Cape San Blas - Florida - Best Beaches in the USA

With miles of white sugar sand, this park has one of the top rated beaches in the United States. Sunbathing, snorkeling, and swimming are popular activities along the Gulf of Mexico and St. Joseph Bay. From offshore, canoeists and kayakers can take in a superb view of the high dunes and sand pine scrub. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy camping, fishing, hiking, and bicycling. As a coastal barrier peninsula, St. Joseph provides excellent opportunities for bird watching; over 240 species have been sighted in the park. A boat ramp is located at Eagle Harbor on the bay side. Campers can stay in a full-facility campground, a short walk from the beach, or at primitive campsites in the wilderness preserve. Eight cabins on the bay side offer alternative overnight accommodations.

Sun lovers flock to the 10 miles of white sand beach during the summer where the water temperature averages around 84 degrees. Swimming, sunbathing, fishing, and kite-flying are some of the activities that take place then. Summer is also the time when Loggerhead sea turtles come up onto the beach to nest. Visitors are reminded to not use flashlights or lanterns on the beach at night unless they are equipped with turtle film, from May to October. Artificial light confuses a sea turtle’s perception of the natural horizon. Sea turtle and shorebird nests are marked so that you can avoid disturbing them, allowing them the best chance for survival and success. St. Joseph Peninsula State Park has some of the oldest and highest sand dunes in the state. These dunes are inhabited by sea oats and endangered St. Andrews beach mouse. Visitors are reminded to not walk, climb or play on the dunes that provide them with food and shelter. Time has proven that these dunes help protect park amenities.

With miles of white sand, St. Joseph Peninsula features one of the top rated beaches in the United States. Located on the bayside of the park, eight cabins each accommodate up to seven people with a fold-out futon and a day bed on the main floor and two queen-sized beds in the loft. The kitchen is complete with a stove, refrigerator, microwave, coffee-maker, basic dishes, cookware, silverware and a dining table. A screened porch with rocking chairs and a picnic table faces St. Joseph Bay. Each cabin has central heat and air, as well as a wood burning fireplace. A grill and shower are located outside each cabin. Linens are provided.
Camping, Full Facility
Two camping areas provide 119 campsites with water and electricity. The Shady Pines campground is secluded and shaded. Gulf Breeze sites, located behind the primary dune system adjacent to the beach, are relatively open. Pets are welcome at the campsites. Restroom and showers are located in both campgrounds. The beach is a short walk from both campsites. The park's boat ramp provides access to St. Joseph Bay.

Camping, Primitive
Camping is allowed in the Wilderness Preserve for a maximum of 14 nights at $4.00/person/night. No facilities are available. Campers must bring their own supplies. Campers are also responsible to pack-it-in/pack-it-out. Pets are not permitted. Reservations for up to 15 people may be made up to 11 months in advance by contacting the park at (850) 227-1327. On the day of arrival, access may be obtained by phone for boaters wishing to come from outside the park, credit card payment is required. Registered campers must arrive at least one hour prior to sunset and must check out with park personnel.
St. Joseph Peninsula State Park is located near Port St. Joe. On U.S. 98 (heading east) turn onto State Road 30-A. Travel to State Road 30-E. Turn and travel to the park. From Apalachicola, take U.S. 98 west, turn left on County Road 30-A, then turn left on County Road 30-E. Travel to park.
St. Joseph Peninsula State Park
8899 Cape San Blas Road
Port St. Joe, Florida 32456
Phone: (850) 227-1327
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Cape San Blas is one of the best beaches in the United States. Our top 10 list is constantly being revised. Currently, Cape San Blas which contains St. Joseph Peninsula State Park is number 5 on our list. So, if you feel we are missing one, please email  us and let us know!