Florida Panhandle Vacation Rentals on Cape San Blas

GULF SIDE – 150-200 Steps to the Beach :


Cape Escape 1-Steps to beach, pools and tennis

  • 2 Bedrooms – 2 Baths
  • 1 King, 1 Queen, 1 Queen sleeper
  • 3 Porches
  • Just 150 steps to the beach
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Cape Escape 2-Lakeside, steps to the beach

  • 2 Bedrooms – 2.5 Baths
  • 1 King, 1 Queen, 1 Sleeper
  • 3 Porches
  • Just 200 steps to the beach
  • Fish/feed turtles FROM the back porch!
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GULF VIEW (20-90 steps to beach):

TC191 Turtle Crawl Living room. End Unit. Steps from beach.

  • 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths
  • 1 King, 1 Queen, 1 Queen sleeper
  • 75 steps to beach off back deck
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52b Sea Breeze living room. Steps to beach front pool.

  • 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths
  • 1 King, 1 Queen, 1 Queen sleeper
  • 40 steps to beach, across from beachfront pool
Cape San Blas Vacation REntals Barrier Dunes Resort Pet-Friendly townhouse condo Waters Edge – Gulf View Master Bedroom, porch.]
  • 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths
  • 1 King, 1 Queen, 1 Queen sleeper
  • 60 steps to beach
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15b Gulf Breeze – End Unit – with loft.]
  • 2BR & loft, 2.5 Baths
  • 2 King Bedrooms,  3 twins in Loft, 1 Queen sleeper
  • 20 steps to beach
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Cape San Blas gulf view beach Barrier Dunes Sandpine Drive North Cape Coastal Coast Joe Pet-Friendly

  • 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths
  • 1 King, 1 Queen, 1 Queen sleeper
  • 90 steps to beach
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Beach Front Cape San Blas Vacation Rental:

WS1Walking on Sunshine 

  • 2 Bedrooms w/Loft -2.5 Baths
  • 1 King, 1 Queen, 2 Twins, & Queen Sleeper
  • Gulf Front – End Unit
  • 3 Porches – 2 gulf front!
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All of our Florida Panhandle Vacation Rentals on Cape San Blas are clean & pet-friendly & located in Barrier Dunes on Cape San Blas on the Forgotten Coast in Gulf County.

The beaches are also pet-friendly & family friendly!  These are all steps from each other if you’re planning a family reunion or just need multiple vacation rentals.   Call me and I can help you put together the vacation rentals that will work best for your party!

You can also see all of our Cape San Blas vacation rentals in Barrier Dunes on VRBO, but book directly to save the VRBO Fees!

Cape San Blas Activities – Things to Do on Vacation

Scalloping, Horseback Riding, Bicycling, Surf Fishing, Charter Fishing, Boating & Boat Rentals Ecotours,, Kayaking, Canoeing, Snorkeling, Golf, Shopping, Cruise Boat Tours, Diving,  and much more.

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See the AREA EVENTS CALENDAR for events, festival, live music & more.  Month to month calendar for the  Forgotten Coast (Gulf & Franklin County).

** Barrier Dunes has a heated pool in March, April, October & November!


Go horseback riding right on the Cape San Blas beach. Imagine riding on the beach at sunset—it’s breathtaking (very romantic & the kids love it too!!) There are several companies and they bring the horses to Salinas Park, about 1 mile past the C30 junction on the Cape.

We recommend Two-Bit Stable Horseback Riding: Kymber Lewandowski 850-227-4744.  If you are a CAPE ESCAPE VACATION RENTALS guest, contact me for a link to their online booking page for 5% off your ride!

You can also call Broke A Toe at 850-899-RIDE. Enjoy a moonlit ride on a full moon, sunset ride, wagon rides or lessons!


Another unique activity you can enjoy on the beach is a beach bonfire!   Be sure to dig a hole for your fire so you “leave no trace” on the beach when you’re done.   Bring a firelog to help start the fire (there are no Boy Scouts on the beach).   You can get firewood at the Cape Trading Post, Scallop Cove or the Piggly Wiggly.  Do be sure to be away from the dunes when you dig your hole!  Great to enjoy after a beautiful Cape sunset!


There is wonderful fishing in the area—from the shore, from a boat, in the ocean or bay or one of the freshwater ponds in Barrier Dunes! The waters of the Apalachicola  Bay & the Gulf of Mexico from Carrabelle to Mexico Beach are known to be among the richest in marine life in the world due to the nutrients carried down on the Flint, Chattahoochee, Oclocknee, St. Marks & Apalachicola Rivers! What can you catch?

Fishing At Cape Escape
Fishing From The Shore

Fish ‘N Xpress 49 Passenger Party Fishing Boat. Leaves out of Port St. Joe Marina. Wednesday – Sunday 9:30 – 4:30 Bottom Fishing. Shark Fishing 3 1/2 hour trips (Seasonal, catch and release) and Sunset Dolphin Cruises! Call 850-227-8200 for more information!

If you would like a fishing guide, there are quite a few to choose from! Here are just a few places you can try:

Book Me A Charter Join us for a fun-filled day on the water! Do you prefer Inshore fishing in the Apalachicola or Port St. Joe Bay, or Offshore fishing in the Gulf of Mexico? Local and Native to the area, this is our backyard. We offer both full and half day charters. We are a family friendly guide service. Give us a call 850-653-2622 we would love to hear from you.

** Our family has been out with Captain Dwayne and we can guarantee a great day! Be sure to say hello if you join them for your fishing adventure--both inshore & offshore. Thanks for a great day Sandra & Dwayne. The Jackson Family  ** Our highest recommendation! The Carswell’s Dwayne, with “Book Me a Charter” had us as guests for 2 trips! He is great and I would highly refer him to anyone. He worked very hard with us and it was greatly appreciated. We will use him again.”Captain Dwayne is the BOMB…had such a good time I can’t tell you…” The Knop’s

Fishing Port St. Joe with Captain Gary Goodrich. Fishing, sightseeing, eco tours and boating makes Port St Joe top on the list for a “real Florida” vacation. Call Captain Gary Goodrich at 850-229-3474.

Tall Tales Fishing with Captain Tim Harvey who was born and raised in the Apalachicola and St. Joseph Bays. He has over 30 years experience catching the inshore species in the Forgotten Coast area, including Redfish, Trout, Shark, Tarpon and Tripletail. See our website for more details!


The Loggerhead Run Bike Trail is an 8-mile bayside bike trail runs along Cape San Blas Road (on Cape San Blas!)  It runs from Salinas Park (the start of Cape San Blas) to St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, right outside of Barrier Dunes! You will also find 20 miles of bike lanes between Panama City & Port St. Joe on Highways 98 & C-30. It’s a great area to bike as the roads are flat and smooth! Riding in the State Park is a lot of fun—be sure to get off & explore on the paths & the beach and bay! Bring a picnic lunch & make a day of it!

Bike Rentals are available at Scallop Cove and Happy Ours located ON Cape San Blas!


Seahorse Water Safaris 850-227-1099. RENT YOUR OWN SAILBOAT. Rents 12′ Bravo sailboats with furling sail and they are very easy to sail. They also offer sailing with Captains as well! Great service! Open March 15th – October 31st.

Windward Sailing Charters:  850-596-2158.   Located in Port St. Joe Marina.  Accommodates up to six guests on a relaxing sail for two hours or more – you choose your own trip. Ready for a romantic sunset cruise? Want to sail with the dolphins and photograph the beautiful scenery and wildlife?  How about trying your hand at the helm? Bring your favorite foods, beverages and join us to create lasting memories aboard FREE SPIRIT II.


St. Joseph Bay is an outstanding place for new or experienced boaters alike since the waters are so calm! You may see a stingray, horseshoe crab, blue crab, starfish, redfish, mullet, live shells or schools of baitfish.

In the deeper channels around Black’s Island you frequently see the bottle-nosed dolphin or sea turtles. If you are bringing your own boat – St. Joseph Peninsula State Park has a boat ramp and it’s right outside the gates to Barrier Dunes! We love taking a boat out to the tip of Cape San Blas & anchoring just off the beach & exploring the coast–we always find lots of “treasures”! There is overflow boat parking in Barrier Dunes.  Happy Ours Kayak & Bike Outpost – RIGHT on the Cape!


Pontoon Boats:  You can rent a pontoon boat right ON Cape San Blas at Scallop Cove TOO in the State Park, right outside the gates to Barrier Dunes.

Check out Happy Ours Kayak & Canoe Outpost 775 Cape San Blas Road (678-442-8810) is located directly on St. Joseph Bay (AKA Cape San Blas!) & offers guided & unguided trips, & kayak sales. They specialize in guided eco-tours by a certified Florida Master Naturalist in Coastal Systems. Their guided snorkeling trips are fantastic as they introduce you to the underwater world & important habitat of saltwater bays. If you are a first-time scalloper, a guided snorkeling trip is a must to find out where & how to collect & clean these tasty morsels. Kayak fishing is the fastest-growing segment of the kayaking sport & the lush grass beds of St. Joseph Bay is a haven for trout and redfish, while the sand flats attract flounder. Happy Ours is fully equipped with expert guides & fishing kayaks. Paddling instruction is offered free with all rentals, & delivery to other launch sites is available by request. Stop by and say hello to Dan and Debbie & don’t forget to visit “Regent” & “Lizzie” & “Flopsy” at their petting zoo! has added PADDLE BOARDS as an option now! See their website for more info!  The girls haven’t stopped talking about Happy Ours & Dan, the man who helped us with the canoe in the bay. It was just a wonderful time. ” Crystal Culp, Guest 

Seahorse Water Safaris is at the Port St. Joe Marina and rents kayaks, Pontoon Boats, Runabouts and does a variety of trips. NOTE from the Jackson’s: We love taking out a pontoon boat in the bay for a whole day–fish, snorkel, watch the dolphins play, visit the tip of the Cape where there are no roads for the last 7 miles–it’s pristine!  Don’t miss a day on the bay while you’re on the Cape!  Bring water shoes as you will spend a lot of time out of the boat exploring!

Scallop Cove Great folks here and right on the Cape!   They have 5 pontoon boats for rental and they will deliver a kayak, stand up paddleboard (SUP) or canoe (or most anything you need to rent) directly to your Barrier Dunes Rental & pick it up at the end of your stay! They also have a Scallop Cove II location IN St. Joseph Peninsula State Park if you want to take a boat our SUP out in the bay!

Easy Bay Pontoon Rentals with Captain Clint:  850-247-3828

Daly’s Watersports 317 Monument Ave. Port St. Joe Rent kayaks, bodyboards or stand up paddleboards.

Clear Canoes by Broke-A-Toe  (850-899.7433) See Through Canoe St. Joe Bay Port St. Joe Cape San Blas Things To Do
What could be more amazing than riding on a canoe that is more like a mask?  Since the canoes are clear, they do not cast an underwater shadow… which sea life naturally associates with predators causing them to scurry away before you even see them. Your See Through Canoe lets you get up close and personal with hundreds of species unique to our area without disrupting their day! Sometimes, they are just as curious about you as you are of them! Get ready to paddle your way through one of the country’s most exquisite waters along with a guide who is both informative and fun! There are no words that would justify this experience… you’ll just have to see for yourself!

Kayak Dog Adventures:  850-630-4252
Prefer a guided tour?  Kayak Dog Adventures offers both single & tandem kayaks for your paddling pleasure.  They will meet you at your location or at the location of interest to begin your guided kayak adventure.

Salty Charters
Bali Hai Charters   * Pet-friendly!


Turtle season in Gulf County runs from May 1 to October 31. The Cape San Blas beaches are prime nesting grounds for Loggerhead & Greenback turtles. During the 1st half of the season, pregnant sea turtles drag themselves up on the Gulf County beaches to lay their eggs. During the second half of the season, thousands of tiny hatchlings hatch & make their way to the Gulf of Mexico! If you see a square area marked off by warning tape, it’s a turtle nest! Please stay clear & keep your dog clear of any turtle nest! If you take a walk in the evening or early morning, you might be lucky enough to see a sea turtle lay her eggs or the eggs hatch.

There are always several nests in & around Barrier Dunes during turtle nesting season!

Seeing sea turtles laying their eggs or seeing the eggs hatch is just one of many great things you can experience at Cape San Blas, FL (note: these are official turtle patrol folks – never touch a sea turtle nest or egg!)

Interested in walking with the Turtle Patrol?   See this page of the Florida Coastal Conservancy

Forgotten Coast Sea Turtle Center.  George Core Park.  200 B Miss Zola’s Drive, Port St. Joe.  Open Friday & Saturday 1-5 EST.  Come visit the center to learn all about one of Gulf County Florida’s favorite creatures, the majestic Sea Turtle! The Forgotten Coast Sea Turtle Center is brought to you by the Florida Coastal Conservancy to promote our community’s natural beauty and preserve one of its most valuable resources.


Spa Pur 407 Reid Ave. Suite A, Port St. Joe. 850-227-4470.
Enjoy a massage, facial, get your nails done or enjoy one of their many anti-aging treatments, tanning or waxing.

Riverfront Therapy Enjoy a relaxing massage! Therapeutic & relaxation massage for stress reduction, pain and fatigue. Light or deep tissue work. Kathy brings her table right to you so enjoy a massage on Cape San Blas in the comfort of your own Barrier Dunes Vacation Rental!

Massage Therapy by David Oakley, LMT 585 Madison Street, Port St. Joe. 850-2274791

Polished Nail Boutique 230 Reid Ave. Port St. Joe. 850-229-7009

Shoreline Skincare & Massage 315 Williams Ave., Port St. Joe. 850-227-1953
Permanent Make-up, Microdermabrasion, Facials, Waxing, Light Therapy, Sweedish, Deep Tissue and Hot Stone Massage.

Kelly Rene’s Hair Studio & Day Spa 302 Reid Ave Port St Joe, FL 32456 (850) 229-1113
Hair, Nails and Waxing Services. Full-service salon and will travel to your location.

Hair, Nails and Waxing Services. Full-servic
Whether you’re strolling along the natural shores of St. Joseph Bay, taking a  walk on our pristine beaches or exploring the wonders of the Forgotten Coast, you will surely be amazed at the treasures you’ll find as you comb Gulf County’s unique shorelines. From beautiful driftwood carved uniquely by nature, to the vast variety of bi-valves, urchins and mollusk shells, you’ll never come back empty-handed. Shelling is 365 days a year in Gulf County and is influenced by the tides, the weather and the seasonal fish.

There are a wide variety of shells and other treasures on both the Cape San Blas beaches and the St. Joseph Bay side of the Cape! A good spot for shelling is right past the stump hole… take your first right after you pass the “stump hole” if you are coming from Barrier Dunes. This area has HUGE shells, especially after a storm! The bayside is also a great place for different shelling treasures!  You can access the bay and beachside inside St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, right outside the gates to Barrier Dunes.


If biking, walking fishing or paddling won’t do it, you can always get a short-term membership to One Way Fitness Center Gym  209 Reid Avenue, Port Saint Joe, FL. (850) 227-1929 aways open


Scallop season dates are on the AREA EVENTS PAGE.  If you can swim, float or walk you can go 2 miles or more in a foot or 2 of water, you can scallop. Scalloping is a perfect activity for families because scallops are found in shallow, grassy areas making them easy targets for kids!

What You’ll Need:

    1. FL Saltwater Fishing License. Not needed if you are not using mask and snorkel. You can purchase one at the Scallop Cove bait and tackle shop right on Cape San Blas!
    1. Regulation Dive Flag (must be flying before anyone gets into the water, even if wading out from shore!) –we did provide dive flags, but they kept disappearing, sorry. You can rent them or buy them at Scallop Cove right on Cape San Blas, FL.
    1. Snorkel Gear – Not required, but helpful!
    1. Mesh Bag – To put all those scallops in!
  1. Boat – not required as you can walk out from the bayside beach of the State Park! We used kayaks and had lots of fun!

Once you have everything you need, get your boat, or wade into the water. Once you see a few scallops lying on top of the seagrasses, start collecting. Be sure to store the scallops on ice immediately after harvesting. This opens the shells & makes cleaning easier.

You are allowed 2 gallons of whole bay scallops in the shell or 1 pint of scallop meat per day. Depending on the number of people on board a vessel, they’re limited to a maximum of 10 gallons of whole scallops in the shell or ½ gallon of meat on board a vessel at any time.

Scalloping In St. Joe's Bay Off Cape San Blas
Scalloping In St. Joe's Bay Off Cape San Blas 1


St. Joesph Bay’s world-famous scallop season begins July 1 and runs through September 10. Most will say the best scalloping is at the south end or head of the bay. The best way to reach these scallops is by boat.

If you would like to book an organized Scallop Trip,
Seahorse Water Safaris   
Salty Charters
Bali Hai Charters  * Pet-friendly!
or just visit St. Joe Bay…it’s easy and good eats!

You can rent a pontoon boat right ON Cape San Blas at Scallop Cove TOO in the State Park, right outside the gates to Barrier Dunes.


The Cape San Blas Light is a lighthouse in the state of Florida in the United States.

There were four built between 1849 and 1885. It was located at Cape San Blas in the northwestern part of the state. Due to beach erosion and weather damage over the decades, it was moved in 2014 to Port Saint Joe, Florida 32456 (850) 229-1151. The

lighthouse was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2015. YES! You can climb the lighthouse!

See some great shots of the historic moving of the lighthouse.

See our comprehensive Golf Page for details and more courses from Panama City to Tallahassee!

St. Joe Bay Country Club offers an 18-hole championship golf course located along the beautiful St. Joseph Bay–10 minutes away. Visitors are welcome. 850-227-1751.

St. James Bay Country Club is an 18 hole, resort-style course. 850-697-9606.
Wildwood Country Club 18-hole, PAR 72 course at 3870 Coastal Hwy in Crawfordville. 850-926-4653.

You can enjoy a golf cart in and around Barrier Dunes and on the bike path that runs up the Cape by calling St. Joe Rent-All at 850-227-2112.

St. Joe Bay & the Gulf both offer great snorkeling! If you don’t have your own equipment you can buy or rent what you need at Scallop Cove or The Trading Post, both on Cape San Blas! You can walk straight out from the shore or take a boat out in the ocean or the bay! You can book a snorkel trip, among other things, with Seahorse Water Safaris.

Seahorse Water Safaris 850-227-1099. Port St. Joe Marina
“We took a sunset cruise and a snorkeling trip at Seahorse Water Safaris in the Port St. Joe Marina. The owners were a lot of fun and educated us on the different life in the ocean.” Tina Theobald, Guest

Crazy Waverunners 850- 527-9893
Available on the beach behind the El’ Governor Motel in Mexico Beach.

You are welcome to bring your own jet ski. There is a hose under (or on the back deck) of all of our Barrier Dunes rentals to wash off the salt water when you are finished. There is also a boat washing area on Parkside Circle right in Barrier Dunes.


Family Fun and Great Eating! You can do this on the beach and in the bay–one of our favorite places is at the end of Indian Pass, but you can go crabbing on Cape San Blas or just about anywhere! One method is to use a crab cage–this is great for catching a LOT of crabs, but not near as much fun as crabbing with a string and a chicken neck! You can get a crab cage at Scallop Cove.

What you will need:

  • Fishing line, string or twine
  • Chicken Necks (any part of the chicken really)
  • Stick/pole or something to secure the line to
  • A long-handled net (not too long or it gets in the way)
  • A bucket that will hold water and is deep enough the crabs can’t crawl out of. Deep coolers work too!
  • A family ready to have some fun!

My kids look forward to crabbing each time we go to the beach almost as much as the beach itself! We stop at the Piggly Wiggly on the way through Port St. Joe and buy some chicken necks or wings and freeze them—we freeze them after each time and use them all week.

We have the bases of palm fronds that we use for sticks and have the string (about 25 ft) already tied to them and wrapped around the fat end of the palm branch because it means less wrapping!

Gather up your gear and a few drinks and snacks and pick your favorite spot! We like the end of Indian Pass so far, but have heard success stories from St. Joseph State Park, the surf in front of Barrier Dunes on a calm day, the Stump Hole on Cape San Blas (the skinny part of the Cape with the rock wall) and the last Bridge before you get to Indian Pass Raw Bar (don’t get in water here—alligators are a possibility).

Throw your line out about 15 feet & wait a few minutes! When you pull the line a little and feel some extra weight—he’s there! Pull him in slowly and have a net waiting! Scoop him up and put it in your bucket of water!

When you get home—only cook the live ones. All you do is drop them into boiling water with Old Bay Seasoning and wait for it to boil again. They’ll turn pink—a lot like cooking shrimp! Dump them out and dinner is ready!

You can also get a crab cage at Scallop Cove in the fish and tackle shop.

For your convenience, there is a large crab pot, crab “crackers” and “pickers” available at all of our rentals!


Our kids were too young to get certified when we purchased at Barrier Dunes but we’re thrilled to say they have been certified by Daly’s Dock and Dive! John & I enjoy diving when we have a chance but haven’t made it on one of our Cape trips yet…now that our kids can dive we are looking forward to doing a wreck dive or two soon! There are several options for dive charters:

For a great DIVE MAP go to the Seahorse Water Safaris & click on “Dive Boat Trips”.


Dixie Theatre in Apalachicola has a great calendar of live theater & movies year around!


I often get asked if there is a workout room at Barrier Dunes, but there is not. If you are interested in staying in shape & walking, biking, swimming and snorkeling won’t do it for you, you can contact Coastal Fitness in Port St. Joe. Located at 310 Reid Avenue – Phone 850-229-1900.

You can also enjoy Yoga with Mexico Beach Yoga!


Birding seasons are Fall through Spring! Enjoy Northern Gannet, White and Brown Pelicans, Cormorants, Herons, Egrets, Geese, Blue Winged Teal, Bald Eagle, Dunlin, Northern Harrier, Black Bellied Plover, Snowy Plover, Wilson’s Plover, Royal Tern, Forester’s Tern, Caspian Tern, Geese, and America Kestral to name a few!

RAINY DAY?  Art of Glass, 47 Market Street.  Across from the Gibson Inn
Bits & Pieces: 1-hour pop art classes.  You pick your canvas glass & other media & create your work of art.  When it’s complete, we coat it in a clear epoxy and you can pick up your masterpiece the next day.  Call ahead with a time and a day that’s convenient for you & your group or just show up.  3 convenient classes held daily at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.  Great for parties or company outings Great for you to bring something special home from your vacation that you can enjoy for years.

Port St. Joe

  • Amigos 218 Reid Ave. Latino flavor fresh bread, tortilla, cheeses and a variety of sauces, canned goods, sodas, chips, CDs, shirts, hats and more.
  • Antiques on Reid 207 Reid Ave.
  • Bay Artiques 301 Reid Ave. Art, antiques and collectible curios.
  • Beach to Bay Interiors 414 Reid Ave.
  • Boutique by the Bay 319 Reid Ave.
  • Bow Wow Beach Shop 301 Reid Ave.
    A unique source for quality products for dog lovers and dogs that love them!
  • Bluewater Outriggers.  Right next to the Piggly Wiggly in Port St. Joe. 877-216-9600  * Pet-friendly & they have dog treats!
  • Cape Trading Post Right on Cape San Blas.
    Offering a full line of groceries, fresh meats, produce, souvenirs, beer, wine and a liquor store. Also freshly made sandwiches, pizza and more. Come by for breakfast, lunch or dinner!
  • Daly’s Watersports 317 Monument Ave.
    Come by for all your watersports needs! Skimboards, swimsuits, dive and snorkel gear, scalloping equipment and more. They also rent surfboards, kayaks, stand up paddleboards (SUP), body boards and wave skaters.
  • Ed’s Red Hot Sauce 2911 Garrison Ave. Locally made hot sauce and cocktail sauce shipped anywhere in the world. GREAT with oysters!
  • Expressions from the Heart Florist and Gift Shop. 200B Reid Ave. Full-service florist.
  • Joseph’s Cottage 403 Reid Ave. Gift shop.
  • No Name Cafe 306 Reid Ave. Books, art supplies and coffee shop.
  • Persnickety 229 Reid Ave. A boutique with gifts, ladies and children’s clothes, invitations, pet boutique items & an assortment of unique gifts.
  • Petals by the Bay Reid Ave.,
  • Portside Trading Company 328 Reid Ave. Gifts & decorating items.

Apalachicola, Florida (about 25 minutes from Cape San Blas–worth a trip to the unique shops and
fabulous food!):

  • Apalachicola Antique Mall 118 Market Street, Apalachicola, FL. 850-653-3894. Antiques, collectibles and funky vintage Florida!
  • Artemis Gallery in High Cotton Marketplace 18 Seventh Street, Apalachicola FL. 850-653-8990. Unique gallery featuring exquisite fine art, clothing, accessories and gifts.
  • Avenue E15 Avenue E, Apalachicola, FL. 850-653-1411. Unique home furnishings and antiques.
  • Betsy’s Downtown 67 Commerce St., Apalach. 850-653-1290. A unity bookstore.
  • Betsy’s Sunflower 14 Avenue D. Apalach. 850-653-9144. Kitchen, Garden and Gourmet.
  • Chez Funk 88 Market Street, Apalachicola. 850-653-3885. Antiques, gifts and painted furniture.
  • Smokehouse Antiques 16 Ave. E, Apalach. 850-653-3550. Antiques, art, photography, fountains, ironwork.
  • The Chestnut Tree 79 Market Street, Apalach. 850-653-2084.
  • Taylor’s 10 Avenue D, Apalach. 850-653-9133. Antiques, collectibles and funky vintage Florida.
  • Tin Shed Nautical’s 170 Water Street, Apalachicola, Florida. 850-653-3635.

Mexico Beach, Florida (about 25 minutes from Cape San Blas, Florida):

  • Beachwalk – Beach & Giftware 13252 Highway 98. 850-648-4200. Fine gifts and clothing.
  • Driftwood Inn Gifts 1701 Hwy. 98. 850-648-5126. T-Shirts, and gift items.
  • Frost’s Pottery Garden 2950 W. Hwy 98. Pottery from around the world, exotic plants, Adirondacks & oak rockers. The gift shop has painted glass, copper art, blown glass, jewelry, candles, beach items, handmade baskets, shells, outside rugs & fountains.
  • Gulf Food and Gifts 900-A Hwy. 98. 850-648-5129. Souvenir, beachwear and accessory needs.
  • LadyFish 2802 Hwy 98, Unit B. 850-648-4847. Women’s boutique specializing in unique, fun and preppy clothing, jewelry and shoes.
  • Two Gulls at the Beach 2802 Hwy. 98. 648-1122. Souvenirs, t-shirts, ladies and men’s resort wear and shoes.
  • Prickly Pears Gourmet Gallery 101 S. 36st St.. 850-648-1115. Gourmet Food, art, chocolate, cheeses, kitchenware and cooking classes.
  • The Shell Shack Hwy 98. 850-648-8256. Great shell jewelry and accessories plus a seafood market.
  • Toucan’s Gift Shop 812 Hwy. 98. 850-648-5861. A vast assortment of t-shirts, souvenirs and gifts. They carry swimsuits for all ages.

Apalachicola Estuary Tours 301 Market Street, Apalachicola. 850-653-8687. River Cruises. NOTE: Have heard GREAT reviews about this tour from several guests!
Island Air Tours 8 airport Road, Apalachicola. 850-653-2222. Air tours and scenic flights.
Shell Island Shuttle Shell Island is a natural, undeveloped island located in Panama City. It’s home to one of the highest concentration of bottle-nosed dolphins and the islands pristine beauty and abundant wildlife make it an enjoyable day! Shuttle, Snorkel package and kayak rentals.
Gulf Marine Specimen Lab Learning fun for the whole family. Aquarium touch tanks. In Panacea FL. 850-984-5297
Scooter Rentals Coastal Scooter Rental 850-927-4011 or Jolly Roger Beach Shop 850-927-2999

Please visit the Area Events Calendar (includes Festivals, Special Events, Fishing Tournaments etc.)


St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 202 20th Street, Port St. Joe 850-227-1417
First Baptist Church of Port St. Joe
Gulf County Church Information
Port St. Joe Church Information

NEED THE ACTION OF PANAMA CITY? It’s only 50 miles away!


Need a little more entertainment? Gulf World Marine Park is in Panama City. Park Admission Includes dolphin, sea lion and parrot shows, turtle, shark and alligator exhibits and special programs that include: swimming with a dolphin, trainer for a day and dolphin day camp (RSVP’s required for special programs. Gulf World is open daily, rain or shine at 9:00 am. Learn more at Gulf World Marine World or call 850-234-5271.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum Intersection of Front Beach Road, Thomas Dr. and Middle Beach Road in Panama City Beach. 850-230-6113.

Shipwreck Island Water Park 12201 Middle Beach Road, Panama City Beach, FL 32407. 1-800-538-7395 or 850-234-3333. Panama City Beach’s ONLY waterpark!

365 Atlanta Family Blog:  Good article on things to do and places to eat around Cape San Blas and Gulf CountyCAP