The Forgotten Coast is an area along the Gulf Coast of Florida that stretches from Mexico Beach east to Alligator Point.  The Forgotten Coast includes areas such as Mexico Beach located in Bay County, Port St. Joe, Cape San Blas, Windmark Beach and St. Joe Beach located in Gulf County and Apalachicola, St. George Island, Eastpoint and Carrabelle located in Franklin County.  The Forgotten Coast area of Florida is known for its quiet, white sandy beaches, family friendly atmosphere, and for being uncrowded compared to most all other areas of Florida.

Dive into the Fun at the 2023 Florida Scallop, Music & Arts Festival! 

Get ready to mark your calendars and set your GPS coordinates for a one-of-a-kind event that promises to be a shell-abration of music, arts, and of course, mouthwatering seafood! The 2023 Florida Scallop, Music & Arts Festival is back and bigger than ever, bringing you a Labor Day Weekend to remember. Set against the stunning backdrop of George Core Park in Port St. Joe, Florida, this festival is a must-attend for anyone looking to soak up the sun, enjoy great music, discover incredible art, and savor delectable seafood delights.

Date and Location: Labor Day Weekend - Saturday, September 2nd, and Sunday, September 3rd, 2023 - George Core Park - Port St. Joe, Florida

Music Line-Up: …

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  • Forgotten Coast Festival of the Trees Now — Dec 10
  • The Joe Center for The Arts will be open Wednesday - Sunday
  • Holiday Sip & Shop - Dec 2nd - Along Reid Ave Downtown Port St Joe
  • Bingo Night - Tues, Dec 6th - St Joseph Bay Country Club
  • Silent Night Paint & Sip at The JOE Center for the Arts - Fri, Dec 9th 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. EST Price: Registration GUEST – $40.00 MEMBER – $35.00 
  • Christmas in the Garden - Sat, Dec 10 from 9 a.m. — 2 p.m. EST
  • The Port St Joe Garden Club located at 216 8th St, Port St Joe
  • Annual Christmas on the Coast Parade - Sat, Dec 10th @ 6:00 p.m. EST Reid Ave Downtown Port St Joe
  • Wewahitchka…

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Pet Friendly Beaches

Looking for a pet friendly beach? Look no further, all of Gulf County beaches are pet friendly except for St Joseph Peninsula State Park and the Eglin Air Force Base property. From Indian Pass and Cape San Blas to St Joe Beach, you and your pet can explore miles of beach along the shores of St Joseph Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. So, pack up your pet and head to the beach!

Here are a few helpful reminders while visiting our beaches here in Gulf County.

  •         Please keep your pet on a lease at all times. It’s the law.
  •         Be mindful of adults and children around you who may not be familiar with your pet.
  •         Bring trash bags with you to clean up after your pet. Please do not bury your waste. There are…

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Rainy Day Activities

Rainy days at the beach can be fun! Although, it is not the most ideal way to spend your vacation, there are still plenty of fun activities.

Enjoy the View! There is something magical and relaxing about watching and listening to the rain.

Take time to RELAX. It is a wonderful time to read a book or write postcards to family and friends. Be sure to visit our local library located at 110 Library Drive, Port St Joe, FL. Hours are Mon – Tues 10:00 am – 6:00 pm; CLOSED Wednesday; Thurs – Sat 10:00 am – 6:00 pm; CLOSED Sunday. No Name Books & Gifts located on Reid Ave in downtown Port St Joe offer new and used books, games, and puzzles for all ages as well as gifts and postcards.

Visit a museum. Did you know that Florida’s…

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Fishing Along The Forgotten Coast

Some of the best fishing along the Forgotten Coast is found right here in Gulf, Franklin, and Bay Counties.  Whether you are a saltwater or freshwater fishing enthusiast, our area offers both.  Our area is comprised of many bays, creeks, lakes, and rivers as well as the Gulf of Mexico.  It’s truly a fisherman’s paradise.  Some of the most popular saltwater fish species are Flounder, Grouper, Redfish, Spanish Mackerel, and Trout.  For fresh water, some of the most popular are Bream, Catfish, and Shellcracker.   The best way to experience fishing in our area is to book a private charter with one our area licensed fishing guides. 

Lady J Charters
Captain Danny Tankersley and his son Jacob Tankersley grew up in Port…

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Gulf County Public Beach Access

Your gateway to paradise awaits you at these public beach access points along the shores of the Gulf of Mexico and St Joseph Bay.  Our area offers 43 miles of beaches to explore and enjoy.  Driving in designated areas is permitted with the proper beach driving permit. 

Indian Pass

Higgins Street Beach Access – Higgins St, Indian Pass, FL
Drive on & Walk on access point

Indian Pass Boat Ramp – End of Indian Pass Rd, Indian Pass, FL
Drive on & Walk On access point, boat launch, and restrooms

Lee Street Beach Access – 299 Lee St, Indian Pass, FL
Drive on & Walk on access point

South Oak Beach Access – 192 South Oak St, Indian Pass, FL
Drive on & Walk on beach access point

Seminole Street Beach Access –…

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Best Sweets and Dessert Spots

There is nothing better than treating yourself to a sweet treat after a nice dinner or a day at the beach. Here are some of our favorite spots to grab a tasty treat.

Bayside Bakery & Deli
Bayside offers quality baked goods including brownies, cookies, cupcakes, muffins, and their delicious key lime pies. You can also special-order cakes for any occasion. Their deli features grab and go items such as salads, quiche, wraps, and sandwiches.

Birdie’s Brew
This cute little coffee shop is located at the corner of Hwy 22 & Hwy 71 in downtown Wewahitchka, Birdie’s Brew offers a variety of specialty coffee drinks as well as sweet treats.  Be sure to follow them on Facebook!

Cape Coffee & Ice Cream
This sweet spot is…

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When you think about Florida, you think about delicious seafood. Along the Forgotten Coast you will find the freshest seafood, from Apalachicola Oysters to fresh shrimp, crabs, and fish. Here are some of our favorite spots to enjoy fresh delicious seafood.

The View on Old 98
Catch a breath-taking sunset while enjoying some of the area’s best fresh seafood. The View on Old 98 located in Windmark Beach offers Asian and American Southern Style cuisine. Some of our favorites are their Fresh Catch of the Day, the Ahi Poke salad or Nachos, Sushi, Lobster Mac-n-Cheese, and decadent desserts. Enjoy relaxed outdoor dining at their upstairs bar overlooking St Joseph Bay or for a more formal setting enjoy seating inside in their downstairs dining room.

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Check out the September Area Events!  Here is a list of upcoming events:

September 2nd - First Friday Sip and Shop - Reid Avenue - Downtown Port St Joe

September 3rd & 17th - Port St Joe Saltair Farmers Market - Corner of Reid Ave & Hwy 71  - Downtown Port St Joe

September 3rd & 4th - Florida Scallop Festival - George Core Park - Port St Joe - Arts & Crafts, Food Trucks, & Live Music

September 10th 2PM til 7PM Eastern Time - Windmark Beach Music Festival

Every Wednesday - Cornhole League at The Mill Merchantile & Social located in Windmark Beach

Pickleball Meetups at Salinas Park - Every Sunday, Wednesday & Friday

September Area Events

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