Spanning from Mexico Beach, Port St. Joe and Cape San Blas to Indian Pass, St. Vincent Island, Apalachicola and St. George Island, this tip of Northwest Florida was dubbed “Florida’s Forgotten Coast” when state tourism officials left the area off their official travel map, in 1995. And while it may be a little off the beaten path that’s the best part!
The crowds haven’t discovered this place but families, nature lovers, and sport fishermen have. You won’t find high rise condos along this 60-mile strip we fish but you will find lighthouses you can climb, a national wildlife refuge and waters teaming with Redfish, Speckled Trout, Tarpon, Flounder, Snapper, Scallops, Shrimp and Blue Crabs.
Forgotten Coast Adventures takes trips to and fishes each of the areas below, including:
- Cape San Blas
- Port St. Joe
- WindMark Beach
- Mexico Beach
- Indian Pass
- St. Vincent Island
- St. George Island
Cape San Blas
The 17-mile long barrier peninsula wraps around St. Joseph Bay like a giant arm creating calm shallow waters and flats loaded with Redfish, Trout, Mackerel and more. The peninsula is accessible by car or boat and is home to the Cape San Blas Lighthouse and the stunning 50’ dunes of St. Joseph Peninsula State Park. Cape San Blas was ranked America’s #1 Beach for 2002, by Dr. Stephen Leatherman, commonly known as Dr. Beach. The head of St. Joseph Bay is a natural marine estuary where the succulent bay scallops thrive in an area around Black’s Island.
Port St. Joe
Situated on the shores of St. Joseph Bay, Port St. Joe becomes a popular destination for scallopers every year. Visitors from all over the country come to scallop, and with the season only lasting a few months, the town of Port St. Joe comes to life. Also a popular fishing location and launch spot, many of our trips leave from the Frank Pate Park Boat Ramp near downtown Port St. Joe. The new Port Cottages, opened in spring 2013 offer 2-bedroom units just a short walk from the boat ramp and the Historic Downtown Port St. Joe shopping and dining district.
Stretching nearly four miles along the water’s edge of St. Joseph Bay is the upscale St. Joe Company development, WindMark Beach. A short stroll or bicycle ride down the bayside BeachWalk takes you into WindMark Beach Village Center with The Fuss Boutique and Fit as a Fiddle spa. Some of the very best fishing around is right in front of WindMark where we frequently land Speckled Trout, Redfish and schooling Tarpon.
The quaint seaside town of Mexico Beach offers a flavor all its own with an ice cream shop, arcade, great restaurants and sugar white sand beaches with a free public fishing pier. Mexico Beach has added a new public boat ramp that we use as a jumping off spot to fish for Tarpon along Crooked Island. But even when we are fishing the bay we’ll often run out to Mexico Beach to troll for some Spanish Mackerel or spot a cruising Cobia, this is made easy with the addition of our new Skeeter SX240 powered by a Yamaha 300hp.
Indian Pass is a small area that time forgot on the south coast of Gulf County, Florida, 8 miles south of Port St. Joe. The Pass is famous for its Lagoon Oysters and great flats fishing. The Indian Pass Raw Bar is a great place for dinner.
St. Vincent Island
St. Vincent is full of oyster bars that are holding Gator Trout and Redfish ready to devour your lures. This area offers great Triple Tail fishing during the summer months.
Known for its world famous oysters that thrive in Apalachicola Bay, the natural estuaries at the confluence of the Apalachicola River and the Gulf of Mexico Apalachicola make for some of the best fishing grounds around. Historic Downtown Apalachicola also offers many shopping and dining opportunities. Apalachicola is the perfect place to get your hands on some fresh seafood and get up close and to maritime history.
St. George Island
This colorful barrier island is marked by its tall conical lighthouse that sits straight in front of you as you cross the bridge from the Apalachicola area. St. George Island is a serene and pet-friendly vacation spot with a renowned state park that occupies the majority of the eastern end of the island. St. George Sound offers great fishing.