Area Info

Barefoot Cottages is located along a unique strip of pristine coastline dubbed “Florida’s Forgotten Coast” when state tourism officials left the area of their official travel map, in 1995. Even though word has gotten out and we’re not so forgotten anymore, we still offer the laid-back, Old-Florida lifestyle conveniently secluded from Panama City just 30 minutes to the west.

Read more about our area with helpful local links, below:


Port St. Joe

Known as the “Constitution City,” Port St. Joe is a coastal town with a colorful past and a promising future. Founded in 1835 as St. Joseph, the name given its bay by the Spaniards centuries earlier, it was here that delegates from all counties in Territorial Florida assembled in 1838 to draft Florida’s first State Constitution.

Port St. Joe Scallops

WindMark Beach

Neighboring Barefoot Cottages to the north and stretching nearly four miles along the water’s edge of St. Joseph Bay is the upscale St. Joe Company development, WindMark Beach. A short stroll or bicycle ride down the bayside BeachWalk takes you into WindMark Beach Village Center with Boon Docks Restaurant, The Fuss Boutique, Fit as a Fiddle spa and more.

WindMark Beach

Mexico Beach

The quaint seaside town of Mexico Beach is located just about 8 miles up coastal Highway 98 from Barefoot Cottages and offers a flavor all its own with unique shops, beachfront restaurants, fishing charters, grocery stores and waterfront recreation.

Mexico Beach Parasailing

Cape San Blas

Barefoot Cottages overlooks Cape San Blas, across St. Joseph Bay, which was ranked America’s #1 Beach for 2002, by Dr. Stephen Leatherman, commonly known as Dr. Beach. The 17-mile long peninsula is accessible by car or boat and is home to the Cape San Blas Lighthouse and the stunning 50’ dunes of St. Joseph Peninsula State Park.

Cape San Blas