My lifelong fantasy of having a home on the beach was fully (if all to briefly!) fulfilled during our recent stay at Barrier Dunes Unit 1, Walking on Sunshine.
There is much that we enjoyed about the property, but as a city-dweller who rarely sees stars, I especially loved sitting on the beach-facing balconies (outside the main floor and outside the master bedroom) and looking at the night-sky while listening to the ocean.
Wendy and her on-site staff did a great job making us feel welcome. We loved the spacious rooms, beautiful and homey furnishings and décor, and were enthusiastic users of the outdoor grill and fully-equipped kitchen (though we can also recommend the barbecue at the Sand Bucket, and pizza from Coneheads, which is literally at the entrance to Barrier Dunes). We found Barrier Dunes to be a great home-base for exploring the Cape, close to the St. Joseph State Park and a short drive to the many other attractions and activities.
I highly recommend an off-season stay; you get a relaxed atmosphere and it is warm enough to spend time on the beach -I even waded into the water to get a closer look at a small flock of grey pelicans riding the ocean waves.
The phrase “pristine beach” may be a cliché, but it truly applies to Cape San Blas and Barrier Dunes, all the more remarkable considering all of the dog-walking, fishing and other activity. You get a sense that visitors and residents all appreciate the unique beauty of the beach and are committed to its preservation. I hope to visit again sometime soon!