This was the perfect family vacation. We rented a beautiful home from Pristine Realtywith a gulf view that had a small pool. We opted for the pool instead of gulf front for the kids. Good move. The beach is spectacular but you're not always at the the beach. The kids enjoyed to pool while dinner was being fixed or until they literally were falling asleep in the water. We brought our boat and launched at the State Park, a wonderful launch and facility. The snorkeling on the bay side was a lot of fun for the kids with a lot of interesting wildlife. The fishing was good if you talked to the bait shop and found out were to go. The rangers are friendly but do enforce all rules. The beach at the State Park is the most beautiful beach in America. It certainly deserves the honor. You can also rent kayaks and explore the shallows at the back of the bay. A wonderful nature trip for the kids and adults.
We went before any of the hurricanes hit last year. I believe that there were only nine beachfront homes destroyed but a lot of beach was washed away. But overall the Cape fared well compared to further west. The beach erosion in this area will be the biggest problem. It is a natural beach and I hope they don't do a beach nourishment like Pensacola. There are some stumps in the water and near the lighthouse you can see the effects of the erosion problem. If you go to the Cape stay nearer to the State Park to avoid most of the stumps on the beach. But they do attract fish if you like to surf fish.
There are very few restauraunts but you can get pizza and sandwiches on the Cape. The Raw Oyster Bar at Indian Beach was fun and the oysters were very good. There is a nice Piggly Wiggly in Port St. Joe to stock up on groceries. The drive is long to get to the Cape but it is very pleasant and all the roads are good. I just hope it is not overrun now that so much of the Emerald Coast was destroed by Hurricane Ivan. You can already see the signs of over-developement.
Also, the Cape is adjacent to two Air Force bases. You will have your own air show several days a week while training is going on. This was a highlight of the trip as we are pilots and aircraft enthusiasts. We actually had two F-15's do a flyby over our boat in the bay. The kids were thrilled. But the noise is never a problem. We are proud of our service men and women and felt honored to watch them train.
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