Get away from the cold this holiday season in Cape San Blas

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Visit us in Cape San Blas this holiday season and enjoy bright sunshine, warm temperatures, pet-friendly, un-crowded beaches and amazing Gulf sunsets; as well as these Forgotten Coast happenings that are sure to get you in the holiday spirit!

Mexico Beach Turkey-Trot 5K Fun Run

Thanksgiving morning at 8 am-Under the Palms Park, Mexico Beach, FL

This 5K run is a perfect way to burn off calories in advance of Thanksgiving dinner later in the day! Whether you’re participating in the race or cheering on the runners, the Fun Run is a wonderful way to start the holiday season along with family and friends.

Apalachicola Historic Downtown Christmas Celebration

November 24th at 3pm- Apalachicola, FL

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Head to the historic town of Apalachicola the day after Thanksgiving and enjoy some shopping and all sorts of holiday cheer! Businesses will be open late for the day, several historic homes with be decked out for the holidays and carolers will be entertaining revelers with holiday favorites.  The highlight of the event will be the arrival of Santa on a shrimp boat at 4pm at the City Dock.

Holiday Fresh Market

December 2nd at 10am- Apalachicola, FL

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This market is the ideal place to find unique gifts for family and friends from local artisans. Shop for handmade jewelry, crafts, baked goods and more.

Chili Cook-off and Family Bazaar

December 2nd at 12pm- Sailors Cove, Port St. Joe, FL

Work up an appetite before heading to this annual event! There will be plenty of food, live music and a beer garden; in addition to a Family Bazaar, where you can find unique holiday gifts for everyone on your list.

Port Theater’s 1st Christmas Gala

December 7th at 6:30 pm- Port Theater Art and Cultural Center- Port St. Joe, FL

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Celebrate Christmas at this beloved historic landmark.   The Gulf Coast State College Jazz ensemble & FSU strings will be performing holiday favorites, and there will be dinner and drinks as well!  All proceeds benefit the Port Theater Art and Culture Center.

Christmas on the Coast

December 9th at 5pm on Reid Avenue- Port St. Joe, FL

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Historic Reid Avenue is the place to be for this Christmas Parade. Come on out and see holiday festooned floats, boats, trucks and much more as they compete for a prize.

Jingle in the Joe

December 14th at 6 pm- Port Theater Art and Cultural Center- Port St. Joe, FL

Get in the holiday spirit, with performances by local musicians and choral groups.

Celebrate New Year’s Twice

New Year’s Eve- Port St. Joe and Mexico Beach, FL

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This is a wonderful opportunity to ring in 2018 twice; first in Port St. Joe at 10pm EST and second in Mexico Beach at midnight, CST. The day begins with a scavenger hunt from Port. St. Joe to Mexico Beach beginning at 9 am, and ends with fireworks to celebrate the New Year!

We look forward to seeing you here in Cape San Blas this holiday season, where you won’t only escape the cold, but also experience the holidays in true Forgotten Coast style!

 

 

Cape San Blas is Amazing in August…and Here’s Why.

Pet-Friendly White Sand Beaches

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The Forgotten Coast has some of the most beautiful, un-crowded beaches in the country; boasting soft white sand and amazing blue-green water. And you can share this paradise with your canine companion!

The George Boyer Band at the Historic Port Theater– August 17th- 314 Reid Street, Port St. Joe

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Come out and see the George Boyer Band at Port St. Joe’s historic Port Theater; as part of their “Thursdays at the Theater” program. This Art Deco style venue originally opened in 1938, as a place for locals to see the latest theatrical releases.  It shuttered its doors in 1967 and fell into disrepair, until it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.  With vigorous fundraising and the help of a local non-profit group, the theater is open again.  Come and see this local historic landmark, while enjoying some fabulous music!

21st Annual MBARA Kingfish Tournament– August 26th- Mexico Beach

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This annual tournament is a fantastic opportunity for those who love fishing to win prizes, while at the same time supporting a worthy cause. All proceeds from the event go to MBARA (Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association), whose mission it is to construct artificial reef habitats to enhance sustainable fisheries in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.  So, come out for some amazing Kingfish, Wahoo and Spanish Mackerel fishing.  You could win big!

Apalachicola Farmers Market– August 12th and 26th from 9 – 1- Mill Pond Pavilion, Market Street 

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Shop for locally harvested seafood and produce, as well as homemade breads, pies, jewelry, art and other regional specialties at this twice-monthly local favorite.

Beach Horseback Riding

8_2_2017 CSB August HorseWhat a perfect way to explore the uncrowded beaches of the Forgotten Coast! Locals and visitors alike list exploring the beach on horseback as one of their favorite pastimes, and there are plenty of stables in the area that offer guided rides.

These are just a few of the ways Cape San Blas is amazing in August.  Come down to the Forgotten Coast this month and discover the myriad other ways Cape San Blas is truly unforgettable….

 

 

Let the Scalloping Begin!

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It’s that time again….scalloping season on the Forgotten Coast! Every year, this amazing area on the Gulf coast of Florida gears up for recreational scalloping.  Adults and children alike can be seen scouring the bays for these delicacies, and restaurants begin whipping up inventive scallop dishes for their patrons.  Not familiar with scalloping?  Following is all you need to know…

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The Florida bay scallop is a bivalve mollusk that grows and lives in shallow (4-10 feet deep) sea grass beds, commonly found in places like Crystal River, Keaton Beach, Cape San Blas and Port St. Joe.  Scalloping season on the Forgotten Coast commences at the beginning of July and ends around the 4th  week in September.

hands holding a fresh catch of scallops in the shell.

There is very little equipment necessary for scalloping. You will need a boat (not necessary, but best for optimal scalloping), swim mask, snorkel, a small mesh bag and a divers-down flag (which is required by law).  Most scallopers go by boat into waters which are 4 to 10 feet deep, where they drop their anchor, put up a dive flag, and snorkel over the beds; gathering the scallops by hand.  Without a boat, one can simply wade through the shallow waters with a dip net and a mesh bag.

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Collecting scallops is simple. They can be spotted on or near the bottom of sea grass beds; and are particularly easy to see where the sand/mud bottom of the bay meets the edge of the bay grass.  When approached, scallops may attempt to scurry away, but they’re not very fast and can easily be caught.  Remember that when you return to the boat (or shore) with your catch, immediately place your scallops on ice, which will make them easier to shuck, as this forces the scallop to open its shell a bit.

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Cleaning bay scallops is more difficult than catching them, but well worth the effort! The simplest way to clean them is to use a scallop or clam knife (a teaspoon can be used as well) to pry open the bottom and top shells, and cut away the white muscle that is attached to the shell.  The scallop’s muscle is what is most commonly eaten (although there are some people who eat other parts of the scallop, as well).

The only thing to do once you’ve cleaned your scallops is eat them! They can be made in a variety of ways: sautéed, blackened, fried, in chowders and over pasta.  A word to the wise…they can very easily become overcooked and dry, so be mindful of how long you’re cooking them.  Bon Appetit!!

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Come and join us on the Forgotten Coast during bay scallop season….we still have amazing homes available for August!

Florida has strict recreational scalloping regulations. Please review these guidelines before embarking on your scalloping excursion.

The following sources were used in writing this post:

https://scallophunter.com/about-scallops/where-to-catch/

https://www.flseagrant.org/fisheries/scalloping/

http://myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/recreational/bay-scallops/

http://www.capesanblas.com/things-to-do-scalloping.cfm