Truly The Hidden Jewel of Gulf County
Many have already heard of Cape San Blas and Mexico Beach
, both known for their unspoiled, sugar white sand beaches, but as you gravitate east a few miles along the scenic route of CR-30A and the shores of The Gulf of Mexico, you will find Old Florida at its finest! Just when you think you are at the end of the road and in the "middle of nowhere" you have made it to Indian Pass
! Once here, you will never believe that you are only minutes to the historic towns of Port St. Joe
Truly The Hidden Jewel of Gulf County - Nestled among the wandering marsh, native palm trees, huge sand dunes, and the waters of The Gulf of Mexico
, Apalachicola Bay
, and Indian Lagoon
, lies this quaint peninsula of Indian Pass. "The Pass", as the locals call it, is drenched in lush vegetation, unique wildlife, and some of the friendliest folks around. Whether your fancy is a laid back, walk your dog on the beach kind of style, a more adventurous kayak minded, or the true sport fishing type - The Pass is appropriately equipped for all these outdoor activities and even our four legged friends are welcome here! Yes, our beaches are pet friendly!
Beach Driving is allowed with a permit, so it is not unusual to see truck loads of family and friends fishing, crabbing, and sunning, while gathering driftwood for an after dark bonfire. Roasting marshmallows and chasing ghost crabs are usually some of the highlights of the night!
Enjoy surf fishing from the beach, sunning on the open white sands, or launch your boat for a day on the water. You can take your pick of 3 waterways here, depending on the size of your boat that is! Come prepared with rod, reel, & tackle in hand, as the fishing here is next to none!
Like to SCUBA DIVE? A Top Rated Florida Dive Site ? The Empire Mica - is just 23 miles due south of Indian Pass and is inundated with abundant marine life! From the smallest schools of fish, to the several hundred pound goliath groupers (yes, that's plural!), and even the ever popular loggerhead sea turtle, The Mica, as it is commonly called, offers a most amazing dive experience!
One of the main attractions of Indian Pass is St. Vincent Wildlife Refuge A 12,490 acre (382 of those are sand dunes!) barrier island over flowing with some of Mother Nature's Finest. From tidal marshes and freshwater lakes to miles of uninhabited dune and sea oat lined beaches there are numerous varieties of abundant wildlife! Bring your camera,
binoculars and pay attention you just may get a glimpse of that bald eagle flying overhead with the fresh catch of the day!
If you're lucky enough to catch the World Famous Indian Pass Raw Bar during "normal business hours" understand that those are "The Pass" hours so you better call ahead before driving too far they do have a local telephone! If they're open you can have your choice of succulent lagoon oysters on the half shell, steamed or baked crab legs, shrimp, or gumbo, with your choice of cold drink served yourself! No worries here, just get your own beer from the cooler and your own crackers from the shelf one of the native waiters will bring out the food, just let the cashier know just what you had before you left! Really you have to count your own drinks, as the tabs here are paid via the "honor system"!!
Indian Pass is a True Recreational Paradise even if you choose to take is slow and easy, the pelicans will understand.