Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association
The Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association, Inc. (MBARA) is a not for profit organization (501 corporation) dedicated to artificial reef deployment, research and public education.
P.O. Box 13006,
Mexico Beach, FL 32410
Web Site: http://www.mbara.org
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Florida's Forgotten Coast is the name commonly used to refer to a quiet section of coastline stretching from Mexico Beach to Carrabelle, Florida including the areas of Port St. Joe, Cape San Blas, Indian Pass, Apalachicola, St. George Island and Eastpoint. This portion of Old Florida was indeed "forgotten" during the period when much of North Florida's coastline was developed...and subsequently over-developed. The Forgotten Coast is a special place today, more for what has been preserved that for what has been developed. Pristine bays, sugar white beaches, coastal marshlands, estuaries rich with sea life, and barrier islands with impressive dune formations...this is what the Forgotten Coast has to offer.
Because of the presence of the Apalachicola River and the nutrient-rich waters it discharges into Apalachicola Bay, the Forgotten Coast area includes two very different coastal environments, distinct in may ways.
West of the southern tip of Cape San Blas, where the waters of the Apalachicola River are not a factor, the coastal waters are clearer and the beaches whiter. In fact, the Gulf beaches of St. Joseph Peninsula have some of the whitest sand on Florida's entire Gulf Coast. St. Joseph Bay, with little or no freshwater inflow, is home to the best bay scallops Florida has to offer. Just east of the Cape, beginning with Indian Pass and St. Vincent Island, the beaches are a more subtle tan in color, much like the beaches of Florida's east coast. The coastal waters, enriched by the waters of the Apalachicola River, are teeming with aquatic life. Apalachicola Bay is home to one of the largest estuaries in Florida, and here oysters flourish as a result of the constant inflow of fresh water.
Catching The Wind at Mexico Beach
Dune walk-over at St. Joe Beach
Port St. Joe - St. Joe Bay Sunset
Flying from the dunes at Cape San Blas
Horesback Riding at Indian Pass
Surf Fishing at St. George Island
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