Geologically, our beaches are quite rare. The sand found on the majority of the world’s beaches contains a mixture of approximately twenty different materials. The sugar-like white sand found in Mexico Beach, however, contains only one: evenly sized quartz crystals. This quartz sand originated millions of years ago in the Appalachian Mountain range. Because our area lacks the influence of silt-bearing rivers, our sand remains pure and white. This white quartz sand is highly reflective—which is the reason our beaches remain cool, even during the hottest summer months!
The City of Mexico Beach has five miles of beach available for residents and visitors to enjoy. Public beach access is easy and abundant—four parks provide direct access and there are a number of easy-to-spot walk-overs connecting Highway 98 with the beach.
Beach walk-overs have been constructed along the entire length of Highway 98 in Mexico Beach. They are easy to spot and provide beachgoers with convenient and direct access to the Gulf of Mexico. They also protect our natural vegetation and sand dunes from erosion.
The following public parks are administered by the City of Mexico Beach:
Location: End of Canal Parkway on the west side of the canal
Facilities: Beach access, picnic areas, restrooms, trash receptacles
Location: Highway 98 and South 19th Street
Facilities: Beach access, swimming, fishing, picnic areas, restrooms, trash receptacles
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Mexico Beach City Park
Location: Highway 98 and 8th Street
Facilities: Beach access, parking, restrooms, trash receptacles
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Under the Palms Park
Location: 7th Street and Maryland Blvd.
Facilities: Walking path, picnic area, restrooms, trash receptacles
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City Municipal Park
Location: 21st Street and Paradise Path
Facilities: Tennis courts, basketball court, playground equipment, picnic area, restrooms, trash receptacles, recycling receptacles
Life is Better at the Beach
The City of Mexico Beach does not operate a warning flag system or utilize lifeguards as riptides are not common in our waters. We do, however, urge all beachgoers to follow good safety practices when enjoying our beaches. Do not enter the water alone, and do not allow children to enter the water without adult supervision.
Five species of Sea Turtles share their beach with us. Please help us protect these endangered creatures.
- Do not touch turtles or their nests.
- Do not take flash photography of turtles or their nests.
- Call 850-647-8238 to report any unmarked turtle crawls.
- Close all blinds and draperies on the beach side of your accommodations at night. Keep turtles in the dark!
- Remove lounge chairs, umbrellas, boats, coolers and tents from the beach at the end of each day.
- If you encounter a Sea Turtle at night, please remain quiet and slowly step away.
- Do not disturb turtle tracks—they are very valuable to researchers studying Sea Turtles.
- Pick up plastic bags, balloons, Styrofoam, fishing line and other debris that you encounter on the beach. These items can be fatal to turtles if ingested.
Beach Rules and Restrictions
When you visit Mexico Beach, please observe these rules so that everyone can have a wonderful time.
The City of Mexico Beach has the following rules:
- The speed limit is 35 mph on U.S. Highway 98.
- No passing is allowed on the shoulder on U.S. Highway 98.
- The speed limit is 5 mph in the canal—this is a No Wake Zone!
- There are restricted areas for wave runners; these are 300 feet offshore.
- No glass is permitted on the beach.
- No open fires are permitted on the beach.
- Walking on sand dunes and/or sea oats is not permitted.
- No pets are permitted on the beach within the city limits of Mexico Beach.
- Pets are allowed on St. Joe Beach in Gulf County east of the county line at Highway 386.