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It's Springtime! Yippee!

Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun and we shall soon see the results of their love!
–Chief Sitting Bull

Springtime has come to Mexico Beach and we could not be more excited. Our chilly season has ended and we are ready for another year of beautiful beaches, sparkling waters, and lots of fun in the sun. Click here to check out our lodging partners for excellent rates, and come join us!

And the Winner Is...


Let us not forget that in May we celebrate Memorial Day, a time to honor the men and women who have died defending our country. This holiday, originally called Decoration Day, was initially founded in 1868 and has evolved into the celebration that we have today. We owe a debt to our fallen brothers and sisters and we can show our gratitude on May 30.

And the Winner Is...


Last month, we had two gift certificates to White Sands Salon and Boutique to give away. The lucky winners were Todd Hohbein from La Verkin, Utah, who will be visiting Mexico Beach with his wife for the first time in early June and entered his wife, and Nathan York from Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, who will surprise his wife! Congrats, Todd and Nathan—your wives will be very happy!

This month we are giving away a gift certificate to Beachwalk. This shop offers an excellent selection of fine beachwear and gifts for everyone. If you would like to put your name in the hat, send an e-mail to Melissa at and be sure to put your contact info in the e-mail.



It’s red snapper season again! There are great fishing spots in Mexico Beach with over 200 artificial reefs to fish from, thanks to the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association. For information, regulations, and season dates, you can visit the Mexico Beach Marina or Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Vow Renewal 2016


We’re elated to report that we had our second mass vow renewal ceremony on Saturday, April 16, and it was a successful and moving salute to the 26 couples who participated. The ceremony was held at 4:00 p.m. on the beach at Sunset Park and was followed by a reception of champagne, cupcakes, and live music! It was a wonderful time and we would like to invite you to join us next April. For pictures of the event, click here!

Mexico Beach is the perfect place to say I Do! For more information on weddings or vow renewal ceremonies on the beach, visit

Kimberly & Jarrett
Our first couple was Kimberly and Jarrett, who visited us from McDonough, Georgia. It was a wonderful wedding and we offer our sincerest congratulations!

Vicky & Max
Our next couple was Vicky and Max, who came to our beach from nearby Panama City, Florida. They had perfect weather for their intimate and beautiful wedding. Congratulations, Max and Vicky!

Missy & Keith
Our third couple, Missy and Keith, came all the way from Michigan for their beach wedding. Their friends joined them from South Florida, Texas, and Georgia to take part in the celebration. It was a lovely ceremony and we offer best wishes to Keith and Missy.

Mexico Beach 16th Annual
Photography Contest

Now until July 30

The 16th Annual Photography Contest submission process is open until July 30. We welcome all photographs taken in Mexico Beach—past or present. Categories are Around Mexico Beach, Sunrises & Sunsets, The Beach, Fishing & Boating, People and Flora & Animal Life. We hope you will capture Mexico Beach through your 'eyes' and enter our photography contest. Winning photographs will be displayed in the Mexico Beach Welcome Center after judging. For a registration form or more details, click here.


Golly Whopper Fishing and Spearfishing Tournament

June 3–4

The Fifth Annual Golly Whopper Classic will be held on June 4, 2016. The Captain's Party will take place on June 3 at 5:00 p.m. at the Mexico Beach Welcome Center. This year's classic will feature Red Snapper, Kingfish, and Grouper categories. There will be a Kids’ Division and a Spearfishing Division as well. The weigh-in will be held at the Mexico Beach Welcome Center on June 4 from 3:30 p.m. till 5:30 p.m. Come enjoy this fun event—whether you’re participating or just watching the weigh-in. There will be live music for both the Captain's Party and the weigh-in..


We thank the MBARA for this delicious recipe!

4 pounds red snapper

For the stuffing:
½ pound crab meat
¼ cup fresh chopped parsley
1 teaspoon lemon thyme
⅓ cup minced onion
3 tablespoons butter
½ cup fresh bread crumbs
¼ cup heavy cream
⅓ cup dry white wine mixed with ⅓ cup melted butter
Salt and pepper

Sauté onions in butter until golden brown. Remove onions from heat and mix in the crab meat, bread crumbs, parsley, heavy cream, and lemon thyme. Sprinkle cavity of fish lightly with salt and pepper. Stuff the fish and skewer edges securely. Place fish in greased baking pan. Pour wine/butter mixture over fish and bake at 400 degrees, uncovered for 30 minutes or just until the flesh is opaque, basting frequently with wine sauce. Serve hot and enjoy!

How about That? Grand Ole Opry

The Grand Ole Opry began on the night of November 28, 1925, when Uncle Jimmy Thompson opened the show. After all these years, the Opry is still considered “the show that made country music famous.” We thought you might be interested in some trivia about some of the members:

Alan Jackson (1991) delivered mail to the Opry House before stardom.

Martina McBride (1995) sold T-shirts for Garth Brooks one year and became the opening act on his tour the following year.

Garth Brooks (1991) is the top-selling country artist in history.

Vince Gill (1990) declined his first call to perform on the Opry so that he could attend his daughter’s recital.

Dolly Parton (1969) once lost a Dolly Parton look-alike contest.

Ricky Skaggs (1982) hopped on stage to play Bill Monroe’s mandolin at the age of 5.

The Oak Ridge Boys (2011) received video congratulations from President George Bush the evening of their Opry induction.

Tom T. Hall (1971) once had six songs he had written on the charts performed by other performers.

Ronnie Milsap (1976), blind since birth, played the violin by age 7, the piano by age 8, and the guitar by age 12.

Mike Snider (1990) had 2,000 of his neighbors from Gleason, Tennessee, in attendance when he was inducted.


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