right on the [...]

Late Summer Gulf Coast Getaways

Once the kids go back to school, it’s a pretty clear indicator that the holidays are just around the corner. Which also means many many family gatherings are headed your way. We suggest planning one last weekend Forgotten Coast FL getaway to Pristine Properties before the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Head into your family get-together with stories about how you spent time eating fresh scallops or explored the Gulf Coast beaches by kayak! Here are a couple of activities to add to your weekend list of things to do in Florida. Hop on a Scallop Charter Scallop [...]

Romantic Getaways to Florida

Finally! You’ve made it to our beautiful Pristine Properties Vacation Rentals on your romantic getaways to Florida with your hunny, and you’re ready to start relaxing on the Gulf Coast beaches immediately. Don’t let us stop you from unwinding in a beach chair with your toes dipped in the water while you occasionally drift off⁠, and we’ll even provide the chairs for you! Upon your arrival, you’ll be able to use our Beach Gear such as beach chairs, bikes, kayaks and paddleboards free of charge during your stay. Relationships take a lot of nurturing and care, which is why it’s [...]

Horseback Riding on the Gulf Coast Beaches

During your family summer vacations, you’ll have the time of your life traversing down the Gulf Coast beaches by horseback! When you’ve dreamed of riding a horse along the beach through the oceanfront, you’ll be able to make that a reality with Pristine Properties Vacation Rentals! We offer a 50-minute horseback riding experience on the Cape San Blas beaches with our Family Fun Pass at participating properties during your stay. The horses are well trained, friendly, and you’ll be matched with the horse that fits your skill level. You’ll feel safe knowing that the guides will be with you every [...]

Pet-Friendly Activities

While planning your summer gulf coast getaways, bring the family and we mean the entire family to our pet-friendly Florida vacation rentals at Pristine Properties Vacation Rentals! Whether you’re looking to spend the afternoon on the beach, dine at the local restaurants, or are looking for pet-friendly things to do in Florida, we’ve got you covered! There’s no need to leave your furry friend behind as Florida is one of the most dog-friendly regions in the US! Let us be your guide as we provide things to do on the gulf coast with mans best friend! Caribbean Coffee Relax with [...]

5 Ways to Give Yourself a Reboot on Vacation

You know that going on vacation improves your attitude. Consider taking that one step further to improve your health in the most fun way! Go to Your Happy Place. Spend a portion of every day at one of our white sand beaches. Meet New friends. Volunteer for a half a day or more. The First United Methodist Church of Port St. Joe is coordinating the volunteers in our area.  Give them a call at 1-888-942- 4477 to discuss the projects that may interest you. Music to Fill Your Soul. Blues in the Lot is happening in downtown Port. St Joe [...]

March 21st, 2019|Categories: Blog|

Tips for Your Next Gulf County Florida Vacation

Considering a relaxing vacation along the Gulf Coast in Florida? Following major recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Michael, Pristine Properties is proud of the efforts by our locals and supporters to restore this gorgeous stretch of beaches to open stores, restaurants, and lodging to our visitors who return to year after year. We are working tirelessly to offer a selection of homes and townhomes along the white-sand beaches so you too can return to the Gulf. Our Pristine Properties Staff and the people in our area are excited to welcome you back! We also understand how so many [...]

February 19th, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

Sun, Sand, and Sea

Fall Events on the Gulf Coast While summer is coming to a close, the gulf coast still boasts some prime conditions to enjoy some time amongst sun, sand, and sea. Average high and low temperatures for the month of September are perfect at 82° / 73°and whether you come for some quiet time on the beach or are looking for interesting events to indulge in, the Cape has got it all. Scallop Season Now is the best time of year for scallop lovers. Either fetch your own straight from the sea or simply head out to the restaurants to enjoy the fresh catch delivered straight [...]

August 28th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

Are you ready for the 2018 scallop season? Fishing, Shucking, and Dining on the Delicacy

It’s almost scallop season again! I would like to think that most of you already know what a scallop is, but just in case you don’t…scallops are edible mollusks that make pretty shells that might just be some of the most delectable treats the ocean has to offer. This year’s scallop season in Gulf County, FL is between August 17th – Sept. 31. Never scalloped before? Not to worry, scallop fishing isn’t all that dangerous as they mostly just sit inside their shells all day while resting in a bed of sand. Sure, you can go snorkeling from the shore or [...]

July 6th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

How to Unwind in Cape San Blas

Time to unwind? So, just where exactly is Cape San Blas again? Located near Port St. Joe and linked to the Florida panhandle by a tiny sliver of land, Cape San Blas is home to some of the most scenic and peaceful beaches in the state including those at St. Joseph Peninsula State Park. The area’s unique geography provides for both relaxation and recreation opportunities in one of the most beautiful locations the Gulf Coast has to offer. While Cape San Blas might not have the restaurants and nightlife of Panama City, what it does offer is a myriad of [...]

June 27th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

Amazing Eco Tours on the Dead Lakes, Florida

When you think of Cape San Blas, Port St. Joe,  Mexico Beach Florida or anywhere along the Gulf Coast, you picture beautiful beaches, white sands and the sound of waves rolling in.  Did you know there is a whole different kind of beauty that can be found less than an hour inland?  It’s called the Dead Lakes near Wewahitchka.  The Dead Lakes are fed by the Chipola River and eventually empty into the Apachiciola River. The Dead Lakes were formed when a dam across the Chipola River caused the hydrology of the area to change, and many of the cypress [...]

March 12th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

Holidays in Cape San Blas,FL

Cape San Blas, Florida is a perfect place to getaway for the holidays.  Enjoy warm temperatures, sometimes hovering around 70 degrees and uncrowded quiet beaches.  Visitors who stay with Pristine Properties can explore Case San Blas by land or sea with complimentary beach gear, including kayaks, stand-up paddle boards and beach cruisers, that can be delivered to your home upon your arrival. Gulf County Holiday Events include: SaltAir Christmas Farmers' Market - December 2, 2017 Christmas on the Coast Parade - December 9, 2017 8th Annual Jingle Bell Golf Tournament - December 9, 2017 Get In The Spirits Christmas Crawl [...]

December 5th, 2017|Categories: Blog|

Why You Should Spend Your Florida Spring Break in Cape San Blas

Those of us who live in Cape San Blas and the areas around it know that our beaches are hands down, some of the most beautiful in all of Florida.  We also know that our Gulf Coast beach communities are friendly and welcoming and are perfect for families with kids of all ages. When it comes to Spring Break, our beaches do not attract hordes of party goers. Our miles of pristine beaches are not crowded. The pace of life is quieter here, you won’t find hectic crowds or rowdy dance clubs or loud parties on the beach. A [...]

March 2nd, 2017|Categories: Blog|

Florida Gulf Coast Scallop Season Delayed

One of the most beloved annual events Florida's Gulf County is Scallop Season. Due in large part to area climate events that occurred in 2015, the scallop season has been put into jeopardy. This year the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is undertaking a major coastal restoration to ensure that the scallop population will continue to grow and thrive for many generations to come. Scallop season delayed. Better late than never. Scallop season had traditionally been held in the late summer/early fall. Making the season earlier in 2010 to appeal to summer visitors to the region has ultimately led to immature, [...]

July 13th, 2016|Categories: Blog|

Sea Turtles – Keep Them Safe

May 1st marks the OFFICIAL start of turtle season here along the Florida Gulf Coast. Sea turtles are classified as a Protected Species under the  Endangered Species Act. It is the responsibility of all residents and visitors alike to ensure that these delicate creatures are not exposed to any harm, even if inadvertent,  while they nest and develop on our beaches. Please use common sense and follow the rules below to help ensure safety for the sea turtles: Shield interior lighting and turn off exterior lights at night so as not to disturb the turtles' nocturnal activities Use turtle safe flashlights on [...]

April 18th, 2016|Categories: Blog|

Third Annual Breeze By The Bay In Port St. Joe

Strap on your sneakers and get ready for the Breeze by the Bay on March 12th. This is the third year of this annual 5K & 10K event, which is hosted by the Junior Service League of Port St Joe and raises money to help provide services to the local Gulf County community. The 2016 race features a new course map, weaving on paved trails through the beautiful city of Port St. Joe, Florida. Pristine Properties is proud to be a sponsor of this wonderful community event. We look forward to seeing all of the race participants and their support crew [...]

February 22nd, 2016|Categories: Blog|

Florida Gulf Coast Holidays; All The Holiday Spirit Without The Freezing Cold

Traditional Holiday celebrations often mean cold and snow, with Mr. Frost nipping at your nose a and such. Enjoying a conventional holiday doesn't mean you have to shiver! Check out some of the best of what is happening along our beaches see why Florida Gulf Coast Holidays are the best holidays! Begin your 2015 holiday adventure with the Apalachicola Christmas Celebration, which lights the historic town the day after Thanksgiving, November 27th, beginning at 4 pm. Luminaries line the streets and shops stay open late as carolers fill the air with merriness. A shrimp boat arrives at 4 pm  carrying Santa. This is a traditional coastal [...]

November 23rd, 2015|Categories: Blog|

Top 5 Things To Do On The Florida Gulf Coast

When you plan a vacation to the Florida Gulf Coast, the reasons are obvious. You want to sit on the beach and RELAX. When you want to shift gears and be a little more active, use our guide of top things to do on the Florida Gulf Coast. Don't worry, your beach chair will be waiting for you when you get back! 1. Collecting Sea Shells along the beaches on Cape San Blas: Add to your burgeoning shell collection while enjoying the sheer beauty of "The Cape’s" pristine natural surroundings. Embrace the sugar white sand with your bare toes as you [...]

October 19th, 2015|Categories: Blog|

Salt Air Market – Fresh Produce For You Through November

This Saturday is one of just a few Saturdays remaining for the Salt Air Farmer's Market in City Commons Park in Port St. Joe. Grab your big shopping bags and enjoy a lovely morning stroll  in downtown Port St. Joe as you shop for the freshest local produce, unique regional vegetables, artisan baked goods, meats and cheeses and fresh out of the water seafood. The Salt Air Market is held on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month through November. The freshest produce of the moment is yours for the taking from local farmers and growers. Lucky Salt Air [...]

October 2nd, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

The Florida Scallop & Music Festival Featuring Phil Vassar

Get your taste-buds ready! The 19th Annual Florida Scallop & Music Festival is October 2nd -  3rd at George Core Park along the shores of St. Joseph Bay in Port St. Joe, Florida. In addition to the mouthwatering seafood delicacies, you ears will delight to the dulcet tones of county music superstar, Phil Vassar along with other artists and performers such as Charlie & Dana Black, John King, Amanda Cook, the Bo Spring Band, Koncrete Soul and Buddy Hamm and many more. There will be craft and artisan vendors, educational exhibits and activities for kids; there will be more than 50 [...]

September 24th, 2015|Categories: Blog|

What Is Going On Along The Florida Gulf Coast In September? Lots!

Yes it is true. Summer is rounding the far turn and getting ready to become a memory. Do not despair! The sun is still bright, the sand is soft as ever and the water is still clear and inviting in Cape San Blas and all along the Florida Gulf Coast and there is still a lot of fun to be had! September 12th brings the Beach Blast Triathlon and Duathlon. Join athletes from all over the world as they bike and run along the gorgeous beaches of St. Joe and Beacon Hill and swim in the warm Gulf waters. Whether [...]

September 4th, 2015|Categories: Blog|

Let’s Go Scalloping!

Looking for a late summer adventure the entire family can enjoy along our beautiful Florida Gulf Coast? Try scalloping! Some of the best scalloping in the world can be found in St. Joe'sBay. Visitors come from all over the world to try their hand at this relatively easy to master sport. Scalloping is seasonal; the season runs from July 1st - September 10th. During this time, the tasty morsels are plentiful. What is a scallop you ask? According to Wikipedia, a scallop is an edible bivalve mollusk with a ribbed fan-shaped shell. Scallops swim by rapidly opening and closing the shell valves.  [...]

August 4th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

The Perfect Summer Vacation Can Be Found On Our Florida Gulf Coast Beaches

The Florida Gulf Coast offers so many great activities for the whole family. With its five beaches, frequently considered among some of most beautiful in the country, dotting this pristine coastal paradise, there really is something for the entire family to enjoy among our Florida Gulf Coast beaches. Mexico Beach, Florida offers easy access to the Gulf, St. Joe Beach provides quiet and nearly private coastal access, Windmark Beach is the essence of chill and the quaint waterfront community exudes Old Florida charm, Indian Pass is an idyllic retreat for beach-goers and fisher-folk alike and beautiful Cape San Blas radiates with [...]

July 17th, 2015|Categories: Blog|

Fall Sunsets & Gorgeous Weather

The summer has come and gone and we have made it to October...finally.  This is the time of year locals look forward to.  The air is crisp, the fishing is good and the sunsets are just to die for.  Did I mention there are no crowds? You get to enjoy the beach all to yourself.  With temperatures averaging in the upper 70's, you'll never want to go inside. Frequently there is live music at the local bars and restaurants.  There is always something going on.  From the songwriters festival to art & wine festival, golf tournaments and the Bow Wow [...]

Forgotten Coast 4th of July

4th of July Festivities Downtown Port St. Joe at City Commons (Reid Avenue) 3pm – 7pm EST: Dunking Booth Lemonade Stand Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest Face Painting Hot Dog Eating Contest Live Music: The Boyer Band George, Cletus & Tom Car Show Apple Pie Bakeoff Bicycle Decorating Contest Salt Air Farmer’s Market Parade – 6pm Reid Avenue Fireworks – Dark-thirty Mexico Beach Best Blast on the Beach: Sandy Shoes 5K Run/Walk – Registration 6am CST, Race: 7am CST Kids Fishing Tournament – Begins 9:30am CST at Canal Park, anglers age 2-14 Best Blast on the Beach Fireworks Show – Begins [...]

Cape San Blas Bike Trail Extended

The news is so exciting!! The bike path has now been completed on Cape San Blas and the Loggerhead Bike Trail extends roughly 10 miles from Salinas Park to the St. Joseph State Park.  It is a wide trail over flat terrain that makes for the perfect ride for cyclists young and old.  Biking, walking or running this trail is a fantastic way to take in the beauty of the Cape San Blas peninsula. If you just don’t have room to load up the family bikes, you can also rent them while on Cape San Blas.  At Scallop Cove rentals [...]

Plein Air Paintout 2012

We are right in the thick of things with this year’s Plein Air Paintout, a 10 day event that features over 20 nationally acclaimed artists who gather from Mexico Beach to Alligator Point.  These artists set up their easels and pull out their brushes to document the landscape and culture of this last vestige of authentic “Old Florida”.  The 10 day art-inspired celebration is jammed pack with events such as the Quickdraw which is open to anyone over the age of 14.  Pick a location, paint it, name it and then sell it.  There’s a student art day, different Artists’ [...]

StyleBlueprint Calls Cape San Blas The Ultimate Escape

As locals we have our reasons why we feel like you should visit our little slice of paradise.  Everyday we appreciate the beautiful white sand beaches and crystal clear, kid friendly waters.  We enjoy dining at our local seafood dives and being able to find the perfect gift at our unique boutiques.  But sometimes you need to hear this from an outsider.  Read what the bloggers from StyleBlueprint Nashville have to say about their recent spring break trip to Cape San Blas.  Sounds like they got to enjoy exactly what we brag about.  Even the family dog wasn't left out [...]

License-Free Fishing Days

There will be four license-free fishing days in Florida this year! What a great opportunity for anyone who has never fished in Gulf County, or those who come but a few times a year.  The dates are as followed: April 7th for Freshwater only, June 2nd for Saltwater only, June 9th for Freshwater only and September 1st for Saltwater only.  Come take advantage of this thoughtful opportunity. In Gulf County, you can have the best of both fishing worlds...freshwater and saltwater.  From the Dead Lakes to St Joseph Bay to the Gulf of Mexico, there's fish for all.  See what [...]

Art Classes in Port St. Joe, FL

If you’re heading to the beach this winter, and looking for something to do other than sitting on the beach, we’ve got just the answer for you…The Artery.  The Artery Studio, opened recently in Port St. Joe, offers a variety of classes for budding artists young and old.  From pottery classes to jewelry-making and acrylic painting classes there is something for all interests.  If you’re a family here with your kids, on occasional Friday nights they offer a kids’ workshop from 6:00-8:00 pm to allow parents a “date night”. As described by The Artery, they are Providing a convenient, affordable [...]

Sunsets Along the Forgotten Coast

It's hard to beat the sunsets that we experience here along the Forgotten Coast.  With the St. Joseph Peninsula, or what we call Cape San Blas, running North and South into the Gulf of Mexico the evening sunset drops in the West directly into the water.  The same is true at Mexico Beach and St. Joe Beach.  It is truly an amazing sight to watch it sink lower and lower until, poof, you have the legendary green flash before the sun disappears. Fall sunsets typically seem to be just a little more breathtaking than most.  I don't know if it's [...]

St. Joseph Bay Treasure Hunt Win $20,000

What an awesome experience!  A Treasure Hunt, something all families can enjoy, and the opportunity to win $20,000!  The Gulf County Tourist Development Council is hosting the St. Joseph Bay Treasure Hunt September 11th – 24th.  100 prize-winning GOLD TREASURE SCALLOPS will be dropped into St. Joseph Bay during the last 2 weeks of scallop season. If you're one of the lucky treasure hunters, redeem your intact golden scallop at City Commons Gazebo in Port St. Joe on the corner of Hwy 71 and Reid Ave, next to City Hall. Win one of the 99 great prizes worth up to [...]

Pristine Properties New Website

Please take some time to browse through our newly redesigned website.  There are some new features as well as old that are worth playing with.  The idea behind the redesign was to streamline a guest's property search and ultimately make the booking process a breeze.  If you're unfamiliar with our area, there is quite a bit of information and pictures to educate yourself.  There is also information about restaurants and other local business to browse through. I invite you take a look and would love for you to book your next reservation with Pristine Properties Vacation Rentals.

September 7th, 2011|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

2011 MBARA Kingfish Tournament

This year Mexico Beach will play host to the 15th Annual MBARA Kingfish Tournament.  The MBARA stands for the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association.  This association has deployed over 150 artificial reefs in the Gulf of Mexico near Mexico Beach since 1997 when it was formed. The Kingfish Tournament which will be held at the Mexico Beach Marina (formerly Marquardt's Marina) on August 27, 2011.  Not only will there be fishing, there will be a Captains' Party on Friday night at the El Governor Motel with food & drinks and door prizes.  After the weigh-in on Saturday, there will be a [...]

August 20th, 2011|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |

New Hours at Cape San Blas Lighthouse

New summer hours for the Cape San Lighthouse and gift shop are Wednesday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET and Saturday and Sunday, 1-7 p.m. ET. The cost to climb the lighthouse tower is $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and younger (no children under 44 inches tall permitted to climb the tower). For more information, please call 229-1151 or check the lighthouse out on Facebook.

July 14th, 2011|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |

4th of July on the Beaches

Fourth of July, a celebration of our Country’s Independence.  It’s a time for fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, political speeches and ceremonies.   Most importantly, the 4th of July is most commonly associated with the beach.  Let’s combine beach, fireworks, barbecues and family reunions and you’ve got the perfect recipe of how to spend your Independence Day from Mexico Beach to Cape San Blas.  You’ll see tents and umbrellas of every color lining the beaches early to make claim on “their” spot for a full day at the beach and a perfect seat for the [...]

Mexico Beach Sidewalks

Sidewalks…one of the best additions to Mexico Beach since Toucan’s Restaurant.  Lining the north side of Highway 98, the new sidewalks stretch the entire 3 miles of Mexico Beach.  No matter the time of day or night, you will see families, couples, kids, athletes, you name it walking, running or biking these paths.  There are now two different spots to rent bicycles while on vacation.  There is a bike stand in front of the Gulf Foods grocery store and The Grove in Mexico Beach also has rentals.  It’s an excellent activity for someone of any age to enjoy when the [...]

June 22nd, 2011|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |

Scallop Season 2011 Starts Early

Exciting news!  You don't have to wait any longer.  The 2011 scallop season will begin a week early this year on Saturday, June 25th.  If you've never come to our area to enjoy this unique activity, this is the year to give it a go.  It's cheap way for your family to spend quality time with one another while rummaging the gulf's floor for dinner. If you rent one of our bay properties on Cape San Blas, you can just walk out into the bay and use your snorkel and mask to see what you can find.

June 20th, 2011|Categories: Blog|

Free Fishing June 4th & 5th

This weekend, June 4th & 5th, is an exciting weekend for fishing.  First of all, if you want to come and fish our bountiful waters and do not have a fishing license this is the perfect weekend.  A state fishing license will not be required for onshore or offshore fishing.  If you are more interested in testing your abilities in competition fishing, enter the Bluewater Outriggers Offshore Classic.  Mahi-mahi, Wahoo, King Mackeral, Spanish Mackeral and Red Snapper are the tournament species.  There is a wealth of prizes to win and lots of fun and entertainment to enjoy.

May 31st, 2011|Categories: Blog|

Mother’s Day Specials at the Beach

Mother’s Day is coming soon and what better way to treat the mom in your life than a trip to the beach.  The weather is spectacular and the crowds are small.  It would be a perfect way for your mom to get that rest and relaxation we all know she needs.  Rent a property in St. Joe Beach or Mexico Beach and be close to dining and shopping for that time not spent on the beach.  Or if you want to get a little more off the beaten path for true serenity, try a property on Cape San Blas or [...]

April 27th, 2011|Categories: Blog|

Bonfires on the Beach in Gulf County

Beach bonfires, a great way to spend the evenings while on vacation.  Just imagine the cool breeze from the gulf, hot dogs and marshmallows roasting over an open flame and tall tales being told about the days catch.  This is quality time a family will never forget and it’s as simple as gathering wood, bringing down a beach chair or towel and lighting your fire.  There’s no need for lavish entertainment when you’ve got each other.  Isn’t that what family vacations are for?  Unlike some of our neighboring coastal communities where bonfires are prohibited or you’ve got to pay $50 [...]

March 24th, 2011|Categories: Blog|

Gulf Coast Salute 2011

Don’t miss this exciting weekend coming up.  The Gulf Coast Salute 2011 hosted by Tyndall Air Force Base will be held this Saturday and Sunday, March 26th and 27th.  There will be free admission to the Open House and Air Show and gates will open at 9am Central.  This year will feature the USAF Thunderbirds, Tora! Tora! Tora! Bomb Squad, Indy Boys Jet School Bus and much more.  If you want to come stay in Mexico Beach for the weekend it is only a 15 mile drive and there is still availability.  Relax on the beach and watch an exciting [...]

March 22nd, 2011|Categories: Blog|

Early Vacation Plans

After many vacations were put in limbo last year and were either altered or even cancelled due to the BP Oil Spill, many travelers seem anxious to make their plans for the upcoming spring and summer seasons.  While many feel like 2010 started as the break out year after being devastated by the aching economy, the numbers that early 2011 is posting look even more promising.  Fortunately, the spring and summer seasons are starting book out early.  Many vacationers, after having to wait for their overdue getaways, are making plans early this year in order not to miss out on [...]

January 31st, 2011|Categories: Blog|

Snow in 49 States…Not in Florida

CNN’s Blog yesterday titled, Snow Present in 49 of the 50 US States starts out as below: After big snow and ice events in the Southeast, Plains, and Midwest this week, 49 out of the 50 states currently have snow on the ground –  yes, even Hawaii, where snow falls in Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea all winter.  The only state that has avoided this icy blast is Florida.  Does that make you want to go on a nice, warm vacation to the Sunshine State?  You're not alone. I hope that makes most of you want to go on a nice, warm [...]

January 12th, 2011|Categories: Blog|

Holiday Bazaar & Golf Tournament Port St. Joe

This weekend come out to the St. Joseph Bay Country Club and do a little Christmas shopping and then play a competitive round of golf.  There will be a big Holiday Bazaar will feature area artists, crafter and chefs.  It will be held in the Golf Club meeting room Friday from 8 am – 6 pm and Saturday from 8 am – 4 pm.  There will be items available to purchase such as jewelry, hand painted items, t-shirt shawls, tie-dyed clothing, specialty breads, jams & jellies, stained glass, potter and much more.  All proceeds collected from vendors will be given [...]

December 9th, 2010|Categories: Blog|

Christmas on the Coast Port St. Joe

Christmas is always an exciting time of year, especially along the coast.  The Port St. Joe, Gulf County Chamber of Commerce has several festive events planned for the Christmas Along the Coast happening now up until Christmas.  Perfect for families, friends and even pets! Thursday, Dec. 2nd: 6:00pm – Tree Lighting & Christmas Carols Sing-a-long George Core Park, Downtown PSJ Saturday, Dec. 4th : 8:30am – Reindeer 5K Run & Fitness Walk Town Center, WindMark Beach Resort 7:30am – 10:00am – Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast Pepper’s Restaurant, Downtown Port St. Joe […]

December 1st, 2010|Categories: Blog|

Rescue Ink Visits Gulf County

Self described as, “This Ain’t Your Mother’s Rescue Group”, Rescue Ink is an organization of tattooed, motorcycle-riding street guys who claim to have zero tolerance for animal abuse and neglect.  This unique group of men, have come together to form an alliance against animal abusers.  Made up of men with names like Joe Panz, Big Ant and Johnny O, their mission is to educate the public about the negative effects of animal cruelty. Gulf County is fortunate to play host to the Rescue Ink group this upcoming weekend.  From a partnership between the St. Joseph’s Bay Humane Society and the [...]

November 30th, 2010|Categories: Blog|

Florida Seafood Festival 2010

This weekend marks the 47th Annual Florida Seafood Festival in Apalachicola.  The 2 day event will be jam packed with different activities and events.  If you’ve never attended this festival, it is certainly one you don’t want to miss out on.  It’s fun for the whole family.  And the food…out of this world! This year’s entertainment will feature headliner, John Michael Montgomery.  He will be joined by The Pistols, Tamara Marsh & Scott Kincaid and Matt Burke.  Aside from musical performances, there is also an Oyster Eating & Shucking Contest, Blessing of the Fleet, a 5K Redfish Run, Parade and [...]

November 3rd, 2010|Categories: Blog|

Ghost on the Coast Port St. Joe, FL

Fall is such a festive time of year especially Halloween.  There are parties and festivals and it’s always fun to come up with the most unique costume for the kids.  Taking the kids trick-or-treating is always an adventure.  Growing up in a small town, I just can’t imagine how you do this in large cities, which brings me to the point of this blog post…Ghost on the Coast. On Saturday, October 30th Downtown Port St. Joe will be closed off to vehicle traffic and lining the streets will be ghosts, vampires, clowns and more.  The downtown merchants bring their tables [...]

October 18th, 2010|Categories: Blog|

Bow Wow Bash Masquerade Party

For all of you pet lovers, there is an exciting event coming up just for you.  The local animal shelter, St. Joe Bay Humane Society, presents the 5th Annual Bow Wow Bash.  This is meant as a celebration of animals in our lives. The Bow Wow Bash Masquerade Party will be held at the Port St. Joe Centennial Building on Saturday, October 23rd from 6pm – 10pm EST.  Provisions, a local restaurant, will be providing delicious food and a cash bar will be available along with awesome music so you can boogie down.  Costumes are optional, but there will be [...]

October 15th, 2010|Categories: Blog|

Mexico Beach Art & Wine Festival

Another big weekend coming up along the Forgotten Coast.  Along with the Best Blast on the Bay Songwriter’s Festival, Mexico Beach will play host to the 12th Annual Mexico Beach Art & Wine Festival.  So if live music, exquisite art and fine wine are on your 10 Things I Like list, than you don’t want to miss out on any of the festivities this weekend. The Art & Wine Festival will be held at the Driftwood Inn and will feature fine wines, great food, live auction, musical entertainment and of course, ART!  With artists coming from all over, the festival [...]

October 12th, 2010|Categories: Blog|

Best Blast on the Bay Songwriter’s Festival

October is just around the corner and with that the music just keeps on playing.  The PoJo Live Music Fest came to an end this weekend and was a huge success.  There was great music, yummy food and of course cold beverages.  It’s time now to make your plans to attend the 2nd Annual Best Blast on the Bay Songwriter’s Festival.    This event kicks off on October 14th and lasts through the weekend.   The inaugural event was one of the most talked about in our area last year.  This year the hope is to come back even better.  Performances will [...]

September 27th, 2010|Categories: Blog|

Thunder Beach Fall Rally 2010

Are you’re planning to come to the Autumn Rally at Thunder Beach in Panama City Beach?  Looking forward to seeing Rick Derringer or “The Sauce Boss” or maybe Molly Hatchet?  Want to be front row in the Miss Thunder Beach Finale?  You should seriously consider staying where you can have a nice scenic ride between you and the events; the Forgotten Coast.  We have miles of roads right on the beach and not one high rise building in sight.  You can stay on a beach where you’ll have your own space and great restaurants or places of interest in short [...]

September 17th, 2010|Categories: Blog|

New Bay Front Park on Cape San Blas

While taking pictures of one of the new local parks to share with visitors and locals, it got me thinking about how fortunate our small community is to have such wonderful parks.  I did a little research and discovered that with the addition of this new park on Cape San Blas, which I don’t even know the name of yet, there are a total of 24 county parks and 2 state parks.  Wow, that’s a lot of parks!  Most of these county parks are located on some type of water whether it be the bay, the gulf, the intercoastal waterway [...]

September 14th, 2010|Categories: Blog|

FWC Serves Up Bonus Gulf Red Snapper Season

The Star Newspaper Anglers got some good news on Thursday as the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) agreed to reopen the recreational harvest season for red snapper in Gulf of Mexico state waters for eight straight three-day weekends this fall.  This action coincides with a proposed open season for red snapper that is expected to be implemented in Gulf federal waters off of Florida on the same dates. “This is just what the doctor ordered and couldn’t have come at a better time to give a much-needed boost to our Gulf fishing communities that have had a challenging [...]

September 10th, 2010|Categories: Blog|

PoJo Live Music Fest

Along with the Free music concerts in Mexico Beach during the month of September, you can now add the PoJo Live Music Fest to your things to do this month.  The first concert series begins at 1 pm EST on Sunday, September 5th at the SandHill Pond Park in Port St. Joe.  This is an outdoor venue right on the St. Joseph Bay.  It’s truly a beautiful place to enjoy live tunes.  Did I also mention this is FREE? Music varieties range from Country to Indie-alternative, Rock, Bluegrass, Folk, Pop and Classic music artists.  The lineup on the 5th includes [...]

August 30th, 2010|Categories: Blog|

Music in the Park, Mexico Beach

For all of you music lovers, September is the month for you in Mexico Beach.  Every Thursday there will be a different performance at Sunset Park located right on the water in Mexico Beach.  With a breathtaking back drop and great tunes who could ask for more.  Bring your chairs and your coolers and join the rest of the crowd listening to the sound of the waves mixed with some great musicians.  Show time is 6pm Central time, so come early and grab yourself good seats.  If you’re planning to stay a few nights and soak in some rays while [...]

August 26th, 2010|Categories: Blog|

Summer Ends, Fall Begins

Well, for us, summer has already come and gone.  And boy was it a summer!  With everyone’s attention on where “the oil” was going, it made it a little more difficult for some folks to sit back and relax and enjoy summer like it’s meant to be enjoyed.  Thankfully, that wasn’t the case for visitors to our area.  All things considered, 2010 proved to be a great summer.  Fortunately, our beaches have remained clean for everyone to enjoy. The first physical effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill became evident last week.  According to reports from Gulf County officials, 24 [...]

August 24th, 2010|Categories: Blog|

Live Like a Local on The Forgotten Coast

“Live Like a Local on The Forgotten Coast” Cape San Blas, Mexico Beach Florida If you want to get away this winter, The Forgotten Coast of Florida seems pretty enticing. But don’t just plan a week, why not plan to stay for a month or two and live like the locals. While this sounds like what we would do when we retire, it’s actually becoming more mainstream for people who just need a change of scenery. If you are one of those fortunate enough to work from any location, this may be a great opportunity to experience something different this [...]

November 30th, 2009|Categories: Blog|

SOUTHWEST AIRLINES TO SERVE NORTHWEST FLORIDA’S NEW INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

The St. Joe Company Leads Regional Effort to Facilitate Service at the Newest International Airport in the U.S. Jacksonville, Florida, October 21, 2009 — The St. Joe Company (NYSE: JOE) and Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) today announced a strategic alliance providing for the commencement of air service to Northwest Florida’s new international airport near Panama City Beach, Florida in May 2010. The airport, currently under construction, is the first international airport built in the U.S. in the last 16 years. Southwest’s service at the new airport will consist of at least two daily nonstop flights from Northwest Florida to each [...]

October 22nd, 2009|Categories: Blog|

St. Joseph Peninsula Named One of America’s Best Restored Beaches

St. Joseph Peninsula (Cape San Blas), FL – The American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) announced today that St. Joseph Peninsula is a winner of its 2009 Best Restored Beach Award. “ASBPA created the Best Restored Beach award in 2001 as a way of highlighting the value of America’s restored beaches,” said Harry Simmons, mayor of Caswell Beach, N.C., and ASBPA president. “As Americans flock to our coastline during the upcoming beach season, most don’t even realize they may be enjoying a restored beach.” The St. Joseph Peninsula beach restoration program began after repeat storm events eroded the natural [...]

May 18th, 2009|Categories: Blog|

Points North Recommends-Travel

Point North Magazine Written By Julie Hostetter Wednesday, 17 December 2008 Indian Pass Raw Bar - Port. St. Joe Don’t Pass Up this Oyster Oasis on Florida’s C-30A Hidden away in Florida’s Forgotten Coast is an oyster oasis not to be missed. In many ways, it’s like an oyster itself — rough on the outside, but darn tasty on the inside. If you went on appearances only, you’d probably roll up your windows, lock your doors and whiz right by, looking nervously in your rearview mirror. The building itself looks like a … well … uh … like an abandoned [...]

March 19th, 2009|Categories: Blog|

Letter to the Editor

The News Herald Letter to the Editor by Marie Strapp I just read the letter signed by Judith Mitchell ("Winter residents are receiving rude welcom," Feb. 18). My home is also in Grand Bend an I have come to Florida every winter for 25-plus years. My experience has been the exact opposite. I have felt welcomed and quite "at home" in all that time in the beautiful coastal city of Mexico Beach. The local residents and the snowbirds who return annually in happy anticipation of their stay here make my winter totally comfortable and enjoyable. I guess Panama City Beach [...]

February 2nd, 2009|Categories: Blog|

Great American Beach Towns

Enough with your fancy remote beaches. The Maldives? St. Tropez? With the economy what it is, we'll be lucky to get to the next state on a $73 tank of gas. We want close. We want old-fashioned. We want a town where we can park the car, drag a beach chair and a book to the sand, and then shuffle down the boardwalk in our flip-flops for fried clams and an icy-cold can of beer: a place with fireworks, friendly locals, and sticky scoop shops. So we dug up 11 great American seaside escapes, from classic fun-in-the-sun California to New [...]

September 9th, 2008|Categories: Blog|

Florida’s Panhandle Beaches

By Terry Ward For: Travel Channel.com Planning a Florida vacation without doing your research is likely to land you in expected destinations such as packed-to-the-gills South Florida or not-so-delightfully tacky Daytona Beach. To experience Florida’s most pristine and beautiful beaches away from the masses, consider passing on the perpetually populated peninsula and set your sun-loving sights on the state’s loneliest region – the panhandle – instead. Most people associate that northernmost thin stretch of Florida, which fronts the Gulf of Mexico, with the raucous spring break crowds of Panama City. The busy resort town is the heart of an area [...]

August 4th, 2008|Categories: Blog|

Save money on U.S. and international travel

Flexibility, surfing Internet best way to snag deals By LYNN SELDON For the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Published on: 07/27/08 With soaring gas and food prices, additional airline fees (from a checked bag to a Coke), and the declining U.S. dollar, it’s becoming more difficult to travel on a budget. However, today’s value-oriented travelers do have the advantages of the Internet and lots of competition to make smart travel still affordable. “I firmly believe that you can go anywhere you want to, though you may have to make certain sacrifices to do it on your budget,” says Erik Torkells, former editor-in-chief at [...]

July 31st, 2008|Categories: Blog|

Tired of the big city? Head to a small town for vacation

Ashland, VA., Lynchburg, TN and Mexico Beach, FLA have a lot to offer By KELLY WILLIAMS For the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Published on: 06/15/08 Soon it will be summer — officially, June 21 — and for many people, time for their annual vacations. Where to go? Miami? Boston? Washington? We have another idea: This year, why not take in the beauty and history of the Southeast’s small towns? Here are three towns, all with something special to offer no matter what your interests. And most are less than 300 miles from Atlanta. Ashland, Va. Fifteen miles north of Richmond, and originally [...]

April 16th, 2008|Categories: Blog|

New airport could put Florida’s Forgotten Coast on map

By MELISSA NELSON Associated Press Published on: 04/27/08 Mexico Beach, Fla. — Marilyn Theus peddles costume jewelry, chipped china plates and other “junktiques” on the roadside between Port St. Joe and Mexico Beach. On Tuesdays she’s joined by a friend who markets fresh shrimp from the site overlooking the turquoise waters of St. Josephs Bay. The vendors are part of the local charm of Florida’s Forgotten Coast, which stretches along the Gulf of Mexico from Mexico Beach to about 100 miles east to St. Marks. Mom and pop motels, bait shops and undeveloped beaches dot the coast south of the [...]

April 4th, 2008|Categories: Blog|