Commonly Asked Questions at Check-In

We’re answering some of your most frequently asked questions as check-in time approaches…

As the weeks wind down, and the day of check-in approaches, there are a few questions that guests contact us about time after time:

Can you recommend someplace we can rent beach supplies, like chairs and umbrellas?

If you’re vacationing out on Cape San Blas, give the guys over at Scallop Cove General Store a call for all of your beach supply rental needs. The folks at Smiley’s Beach Rentals are always happy to help with everything you need for a day, week or month at the beach. Give them a call at (850) 227-1287.

Where is the nearest grocery store?

Duren’s Piggly Wiggly is located in Port St. Joe (just a 20 minute drive from Cape San Blas and about 15 minutes from Mexico Beach), and offers a full service deli, organic produce, fresh local seafood, specialty food items and much more. Cape San Blas offers two great general stores where you can get almost anything you might need. Scallop Cove General Store has everything from grocery items to bait and tackle, and I love the slogan that they use at Cape Tradin’ Post; “If we don’t have it, you probably don’t need it”. If you’re staying in one of our Mexico Beach properties, be sure to stop by Gulf Foods. The friendly staff is always eager to help.

Is there somewhere we can buy fresh fish and shrimp?

You can pick up local seafood from Duren’s Piggly Wiggly while you do your grocery shopping. It doesn’t get much more convenient than that! Swing through St. Joe Shrimp Co. on your way out to the Cape. You can pick up a variety of fresh and frozen seafood. If you’re out in the Mexico Beach area, then be sure to stop by the Shell Shack right on Hwy 98. Give them a call at (850) 648-8256 to for pricing and availability.

Are there any restaurants that we should be sure to try while visiting?

We have so many great restaurants to offer! Killer Seafood in Mexico Beach is a must. I always recommend visiting them for a late lunch or an early dinner in order to avoid a crowd. This is a very popular spot. Be sure to try the fish tacos. Oh, and remember, cash only. Southern Living describes Indian Pass Raw Bar as “…quite possibly the best seafood shack in existence.” I can’t imagine why you would want to miss that. If you want dinner with a view, then Sunset Coastal Grill is definitely the place for you. Nestled along St. Joseph Bay in Port St. Joe, this spot is the perfect place to watch a beautiful sunset, and the owner is one of the kindest women you’ll ever meet.

We will be travelling with our teenaged children. Are there any fun activities for them?

I always tell guests that this is a vacation destination where you can visit and really feel like you’ve had a vacation. There is an array of outdoor activities for you and your family to enjoy while visiting. When you talk to Debbie over at Happy Ours Kayak & Bike Outpost you can feel her passion about St. Joseph Bay. Here you can rent kayaks for a private trip, schedule a guided trip, rent bicycles and much more. Searching for an eco-adventure like no other, then give the guys over at Off the Map Expeditions a try, and take a guided tour around the Dead Lakes in Wewahitchka. You do not want to forget your camera for this trip! If you’re looking for a little speed, stop by the beach just in front of the El Governor Motel in Mexico Beach where you can rent waverunners, or take a parasail ride along the coast. Contact the folks at Crazy Waverunners and Parasail at (850) 527-9893 for more information.

For more detailed information about all of the great things this area has to offer, be sure to contact either of our local Welcome Center locations. The folks there are passionate about this area, and love helping visitors find just the right thing to make sure you enjoy every second of your vacation.

Gulf County Tourist Development Council Welcome Center
Captain Fred’s Place
Port St. Joe, Florida 32456
(850) 229-7800
(800) 482-GULF
[email protected]

Mexico Beach Community Development Council Welcome Center
102 Canal Parkway
Mexico Beach, Florida 32456
(850) 648-8196
(888) 723-2546

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