What Makes Our Area Great …
Our area of the Florida Big Bend, often referred to as the Forgotten Coast, is an extremely unique place. With over 90 miles of white sand beaches and natural coastline on the Gulf of Mexico, and 8 major rivers, the Apalachicola, Carrabelle, Ochlockonee, Sopchoppy, Wakulla, St. Marks, Aucilla, and Ecofina, plus 5 major lakes, Lake Seminole, Talquin, Jackson, Iamonia, and Miccosukee, there’s no shortage of water related fun to be had. We are home to some of the nations best beaches, many rated in the top 20 in the country, including Cape San Blas Beach, Alligator Point Beach, and St. George Island Beaches.
In addition to the natural coastlines, rivers, and lakes, we are home to some of the world’s best natural springs. Wakulla Springs located just 10 miles from our office, is the world’s largest and deepest freshwater spring. Not only do we boast some of the most pristine untouched waterways in Florida our area is home to some of the largest National Forests and Wildlife Refuges in the state. Apalachicola National Forest, which is over 692,000 acres, encompasses over 988 square miles (the largest in the state) and St. Marks Wildlife Refuge, over 75,000 acres encompassing 43 miles of coastline, provide ample outdoor nature based activities open to the public on our area. In addition the area also boasts 9 other state parks open to the public year-round. Hiking, camping, biking, canoeing, boating, fishing and hunting opportunities all abound in the area. Wakulla County, where our office is located, is in the heart of this great area, and has the well-deserved moniker, “The Sportsman’s Paradise.”
With all the fishing, hunting, and other outdoor activities it’s easy to forget that just a short drive away, is the Capital of Florida, Tallahassee. We like to say that it’s close enough if you need to visit, but far enough away, you’d never know it’s there.
Many job opportunities abound in the Capital city from employment with the state, to one of the major universities. Home to Florida State University, Florida A&M University, and Tallahassee Community College, this is a great place to pursue higher education, or just take in a great football game. It is a perfect place for the youth of our area to be able to attend college but not have to be hours from home. Speaking of our youth, the areas public schools rank as some of the best in the state. Wakulla County Schools consistently rank as “A+’ schools with Leon county schools not far behind. The great school systems in the area are the primary reason for growth of Wakulla County; in 2000 Wakulla County had approx. 22,000 residents. By 2014 that number had grown by nearly 10,000 to approx. 31,500. Nearly 65% of those new residents belong to families with school age children.
The weather in our area is another factor that makes this area such a great part of Florida. While we never experience the bitter cold temperatures of the north, we still get to have changes in the seasons unlike our south Florida neighbors. Our average summertime high is around 87 degrees and out average winter time average low is around 45 degrees. We have a wonderful spring, a warm summer, brisk fall, and cool winter. Any further north and you will run into some pretty cold winters, any further south and it’s unbearably hot and humid nearly all year. The weather here is truly the best of both worlds.
From the coastal treasures to the natural woodlands open to every resident of the area there is something outdoors to enjoy year round. It’s the natural place to be … great schools, plenty of jobs, a safe place to live, and plenty of nature-based sports to enjoy outside. Sound like a great place to live? It is! Come and let Waypoint Properties help you Find Your Way Home ……
Wakulla County Area http://www.visitwakulla.com/
Franklin County http://www.saltyflorida.com/
Leon County http://www.visittallahassee.com/
Jefferson County http://www.jeffersoncountyfl.gov/p/recreation-tourism
Gadsden County http://egadsden.com/