Cape San Blas is All Fun Things in July!

Cape San Blas is known for its dog-friendly, white sand beaches, blue-green water, abundant wildlife and laid-back atmosphere!  There’s so much to do and see in this area of the “Forgotten Coast,” and July is an especially busy month at this Florida gem.  Following are some of the amazing things happening in July:

Annual Forgotten Coast Sea Turtle Festival – July 1 from 11-4 at Village Drive and George Core Park in Port St. Joe

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This annual event features music, food and fun!  Its purpose, is to help educate the public about sea turtles; one of the most beloved creatures on the Forgotten Coast.  There will be a special focus on the importance of preserving the coastal habitat that the sea turtles call home.  The event is also a fundraiser for the Forgotten Coast Sea Turtle Center, so come and support this very worthy cause!

Downtown Apalachicola Independence Eve Celebration– July 3rd from 5-10 p.m. at Riverfront Park

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Come celebrate our independence a day earlier than the rest of the country! We’re excited to announce that this year’s featured entertainment will be the Bo Spring Band with Southern Flood as the opening act. Enjoy great food, beverages, a parade, free ice cream, veteran’s tribute, and more.

Fireworks in St. Joe – July 4th at two locations in Port St. Joe at dusk.

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Celebrate our Country’s independence in Gulf County with your choice of 2 spectacular firework displays!

St. Joseph Bay, Port St. Joe will be setting off at the Port St. Joe Marina.This show begins at 10:00 p.m. Eastern time and can be viewed from most anywhere downtown Port St. Joe.

Lake Alice Park, Wewahitchka – Gather around Lake Alice when the sun goes down for a spectacular display over the water!

Salt-Air Farmer’s Market– July 7 and 21 from 9-1 in Downtown Port St. Joe

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Shop for seasonal produce from area farmers, locally harvested Gulf seafood, and artisan goods while listening to live music.  It’s always fun for the whole family!

Mexico Beach Offshore Classic– July 27 and 28 at Mexico Beach Marina

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This 2-day tournament allows anglers a chance to take home $2,500 in cash prizes.  Wahoo, Dolphin and King Mackerel are the fishing categories, with cash prizes up for grabs in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.  Fishing will commence at 5 a.m. on both days; with weigh in from 4-5:30 p.m.  It’s a competition that should not be missed!

Things To Do During a Late Season Vacation

If you’re one of the lucky people that are taking a late season vacation to Cape San Blas, Florida, this year there are some exciting things taking place this time of the year! Things are cooling off though some days it might not feel that way. If you’re staying in one of our Sunset Reflections Vacation Rentals you’ll be in close proximity to the following local events so check them out and have some fun!
Gulf County Sheriff’s Department Annual Bass TournamentThis weekend is the Gulf County Sheriff’s Department Annual Bass Tournament. This annual catch-and-release tournament is taking place from Sept. 24-26, 2016, starting at George Gore Park, Port St. Joe. Anglers will be fishing the Intracoastal Waterway, Lake Wimico and the Apalachicola River Basin. Cash prizes lure the most avid anglers with first place being $5,000! For more information check out the tournament Facebook page at
Scallop & Music Festival in St. Joe
Don’t miss the Scallop & Music Festival being held at George Core Park in Port St. Joe from Sept. 30-Oct. 1. As the new home of the Cape San Blas Lighthouse, this park provides the ideal location for the popular autumn event. Come out and enjoy all the art & craft vendors, educational exhibits, a special kid zone and many great food vendors.

This 2-day event will be an enjoyable experience for all, with sweet southern-fried scallop dinners available. The event features Sister Hazel as the headliner on Saturday night. The Chamber of Commerce sells frozen scallops at the festival to take home and cook.

General admission, Friday: Active military personnel with valid I.D. is free. Children under 6 free, ages 6 & up $5. Parking is free.

General admission, Saturday: Active military personnel with valid I.D. is free. Children under 6 free, ages 6-11 $5, ages 12-up $10. Parking is free.
3rd Annual Apalachicola Oktoberfest The 3rd Annual Apalachicola Oktoberfest festival will be held on October 9, 2016 from noon to 9 p.m. on Commerce Street in front of Oyster City Brewing Company. This will be a full day of live music, bratwurst, and of course, great beer! The Oyster City Brewing Company will be making a special Oktoberfest brew especially for this event! There will be non-stop live music all day long featuring: Matt Law and the Usual Suspects, Johnny Barbato and the Lucky Doggs, The Krickets, and Bo Spring Band.
All of us at Sunset Reflections would like to wish all of you a very happy and fun-filled Autumn season!

Mark Your Calendars Now for the Florida Scallop & Music Festival

For those planning on attending the Florida Scallop & Music Festival taking place from Sept. 30 through October 1, 2016, it’s not too early to book a vacation rental at Sunset Reflections. Any of our luxurious vacation rentals in Florida will have you in close proximity to Port St. Joe where the festival is being held.

Mark Your Calendars Now for the Florida Scallop & Music Festival
This popular event offers top notch entertainment, art & craft vendors, educational exhibits, a very popular Kids Zone and over 50 vendors featuring food, art and more. The event provides free parking for all.

General admission, Friday: Active military personnel with valid I.D. get in free. Children under 6 are free, ages 6 & up $5. The Kids Zone is free.

General admission, Saturday: Active military personnel with valid I.D. is free. Children under 6 free, ages 6-11 $5, ages 12-up $10. The Kids Zone is free.

Mark Your Calendars Now for the Florida Scallop & Music Festival
The entertainment schedule to date is as follows. More details will be available closer to the event.

Friday, September 30
4:30-6:00 PM: The Krickets
6:30-8:00 PM: The Currys
8:30-10:00 PM: McKenzie’s Mill

Saturday, October 1
11:00-12:00 NOON: Cypress Trio
12:30-2:00 PM: Jerry Thigpen Trio
2:30-4:00 PM: Bo Spring Band
4:30-6:00 PM: John Sutton Band
6:30-8:00 PM: The Springs
8:00-10:00 PM: Sister Hazel

If you’re looking for some special end of summer deals on festival accommodations take a look at our Sizzling End of Summer Specials but book fast because these won’t last long!

Don’t Miss These Hot Deals and Local Events

If you’re planning on taking advantage of our hot deals on vacation rentals over the next few weeks, there are plenty to be had as well as local events you shouldn’t miss. With so much to see and do you can count on having an exceptionally good vacation whether you’re here for the Easter holiday, for business, or just getting a jump on your summer vacation before the crowds arrive. If you’re in need of accommodations get in touch with us at Sunset Reflections and we’ll set you up in style at a price you’ll be delighted with.

Dixie Theatre

The Dixie Theatre at 21 Avenue E in Apalachicola, FL, is having a Tribute to Jim Croce: John Reno & Brett Gambino on Saturday, March 26, from 8:00-10:00 p.m. Dixie Theatre Professional Season 19 Box Office can be reached at 850-653-3200.

First Friday’s Art & Music Series in Port St. Joe will be held on Friday, April 1 at The Thirsty Goat, Port St. Joe. Live music will fill the air as you relax and watch the sun go down over St. Joseph Bay. There is live music and local art at The Thirsty Goat in Port St. Joe on the first Friday of every month.

Apalachicola Art Walk & Wine Festival
The Apalachicola Art Walk & Wine Festival is being held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 2 in downtown Apalachicola. Come enjoy art in an assortment of mediums. Art will be all around picturesque downtown Apalachicola where artists and musicians will be showing, selling and demonstrating their talents. The festivities last into the evening with a wine tasting at 3:00 p.m. Following the wine tasting, area chefs will prepare dishes at their restaurants paired with special wines.

The Dixie Theatre at 21 Avenue E in Apalachicola, FL, is presenting Sarah Mac Band on April 2, from 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. Dixie Theatre Professional Season 19 Box Office 850-653-3200.

Boat And Car Show
Apalachicola will host the 18th Annual Apalachicola Antique & Classic Boat & Car Show on Saturday, April 16, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Antique boats, classic and traditional vessels, workboats, and fiberglass and aluminum classics will be on display. This festival emphasizes the maritime history of this picturesque coastal town. Come see up close the assortment of home-built boats by skilled craftsmen, authentic oyster boats and workboats, antique outboard engines, plus antique automobiles and artist booths.

The Apalachicola Maritime Museum will be hosting tours of the Heritage, a 58-foot wooden Herreshoff-designed ketch and have demonstrations of steam engines with their antique steam powered vessels. The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve will have displays on the Apalachicola River and its flora and fauna, along with booths.

The Apalachicola Traders’ Canoe, a hand built 50-foot long vessel used between 1750-1850, recovered from the Apalachicola River will be on display at the Cotton Warehouse and the restored 1877 gaff-rigged schooner the Governor Stone will also be in attendance. Questions? Please call (850) 653-9419 or visit

If we can help you with your room selection or answer any questions you may have, please don’t hesitate to call us at 877-265-4252. Wishing you all a very happy Easter!

Popular Local Events Still to Come This Month

Even with February more than half over there’s still plenty of important (and popular!) local events coming up before month’s end. These are annual events that get a big turnout every year, so if you’re visiting the area be sure to check them out. All of the events are open to the public – residents and visitors alike. If you’re planning a visit but haven’t made your reservations yet, be sure to check out our affordably priced Sunset Reflections vacation rentals big enough for any size family!

Here’s what’s coming up in the local area before February ends:

Popular Local Events Still to Come This Month

The Annual African-American History Festival will be held from February 19-21, 2016 in Apalachicola. There will be live entertainment, handmade arts and crafts, dance and much more. The festival opens Friday at 4. For more information call 850-323-0544 or 850-653-7515.


Popular Local Events Still to Come This Month

Annual Forgotten Coast Chefs Sampler in Apalachicola will take place on Feb. 28, 2016 at 4th Street & Avenue D in Apalachicola. Area Chefs present their finest fare at the Fort Coombs Armory. Benefits will go to the Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce. Includes silent auction with original artwork, vacation packages and more. Area shopkeepers give the event extra flair by decorating each table individually ranging from funky to elegant to artistic. For tickets call the Apalachicola Bay Chamber at 850-653-9419 or email


Popular Local Events Still to Come This Month

Don’t miss the Mexico Beach Gumbo Cook Off taking place on Feb. 20, 2016 starting at 10 a.m. in Sunset Park, Mexico Beach. Are you ready to cook the rice, peel the shrimp, stew the veggies and bask in the aroma of roux? If so, then tie on that apron and enter to be one of the 25 chefs competing for the title of Gumbo King. For complete rules and an entry form call 888-723-2546.


Popular Local Events Still to Come This Month

The annual Crawfordville Swine Festival is held the last Saturday in February.  This popular “Pig Party” at the livestock pavilion grounds starts at 10:30 a.m. and lasts throughout the day. It’s a real down-home event with a parade, booths, beauty contests, pig scramble, swine judging and exceptional BBQ plates. Free admission to the public. Call 850-926-3931 with any questions.

If you know of other February events taking place around Cape San Blas, feel free to leave a comment below.