This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Visit Gulf County. All opinions are 100% mine.
I just returned from an epic family road trip to Gulf County Florida. My father ended up having to work so my aunt Michy came along with my mother and I. We wish my father could have made it but this turned out to be the best girls trip ever! In fact, we enjoyed it so much that I am considering moving there or purchasing a summer home. Gulf County, FL has captured my heart!
The first thing we did was stop by Coastal Joe Vacation Rentals on Cape San Blas to pick up keys to our accommodations for the next three nights. The office staff is full of the sweetest people and we were quickly all set with keys and maps in hand. We also went to the Scallop Cove General Store next door to grab groceries for dinner and the staff was so kind and had fun chatting with us. It was not the typical store experience at all so by this point we knew we were in a special place. Next we made our way to Beachy Keen, a spacious vacation rental home in Indian Pass. Situated right across from the beach and a community pool, is a cute yellow home full of surprises. From outside the property you would never guess it is so large inside. Beachy Keen boasts 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 screened porches, kitchen, living and dining room, laundry room, deck off the master bedroom plus a loft and open deck on the third floor. Vacation home perfection!
On our way home we stopped for gas and met a local police officer who chatted with us a bit. After we told him how much we were loving the town, he gave us his card and told us it would be great to have us join the community. This is the normal in Gulf County, FL. The locals wave as they drive by, say hello, love to chat and want to know if you need anything. It is wonderful!
On Sunday we headed into town to visit Port St. Joe Marina after getting advice from Gulf County concierge about where I could snap tons of photos of boats for my father. I practically grew up on a boat, in fact the last few years is the only time I recall my father not owning one. We simply couldn’t be in an area like this and leave without boat pictures for him! You can rent boats, paddle boards and kayaks at the marina as well as go on eco tours, sunset cruises and diving with Seahorse Water Safaris. After exploring and taking photos, we decided to grab a bite to eat at Dockside Seafood & Raw Bar. We will never forget the view at the marina while enjoying a delicious meal. By the way, Dockside will cook your catch! Seriously, it’s on the menu.
Afterward we did a bit of shopping before wandering. Mom and I like to “get lost” which is our version of roaming without a plan at least once per trip to see what we find. With our map of Gulf County, FL in hand we picked a direction and drove. We ended up at Windmark Beach. It turned out this was more than a beach. There is a beautiful community with condos, shops and trails for walking and biking.
After returning our rental home keys we planned on jumping straight into our nearly 6 hour drive home but we pulled over to The Stump Hole by the rock wall on Cape San Blas. It was the perfect place to reflect on our days in Gulf County, FL and say our temporary goodbyes to this beautiful place. Adventure Guide can help you make the most of your time. While you’re at it enter the Never Have I Ever Contest for a chance to win a week-long getaway! You can literally reach water, wildlife and adventure within 15 minutes from any point in the area. Simply driving through Gulf County is scenic view upon scenic view. During my next visit I plan to visit Blacks Island, climb all the lighthouses, ride horses on the beach, learn to fish and so much more! Of course I’ll also go kayaking again because an experience in Gulf County is never the same twice since these adventures are nature based. This is the perfect place for family and friends to visit and the prime season continues after summer. During our long weekend we explored, we relaxed and we fell in love with this community. We made friends here. We pushed ourselves to new exciting limits here. We bonded with each other here. The memories we made in Gulf County, FL will never be forgotten.