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Millions of vacationers flock to Florida every year. With world famous theme parks, tranquil parks, beautiful beaches and incredible sunsets, it’s not a surprise that many return year after year. While many seek out the hot spots, I prefer to seek out lessor known locations. Destinations without crowds that allow my family to experience the history, culture and nature of the area.
Adventure and nature lovers will love the outdoor adventures, wildlife and unspoiled beaches found in Gulf County, Florida. With 43 miles of coastline along the Florida panhandle, visitors can hike, snorkel, dive, camp, fish, kayak, bike, paddleboard, bird watch and experience ecotouring. Boating is never further than 15 minutes away at any point in the area thanks to the plethora of waterways and options. From the Gulf of Mexico, to the saltwater of St. Joseph Bay, Indian Pass Lagoon, the Gulf County Canal, the Intracoastal Waterway, the Apalachicola Bay and river basin (a mix of fresh and saltwater) and the freshwater of the Dead Lakes and Chipola River, visitors come to the area to connect with nature. Gulf County is a balanced mix of nature and culture that formed organically to create a destination where wildlife and adventure both feed off the water. You can expect every visit to GCFL to never duplicate itself and you’ll find vacation and cabin rentals like Serenity Beach Rentals to ensure your comfort.
Prepare for an Adventurous Getaway to Gulf County, Florida
Gulf County may be set apart from its competitors by the many waterway options, but it’s the people that truly bring life to the area. Open, approachable and interconnected, don’t hesitate to approach a local to ask about the best place to eat, hike or spend the night. And the GCFL Adventure Guides on the Gulf County website take hospitality one step further by offering insider tips and stories so you’ll leave knowing you truly experienced something special. New guides are highlighted every month on the GCFL Adventure Guide. Check it out.
Each area in Gulf County is known for a different aspect. Port St. Joe is known for its natural beauty, deep history and true southern hospitality. If your visit coincides with the 1st or 3rd Saturday of the month, check out the Saltair Farmer’s Market for fresh Gulf seafood, fruits, vegetables, and handcrafted items including jewelry and pottery. Daly’s Watersports can supply everything you need for an adventure-filled day in the water. From scuba lessons to sunglasses you’ll find it here.
Indian Pass permits beach driving, making this a destination my kids would enjoy visiting. Nearby you’ll find St. Vincent Island National Wildlife Refuge with hiking and walking trails and nearby waterfront cabins.
Cape San Blas offers canoeing, kayaking, sailing, diving, snorkeling, eco-excursions and horseback riding, enough adventure to easily keep you busy for a week or more. The Cape San Blass Lighthouse, built 130 years ago, survived an attack by the Union Troops in 1862. In 2014, it was moved with the keeper’s quarters and oil house to its new location on St. Joseph Bay to protect the history surrounding the buildings.
Wewahitchka is home of the Dead Lake, a photographer’s dream, this area offers some of the best bass fishing in the nation. The area is also one of Florida’s largest beekeeping operations, harvesting world famous Tupelo Honey from the Apalachicola River Basin. Dine in Wewa (as called by the locals) to experience this delicacy in original dishes. In Historic Apalachicola, you’ll find what was once the largest port on the Gulf of Mexico. The area boasts over 200 historic homes and buildings on the National Register of Historic Places.
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