When our Editor-in-Chief, Shelly Brown, bought a home on St. George Island, we could not wait to explore. The quiet beach felt almost untouched—like a well-kept secret, welcoming us without the hustle and bustle we typically expect of beach towns. It led us to wonder… what other gems are hiding along the southern coast? Go ahead and pack your bags—you’ll want to enjoy island hopping and beach bumming all summer long!
Black’s Island, Explore the undiscovered
Located in Gulf County, Florida, Black’s Island is a gem within a gem. The dream destination is great to visit all on its own, or as a day-trip while vacationing at the Black’s Island Hotel in Gulf County. It’s simple to navigate between the mainland and the island, meaning a wealth of restaurants, shops, and activities are right at your fingertips.
Ever since Captain Black dropped anchor at Black’s Island in 1830, it has enchanted travelers, nature lovers, and explorers alike. The Black’s Island design gives you all the creature comforts of home while keeping the natural island beach setting intact. Lush vegetation and hundreds of palm trees call the island home—some dating back more than 300 years. The development is carefully blended in with the natural habitat, offering a refreshing and welcome change from the more common beach rental experience.
Black’s Island is located in one of Florida’s most abundant & biodiverse areas. The wildly beautiful private island surrounded by the pristine waters of St. Joseph Bay in Port St. Joe. Here, you’ll find some of the best saltwater fishing spots—but that’s not all. The activities within the bay’s protected waters seem endless: kayaking, snorkeling, sailing, scalloping, and more. Every day is a choose-your-own-adventure. From fishing charters and dolphin cruises to shark fishing and paddle boarding, you will never run out of things to do.
The island is only accessible by boat—you’re welcome to bring your own, or use a rental from one of the island’s local partners. It’s a short trip, just ten minutes from the mainland to the island, but the views couldn’t be more scenic. The clear waters give you a view of all types of fish, stingrays, sea stars, crabs, and other marine life on your journey. Set foot on the island, and you’ll feel transported. The natural beauty invites you into a state of relaxation—an opportunity to unplug, unwind, and take a break from the busy-ness of day-to-day life.
Check into one of the 20 private bungalows, and the experience is only enhanced. Each bungalow accommodates up to six people, and your crew will immediately settle comfortably into the home-away-from-home. With amenities such as granite and stainless steel kitchens, slate and wood floors, and cedar closets, each detail was designed with comfort in mind. Not only does each room have a stunning view of the island, the bungalows also each have a private balcony for unforgettable views of the sunrise and sunset.
Black's Island is the perfect choice for a stunning event venue, or a relaxing vacation for families with children or a group of friends—enjoy Gulf County’s private island experience, within reach.
Before stepping foot on your boat, we suggest making a few stops in nearby Port St. Joe, like the local Piggly Wiggly, to ensure you have all your ingredients to cook an exquisite dinner at your bungalow with the fish you catch in St. Joseph Bay.
There is so much to explore in Gulf County. Check out the Good Grit digital itinerary here.