My husband and I stayed at Turtle Glass Condos at Windmark Beach near Port St. Joe as invited guests to the Annual Forgotten Coast en Plein Air Art Show in May, 2015. I don't know how much the week stay was as the event paid for our accommodations since my husband was the featured speaker. We did not know what to expect before we arrived as we had never been to Florida's Gulf Coast before. We are from California and used to beaches with high surf and lots of seaweed.
We were just blown away with the beauty of the Gulf Coast area. In early May, the temperature was still perfect low 80's and low humidity. The long white sand beaches are just pristine. The sunsets over the water were sensational. The people in the small towns that dot the coastal area are warm and personable and full of great southern hospitality. The food was fabulous, especially the shrimp and oysters and fish.
This truly is the Forgotten Coast as there were just a few visitors that came for the art show. The roads are fast and easy to navigate. Everywhere you go, there are magnificent views. It's really a gem of an area. I imagine by June 1st the temperatures are in the 90's with lots of humidity, so try to go before then or after September if you want to avoid the heat.
Turtle Glass at Windmark Beach are condos that were built during or after the recession so that many condos are unsold. They are rented out by the week to vacationers. Our one-bedroom, one and half bathroom unit was practically brand new. It is on the third floor of the building. There are granite counters in the kitchen and a spa tub in the master bath. All amenities are included. The kitchen included dishes and cooking utensils. There is a Washer/Dryer in the kitchen which was very convenient. The furniture is contemporary and simple. We ate out most meals but did have coffee and breakfast in the condo. There is a Piggly Wiggly and Dollar Store to pick up anything you might need within 10 minutes.
Since the development was never fully occupied, there is no restaurant, cafe or market at Windmark Beach itself. Perhaps those retail spaces will be open at some point.
Our unit had views of the Gulf and the beach. The beach was a short walk away as was the swimming pool and lots of walking trails. This is a perfect place to bring a family for a quiet time together. There are bicycle rentals as well.
The staff was attentive. We asked for more towels and they were delivered right away.
If you want to come for a fun event, travel here in May when the locals hold the Forgotten Coast en Plein Air art show. There are plenty of fun events to watch artists paint and give interesting lectures on art. Also there are musical events and an outdoor BBQ in Apalachicola. There is also the opportunity to buy fabulous paintings of the surrounding areas at a wide range of prices. Website for information is: http://www.pleinairfl.com/
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