Adventures at Cape San Blas.....
Cape San Blas is known for its amazing fishing. Try your skill in the surf or charter a boat to take you out on the bay. Bait and tackle for surf fishing can be purchased or rented at Scallop Cove. If you prefer an expert to help you catch dinner from the surf we recommend Fifth Day Charters. Do you have an adventurous streak? Fifth Day does a little shark fishing too.
Heading out on a boat in the calm waters of St. Joseph Bay is never a bad way to spend the time. Captains depart from Port St. Joe, Indian Pass and the State Park Marinas. We recommend you reach out to Captain Dan Van Treese at Perfect Cast Charters, Captain Taft Taunton at Liquid Addiction Charters or Captain Roger Thomas at Southern Tide Charters. They are all local to the area, extremely knowledgeable, patient and great with kids.
4664 Cape San Blas Road Port St. Joe, FL 32456
An important part of vacation is taking time to really slow down and focus on yourself as well as your family. Cape San Blas now has Sunbird Yoga to help you do just that. Adelia Gibson, RYT teaches classes Tuesday - Friday in either an indoor or outdoor studio. What could be better than practicing on a deck overlooking St. Joseph Bay? Walk in classes are $12 and a 5 class card is $55. Did you leave your mat at home? No worries, there are mats at Sunbird that you can use. See the class schedule here.
Kayaking The Dead Lakes
Sometimes you just need a little break from the beach and kayaking the Dead Lakes is the perfect adventure for those times. The Dead Lakes are located about an hour from Cape San Blas in the small town of Wewahitchka. These lakes are truly a place like no other; filled with beautiful scenery and diverse wildlife. A photographer's dream! The best way to learn about the lakes and their history is on a guided kayak tour. We recommend Matt with Off The Map Expeditions. Matt is a fantastic host and a super nice guy. A kayak trip with him promises to be an adventure you will be talking about long after you return to your beach chair.
This state park is one the most amazing places we have visited. There are so many things to do over the 2,716 acres. There are miles of untamed coast (you will most likely be the only people on the beach), 35-foot dune structures, maritime forests and abundant wild life. The bay beach at Eagles Harbor is a great place to float or launch a kayak or sup for an afternoon adventure. The concessionaire, Scallop Cove Too, rents kayaks and canoes (Winter rentals from Scallop Cove on Cape San Blas Road). Ride your bikes into the park and chances are you will experience deer, bald eagles and other wildlife along the way. There is a small daily admission fee to the park but it is worth every penny. Stop and talk to the rangers on the way into the park for an updated list of programs and activities.
The Loggerhead Run Bike and Run Path is an eight-mile trail that curves the length of the Cape from St. Joseph Peninsula State Park to Salinas Park along Hwy 30E/Cape San Blas Road. The path is very flat and is great for walking, jogging or biking. Named after the turtles that live and nest in this beautiful area, the trail offers a great place to exercise as well as to stop and enjoy the beautiful nature of the Cape.
The six mile stretch of St. Joseph Peninsula is the birth place of many young sea turtles. In 2016 271 nests were discovered from May 1-October 31st. A new record. Every morning at sunrise a team of volunteers meet to walk the beach to determine if there was any nesting activity the previous night. Guests are welcome to walk with the Turtle Patrol and learn more about these amazing creatures. Early in the season lucky participants may experience a newly laid next. Later in the summer when the beaches are quieter, the nests are hatching and early risers might just be able to see baby turtles.
If you visit Cape San Blas outside of nesting time, take a trip to The Forgotten Coast Sea Turtle Center located at George Core Park, 200 B Miss Zola Drive, Port St. Joe. The knowledgeable staff of The Florida Costal Conservancy would love to tell you all they know about turtles.
Kayak, Canoe and Stand up Paddle
The St. Joseph Bay is the perfect setting on which to kayak, canoe and stand up paddle (SUP). The bay is shallow, calm and full of amazing wildlife. You can either take guided tours or rent equipment and head out on your own adventure. Happy Ours is an outfitter on the Cape from which you can take a tour or rent you equipment.
Horseback Riding on the Beach
There are few things as special as riding a beautiful horse on the beach. Broke-a-Toe are the ones that can provide you with this unforgettable experience while visiting Cape San Blas. Rides leave from Salinas Park and can be scheduled in the morning, late afternoon and at sunset. Do call ahead for reservations. Ride groups are kept small and fill up quickly. No riding experience is needed. All you do need is a love a nature, a sense of adventure and your camera.
Accessible only by boat, St. Vincent Island is an undeveloped barrier island just offshore from the mouth of the Apalachicola River, in the Gulf of Mexico. The refuge is managed to preserve, in as natural a state as possible, its highly varied plant and animal communities. Pack a lunch and plan to spend the day kayaking, fishing, hiking and biking. If you are a photog, bring your camera as it is the perfect place to catch a pristine view of the Gulf of Mexico. The refuge is only open during the day light hours and the Visitor’s Center is located on the north end of Market Street in Apalachicola. The St. Vincent Island Shuttle Service can ferry you (and your bikes) to and from the island based upon on your schedule.