Welcome to Florida's Forgotten Coast!
Cape San Blas
Cape San Blas is one of Florida’s best-kept secrets. It’s still “Old Florida” and is the way it used to be before high rises and condos erased the beaches in other areas of the coastline. There are no buildings on Cape San Blas over 3 stories tall on pilings. Our area is very pet friendly and you can still walk, see, and enjoy our beautiful beaches. Sea turtles still come to the beaches every year and lay their eggs while Dolphins swim and play by the shore.
Ranked America’s #1 Beach for 2002 by Dr. Stephen Leatherman, commonly known as Dr. Beach, Cape San Blas is home to St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, as well as a variety of secluded beach front homes and small developments. The 2,416 acre state park starts at the “tip” of the peninsula and continues with uninhabited eight-miles of towering dunes, pristine beaches and crystal clear waters. St. Joseph Peninsula State Park was featured in the May, 2008 issue of Coastal Living Magazine with the title of "sand so white, you've got to wear shades".
Located on the Florida panhandle, Mexico Beach is a community on the edge of the Gulf of Mexico but miles from anything else. As you drive along scenic Highway 98, there are no high rises, nothing to block your view of sea oats and white sand. You may stop for a family of beach lovers crossing the road, but no traffic lights. Park between palm trees and enjoy.
Mexico Beach truly lives up to its name. Seven miles of pristine sugar-soft sand beaches along the Gulf of Mexico are among the finest in the United States. Sheltered by the long arm of the St. Joseph Peninsula, Mexico Beach is known as “the surf with no undertow”. The whole family can swim, wade, snorkel, find that special seashell, or just let the white sand squeak underfoot. When you are in Mexico Beach, you are always within walking distance of the beach. Fish from our community pier or surf cast the emerald green shoreline. Try an offshore charter fishing trip and let one of our local Captains whisk you to prime fishing spots just minutes from shore on one of the many MBARA reef systems.
St. George Island
St. George Island is a 28-mile barrier island with some of the most beautiful and serene beaches on the Gulf Coast. It is one of the last inhabited, yet unspoiled, barrier islands of Florida, with miles of un-crowded beaches for sunning and shelling, clear Gulf waters for swimming and excellent fishing, pristine marshes for wildlife viewing. Visitors can rent a quaint beach cottage, a multi-story luxury beach home, or lodge at one of the four Island hotels or inns. The Island is also very pet friendly. Well-behaved dogs are always welcome on our beaches and pets are allowed in many of the rental homes. St. George Island is home to some of the most beautiful beach homes in Florida.
St. George Island State Park is one of the most beautiful parks in the state and occupies the far eastern end of the island where you will find nine miles of pristine shoreline, majestic dunes, bay forest, sandy coves and salt marshes. The park has a series of hiking trails, boardwalks and observation platforms. Bird watching is a popular activity here. You might encounter one of the many migratory birds that use the island as a stopover on their way south or north.
Port St. Joe
The town of St. Joseph dates to the 1830s and was a bustling city with about 12,000 residents. In 1838, it was selected as the site for Florida’s first Constitutional Convention where 56 delegates met from the surrounding territory and drafted Florida’s first constitution. Six years later, Florida became a State.
In 1841, three-fourths of St. Joseph’s population succumbed to yellow fever that arrived on a Spanish freighter. The approximate 400 remaining residents fled after a major hurricane in 1844. Re-established in the 1920s, the resurrected city went industrial with the opening of the St. Joe Company’s paper mill in 1938. Workers were well paid and easily employed at the mill, in related forestry industries or in maritime trades. Despite comparative prosperity from union wages and job security, the consistent paper mill stench sent most passers-by out of town quickly. Then the mill closed in 1999 bringing on a new era.
A gift of geography, Port St. Joe faces west, bringing stunning sunsets over Cape San Blas and St. Joseph Bay. Restaurants and a restored historic hotel take advantage of this, setting up tables and rocking chairs that are as comfortable for dining, sitting and talking as they are ideal for photographers. The beaches at nearby Cape San Blas are rated tops in the world.
Once the third largest port on the Gulf of Mexico, Apalachicola's diverse and colorful past remains visible today. There are over 200 historic homes and buildings on the National Register. Visitors are invited to stroll along the wide tree-lined streets where picturesque Victorian homes display the charm of years gone by.
Apalachicola's rich history and a maritime culture are complemented by the area's bountiful natural resources.
The Apalachicola River and Bay provide world class fishing opportunities for both fresh and salt water anglers. Outdoor enthusiasts can explore the endless bays and waterways by kayak, canoe, riverboat or sailboat.