This post brought to you by Gulf County, Florida. All opinions are 100% mine.
I have traveled through and stopped in many states, and many places. And many of those places are ones I would love to visit again. However, one place I want to go and spend extended time is Gulf County Florida. In northwest Florida, with the city of Port St. Joe and Cape San Blas included within the border of Gulf County, it is a quite, serene, pristine, beautiful area. I love most that it is uncrowded and friendly.
I'd start out my visit in Port St. Joe, and visit the beach, the parks, and some of the many places to eat. Frank Pate Park is located in the heart of Port St. Joe, offering trails, playgrounds and picnic tables. I'd love to go down to the marina and charter a boat to go out scalloping or deep sea fishing. And did you know that once you get back to the dock with your catch, the local chefs will cook it up for you, and you can enjoy the freshest seafood ever, that you caught yourself? What an experience that would be!
The people in Port St. Joe love to celebrate, and they celebrate everything! On the first and third Saturday's of the month, there is the Salt Air Farmer's Market, where you can find fresh seasonal produce from local farmers, regional vegetables, fruit, Gulf seafood, meat, cheeses and breads. There are also hand made arts and crafts. There is the Tupelo Honey Festival, The Gaskin Park Catfish Tournament, The July 4th Fireworks, The Annual Florida Scallop and Music Festival, and more.
The Cape San Blas Lighthouse was built 165 years ago, with $8,000 appropriated by Congress. It was designed to guide vessels around the shoals running out from the Cape. The Lighthouse signal was the sole beacon and could be seen for 10 miles offshore. It was one of four lighthouses in a 90 mile span of coastline. This year the community will be relocating the lighthouse to BayPark in Historic Port St. Joe to protect and preserve its heritage.
Heading on over to Indian Pass, a place loaded with secluded, pet friendly beaches, good fishing, and many trails. It's a great place to go crabbing, and to build a bonfire on the beach. You can also get a permit to drive on the beach there. Indian Pass Campground offers a unique camping experience in a natural setting with waterfront cabins, RV sites and primitive campsites surrounding Indian Lagoon. Come visit GCFL
If you are visiting Gulf County Florida, there are so many things to do you may need a vacation from your vacation when you get home. There is saltwater fishing, whether it from the beach, a dock, or a charter boat to take you out to sea, you will have so much fun catching red snapper, grouper, redfish, speckled trout, king mackerel, and flounder. My mouth is watering just thinking about all the choices! The freshwater fishing is just as fun! You may catch largemouth bass, spotted bass, black crappie, bluegill, redbreast sunfish, and many more species. I can't wait to fry them up in a pan! If fishing is not your thing, then you can go snorkeling, diving, kayaking, paddle boating, shelling, hiking the trails, or horseback riding. And, if you want a slower pace on a rainy day, try one of the hands on crafts shops for painting, pottery, and drawing classes.
Gulf County Florida is sponsoring a contest #GCFLnofilter, with great prizes like long weekend vacation packages to Gulf County, and more. Here's my selfie entry, and you can see it on Instagram here:
To enter the contest
USING INSTAGRAM – Please take a "Selfie" of yourself doing something active you love outdoors! (I.E. hiking, biking, running, fishing, playing a sport, etc.) Make sure to put: In the caption, tag #GCFLnofilter and @gulfcountyfl and tell them what you’re doing! For every entry GCFL receives, they'll donate $1 to Outdoor Nation, up to a total donation of $5,000! Outdoor Nation believes in reconnecting kids and teens to the outdoors. That's it. Don't wait, go do it today!
What would your favorite thing to do at GCFL be?