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Water Recreation

Mexico Beach offers 3.1 miles of uncrowded, white sand beaches along the calm shorelines of the Gulf of Mexico. Families have returned to Mexico Beach for generations for our easy access to great fishing, scuba diving and beach activities. The City is dedicated to preserving our natural resources from sea turtle nesting to clean beaches and waterways.

Fishing in Mexico Beach

Numerous fishing opportunities exist in Mexico Beach. Whether you like to fish on shore, on the pier, or out in the gulf, this is the place for you.

Mexico Beeach Artificial Reef Association logo

MBARA (Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association) is one of the strongest organizations of its kind in the state of Florida. The organization, with the assistance of the City, obtains grants and their own funds are raised to add artificial reefs. This provides for habitat for all kinds of fishes and increases the fisherman’s enjoyment of the sport. Go to www.mbara.org (link is external) for more details.

Visiting the Beach

Before you head to the beach, there’s a few things you should be mindful of. If we all follow these guidelines, our beach will remain clean and family friendly for years to come!

  • No vehicles are allowed on the beach. This includes vehicles on wheels, runners or cushions of air
  • No animals are allowed on the beach. This includes dogs & horses
  • No fires, bonfires or fireworks on the beach
  • No glass on the beach
  • No overnight camping on the beach
  • No motor-driven floating devices within 300 feet of the beach:
    • Such devices are jet ski, wave runners, personal watercraft or other vessels propelled by machinery.
    • Depart the sandy beach perpendicular to the shoreline at idle speed
  • Leave No Trace Ordinance (link is external):
    • Mexico Beach is a “Leave No Trace” Community.
    • Unattended items left on the beach between the hours of 7 PM and 7 AM may be discarded
  • Entertainment / Festival Permit (link is external)

The Mexico Beach Pier

Our public pier is under construction. Still, please follow these guidelines when on or nearby the property:

  • No dogs, cats or animals on the pier
  • No diving from pier
  • No launching boats from pier
  • No throwing articles from the pier except fishing tackle
  • No swimming, riding surfboards, operating boats or occupying water within 50 feet of pier
  • No use of motorized vehicles, bicycles, skateboards or rollerblades
  • No open flames, glass bottles, sleeping or camping on the pier
  • Do not cast your line where sea turtles are surfacing to breathe. If one is entangled, call Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)

The Mexico Beach Canal System

Help us keep our canal clean and safe:

  • Idle speed for watercraft in channel and canal system
  • No swimming in the canal
  • Do not discard fish carcasses, unused bait, garbage or any other materials which could cause environmental damage

Protect the Turtles

Mexico Beach is proud to provide the highest level of protection for nesting marine turtles and their hatchlings in our community. The City has adopted standards for existing artificial light sources and new coastal construction.

In addition to these standards, there are many steps visitors and residents alike can take when enjoying our beaches to protect these beautiful creatures.

  • Don’t disturb a turtle that is crawling to or from the ocean or laying eggs. Watch from a distance of at least 30 feet
  • Avoid shining lights on the beach at night as this may frighten away nesting females and, interfere with the hatchling’s ability to find the sea
  • Avoid walking or cycling in the nesting area
  • Avoid walking on the beach dunes
  • Don’t disturb nesting seabirds
  • Don’t litter. Cigarette butts, fishing line and other trash can harm the animals and birds along the beach
  • Rearrange lamps and other moveable fixtures away from windows
  • Use window treatments (e.g. blinds, curtains) to shield interior lights from the beach
  • Turn off unnecessary lights

 

Close-up of baby turtle

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