One of the best ways to experience Mexico Beach and its surrounding areas is from sea level. Whether you paddle a kayak, a canoe, or a stand-up paddleboard, you’ll experience wild Florida in an intimate and personal way as you glide quietly through its rivers, canals, lakes, and bays. Several outfitter and guide services provide both rentals and guided ecotours led by experienced naturalists. Nearby Wakulla Springs State Park is a favorite, featuring the longest and deepest known submerged cave system in the world. And, for a truly primordial experience, try a paddle through the Dead Lakes.
It’s only natural for swimmers to want to dive headfirst into the shimmering Gulf! Get a full-body workout as you take a swim to the nearest sand bar and back, then sun yourself on the warm sand and relax on the beach. Beginning and ending just 2.5 miles from the El Governor Motel, the Beach Blast Triathlon and Duathlon takes place twice a year, offering swimmers a great excuse to take a beach vacation—not that an excuse is necessary to visit us!
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.
See Mexico Beach from the sky! Parasailing is a sure-fire way to get a new perspective on the world as licensed professionals take you on a trip to get the birds-eye view. Look for the Mexico Beach pier, the canal, and all your favorite spots as you cruise through the air underneath a colorful parachute.
Boating and Jet Skis
Skim across the waves or stir up some water on your personal watercraft! Mexico Beach offers plenty of opportunities to embrace your inner speed demon with Jet Ski and boat rentals. Whether you feel the need for speed or are just looking to spend an afternoon relaxing on a boat with friends, we’ve got you covered.
Mexico Beach Boat Ramp – City Docks
Mexico Beach is very boater friendly! The City Boat Ramp features three spacious concrete launch bays, generous docking space, and quick access to the Gulf of Mexico. The parking area offers ample parking. The Mexico Beach Boat Ramp is located a half mile west of the Highway 98 bridge. Its GPS coordinates are: N 29 57.223′ W 85 25.503′. The City of Mexico Beach has a variety of boat slips available to meet your needs while vacationing. Slips are located adjacent to Canal Park on the Gulf side of Canal Parkway. For more information on the boat ramp, boat slips and their fees, click here or contact the Mexico Beach City Hall at 850-648-5700.
Get up close and personal with the waves as you skid across them and catch some air on your kiteboard. Kiteboarding allows you to master the wind itself with a combination of wakeboarding, windsurfing, surfing, paragliding, and gymnastics all rolled into one extreme sport.
Surfing and Skimboarding
Hang ten and ride the waves in to the bright white sands of Mexico Beach! Rent a surfboard (or bring your own) and take part in one of the most exhilarating sports known to man. Or hop on a skimboard to test your balance and hone your skills along the water’s edge. This sport is a wild ride—the whole family will have fun trying this out on the beach!
To find a charter boat, watercraft rental, or other activities vendors in Mexico Beach, visit our Business Listings page.