Visiting Cape San Blas For The First Time

Cape San Blas is an exquisite peninsula which offers 17 miles of white sand beaches which are never crowded, so you will be able to truly enjoy your stay without any headaches, crowds or traffic jams. It is situated in Florida, 50 miles SE of Panama City. It offers quiet beach conditions for families and friends in an “Old Florida” style. Additionally, the beaches of Gulf County, where the Cape is located, remain pet friendly – a rare and welcome find for families who wish to travel with their “four-footed” family members.

At Cape San Blas you can rent kayaks and explore the grass flats of the Bay, and you also can go scalloping during scallop season, or just enjoy the incredible surroundings. You will find dolphins, starfish, stingray, and lots more sea life and wildlife. There is a lot to see, once you know where to go and what to do in this beautiful location!

St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, which is situated at the end of the Cape, offers miles of white sand beaches with striking formations of dune, as well as a forested interior and perfect climate conditions for year-round outdoor recreation. At the park (which has a total area of 2,516 acres) you will find more than 200 species of birds, including endangered species like the peregrine falcons. In autumn, monarch butterflies and hawks arrive at Cape San Blas on their way to Mexico. The location is filled with raccoons, bobcats and deer.

At the Cape there are lots of things you can do! You can go fishing, and you’ll find perfect conditions to do so. The waters of the Apalachicola Bay and the Gulf of Mexico from Carrabelle to Mexico Beach are well-known for their very rich marine life, thanks to the nutrients carried down on the Flint, Chattahoochee, Oclocknee, St. Marks and Apalachicola rivers. If fishing isn’t among your favorite activities, then you might want to try biking. There is an open 8 mile bay and beach side trail which starts from Salinas Park and ends at St. Joseph Peninsula State Park. Also you will find 20 miles of bike roads between Panama City and Port St. Joe. These roads offer perfect biking conditions as they are flat and very smooth so you won’t run into any bumps or other typical biking hazards. Among other activities you can enjoy at the Cape, consider some of these options: sailing, kayaking, canoeing, boating, snorkeling, crabbing, diving, scalloping, jet skiing and many others.

When it comes to attractions, Cape San Blas has a lot to offer. In addition to St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, you might want to visit Cape San Blas Lighthouse, which is very popular among tourists. Another alternative is Black’s Island, which offers perfect conditions for snorkeling and scalloping. An interesting place that you should visit is Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, which is the 2nd largest Estuarine Research Reserve system in the nation. There you’ll find exhibits of the local flora and fauna as well as an aviary and many live giant fish tanks.

You will find a subtropical jungle at the Apalachicola National Forest which is the second largest in the state of Florida. The jungle hosts bears, panthers and alligators which attract lots of tourists every year. If you are interested in a glance of the past, at Apalachicola Historic District you will find lots of old homes and buildings dating from 1930s. A tour is the perfect way to find out about the rich history of the area.

Another interesting place to consider visiting is John Gorrie Museum State Park, where you will find a replica of Gorrie’s ice-machine, which was built from his 1851 patent specifications. As a matter of fact, he was the first one to build an ice-machine. If you want to find out more about the marine life in the area, then you should go visit the Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratory which has a 25,000 gallon aquarium and also has lots of native marine life, marshes and bays exhibits.

As you can see, there are a lot of things to do, a lot of places to visit in Cape San Blas. Our guests never get bored while visiting our incredible “Forgotten Coast”. The area is a fabulous vacation spot because no matter what your tastes are, you will find something to do that fits your interests. And if what you want to do is just relax and enjoy the quiet, pristine, uncrowded beauty of the Cape, that’s what a lot of us do as well!