Going to Mexico Beach, Fla. seemed a reasonable ambition for my family of three for an extended July 4th. holiday. We spent seven days at the Gulf View Motel, then shuffled over to the El Governor Motel for three more days.
The Gulf View Motel is located on Hwy. 98 with easy beach access across the street. The rooms are relatively small, with seperate bedrooms, each with a twin-size bed. The living room has a full-size refrigerator and a stove (the oven didn't work in ours). A microwave oven was reluctently brought in to remedy that. Telephone use is limited - 10 minute calls (when you can get a line), no call after 10:00 PM and no messages taken. Our house-sitter was laughed at when she said that she was calling from out of town. It's no frills and unfriendly service at a bargain basement cost.
The El Governor motel is located on the beach with comfortable rooms and regular housekeeping services. Each room overlooks the beach and Gulf from a private balconiy. A full-size refrigerator and stove (with working oven AND microwave) compliment the accomodations. Prices are competetive, not outrageous. The pool and bar are cozy and convienent after a slow, hot ride down the elevator; an incentive, I suppose, to take the stairs. The person providing security was a bit overzealous in his treatment of those younger than him who weren't on a tight leash held by a parent.
On July 4th., the barge from which the fireworks were shot anchored just off-shore from the motel. The reflection of colors on the water provided a truly magnificent display.
If you are looking for a wild and exciting time at the beach, go to Panama City. However, if you are a chronological adult who enjoys a beautiful, uncrowded beach with clear water and good fishing, Mexico Beach just may be the place for you, - even on a budget. They call the stretch of Gulf where Mexico Beach is located "the Forgotten Coast." For the life of me, I can't understand why.
- Also Known As:
- El Governor Hotel Mexico Beach
- El Governor Mexico Beach
- Mexico Beach El Governor
- El Governor Motel Mexico Beach, Florida