Pristine sandy beaches have a calming effect. They inspire contemplation, and have a cleansing effect on the soul. Northwestern Florida has some of the most unspoiled stretches of sandy beaches in the state. What better place to spend the holidays with your family than in a NW Florida Bed and Breakfast?
You’ll find peaceful towns that are quiet but far from dull. Consider the area around Cape San Blas and Port St. Joe; there are so many opportunities to get out and engage with the beautiful surroundings you won’t know where to start. Horseback riding, kayaking, and snorkeling are just a few of the activities available. Long beach walks, excursions in wildlife preserves, and hikes in state parks are a few more.
Look for special holiday events if you travel before Christmas: there will be s’mores, hayrides, music and Santa at WindMark Beach, between Port St. Joe and Cape San Blas, on December 18th; and look for Christmas lights in Lake Alice Park, Wewahitchka on December 19th.
When you are ready for refreshments, you’ll find a good many restaurants, cafes and bars ready to serve you. Your children will enjoy the fun atmosphere at Mango Marley’s in Mexico Beach, while adults can sample wines at the Haughty Heron in Port St. Joe. Oysters await at Indian Pass Raw Bar near Cape San Blas.
I can think of no better place in Florida to bid farewell to 2009 and welcome 2010 than this quiet stretch of the Northwestern coast, where Eastern Time Zone meets Central Time Zone. The locals will be ready to safely shuttle folks from Midnight in Port St. Joe to midnight in Mexico Beach. Still, the best part might be tucking in to a hearty, home-made breakfast at your Florida b&b the next morning.