Hugging 4 miles of
pristine beach along Florida's
fabled “Forgotten Coast,”
two miles northwest of downtown Port St. Joe and 22 miles west of
is perhaps the last great beach to be developed in the southeastern United States.
into the landscape and culture of St.
Beach evokes the natural
heritage of Old Florida. Thus, the town plan and architectural
scheme take their cues from the local language of Southern
vernacular construction, in the context of small towns by the sea.
Beach, a three-and-a-half-mile
BeachWalk running along the waterfront offers views of the Bay,
the St. Joseph Peninsula
and the Gulf of Mexico. A
deceptively simple architectural element, the BeachWalk enhances
and defines the experience of WindMark Beach in multiple ways, including a
hard-surface trail for golf carts, bicycles, and roller blades.
A natural wooden
footpath, built on the roadbed of relocated US 98, offers access to
the water and meanders gently through the pristine dunescape. Every half mile or so, recreational and natural
diversions will offer themselves, such as a spot to get a cool
drink, or a fishing pier to throw a line into the bay. The BeachWalk
is open to the public, allowing one and all to relish a
sunset, to contemplate the sounds of the waves and the wind, and to
admire the constellations.