There are several restaurants in downtown Port St. Joe, about three miles south, or drive a bit farther, 27 miles east, to the historic fishing village of Apalachicola, which is famous for its Apalachicola oysters! Apalachicola harvests over 90 percent of the oysters sold in Florida and 10 percent of the nationwide supply.
In addition to the nearly four miles of beautiful beach of WindMark Beach®, St. George Island State Park and St. Joseph Peninsula State Park are 43 and 23 miles, respectively. St. George Island State Park is more than 2,000 acres and includes miles of undeveloped beach with the Gulf of Mexico on one side and Apalachicola Bay on the other. Two boat ramps provide access to Apalachicola Bay for anglers eager to get out on the water and try their luck.
St. Joseph Peninsula State Park's miles of white sugar sand beach make it one of the top-rated beaches in the United States. Birdwatchers will love to watch the antics of a variety of birds—over 240 species have been sighted in the park, which is a coastal barrier peninsula.
Boating and Fishing
Located on St. Joseph Bay, WindMark Beach is surrounded by exceptional boating and fishing opportunities for the whole family. The waters of St. Joseph Bay are designated as an Aquatic Preserve and are a vital birthplace, nursery and forage grounds for sea life, migratory birds and countless other species.
If you're looking to get out on the water, the Port St. Joe Marina is your launching point. Located just 4 miles east of WindMark Beach, Port St. Joe Marina—often called "Florida's friendliest marina—offers charter fishing boats, pontoon boat rentals, and tour boats. You're about as close as you can get to the grassy flats where speckled trout, redfish and tarpon hang out, or imagine being minutes away from some of the best off-shore fishing in the Gulf of Mexico.
Port St. Joe Marina offers boat slips and dry stack storage rentals at a discount WindMark Beach owners.
Port St. Joe was once a busy trade port and in 1838 delegates of Territorial Florida gather here to draft the State Constitution. Visit Constitution Convention Museum State Park to enjoy a bit of state history.
If you feel like stepping out, there's always something going on in and around the quaint town of Port St. Joe, which is three miles south of WindMark Beach. Reid Avenue is home to many specialty shops. Drive into historic Apalachicola, 28 miles east and browse through the unique galleries, stores and antique shops or enjoy a dozen of the famous Apalachicola oysters! Once the third-largest port on the Gulf of Mexico, Apalachicola has a diverse and colorful past that remains visible today. There are over 900 historic homes and buildings on the National Register.
Mark your Calendars to be at WindMark Beach during May to experience the Forgotten Coast Plein Air Paint-Out. "Plein Air", a French word, simply translated means "open air". A true plein air painting is done on location, capturing the atmosphere of the moment. Nationally recognized plein air artists are selected to capture the allure of the Forgotten Coast in paint and canvas. Artists paint on the beach, across the marsh, beside the lakes and throughout the streets of the Forgotten Coast.
Golf lovers will enjoy the fact that St. Joseph Bay Golf Club, a pristine 18-hole championship golf course is located less than nine miles from WindMark Beach. Mature trees, lush fairways, sloping greens, and strategically placed hazards highlight this traditional layout.
Weddings & Events
If you are looking for a beautiful, coastal setting for your wedding, look no further than WindMark Beach. Contact No Worries Vacation Rentals at 850.229.6344 to learn more.
If you enjoy traveling or having family and friends come visit you, the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport is about 54 miles from WindMark Beach. Serviced by Delta and Southwest Airlines, access to international travel has become more convenient for Northwest Florida because of this newly-opened airport.
WindMark Beach Vacations
Planning a vacation to the Forgotten Coast? Stay in a WindMark Beach Loft Home, which are professionally decorated to reflect the coastal region and are operated by No Worries Vacation Rentals. Located at Village Center with views overlooking St. Joseph Bay and the colorful sunsets, one- and three-bedroom units are available. Guests enjoy access to the WindMark Beach Club, which boasts a beautiful zero-entry pool and children's playground. Kayaks, bicycles, paddle boards and chairs & umbrellas can be rented through No Worries Beach Service. Explore the St. Joseph Bay by kayak as the sun rises or enjoy a bike ride with the family along the BeachWalk.
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