Parks & Recreation

You might come to Cape San Blas to lie on the beach and soak up the Florida sun, but eventually you might get the itch to get out and experience a little of what the area has to offer in the way of recreation. 

The Cape San Blas area is home to two state parks, a national park, a number of museums, and miles of unspoiled beaches.  These natural resources give visitor plenty do to during they stay on the Cape.   


Named after the area’s sea turtles, you’ll want to check out the flat, 8-mile Loggerhead Run bike path that follows Cape San Blas Road and runs the entire length of the Cape – ending at Cape San Blas State Park.   


With uncrowded beaches, horseback riding on Cape San Blas is a favorite pass time of visitors and locals alike.  Contact one of the local stables to experience the Cape on horseback.


Natural reefs and dozens of shipwrecks over the centuries have made Cape San Blas one of the best diving and snorkeling areas in Florida. The wreck of the Vamar is a great shallow water dive, and just a short drive up the coast you’ll find a world-class dive, the Empire Mica, an oil tanker that was sunk by a German U-Boat in WWII.


Because of its relatively remote location, the Cape is an ideal place to star gaze.  Bring your telescope if you have one, but there are many naked-eye splendors that you can also enjoy just by spreading a towel on the sugar white sand and looking up!


Take a look at the list we have put together of some of the best things to do on Cape San Blas.

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Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve

This 246,000-acre reserve protects one of the most productive estuarine systems in the Northern Hemisphere.
After touring you will appreciate why areas like these are worth protecting.

Phone: 8506538063

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Apalachicola National Forest

Covering more than 600,000 acres, the generally flat terrain is a subtropical jungle where you can explore the bays, sinkholes and swamps by foot, bike or boat. 

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Broke-a-toe Horseback Riding on the Beach

What better way to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the area than on horseback?

Phone: 8508997433

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Camp Gordon Johnston WWII Museum

Located near Carrabelle, this base was used as a training facility for the Invasion of Normandy.
Military experts indicate that the camp provided some of the toughest training in the world.

Phone: 850-697-8575

1001 Gray Avenue

City: Carrabelle , Florida

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Constitution Convention Museum State Park

Because of its charm and importance, in 1838 Port St. Joe hosted the First State Constitution Convention. 
Visitors can take a self-guided tour and get a glimpse of life in 1800s, St. Joseph.


Phone: 850-653-3333

Located St. Joe, off US Highway 98 (200 Allen Memorial Way)

Dog House Charters


Phone: 8505279530

382 Ponderosa Pines Drive

City: Port St. Joe , Florida

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Happy Ours 

Gliding through the crystal clear, shallow waters of the St. Joseph Bay is a fantastic way for the entire family to spend the day.  Guided tours from local experts are also available.

Phone: 8502291991

775 Cape San Blas Road

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John Gorrie Museum State Park

John Gorrie, a brilliant young physician who moved to Apalachicola in the early 1800’s and changed the world forever.  The Museum also has exhibits chronicling the colorful history of Apalachicola.

46 6th Street

City: Apalachicola , Florida 32320

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Jus’ Rite Charters – Wewahitchka

Phone: 8506396713

St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge

Just off shore, this unspoiled, 12,300 acre barrier island has numerous trails, freshwater lakes, tidal marshes, dunes, and 9-miles of beaches. 

Dogs are not permitted and there are no facilities available. Accessable only by commercial charter or private boat.


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Port St Joe Marina

Full service marina located in downtown St Joe on the pristine eastern shore of the Bay.  Enjoy the area from a different perspective and rent or charter a boat. 

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Rockin’M Ranch

Mechanical bulls are also available to rent for your special event! 

Phone: 8502276117

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St George Island State Park

Just 45 minutes from the Cape across the four-mile bridge from Eastpoint, is St George Island State Park.  The reserve’s remoteness and wilderness qualities provide and opportunity to explore Florida’s original natural landscape.  Pets are not permitted.

Phone: 8509272111

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T. H. Stone St. Joseph’s Peninsula State Park

Visiting St. Joe’s Park is a “must-do” on your vacation because it is ranked one of the best State Parks AND one of the best beaches in the nation and has some of the oldest and tallest sand dunes in all of Florida. 

Phone: 8502271327

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Two Bit Stables

The Cape is one of the only areas in the country that still offers horseback riding on the beach.

Phone: 8502274744

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Wewahitchka Dead Lakes State Recreation Area

Just inland from Port St. Joe, this is one of the richest eco-systems in Florida.  In addition to some of the best bass fishing in the nation, the park is one of Florida’s most unusual and beautiful places to paddle because of the stunning water-based graveyard of cypress skeletons.

Phone: 850.639.2702

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