LOVE Celebrating? What’s better than ringing in the new year on the beach—twice!—with Mexico Beach, Florida? The Celebrate Twice event is back this year for another fun evening of fireworks, food, music, and memories on the Unforgettable Coast! After you say “Happy New Year” in our neighboring town, Port St. Joe, which sits on the edge of the Eastern Time Zone, take a free trolley just 20 minutes back to the Central Time Zone and do it all over again in Mexico Beach!
The party begins December 31 with a family-friendly Scavenger Hunt across Mexico Beach and Port St. Joe. To join the fun, be sure to print out your free Scavenger Hunt card at and visit the four businesses listed to pick up some New Year’s Eve party favors and get your card stamped. Once you complete your card, turn it in at the Mexico Beach Welcome Center or Gulf County Welcome Center by 2:00 p.m. CST on January 1 to enter for a chance to win a Mexico Beach and Port St. Joe Gift Bag!
A New Year’s Eve celebration is not complete without fireworks! Luckily, there will be two chances to catch the magic of fireworks as we count down to 2018. The first show starts at 10:00 p.m. EST over the Port St. Joe beaches, and the second showers Mexico Beach at midnight CST. Say goodbye to 2017 and hello 2018 as these spectacular displays light up the sand of the beautiful Gulf Coast.
Nine free shuttles will be running from 7:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. CST, stopping at six participating restaurants and bars in each town. “Celebrate twice is such a unique event that can only be enjoyed in a handful of areas across the USA,” says Kimberly Shoaf, president of the Mexico Beach CDC. “The shuttles are running back and forth between the two cities will all have security aboard so peace of mind can be had. Please drink responsibly; while we want everyone to enjoy ringing in the New Year Twice, we also want you to be safe and come back to enjoy our area again and again.”
The one-of-a-kind celebration is sponsored by the Mexico Beach Community Development Council and Visit Gulf County.
Visit our Places to Stay page for great deals on condos, houses, motels and even campgrounds. It’s not too late to book your New Year’s getaway!
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