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St. Joseph Peninsula State Park
Miles of white sand beaches, striking dunes, 2,516 acre park. It is surrounded on 3 sides by the Gulf of Mexico and the St. Joseph Bay. Dr. Stephen Leatherman (Dr. Beach) rated the beaches of St. Joesph Peninsula (Cape San Blas, FL) #1 in the US in 2002. Excellent snorkeling, swimming, birding, shelling, crabbing, hiking, fishing, bating andscalloping. Boat ramp available. Find out more.
Cape San Blas Lighthouse
Find out more Find out more. As you come onto the Cape, the Lighthouse is located on the Left turn on the dirt road right after the weather station and before the "rock wall" area.
St. George Island State Park
This 9-mile long reserve is one of three barrier islands that separate Apalachicola Bay from the Gulf of Mexico. The Reserve’s remoteness and wilderness qualities provide an opportunity to explore and enjoy a remnant of Florida’s original natural landscape. It is also home to the Cape St. George Lighthouse and lighthouse keeper’s quarters. Built in 1852, the lighthouse stands 72 feet tall . Shell collecting is very good. Accessible only by boat. 850-927-2111. Find out more
St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center
St. Vincent Island is an unspoiled barrier island at the west end of Apalachicola Bay. The refuge is open during daylight hours. It is only accessible by boat and no facilities are available. Visitor’s Center is located on the north end of Market Street in Apalachicola. 850-653-8808. See links page for shuttle link! Find out more,
Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve
Encompassing over 246,000 acres in Apalachicola Bay, it is the 2nd largest Estuarine Research Reserve system in the nation. Educational center located at the north end of Market Street. Exhibits on the flora and fauna of the area, an aviary and live giant fish tanks. 850-653-8063. Find out more.
The first park you’ll get to after turning onto Cape San Blas Road, is a beautiful beach front park offering picnic areas, restrooms, and boardwalks that’ll take you straight to the beach.
Cape Palms Park
It is about five miles down Cape San Blas Road. This new park provides public access, covered pavilions, restrooms, showers, grills, playground and covered deck. Find out more.
Apalachicola National Forest
It is the second largest in Florida, after the Everglades Park. A subtropical jungle, hosting Florida Panthers, Florida Bears and Alligators in the bayous formed by the delta of the Apalachicola River. Find out more.
Camp Gordon Johnston WWII Museum
Located in Carrabelle. The base was used as an amphibious training facility for the Normandy Invasion. 697-8575. Find out more.
Constitution Convention Museum State Park
Located in Port St. Joe. Florida’s first state convention was held there in 1830. The state’s first constitution was drafted and signed at this location. 850-653-3333 . Find out more.
Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratory
202 Clark Drive., Panacea. This laboratory maintains a 25,000 gallon aquarium and has exhibits of native marine life, bays and marshes. 984-8297. Find out more.
St. Joe Wildlife Sanctuary
Located north of Port St. Joe on Hwy. 71. The sanctuary houses a permanent hospital and rehabilitation center for sick, injured and orphaned animals. Educational opportunities are for the public. 850-229-WING.
Apalachicola Historic District
Many fine old home and buildings dating from the 1930s. A scenic walking tour of the town acquaints visitors with sites such as cotton warehouses, which house the City’s once-prosperous cotton export of the 1800s, a sponge exchange and Victorian homes nestled amid magnolias. Map available at the Chamber of Commerce office on Main Street.
Wakulla Springs is one of the world’s deepest freshwater springs featuring glass bottom and river-boat tours. 850-224-5950.
Tate’s Hell State Forest
Acres of forest for hiking and biking. 850-697-3734.
Gulf World Marine Park In Panama City Beach. If you need a great outing for the kids---be a trainer for a day and swim with the dolphins or enjoy the Splach Magic Laser Show at night and journey around the world!
View of the tip of Cape San Blas from the entrance to the State Park! Pristine! (Often called Cape Sand Blas, Cape San Blass, Cape San Blas--but the locals just call it "The Cape".
The beach at St. Joseph Peninsula State Park! It doesn't get any prettier than this!
Ariel view of Cape San Blas, FL (St. Joseph Peninsula)
Another Aerial Shot of Cape San Blas--it's the L shape peninsula sticking out from the Panhandle of Florida!
Some of the beautiful dunes at St. Joseph Peninsula State Park--just outside of Barrier Dunes on Cape San Blas!
Mr. Crab! A crab we found in a shell while exploring the bay!
Docking the boat at St. Joseph Peninsula State Park! It's nice to have the park so close...we park the boat and are back at The Cape Escape I and II in 5 minutes!
Shrimp boats in Apalachicola.
Thanks to the Gulf County Tourism Development Council for the great maps.