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25th Annual Big Bend Saltwater Classic 2013

Monday, May 20th, 2013

BigBendOver 200 anglers participated in the inaugural Tournament in 1989.   This event has established itself as the largest professionally run fishing tournament in the Florida Big Bend Gulf Coast. With an average 700 competitors in recent years the Tournament ranks among the top saltwater fishing tournaments, by participation, according to Florida Sportsman Magazine.  All proceeds derived from the event are used to expand and develop a system of artificial reefs in the Northeastern Gulf of Mexico, OAR’s purview of operation.

Since 1990, the Tournament has been a three-day event set on Father’s Day Weekend. It is a rodeo format featuring multiple species in three divisions for competitive fishing for Juniors to Pros. The format has proven itself productive and inviting to participants and their families. The Bend Saltwater Classic is the Fishing Family’s place to be on Father’s Day Weekend in North Florida.

On Father’s Day weekend 2013 the Big Bend Saltwater Classic will be celebrating its 25th anniversary.  For this special occasion, we will be moving the headquarters back to the Moorings in Carrabelle where the tournament was held for many years.  We are excited to renew this great tradition.  With over $50,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs, you’ve got plenty of reasons to come celebrate with us June 14th-16th at the 25th annual BBSC.

Departure points: Tournament entrants must depart from port (or may fish from shore) along the portion of the Gulf of Mexico coastline from the Keaton Beach Canal in Taylor County to the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County.

While planning your trip, consider staying at a local Bed and Breakfast.  Turtle Beach Inn offers warm hospitality and a wonderful place to sleep, relax and spend Father’s Day weekend.


Experience Port St. Joe

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Travelers looking for a summer destination would do well to consider a stay in Port St Joe, Florida, Bed and Breakfasts.

St. Joseph Peninsula State Park

Picture yourself here, in St. Joseph Peninsula State Park.

Opportunities for outdoor recreation are abundant in and around Port St. Joe:

  • St. Joseph Peninsula State Park: one of the best beaches in the country, featuring more than 10 miles of white sandy beaches.
  • St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge: home to a small population of red wolves, sea turtles (loggerhead, green, and leatherback), American alligators, wood storks, and many more amazing birds, reptiles, and mammals. Visitors may explore the refuge on foot, by bike, or from a boat.
  • Boating: kayak around St. Joseph Bay or rent a motor boat and head to deeper water in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Fishing: popular no matter what’s biting. Ask the innkeepers of your Port St. Joe Bed and Breakfasts Florida for guide recommendations.
  • Snorkeling and diving: the warm waters of the gulf encourage deeper exploration. Satisfy the urge.
  • Scallop season is on the horizon, and with it comes the 15th Annual Florida Scallop and Music Festival. August 5 – 7, 2011.

Summer is a great time to visit the Gulf Coast of NW Florida. There are few crowds and plenty of fun ways to stay cool. Of course, summer in Florida can also bring impressive rain storms. At such times, retreat to the porch of your Port St. Joe Florida Bed and Breakfast. Watch the storm roll in and sigh with pleasure as the air cools. Storms invite romance, or game-time with the kids, or the ideal occasion to curl up on the porch with a drink and a good book. Now that’s a vacation.

Plein Air Paintout in NW Florida

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Art enthusiasts are invited to travel to NW Florida for the 2011 Plein Air Paintout, May 13-22.

Come to NW Florida for the the Plein Air Paintout, May 13-22, 2011.

Plein Air painting first captured the hearts of artists in 19th century Europe. John Constable was one great artist to leave the studio behind. He painted the natural world as he saw it, when he saw it. Simple as it sounds, it was revolutionary. Other artists also felt the call to paint every day life and the world as it was. Plein Air painting was the predecessor to a movement recognized by all – Impressionism.

True plein air paintings are created on location; ideally, there is little or no work done in the studio at all. Artists much capture the sun as it rises or sets, finding the right colors in a matter of minutes. It is challenging, but the rewards are many.

Florida’s Forgotten Coast Plein Air Invitational spans ten days and includes 5 exhibits, daily demonstrations, workshops, public receptions, and art sales. Although specific artists are invited to participate, many other artists also set up their easels up and down the coast.

NW Florida Bed and Breakfasts welcome both artists and art enthusiasts. The Plein Air Paintout spans several communities on the Forgotten Coast, including but not limited to Cape San Blas, Port St. Joe, and Apalachicola.

Please see Plein Air Paintout for additional information.

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