Local Info

Port St. Joe / Mexico Beach area information

Here are the phone numbers and websites (if available) of some businesses you may want or need to contact while visiting the area:

Vacation Rental Insurance:  I do not offer vacation rental insurance, however, it may be purchased from a third party vendor if you wish.  There are a number of companies selling vacation rental insurance online, such as  www.vacationrentalinsurance.com.  800-661-6860.
No Worries Beach Rental Service:  Located in the WindMark Beach Village center. Bikes, kayaks, paddle boards and golf carts are available to rent, along with umbrellas and beach lounge chairs. www.noworriesbeachservice.com.   850-227-5296.

Exercise & Fitness:

There are several places to go to work out or for fitness classes in the area.  Contact them for more information and schedules.
One Way Fitness Center is on Reid Avenue in Port St. Joe.  Phone  850-227-1929.   Call for hours and rates.
Fit as a Fiddle at the Windmark Beach village center.  www.fitasafiddlefitness.com   Phone 850-227-1920
Mexico Beach yoga – www.mexicobeachflyoga.com Phone 706-580-4202.

Links to some area attractions / calendars / places to visit:

Gulf County Calendar of Events:      www.visitgulf.com/events
Franklin County (Apalachicola) Calendar of  Events:    www.apalachicolabay.org

Don’t miss a visit to the magnificent  St. Joseph’s Peninsula State Park  Beach on Cape San Blas, rated by “Dr. Beach” as the #1 beach in the country.

Visit the St. Joseph Bay golf course, off of County Road C30:  www.stjoebaygolf.com .

St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge is an undeveloped barrier island just off of Indian Pass.  The only way to get there is by boat.  A shuttle service is available. If you want to go, call first (850-229-1065) to make a reservation.  Their website is www.stvincentisland.com .

Dead Lakes State Recreation Area is located near Wewahitchka (about 20 miles north of Port St. Joe).

Tate’s Hell State Forest is just east of Apalachicola.

For something a little different and alot of fun, in good weather, go tubing down the Chipola river:  www.chipolariveroutfitters.com/River_Tubing.php

Panama City is just about 45 minutes to the west of Windmark.  One of our favorite destinations is Pier Park , in Panama City Beach.  There you will find a number of restaurants, lots of shopping and The Grand 16 movie theatre.

One of my favorite places in the area:  The Artery Studio on Williams Avenue in Port St. Joe.  This is an art studio that offers classes for the beginner to advanced student.   Classes include acrylic, watercolor and silk painting, pottery painting and building and kids classes and more.  Great way to spend a rainy day!  Phone 850-227-5741.  www.arterystudio.com


And finally, FOOD!!  Some of our favorite restaurants (be sure to call or go online and check hours / days open before you go):

Provisions in Port St. Joe.  They are open Monday – Saturday.  Make sure you go at least once during your stay for lunch or dinner. Check their hours on the website. Food is awesome.  Their Bruschetta grilled chicken salad is my all time favorite, anywhere. Phone 850-229-9200. www.provisionsfl.com
Indian Pass Raw Bar in Indian Pass.  They have oysters, crab legs, shrimp, gumbo, lots of beer and that’s about it, but it’s great and the ambiance there cannot be described… If you go to St. Joseph’s state park on Cape San Blas, this would be a good place to go eat afterwards. You can go in your beach attire.   They also have a location on Reid Avenue in Port St. Joe.   Extremely casual! Phone 850-227-1670. www.indianpassrawbar.com
Killer Seafood in Mexico Beach. Delicious fish tacos, excellent fried seafood. Phone 850-648-6565. Remember Mexico Beach is on Central Time! www.killerseafood.net
Sand Dollar Cafe on Hwy 98 in Port St. Joe. Cafeteria style service.  Fresh, always tasty southern home cooking.  Friendly owners, what a great place!   Open for breakfast and lunch 7AM-3PM, closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  Phone 850-227-4865. Take out available. https://www.sanddollarcafepsj.com
Joe Mama’s Pizza in Port St. Joe. Great wood fired pizza, salads, wings, sandwiches. Right on Reid Avenue. Phone for hours 850-229-6262. Take out available. www.joemamaspizza.com
Paul Gant’s BBQ in Port St. Joe. Just before the Tapper Bridge. They are open only Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Take out only. Great ribs, chicken, desserts. Phone 850-227-9311.
Shipwreck Raw Bar in St. Joe Beach.  Great oysters, seafood.  Fantastic shrimp and grits.  Open daily noon – 10PM.  Phone 850-647-5050.  www.shipwreckrawbar.com
Sunset Coastal Grill in Port St. Joe. Fresh local seafood, great appetizers and mixed drinks. Open for lunch and dinner. Phone 850-227-7900. www.sunsetcoastalgrill.com
Shoobies Ice Cream on Cape San Blas and in Port St. Joe and Mexico Beach.   Really awesome ice cream and Italian ices.  Their shop on the Cape at 145 Acklins Island Drive.   Trucks in PSJ at 402 Reid Avenue (actually the parking lot facing Hwy 98) and Mexico Beach at 1200 Hwy 98.     http://www.shoobies.us/
Boss Oyster in Apalachicola. Fantastic oysters and gumbo. Shrimp and grits are not to be missed!  If you are taking a day trip over to Apalach, make sure you eat here!   Phone 850-653-9364. http://www.bossoyster.com
Toucan’s in Mexico Beach. Located right on the beach, cannot beat the location or the view!  Phone 850-648-8207. http://www.toucansmexicobeachfl.com/