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Cape San Blas, Florida

Best secret beach in Florida

We were first introduced to Cape San Blas by our dear Georgian friends, the Scarboroughs.  They know all the sweet beach spots along 30A, and this lovely, quiet cape soon became one of our family's favorites.  So favored in fact, we have been willing to make the long drive during spring break or early summer four years in a row. 

Just past Port St. Joe, the cape awaits to help you relax and play.  Beautiful beach homes invite you to enjoy the white sand beaches on the Gulf side and quiet smooth waters call for exploring on the Bay side.  You will not find any high rise condominiums on this 17-mile long peninsula, nor a strip lined with shops and rest. 

We like to stay in Juniper Breeze, a house managed by the friendly team at Cape San Blas Vacation Rentals.


White sugar sands

The second we hit the beach, flip flops fly.  Mom and dad quickly assemble the beach canopy and park the beach chairs near a cooler of beverages.  The kids take off, tackling the waves, big or small.  Footballs, frisbees, and volleyballs sail on the uncrowded beach.  Kites soar on the cape because there always seems to be a breeze!  The sugar sand playground is so spacious, you almost feel as if you have it all to yourself at times.

Playing on the bay side 

The Bay side is just as much fun as the Gulf Side, especially when you need a break from big waves.  We just hop in the van and take the quick 5-minute drive to the end of the cape to St. Joseph Peninsula State Park.  Here lies America’s #1-Ranked Beach and America’s Best State Park.  This park boasts 119 family camping sites and a 1,900 acre wilderness preserve.   At one point, you can stand on top of the sand dunes for a gorgeous 360 degree view of the Gulf and the Bay.  Kayaks, sailboats, snorkels, casting nets and buckets make exploring the Bay even better.  The shallow calm water provides hours of play and discovery for everyone.  Conches, hermit crabs, horseshoe crabs, sea urchins and more abound.  Be very careful when handling a live conch -- their barb could injure you!

Indian Pass Raw Bar 

So good, we usually go twice.  I'd drive 15 hours just to eat here.  Off-the-charts parmesan baked oysters, raw oysters, AND out-of-this-world stuffed shrimp, as well as kid-approved crab legs and steamed shrimp make this little joint the best seafood shack on the planet!  Live music or karaoke outside on the patio make the wait FUN FOR ALL AGES.  As soon as you arrive, grab a tab sheet and a drink from the back wall coolers.  Go outside and sign up for your turn on the karaoke mic.  Once seated inside, flag a waitress down once your table knows what you want to eat.  It's ALL GOOD!  The simple menu and the laid-back atmosphere makes you want to stay all night.


Cook your own fresh seafood

While we often visit Indian Pass Raw Bar more than once, we also love buying fresh-off-the-boat shrimp at Triple Tails so we can have our own seafood feast back at the beach house.  Triple Tails is a great place to buy fresh seafood, hush puppies and adult beverages.  They have a restaurant too.  



Vacation = ice cream every day.  Coneheads is our favorite place to buy a nice cold treat in the middle of a warm, beachy afternoon.  They have a full menu here too, but for us this place is our daily stop for a refreshing ice cream cone. 


Catching critters 

Crabbing at night on the gulf side mixed with s'mores on the beach is a perfect way to end the day before hitting the hay.  Grab your nets and buckets and chase those critters around to your hearts' content.  See who can catch the most.  We've also lucked out and literally danced on blue neon plankton at night-- bioluminescent phytoplankton that light up the rolling surf during a so-called red tide event.  One memorable night.



Quick tips

Buy your groceries in Port St. Joe before you hit the Cape!  There are no main grocery stores on the cape, only small trading posts. 

Bring bike, scooters, skate boards, and running shoes for the Loggerhead Run Bike Trail.

You can build fires on the beach!  Only use local firewood; don't bring firewood from home.

Bring or buy a beach canopy!  You'll appreciate breaks from the sun and a cool place to take a nap or much on lunch in the shade.

Check out Weber's Little Donut Shop for fresh hot donuts and croissants.  Get there early before they run out!

Next time


Kayaking in St. Joseph Bay.  Go on a guided eco-tour in a kayak with Happy Ours Kayak & Bike Outpost. Keep your eyes open for turtles as they come up for air. Some friendly turtles may even swim right up to your kayak to say hello.

Visit historic Appalachicola or take your bikes to St. George's Island for the day for a change from the Cape.