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Visit The Gulf Coast: Part 1

May 26, 2016

I was offered the opportunity to visit The Gulf Coast to conduct this review. All opinions are my own. 

Many of us have heard of The Gulf Coast….but have you heard of The Gulf Coast that is a paradise tucked away. My family and I visited St. Port Joe in the Gulf of Florida a few weeks ago. I am afraid to even tell you about where we visited because I don’t even want you to know. But….I guess I can let you all in on this secret place. Let me give you some info on Port St. Joe

Port St. Joe truly is a “small town with a big heart,” the nickname that its residents have adopted. Formerly a bustling port along North Florida’s Emerald Coast, Port St. Joe now welcomes visitors looking for a restful respite. Postcard-perfect surroundings invite lounging on a soft, white-sand dune beach, snorkeling in the Gulf of Mexico, fishing and dining at a rustic fish shack. Also available: an educational, even inspirational, glimpse of some of the state’s earliest history. A compact, easily walkable downtown of gift and antique shops, bistros, vest-pocket parks, wide greenways, and an inviting waterfront marina. And don’t forget some of the nation’s most luscious seafood.

This will be a three-part series where I break down what we did each day with links and all the good stuff. Let’s start off where we stayed. 

When we walked into our town home my husband could not hold back his smile. We stayed at the Gulf Coast Vacation Rentals. This was the best accommodation to date where we enjoyed every bit of where we stayed. We loved it so much we didn’t want to leave. The home was fully stocked with pots and pans, plates, coffee machine, tables, chairs, a sectional couch, window seat, grill, outside deck, and much more. We loved that it had two bedrooms and two baths. In one of the bedrooms, there was a day bed. Perfect for that child who doesn’t want to leave the sight of their mom and dad or for a child who may be a bit shy in a new place for the first time. The day bed was located in the master bedroom.

  • They have a washing machine and dryer so need to bring a lot of clothes you can wash and rewash just bring your washing powder
  • They have pots and pans so bring food with you especially if you don’t want to spend a lot of money. We brought our drinks so we were good on that front
  • It’s quiet and peaceful and we were able to walk to the beach from our home so no beach bag required
  • The home was huge and comfy so 6 to 8 people can fit in there with enough space to move around
  • The home does come with wifi but our phones didn’t work until we came up the mainland a bit (which is a good thing no technology)

Let’s start with our Thursday activities.

Thursday Morning we woke up and went on our first boat ride around the Cape to see some of the beaches.

Seahorse Water Safaris – St. Joseph Bay & Intracoastal Waterway boat tour

Captain Gary Hites


The captain told us a lot about the area and why some ships stay….shipwrecked. It was very very interesting to hear the stories and hear the history.

Next, we were off to lunch at a park. We had the best damn sandwich….yes I said damn it was that good caused me to cuss lol….from Mason Dixon It was so good I barely got a pic.

mason dixon

Then it was off to see the bees. I didn’t get near them but I learned a lot about them. Do you know that I have never ever tasted natural honey before like the real deal one, I always buy the store bought ones….well never again. We were able to see how bees and honey come together in perfect harmony from Smiley Honey. We tasted quite a few and my favorite was the blackberry one.

Next, it was some free time right before the Dead lakes tour. Free time meant seeing my kids enjoy a little sun without being on electronics

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Next, we went on the Dead Lake Tour with Matt. The boat ride was very comfortable as we rode around. I felt like I was in an episode of Swamp People….did we see an alligator….hmmmmm I am not telling you will have to go on a ride and see for yourself.

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After a great day of two boat rides, we headed off to eat some grub. Now this was the first time I have ever eaten oysters so…..what are my thoughts? I like them cooked. We ate that night at Indian Pass Raw Bar

Okay some facts for the first day

  • Wear comfortable shoes. I had on slip on shoes so I was good
  • It’s cool on the boats…you will want to have a sweater or a small jacket
  • You will want to nap right after you eat at the Indian Pass…which is what we did

None of the food was expensive for a family of 4 to eat at the Indian Pass will cost you right around what a night out at Chilli’s would be. One thing I loved is that they had an honor system. You can get as many bottled drinks as you want and you just tell them how much you got when they bring your bill. How neat is that that they trust others to keep up with the drinks. I loved that idea because that made me feel like family in a sense. They trust you so make sure you don’t break that trust.

The first day was awesome and by the time we got back to the townhouse we were done for. Stay tuned for part two of our adventure in The Gulf Coast.

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  • Reply
    May 27, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    I love Florida and have been all over – or so I thought. I’ve never visited Port St. Joe. I’ll have to add this to my travel list. I’m such a beach person, so I’ll love this series of posts.

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    May 27, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    We have been to the Gulf Coast a few times and it is beautiful! I can’t wait to go again!

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    May 27, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    I love the Gulf Coast, it’s one of my favorite places to visit the beaches. There’s always so much to do and see.

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    Taylor Ebner
    May 27, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    Wow, this place looks perfect. This seems like a dream vacation. I would love to go here!

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    Dawn gibson-thigpen
    May 27, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    Since i moved to florida i have adventured out to several places but never here it looks like so much fun. thanks for sharing. i will have to add this location to my list.

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    tiaras and tantrums
    May 27, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    We have not visited in and around Florida too much being from Chicago. But I think we need to get to Florida and explore this are. It looks like so much fun.

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    Heather @ Kraus House Mom
    May 27, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    My aunt lives on the Gulf coast of Florida. It’s different than the ocean, which I’m used to, calmer. Next time I visit I should check out some of the ports.

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    Heather lawrence
    May 27, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    I have only been to Florida once but I loved the time that we spent there!
    I wish we could have stayed longer…the gulf coast was on our list but the weather just didn’t play out well the only day we could go. There’s always next time!

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    Liz Mays
    May 27, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    Those vacation rentals sound great. I think I’d consider doing that. I’d love to try the Dead Lake Tour too.

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    May 27, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    Would love to visit the Gulf at some point. Sounds and looks pretty awesome! Would love to take my whole family!

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    May 28, 2016 at 1:05 am

    This looks like a fun place to visit, I have never been to the Gulf Coast before. Maybe someday I can visit.

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    Michele D
    May 29, 2016 at 11:46 am

    Love the Gulf Coast. I was just there yesterday and had so much fun!

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    Mommy Pehpot
    May 30, 2016 at 2:53 am

    The bedroom looks really nice. It was beautiful! I wouldn’t want to leave that place too.

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    June 1, 2016 at 3:49 am

    I would love to visit the gulf coast. It is an intriguing place with a lot of history and attractions I am interested in.

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