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Vacation rental beach and outdoor pool in Port St. Joe, FL

Forgotten Coast, FL

Update, January 22, 2019: Rebuilding continues in Port St. Joe, Mexico Beach, and other areas affected by Hurricane Michael. Vacasa remains committed to helping employees, guests, and owners recover as quickly as possible. For investors interested in rental-ready properties, it may be worth checking out additional inventory nearby on the Emerald Coast.

Florida's Forgotten Coast is named for its serene, undeveloped character and relatively small population. Only 12 miles apart, Port St. Joe and Mexico Beach sit in different time zones, drawing guests from around the world to ring in a tropical New Year in Port St. Joe then shuttle north to Mexico Beach to celebrate all over again. This entire region is easily driveable—guests can head south of Port St. Joe to Cape San Blas for more privacy, increased luxury, and the possibility of catching a glimpse of one of the country music stars who reside in the area.

View of beach from Port St. Joe, FL

Insider tip

The rental communities get a little quieter and a lot more luxurious as you head down Florida’s Hidden Coast from Mexico Beach to Cape San Blas. More crowded and with the most hustle and bustle of the region, Mexico Beach is a great place to invest in a condo. Just down the road (but it feels like a world away), family-friendly Port St. Joe delivers more privacy, reliable bookings, and the area’s only Piggly Wiggly. With five- to seven-day average stays and a diverse selection of luxury vacation rental real estate in gated subdivisions, Cape San Blas has an abundance of properties that can deliver a strong return on investment.

Learn more and compare the Forgotten Coast with other top markets in our insider's guide to the best places to buy a vacation rental.

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1,000+ rental units

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*This document is for information and illustrative purposes only. It is not intended to provide “investment advice” or a “recommendation” regarding a course of action. The discussion is general in nature and has not taken into account your personal financial position or objectives. You should consult a licensed financial advisor or other professional to discuss your specific situation.

Estimated rental income figures and home sale prices are based on historical averages; for any specific property, the actual revenue, purchase price, and cap rate may differ materially from estimated amounts and depend on a wide range of factors outside Vacasa's knowledge or control, such as the property's condition, layout, and furnishings; expenses associated with the acquisition and ownership of the property (such as property taxes, utility fees, HOA fees, insurance fees, and mortgage-related expenses); rental calendar availability; existing and future regulations; current and future economic, social, and political trends and conditions; and weather and environmental factors. These estimates do not take into account the potential impact of state income taxes.

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