Find your Next Family Adventure in Gulf County Florida

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gulf County Florida for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

I’m not sure about where you live, but after getting slammed by three Nor’easter storms in the last two weeks and shoveling out from nearly two feet of snow, we are ready for another trip to a sunny paradise! One of my favorite stretches of beach is along the Gulf Coast of Florida. The sand is softer, the water is calmer and clearer, and there is plenty to do off the beach too. If you are feeling the need to be “engulfed” in a family beach vacation, then you need to enter the #InGulf Instagram contest from Gulf County Florida.

All you need to do is get outside and snap a picture to show what activities your family enjoys. Then, post it on Instagram tagging @gulfcountyfl and using the hashtag #InGulf to enter to win. You can find the full contest rules here, and one lucky winner will a 7-day adventure to Gulf County, FL including a stay at the 5-bedroom “Sol Mate” vacation home, an hour and a half, guided-canoe tour in St. Joe Bay with Two Bit Outdoor Adventures, a $200 gift card to KrazyFish Grille, and a $100 gift card to stock your pantry.

Gulf County Florida Instagram contest

Get Free Vacation Planning with the Concierge Program

There are plenty of reasons to plan a family vacation to Gulf County, Florida, whether you win a stay or not. One thing I have learned from taking beach vacations with my family is that we aren’t happy just sitting on the beach all day. Okay, that isn’t true. I am happy sitting on a beach — my daughter? Not so much.

With all of our vacations, I like to stay active. Luckily, Gulf County offers a free Concierge Program to help visitors plan their trip. I’ve always found a destination tourism site a great way to find out what there is to do in an area, but this concierge service takes it to a whole new level. You can either write an email or call and schedule a 20 minute free consultation.

If you tell the concierge what you and your family like to do, they will make suggestions and connect you with local businesses and tour operators to make your stay everything you could want. For example, I told them we like to kayak, paddleboard, take boat tours, eco-tours, and food tours when we are on vacation.

Things to do in Gulf County Florida

Gulf County Florida boating

Gulf County, Florida is located on the Eastern part of the Florida panhandle, between Pensacola and Tallahassee. If you enjoy an off-the-beaten path beach destination, than this is it. Personally, I love to find those less-busy beaches and coastal areas that offer opportunities to be active and enjoy the natural environment without huge crowds. Some of the adventures I’m putting on our Gulf County to do list include:

Kayaking & Paddleboarding

Gulf County Florida paddle boarding

I love kayaking and my teen loves paddleboarding. Even though I’ve given paddleboarding a try a few times, I’m still more comfortable seated on the water than standing. On a recent trip we found the perfect combination — I kayak while she paddleboards. Luckily with all the waterways in Gulf County, we can do both.

First, there is St. Joseph Bay, which is filled with turtles, dolphin, fish, seahorses, sand dollars, and starfish. Its clear, shallow water is perfect for spying on the sea life below from a kayak, paddleboard, or even by snorkeling.

Eco-tours & Honey Tasting

Gulf County Florida kayaking

For a different sort of adventure on the water, I’d like to take an eco-tour through the Dead Lakes to Wewahitchka. Even though my girl doesn’t like bees, she has often mused about owning a honey store at some point in the future. I’m sure she would love to see where beekeepers have harvested Tupelo Honey for nearly a century. Most of the stumps and trees lining the lake are White Tupelo Gum trees, where Tupelo Honey is harvested from and many local aviaries will do tours and tastings. The Dead Lakes are also a great spot for spying wildlife like eagles, osprey, alligators, or even wild pigs.

Sea Turtle Viewing

Gulf County is the largest nesting place for sea turtles in Northwest Florida. Loggerhead sea turtles will lay their eggs in the spring and the eggs will incubate over a two-month period. Locals and visitors alike are careful about preserving their habitat, but the concierge service can arrange for you to accompany the turtle patrol on their dawn walks in search of new nests. Maybe you can even get lucky to visit during the time when the baby turtles make their perilous journey to the sea under the moonlight.

I’m certainly ready to plan a trip to Gulf County, what about you? Just reach out the concierge to start your planning and don’t forget to enter the #InGulf Instagram contest!


Family adventures in Gulf County Florida

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3 Comments on “Find your Next Family Adventure in Gulf County Florida

  1. Ive never been to this part of FLorida – I’ll take it over all this snow!

    I entered… why not! Better than the sleet/snow/rain I am looking at my window 🙂

      Exactly!! Good luck! Let’s hope this is the last of the snow.

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