Located on the horseshoe shaped spit of land in the Gulf of Mexico known as St. Joseph’s Bay, this is what is referred to as Florida’s Forgotten Coast. There are no high-rise buildings, no wall-to-wall people – nor buildings for that matter, no noise, and no pollution. Pristine is the working word for any day on Cape San Blas.
Historically the Cape was used by the Confederacy for salt harvesting from the seawater until 1862 when it was destroyed by the Union. The first lighthouse was built on the Cape in 1847 and was destroyed in August 1851 by gale force winds. There were a few new constructs in-between the original and the currently standing lighthouse.
The current lighthouse draws in thousands of visitors a year. The ninety-six foot tall construction houses two keepers so that by use of walkie-talkies one keeper who mans the gift shop can speak to the other who eyes the tower and watches for storms. You have the opportunity to climb the tower, unless there is a lightning storm, where you can view from sea to shining sea… or at least the Cape area.
If climbing lighthouses for a great view isn’t your thing, then why not pop on over to St. Joseph Peninsula State Park? One of the highest rated beaches in the United States is within the park. While visiting you can also try your hand at kayaking, bird watching and dolphin watching. The Park is nestled on over 2500 acres right at the cape’s tip. Camping, hiking and diving are other activities that you may partake.
Most of the area around Cape San Blas is privately owned beach homes and undeveloped beaches and dunes. You have the unique opportunity to enjoy life both bay side and seaside while cruising through the stumphole, as the Floridians call it, which is the narrowest point at only a few hundred yards wide. Pets are welcomed on all beaches, so bring them along too!
Port Saint Joe is the local town on the Cape. It is very laid back, with a few stores here and there for your pleasure. For higher shopping needs, you can head thirty minutes out the Apalachicola. Mexico Beach has a few restaurants and shops to choose from as well. Port Saint Joe has an annual Youth Fishing Tournament in May.
What else to do while away from the hustle and the bustle? You can go crabbing and fishing for your own dinner or perhaps go swimming with your dog. Do you like horses? You can go horseback riding along the beach as well. Too exhausting you say? All right, maybe bonfires and an evening watching the stars glow is more your style.
If lackadaisical is your frame of mind for the vacation away from such ports as Miami, then Cape San Blas is the place to be. Some of the friendliest people you may want to meet live here and are ready to show you around. Sleep, daydream, and repeat.