A small coastal community located on the western end of the Florida Panhandle’s Forgotten Coast. The community, approximately 3.5 miles long and 1.4 miles deep is currently home to just over 1,300 permanent residents, comprised primarily of retirees, base personnel from neighboring Tyndall Air Force Base and a number of business owners and their employees. The community, because of its proximity to the beautiful emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico, its sugar white sands and a quiet, non-commercialized setting, is a natural pick as a vacation destination for families looking for a getaway to a less traditional, less busy destination. Due to its unique natural and social assets, Mexico Beach’s economy is almost entirely dependent on tourism. In addition to the beautiful public beaches, the City of Mexico Beach features an 823 foot long wooden pier and a new, state-of-the-art, three ramp boat ramp on the canal which allows boaters direct access to some of the best fishing spots in the Gulf. Important to note, however, is that due to a currently limited number of motel and rental units, Mexico Beach remains relatively un-crowded, even during the busy summer season. The 3.5-mile U.S. Hwy 98, which runs parallel to the Gulf of Mexico, boasts zero traffic lights and the eastern one third of the community maintains a scenic, unobstructed view of the Gulf from U.S. Hwy. 98.
While much of Mexico Beach continues to convey a predominant spirit echoing a setting from the fifties and sixties, some change has begun in the community. A number of townhome developments, adhering to the three-story city ordinance set height limitations are emerging where 1960s block style construction once stood. The results are more retirement/relocation living and investment opportunities, as well as additions to the community’s vacation rental inventory. On the near horizon, Mexico Beach anticipates potential expansion to the west end of the city with ongoing communication between city officials and the landowner regarding various development ideas. The proposed area for annexation lies between Mexico Beach and Tyndall AFB, with the St. Joe Company proposing their River Camp concepts to the portion of the property inland of U.S. Hwy 98 and an upper-end single-family beach home community on the Gulf side of the same highway.
Mexico Beach, with its intrinsic natural beauty, friendly people and dedicated conviction toward managed growth and preservation of natural resources, is a superb community in which to relocate.
Mexico Beach Police Dept.
City of Mexico Beach
PO Box 13425
Mexico Beach, FL 32410