Gulf County, Florida, is located on the Gulf of Mexico in the panhandle of Florida between Tallahassee and Panama City. This out-of-the-way county is a rural haven with a population of around 15,800 and an area of 565 square miles. The county seat of Gulf County is Port St. Joe which is located on the waters of Saint Joseph Bay. The county was created in 1925, and was named after the nearby body of water.

The county is a hidden gem in the panhandle of Florida. Perhaps often overlooked in favor of nearby popular locations such as Panama City, Pensacola, and Tallahassee, the county holds just as much beauty and charm as its neighboring counties. Residents in this county have stunning views, friendly neighborhoods, and conveniently close recreational areas that are untainted by the hustle and bustle of nearby areas.

Gulf County is home to many recreational bodies of water. In addition to Saint Joseph’s bay, residents enjoy Lake Wimico to the southeast, Hathcock Bay to the northeast, the Dead Lakes to the north, as well as networks of rivers that connect these larger bodies of water. These waters provide beauty as well as family fun.

There is a strong emphasis on community within Gulf County. The area features many community festivities such as the SaltAir Farmers’ Markets that occur every summer, arts and music festivals, fall festivals, and concerts that bring everyone in the community together. Gulf County, although off the beaten path, is a great play to live, work, and play.