The Sand Stays Cool Year-Round At This Stunning Florida Beach

Florida's vast coastline is home to famed seashores like South Beach and Panama City Beach. But if you're seeking a true hidden gem, look no further than Mexico Beach. Located in northwest Florida right on the Gulf of Mexico, the town, with a population of roughly 1,200, is less than an hour from Panama City Beach. With its small-town ambiance, visitors to the Sunshine State can't miss this scenic destination and beautiful white sand. However, there's more than meets the eye when it comes to Mexico Beach. Unlike a typical beach, its sand won't burn the bottom of your feet or toes on a hot Florida day.


No, this is not magic — only science. Mexico Beach's sand consists of quartz crystals from the Appalachian Mountains. As a result, the soft white sand reflects rather than absorbing the sun's intense rays. Thus, visitors can roam the city's five miles of beaches completely barefoot without saying "ouch" each time they step one foot in front of the other.

The only downside is that white sand is known to be a leading cause of sunburn. Even if you don't need to protect your feet, apply (and consistently reapply) sunscreen on your skin if you visit Mexico Beach. It also wouldn't hurt to wear a hat for further protection. Nevertheless, Mexico Beach is the spot to have fun in the sun.

Know before you go to Mexico Beach

Mexico Beach was battered by Hurricane Michael in 2018, wrecking its Pier. At the time of this publication, a new pier is being constructed but does not yet have a completion date. Despite this, there are plenty of other ways to enjoy Mexico Beach and its pristine, cool sand. In addition to swimming and sunbathing, visitors can head to Barefoot Rentals to rent equipment for the perfect beach day. This includes paddle boards, kayaks, bodyboards, chairs, and umbrellas. Prices vary depending on the duration of the rental.


Unfortunately, furry friends are not allowed on the beach. However, if you visit Mexico Beach between March and October, you are bound to see sea turtles nesting in the area at night. To keep them safe, ensure you keep your distance from them. Although you can't get up close and personal with sea turtles, you can with dolphins. AAA Jet Ski offers a two-hour jet ski dolphin tour at Mexico Beach. Prices start at $139 per person. You can book this tour online.

Amazing scuba diving adventures are also available in Florida at Mexico Beach. Maritime Expeditions of the Forgotten Coast provides various short-term diving trips around Mexico Beach's famed artificial reefs. Note that you do need an open-water diver certification to participate. Prices start at $195. You can book this activity online.


Where to stay and eat in Mexico Beach

For a restorative weekend in Florida, book a stay in Mexico Beach at El Governor Beachfront Resort, which is top-rated on Tripadvisor. The recently renovated hotel has a pool, splash pad for kids, and more. Prices range from $169 to $259 a night, and king and queen rooms are available. In addition, the resort doubles as an RV Park, with prices starting at $85 per night. The RV sites include WiFi and hookups. You can make a reservation for a room or an RV site for El Governor Beachfront Resort online.


Another option is the Driftwood Inn featuring rooms with an ocean view and appliances, including a microwave and fridge. While it does not have a pool, the inn is just steps away from the beach. Prices start at $325 a night. To make a reservation, you can contact the Driftwood Inn online.

For a yummy meal, head to Killer Seafood. This hole-in-the-wall eatery serves fried shrimp, hushpuppies, and more. There's also Mango Marley's – a "barcade" that has everything from seafood baskets and salads to burgers.