Black's Island

Black’s Island includes 26 luxury bungalows connected by a boardwalk to a four-story, 6,500-square-foot community Big Game Club.

There is also an 18-hole golf course and lighted tennis courts available here for guests.

A few minutes from the Florida mainland yet millions of miles away, the seven-acre private resort island in magical St. Joseph Bay synthesizes beauty, luxury, history, security, and quietude into a reality ...

Black’s Island includes 26 luxury bungalows connected by a boardwalk to a four-story, 6,500-square-foot community Big Game Club.

There is also an 18-hole golf course and lighted tennis courts available here for guests.

A few minutes from the Florida mainland yet millions of miles away, the seven-acre private resort island in magical St. Joseph Bay synthesizes beauty, luxury, history, security, and quietude into a reality as magical as your dreams.

Surrounded by a 73,000-acre aquatic preserve offering some of the state’s best shallow and off-shore fishing, Black’s Island includes
26 luxury bungalows connected by a boardwalk to a four-story, 6,500-square-foot community Big Game Club.

Just off the Panhandle in Gulf County, the island is lush with 900 natural palm trees and freshwater underground springs, and three locations have natural beaches for quintessential island relaxation. No bridge connects to the mainland; privacy for you and your guests is ensured.

Accessibility is by boat, seaplane, or helicopter; a heliport is on site. For those with private planes, a 4,000-foot-long grass strip is just a mile from the island, and private jets can land at Apalachicola Regional Airport, minutes by air.

On water, Black’s Island may be approached from the Intracoastal Waterway or the Gulf of Mexico. Adjacent to the mainland airstrip is a ferry service owned by Black’s Island to make the 10-minute journey.

The island’s main dock is 350 feet long, accommodating up to 32-foot boats, but there is ample room for a new owner to construct additional docks. A full-service marina with dry and wet docks is minutes away, as are shops and restaurants.

Luxury is abundant and understated. The bungalows are comprised of 15 one-stories with two bedrooms (one a loft) and two baths and 11 two-stories with three bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms. All have walk-in cedar closets and porches with decks below that open to lushly vegetated sitting areas.

The Big Game Club skillfully combines gentility, contemporary convenience, and mystery. “I designed it like Captain Black would have built it in 1832,” says the owner, Bill Koran, who bought the island in 1979, ran it as Camp Nautilus until 1991, then razed the original buildings, added an electrical line to the mainland in 2002, and four years later began building the hurricane-plus-secure structures and redundant infrastructure systems.

Koran combined five woods for the club’s interior as well as slate, granite, and stainless steel. Amenities in and around the club include a putting green with sand traps; pool and spa; hot tubs; massage, steam room, and workout areas; two bars; a bay-level café and full-service.

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