Around Mexico Beach Eco-Tour

December 01, 2015 to February 26, 2016

Discover the wildlife and scenery on the Gulf waters around Mexico Beach aboard a 2 hour eco-tour cruise charter boat. The tour is given by an experienced charter boat captain who is also a marine biologist who knows the Gulf and will take you to explore remote locations around Mexico Beach and also offer you a glimpse into the world of wildlife in and around the Gulf waters.

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Mexico Beach Sunset Cruise

December 01, 2015 to February 26, 2016

This beautiful 2 hour sunset cruise departs from Mexico Beach for a view of the beautiful sun setting over the Gulf of Mexico. Don’t miss this memory making event! Join the fun and enjoy your ride from a charter boat departing from Mexico Beach. Only $42 per person (maximum of 6 persons per trip). Sign up at the Mexico Beach Welcome Center or call 850-648-8196 for more information. Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture the colorful skies as the sun sets!

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Free Bingo


January 19, 2016 to April 12, 2016, 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Free Bingo!  Yes, you read it right…free bingo every Tuesday night from 6pm-8pm CT at The Fish House Restaurant, 3006 Hwy 98, Mexico Beach.  Prizes every game!  Limited seating – 1st come-1st serve.  Food and beverages are available for purchase.  Donations accepted for the Port St. Joe Humane Society.

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Mexico Beach Farmer’s & Craft Market

February 13, 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 across the street from 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 farmersmarketform  for complete rules and application. 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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A Sea of Love Valentine’s Dance

February 13, 2016 to February 13, 2016

Celebrate Valentine’s Day on Saturday, February 13th, with your loved one! Dancing for Books is hosting “A Sea of Love” Valentine’s dinner dance to help raise funds for the Gulf County libraries. The event starts at 6:30 EST at the Centennial Building in Port St. Joe. Come enjoy dinner, dancing to boomer era music, auctions, a wine toss and more! Cost is only $30 per person and tickets are available at both Gulf County libraries, the No Name Cafe and the Gulf County TDC Welcome Center.

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Thomasville Georgia “Plantation Tour”

February 16, 2016

This fun and informative daytrip visits historic Thomasville, GA, tours beautiful Pebble Hill Plantation and includes lunch at the Plaza Restaurant which has been located in historic downtown Thomasville for over 90 years and is well-known for their traditional Southern Style Cuisine. The bus will depart from the El Governor Motel at 8:00am CT on Tuesday, February 16th, and head to Thomasville. The bus will arrive back in Mexico Beach around 8:30pm CT. The cost for this trip is $50.00 per person which includes your transportation, entry into Pebble Hill Plantation and lunch at the Plaza Restaurant. This trip is open to anyone, whether they be a part time Floridian or live here year round. Please contact the Mexico Beach Welcome Center by calling 850-648-8196 if you have any questions or would like more information.

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Shells & Tales

Shells & Tales

February 19, 2016 to February 27, 2016

Two Days – Three Events!!  Shells & Tales starts with the Liar’s Challenge on February 19th at the Haughty Heron in Port St. Joe from 6pm-8pm ET with Tall Tales & Cash Prizes!  A Storytelling Workshop will be held February 27th from 10am-Noon ET at the Gulf County Public Library with admission $20 each/$10 students and teachers.  The grand finale is with storytellers Wayne Garrett, Pat Nease and Robyn A. Rennick along with wine and d’oeuvres at the Gulf Coast State College in Port St. Joe on February 27th!  Doors open at 5:30pm ET/Storytelling at 6:00pm ET.  Admission $20 each/2 for $35/$25 at door.  Tickets and for more information, call 850-229-7799 or 850-229-8879.  Come enjoy this two day Shells & Tales event!

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Casino Night 2016

Chamber of Commerce Casino Night

February 19, 2016, 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm ET

Enjoy this fun and entertaining event while helping to raise money to benefit Sacred Heat Hospital on the Gulf Guild.  Casino Night will be held at the Centennial Building on February 19, 2016 with cocktails at 6:00pm ET and gaming will be 7:00 pm-10:00 pm ET.  Entry includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, entertainment with Konkrete Soul, a cash bar and incredible prizes.

Pre-Event Tickets – $25

Gate Tickets – $30

Gaming Table Sponsorship (includes 6 tickets) – $250

Tickets can be bought online at or at the Chamber of Commerce, Monday-Friday from 9am-2pm ET.

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Mexico Beach Gumbo Cook-Off

February 20, 2016, 10:00 am

Are you ready to cook the rice, peel the shrimp, stew the veggies and bask in the aroma of roux? If so, then tie on that apron and enter to be one of the 25 chefs competing for the title of Gumbo King. For complete rules and an entry form click here Gumbo Application_Rules_ 2016

Don’t worry, if you are more of a taster than a chef, you will have plenty to choose from! The event begins at 10am and there will be tons of great gumbo and Brunswick stew for the eating. This event is free to enter. Tickets will be available for purchase to sample one, two or as many as you like gumbos or stews. There will be beverages available as well as hot dogs and BBQ sandwiches. With live music and free beads, this is one cook-off that will get you in the Mardi Gras mood! All proceeds raised will go toward the Special Events for Mexico Beach’s Best Blast on the Beach July 4th firework show.


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5th Annual Sea Art Walk

5th Annual Sea Art Walk

February 20, 2016, 10am to 3pm

The Society of Expressive Artists presents the 5th Annual SEA Art Walk in Mexico Beach along Highway 98 on Saturday, February 20th, from 10am to 3pm CT.  Local artists will be exhibiting their work at businesses along Highway 98 in conjunction with the Mexico Beach Gumbo Cook-Off.  Be sure to stop by the St. Joe Humane Society booth and see the pets for adoption.  And don’t miss local blues legend Slim Fatz.

Eat, drink, be merry and enjoy art ….

For more information please email


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Snowbird February Biloxi Trip

February 23, 2016 to February 24, 2016

We’re heading to Biloxi to win some money…or at least try! This overnight trip departs the El Governor parking lot at 5:30am CT on February 23rd. We will arrive at the IP and receive $15 in free play.   After that, it’s over to the Beau Rivage to check into your room and receive $25 free play. The next day, February 24th, we depart the Beau Rivage and head over to the Golden Nugget where you will receive $15 free play. The bus will head home around 3:00pm CT. Cost for this trip is $99 per person (double occupancy), $135 per person (single occupancy). Trip includes bus, room and $55 free play. Deadline to sign up is February 12th.

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Mexico Beach Snowbird Appreciation Luncheon

March 03, 2016, 11:30am

We invite all our Snowbirds to attend the annual Mexico Beach Snowbird Appreciation Luncheon to be held on Thursday, March 3, 2016, at 11:30am CT at the El Governor Motel poolside.  Come celebrate your winter trip to Mexico Beach and have a chance to say “see you next year” to your old and new friends made while visiting us.  Enjoy live music, fantastic door prizes, great food and desserts.  And it’s all FREE!!  This event is sponsored by the Mexico Beach Community Development Center and Mexico Beach rental companies.  Thank you for making Mexico Beach your winter vacation destination!

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Breeze by the Bay 5K & 10K

March 12, 2016

The Junior Service League of Port St. Joe invites you and your family to come enjoy a day of fun at the Breeze by the Bay 5K & 10K.  Saturday, March 12, 2016 runners will start at the Port Inn in downtown Port St. Joe and continue North on Highway 71 where they will then turn onto the Port City Trail.  This simple and easy course will allow even the beginning runner the ability to run, have fun and enjoy the scenery.  Race packet pickup will take place on Friday, March 11th at The Thirsty Goat where there will be live music and the ability for all runners to participate in a Vino and Vinyasa party!  To register or for more information, click here .

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2016 Relay for Life

Relay for Life of Forgotten Coast

Friday, April 22, 2016, 6:00 pm to Midnight ET

Join the Relay for Life of Forgotten Coast at the Port St. Joe High School Stadium, 100 Shark Drive, Port St. Joe, FL to help raise funds for the American Cancer Society.  This event will be held Friday, April 22, 2016 from 6:00pm – midnight ET.  The American Cancer Society Relay For Life movement is the world’s largest and most impactful fundraising event to end cancer. It unites communities across the globe to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action to finish the fight once and for all.  To register your team visit

For more information please contact Lisa Jones at or 850-785-9205.

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Beach Blast Triathlon and Duathlon

April 23, 2016

The Spring Beach Blast Triathlon and Duathlon is set for Saturday, April 23, 2016, offering choices of Sprint or Olympic distance and Triathlon or Duathlon.  Pick your race and distance!  The races take place on the beautiful Gulf Coast and its magical beaches.  Location of the packet pick-up and race is Beacon Hill Park – between Mexico Beach and Port St. Joe on Hwy 98.  All 4 races start from the same spot on the beautiful local beach.  Olympic races start at 7:00 am and sprint distance races start at 7:30 am.  All races run on Central Time!  For more information or to register, please visit

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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 wetroom exhibit rooms, receptions and a complete schedule of events, please visit


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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 visit

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