Family Beach Tips and CONTEST!!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Visit Gulf County. All opinions are 100% mine.

I love that it’s spring and I’m starting to plan my summer vacation!!  I was at a baseball tournament all weekend and I was sitting out side in the sun and it was so nice and relaxing.  I can’t wait to head to the beach this year.  Florida is such a popular destination for summer vacations and many people (including me) live close enough to drive there in a day or less.

Family Beach Tips

Family Beach Tips

  • Don’t forget to sunscreen and apply often.  You won’t be able to be outside and exploring if your sunburned.
  • Pack one towel per person, then pack an extra.  I have one son that will soak his in the ocean and then drop it in the sand.
  • Always wear flip flops going down to your spot.  You don’t want screaming kids because the sand it hot.
  • Pick out a place near a life guard.  It’s always nice to have an extra set of eyes on the water and kids.
  • Spend the money and purchase a beach umbrella.  It great to cool off and get out of the sun.  You can use this year after year too.
  • Don’t forget the snacks.  Whatever you are doing on your beach vacation, carry snacks and pack a cooler.  The worst is having to walk back and forth to the car, house, or store to get things you could already have.  Don’t forget a small bag for trash.
  • Put your phone in a baggie!  You’ll probably take your phone down to the beach so just do it so you won’t ruin it.
  • I like to load up on lotion sunscreen before we go out.  Once I’m down at the beach I like the spray.  It’s easier and the worst feeling in the world is rubbing in a glob of lotion on sandy skin.

Of course there are other things to do besides going to the beach when you’re on your beach vacation.  A great place to visit this year is Gulf County, FL (GCFL).  It’s 43 miles of beach in the Florida panhandle.   There is a great balance of natural activities as well as other fun things to do in town.  You have easy access to fresh water like the Dead Lakes and salt water like the Gulf of Mexico, St. Joseph Bay, Indian Pass Lagoon, the Gulf County Canal and more.  Here are just some things you can do

  • hike
  • snorkel
  • camp
  • fish
  • kayak
  • skiing
  • boating
  • biking
  • paddleboarding
  • diving – You can get supplies at Daly’s Watersports
  • see wildlife and sea wildlife 🙂  Is this not the cutest little turtle?

Family Beach Tips

Family Beach Tips

You can literally do something new EVERY DAY! Gulf County, FL has some great things to offer. I love to lay on the beach, but now that my kids are getting older they like to do more activities and do more exploring.

I get the opportunity to give someone a $100 Sierra Trading Post gift card!  WooHoo!!!!  You’ll need to answer the question below by heading over the GCFL website to find the answer.  Come back here and leave your answer in the comment section below.  I’ll pick a winner on May 2, 2016.

GCFL Question

Click on over to GCFL Adventure Guide and find the answer.  Come back and put the answer in the comment section below.  I’ll pick one winner that will receive the gift card.  Hint!  Look at the Do Your Thing menu!

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140 Responses

  1. Lois Crawford says:

    What a beautiful beach!!! Would be great to take my 5th wheel and grandchildren! Go shelling at St. Joseph Peninsula State Park!!

  2. Patricia Hauck says:

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  3. Jennifer Keefer says:

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  4. LaTanya says:

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  5. Wehaf says:

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  6. Nicole Bracy says:

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  7. Cindy Peterson says:

    St Joseph Peninsula State Park. Beautiful sand. Crystal clear water. Wildlife spotting. So many reasons to visit this park

    • Ashley M says:

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  8. JIll Hanson says:

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  11. Angelica says:

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  12. Alisha Lecroy says:

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  13. Robin M says:

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  14. emily rainey says:

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  15. Natalie says:

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  16. Emily Benzing says:

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  17. Mira says:

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  18. James Doyle says:

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  19. Pat says:

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  20. tiffany dayton says:

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  21. Joy says:

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  22. Melissa R says:

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  23. Liberty J says:

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  24. Edith Cuellar says:

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  25. Jeanne Rousseau says:

    St. Joseph Peninsula State Park sure looks like a place I’d like to visit!

  26. raychg says:

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  27. Maryann Royster says:

    St. Joseph Peninsula State Park is the place for shelling. I haven’t been there YET. I’ve gone to Sanibel island which is also known for shelling.

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  31. Liz N says:

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  32. Tammy Catterton says:

    St. Joseph Peninsula State Park! has great shelling

  33. Amanda Sakovitz says:

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  34. Hayley S says:

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  37. Brittany Chadwick says:

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  38. MaryAnn says:

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  41. Diana B says:

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  42. allyson tice says:

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  43. Emma says:

    Florida’s St. Joseph Peninsula State Park (and that turtle is just the CUTEST!)

  44. Jill Rivera says:

    Cape San Blas to go see one of my favorite animals the sea turtle. I swam with them in Hawaii, but Florida is closed.

  45. Marija says:

    I’ve got to agree with everyone else and say St. Joseph Peninsula State Park.

  46. Marlene Brodsky says:

    St. Joseph Peninsula State Park- it looks gorgeous!!

  47. Rachelle Anderson says:

    St. Joseph Peninsula State Park is great for shelling.

  48. Em mahr says:

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  49. Tamra H says:

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  50. Brenna H. says:

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  51. St. Joseph Peninsula State Park has great shelling. The Gulf Coast seems to have many treasures.

  52. Dynal Roberson says:

    Saint Joseph Peninsula State Park seems to be the place to go for shelling!

  53. Ally says:

    St. Joseph Peninsula State Park has the best!

  54. Sarah L says:

    St. Joseph Bay and the park have good shelling.
    Thanks for the contest.

  55. Terry Stevens says:

    St Joseph Peninsula State Park has some great shelling!

  56. Lauryn R says:

    St. Joseph Peninsula State Park has great shelling! 🙂 I lived in Florida when I was a teen and absolutely loved it!

  57. Madelyn says:

    St. Joseph Peninsula State Park!

  58. Holly Mitkowski says:

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  59. Michelle Ward says:

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  60. Jenny C. says:

    St. Joseph Peninsula State Park in Florida is known for shelling

  61. Naomie says:

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  62. Sarah Cool says:

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  63. Grace Mitchell says:

    St. Joseph Peninsula State Park looks beautiful! I will keep it in mind for my next vacation!

  64. charlene says:

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  65. Barry says:

    Great shelling at Peninsula State Park !

  66. Missy Marie says:

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  67. bethany maxwell says:

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  68. Lisa says:

    St. Joseph’s Peninsula State park has great shelling.

  69. wendy browne says:

    St. Joseph Peninsula State Park sounds great for shelling! Too bad I’m stuck in Galveston.

  70. Maureen Ruble says:

    We have three children and one of our favorite family activities is shelling together. We live in Florida and it looks like we need to plan a road trip soon to St. Joseph Peninsula State Park. Thanks for sharing!

  71. Shaylin S. says:

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  72. Elena Vo says:

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  77. Lisa Vanhook says:

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  78. melissa says:

    St. Joseph Peninsula State Park – my kids love shells!

  79. Nichole Mc says:

    shelling at St. Joseph Peninsula State Park

  80. Kat says:

    St. Joseph Peninsula St. Park — How beautiful!

  81. Holly Thomas says:

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  82. Carol says:

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  83. Casey says:

    Florida girl here! Born and raised and still here. And the answer is St. Joseph Peninsula State Park.

  84. andrea v says:

    St Josephs! We are shell freaks, I still have a few shells from our last trip in my truck. I use to have a giant bucket full of shells.

  85. Cami Valenzuela says:

    St. Joseph Peninsula State Park! I like how they break down the shells there 🙂

  86. Aaron says:

    For great shelling go to the St. Joseph Peninsula State Park!

  87. Linda Trinklein says:

    St. Joseph Peninsula St. Park.
    We love collecting shells and other prettys we find along the beach! Thanks for the chance!

  88. Samantha D says:

    It says St. Joseph Peninsula State Park has great shelling opportunities. I would love to go anywhere warm right now

  89. BarbaraMae says:

    St. Joseph Peninsula State Park! I would love to visit during turtle season!

  90. hannah says:

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  91. Trisha Burgess says:

    St. Joseph Peninsula State Park. It looks beautiful and I like the shell guide at the bottom of the page! Very helpful!

  92. deanna says:

    St. Joseph Peninsula State Park has shelling 365 days a year!

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    St. Joseph Peninsula St. Park has great shelling and its 365 days a year!

  95. wen budro says:

    St. Joseph Peninsula St. Park.has great shelling. I miss going to beaches where you can find beautiful shells. Our beach just has rocks.

  96. Chelsey L. says:

    St. Joseph Peninsula State Park has great shelling! Thank you so much for sharing we are going to the beach next weekend!

  97. Kristine says:

    St. Joseph Peninsula St. Park. Beautiful place!!

  98. Michelle S says:

    St. Joseph Peninsula State Park is great for shelling

  99. Lisa says:

    St Joseph peninsula state park! Thanks for the hint, it made the search very easy. I WANT to go there now!

  100. Jessica Sage says:

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  101. Megan C says:

    Cape San Blas is covered with shells. My kids would love that.

  102. Katy says:

    St. Joseph Peninsula State Park is great for shelling. Thanks for the chance

  103. Susan D Genna says:

    Whether you’re strolling along the natural shores of St. Joseph Bay, taking a much needed walk on our pristine beaches or exploring the wonders of St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, you will surely be amazed at the treasures you’ll find as you comb Gulf County’s unique shorelines. From beautiful driftwoods carved uniquely by nature, to the vast variety of bi-valves, urchins and mollusk shells, you’ll never come back empty handed. Shelling is 365 days a year in Gulf County and is influenced by the tides, the weather and the seasonal fish.

  104. Julie Harris says:

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  105. Jean Bullard says:

    St Joseph Peninsula State Park – I would love to go shelling there!

  106. Tequetta Bravo says:

    St. Joseph Peninsula State Park….absolutely gorgeous… I would love to go shelling there

  107. Danielle Royalegacy says:

    It seems that St. Joseph Peninsula State Park has great shelling. This California girl would love to go their some day.

  108. claire says:

    Saint Joseph Peninsula State Park is the place to go for shelling.

  109. Barbara says:

    St. Joseph Peninsula State Park looks beautiful!

  110. Katie R says:

    Shelling is a great activity at St. Joseph Peninsula State Park!

  111. sarah buki says:

    would love to take my kids shelling at St. Joseph Peninsula St. Park!

  112. Trish says:

    St. Joseph Peninsula State Park — and it looks like an amazing place!

  113. evans s says:

    Shelling is great at the St. Joseph Peninsula State Park

  114. Kathryn C says:

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  115. Cheryl B. says:

    Another must visit for me..St. Joseph Peninsula State Park

  116. Ricky B says:

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  117. janetfaye says:

    Saint Joseph Peninsula State Park.

  118. Jenny S says:

    St Joseph Peninsula State Park! Looks glorious.

  119. kathy dalton says:

    St. Joseph Peninsula St. Park.is a great spot for shells

  120. Gretta J. says:

    St. Joseph Peninsula State Park is the hotspot for shelling! As a kid, my parents took us to the beach for a week twice a year. My Dad would always wake us up so early every morning to go “shelling” with him. He taught us to identify shells, know which ones had animals in them and shouldn’t be collected, etc. Such great memories….

  121. Annie says:

    St Joseph peninsula state park looks like a lot of fun. My kids and I love looking for shells!

  122. Kelley Roach says:

    St. Joseph Peninsula St. Park.

  123. Dawn Monroe says:

    St. Joseph Peninsula State Park. I like that it explains the best parks for different activities.

  124. Karen says:

    The best park for shelling is St Joseph Peninsula state Park.

  125. Danielle Magee says:

    St. Joseph Peninsula St. Park has great shelling!

  126. Annamarie V says:

    St Joseph Bay, it would be fun to go scalloping, I grew up in an area with clams and never thought about scallops but love eating them.

  127. Angie B says:

    St Joseph Peninsula State Park sounds like fun. I was actually reading about the recreational shelling rules too

  128. jessica says:

    The answer is st joseph peninsula state park . You can find some beautiful shells. makes me want to pack up and go there now.

  129. Barb Miller says:

    St. Joseph Peninsula State Park is great for shelling!

  130. Noelle Carroll says:

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  131. Janet Boyanton says:

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  132. amy rouse says:

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  133. Emily says:

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  134. Teresa Moore says:

    It would be St. Joseph Peninsula State Park. Would love to go over and go shelling there!

  135. Cassandra M. says:

    St. Joseph Peninsula State Park is a good beach for finding shells.

  136. Sue Hull says:

    Id love to go to this beautiful beach. St. Joseph Peninsula State Park is the place to go shelling. Thank you for the chance!

  137. Wendy Pesce says:

    St. Joseph Peninsula State Park is great for shelling

  138. Tarah F. says:

    St. Joseph Peninsula State Park- awesome for shelling!

  139. Alexandra Oller says:

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