Photography Contest

Mexico Beach 16th Annual Photography Contest

April 1, 2016 to July 30, 2016

The Mexico Beach 16th Annual Photography Contest starts April 1st until July 30th.  We welcome all photographs taken in Mexico Beach past or present.  All photographs will be submitted for judging after July 30th and the winners will be contacted and announced on the Mexico Beach website, social media and in the e-newsletter.  Winning photographs will be displayed in the Mexico Beach Welcome Center after judging.

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.

For more contest details and an entry form, please click here.

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Ling Ding Tournament

Mexico Beach Ling Ding Tournament

April 22, 2016 to April 24, 2016, April 29, 2016 to May 1, 2016, and May 6, 2016 to May 8, 2016

The 2016 Mexico Beach Ling Ding Tournament is planned for the last two weekends in April, April 22-24 and April 29-May 1 and the first full weekend in May, May 6-8, 2016.  The Captains Meeting will take place on Thursday, April 21st, at 6pm CT at the El Governor Motel.  This event will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the three weekends and will offer a weekly prize of an Engel 35 qt. cooler for heaviest Cobia each weekend.  First place prize of $2,000 for the heaviest Cobia overall; Second Place – $1,000; and Third Place – $500.  Weigh-in will take place at the Mexico Beach Marina.  This tournament draws anglers from all over the southeast!

For rules and more information please click here or call 850-648-8900.

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Forgotten Coast Plein Air Invitational – America’s Paint-Out

May 6, 2016 - May 15, 2016

May 6-15, 2016 marks the 11th Annual America’s Great Plein Air Paint-Out all along Florida’s Forgotten Coast.  Nationally known artists gather to capture what some believe to be the last vestige of authentic “Old Florida.”  From the western end of Mexico Beach to the east side of Alligator Point, artists can be seen painting alongside the roads overlooking the Gulf, as well as in out-of-the-way settings.  Artists from across the States, as well as international locations, capture images of nature, flora and fauna, and local color in the Plein Air tradition.

This event is comprised of daily artist demonstrations, workshops, and sales of locally created art.  For more information on exhibits, receptions and a complete schedule of events, please click here.

 

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Farmer's Market 2016

Mexico Beach Farmer’s & Craft Market

May 14, 2016

Special Events for Mexico Beach is hosting an opportunity for vendors to setup and sell their fresh produce and crafts.   The Mexico Beach Farmer’s & Craft Market will take place at Sunset Park next to the El Governor Motel.  The market will be open to the public at 9:00am CT.  With plenty of produce, crafts, photography, jewelry and much more, the day can be spent going from booth to booth.  For those interested in reserving a space, please click here for complete rules and registration.  For a vendor application, click here.  We hope you and your family will come spend the morning in Mexico Beach and enjoy local produce, crafts and much more.  This event is being put on by the Special Events for Mexico Beach as a fundraiser for the July 4th firework show.

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Golly Whopper Tournament

Golly Whopper Fishing and Spearfishing Tournament

June 3, 2016 to June 4, 2016

The 5th Annual Golly Whopper Fishing and Spearfishing Tournament will be held on June 3rd and June 4th, 2016.  The Captain’s Party will be held at the Mexico Beach Welcome Center with time TBD.  Grouper has been added as a category this year.  Weigh-in for this event will be held at the Mexico Beach Welcome Center.  Come enjoy this fun event whether participating or watching the weigh-in.  There will be live music and food available during the weigh-in.   For registration information, please check back soon.

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License-Free Saltwater Fishing Days

June 4, 2016 - June 5, 2016

Grab your poles June 4th and June 5th and enjoy these two license-free saltwater fishing days.  This is an excellent opportunity for parents who don’t have licenses to take youth fishing, or avid anglers to introduce a friend to fishing without having to purchase a license.  On these days, the fishing license requirement is waived for all recreational anglers (residents and non-residents).

For more information, please click here.

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Bay Scallop Season

Bay Scallop Season

June 25, 2016 to September 24, 2016

Grab your snorkel, mask, fins and a mesh bag and go scalloping!  Take the family and have fun snorkeling around and looking for the blue “eyes”  around the outer edge of the scallop’s shell.  When you spot one, it’s really exciting!  Just reach down and scoop it up.  You can scallop for fun and return your catch to repopulate the area or keep your catch for a delicious dinner.  Click here for more information on limits and license requirements.  Please click here for information on places to stay and lodging accommodations.

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Best Blast on the Beach

Best Blast on the Beach

July 4, 2016

Come enjoy Mexico Beach’s Annual Best Blast on the Beach Fourth of July celebration!  Kick off July 4th with the Sandy Shoes 5K!  This annual event will take place at Under the Palms Park on 7th Street in Mexico Beach at 7:00am CT.  This year’s event will be a timed event with chipped bibs for each participant.  This very easy course will allow any stage of runner to enjoy.  Preregistration is now open.  Register by June 27th to receive a race day t-shirt. For more details and to register click here.

Afterward, bring your beach toys, cooler, towels and sunscreen and have a blast playing on the beach.  Then sit back at dark, relax and enjoy the fireworks shot off the Mexico Beach City Pier at 8:30pm CT.

Book your accommodations early!  Click here for places to stay in Mexico Beach.

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Offshore Classic

Mexico Beach Offshore Classic

July 29, 2016 to July 30, 2016

The 12th Annual Mexico Beach Offshore Classic is scheduled for July 29-30, 2016.  More information on this event will be posted later so please check back periodically.

Call Mexico Beach Marina at 850-648-8900 or click here for more information.

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MBARA

20th Annual MBARA Kingfish Tournament

August 27, 2016, 5:00am to 5:00pm

Come participate or cheer on the participants at the 20th Annual MBARA Kingfish Tournament which is a charitable event to build artificial reefs.  Kicking off the event is the Captain’s Party on Friday, August 26th, 5pm-9pm CT, at Beacon Hill Park.  Fishing in the tournament is Saturday, August 27th, 5am-5pm CT and the weigh-in from 1pm-5pm CT at the Mexico Beach Marina.

Prizes for the recreational division:  King Mackerel:  1st:  $3,000    2nd:  $2,000    3rd:  $1,000

Wahoo:  1st:  $1,000

Spanish:  1st:  $500

Prize for Professional/Masters Division:  King Mackerel:  50% of the Masters Professional Division entry fees up to a maximum of $3,000 for the heaviest King Mackerel

Registration is $175 per boat with as many people on your boat as you would like.

To preregister click here or at the Mexico Beach Marina, Bluewater Out Riggers or Half Hitch Tackle

For more information, please click here.

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Fishing

License-Free Saltwater Fishing Day

September 3, 2016

Grab your poles on Saturday, September 3rd,  and enjoy this license-free saltwater fishing day.  This is an excellent opportunity for parents who don’t have licenses to take youth fishing, or avid anglers to introduce a friend to fishing without having to purchase a license.  On this day, the fishing license requirement is waived for all recreational anglers (residents and non-residents).

For more information, click here.

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Triathlon

Beach Blast Triathlon and Duathlon

September 10, 2016

The Fall Beach Blast Triathlon and Duathlon is set for Saturday, September 10, 2016, at Beacon Hill Park (between Mexico Beach and Port St. Joe on Hwy 98).  Sprint or Olympic distance and Triathlon or Duathlon — pick your race and distance!  All races start from the same spot on the beautiful local beach.  Olympic races start 7:00 am CT and sprint distance races start at 7:30 am CT.  Come join this unique event and a great destination for a weekend on the beach!  For more information please click here.

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Mexico Beach Turkey Trot

November 24, 2016

Join in the fun on Thanksgiving morning for the annual Mexico Beach Turkey Trot!  Please check back for more information on signing up for this event.

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Fishing

License-Free Saltwater Fishing Day

November 26, 2016

Grab your poles on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 26th,  and enjoy this license-free saltwater fishing day.  This is an excellent opportunity for parents who don’t have licenses to take youth fishing, or avid anglers to introduce a friend to fishing without having to purchase a license.  On this day, the fishing license requirement is waived for all recreational anglers (residents and non-residents).

For more information, click here.

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Mexico Beach Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

December 4, 2016, 5:00pm

It’s Christmastime at the Beach!  The Mexico Beach Community Development Council and the City of Mexico Beach invite you to participate in the lighting of the Christmas Tree at Sunset Park on Sunday, December 4th, starting at 5:00pm CT.  Come ring in the holiday season with caroling, a festive golf cart parade and the arrival of Santa on the Mexico Beach Fire Truck.  Enjoy complimentary refreshments while your child visits with Santa.

Don’t forget to bring your camera so you can take your child’s picture with Santa!

Please bring an unwrapped toy that will be given to children in need in our area.  For more information, please call the Mexico Beach Welcome Center at 850-648-8196.

 

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