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“#1 Dog Beach in USA - FL Panhandle, Uncrowded, White Sand Beaches!”
Review of Cape San Blas

Cape San Blas
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Atlanta, Georgia
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“#1 Dog Beach in USA - FL Panhandle, Uncrowded, White Sand Beaches!”
Reviewed 19 August 2006

Cape San Blas, FL is located in the NW Florida Panhandle in Gulf County. It is between Port St. Joe and Apalachicola just east of Mexico Beach and West of St. George Island and 50 miles SE of Panama City!

Cape San Blas is a 20 mile peninsula that is no wider than a mile at it's widest point and 10 of the 20 miles is St. Joseph Peninsula State Park -- Ranked the #1 beach in the USA in 2002 by Dr. Stephen Leatherman (Dr. Beach) and the #1 DOG FRIENDLY Beach in the USA in 2006!

Gulf County and Cape San Blas, FL allow your dogs on the beach any time! Our dogs love to come out with us and chase balls, swim, play with other dogs, chase crabs and enjoy a bonfire! One of our dogs is only 18 months old and this is the only place is is positively exhausted every day!

Dogs are allowed all over the Cape San Blas Beaches with the exception of the beach side of the State Park. They can go on the trails and on the bay side of the state park--which is beautiful and a great place for a treasure hunt.

We also enjoy renting a pontoon boat and exploring the St. Joseph Bay and the Bay side of the Cape--our youngest Dog, Buzz, loves to go out on the boat with us! He puts his head up the air and loves when we go fast and the wind is in his face. We anchor just off shore and explore the bay beaches and shallows for shells and watch for dolphins!

We love taking our dogs on our beach vacation with us and love the fact they can come out and enjoy the beautiful beaches with us!

We own several pet friendly vacation rentals in Barrier Dunes on Cape San Blas, FL. If you're ever wanting to check out Cape San Blas for your next beach vacation and take your 4-legged family members with you, please let me know!

Wendy Jackson

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“Beautiful and Relaxing”
Reviewed 11 July 2005

Cape San Blas, FL is a tiny strip of land off the coast of Northwest Florida just outside the small town of Port St. Joe, FL. What makes Cape San Blas so special are the sugar white beaches, friendly people, and slow paced beach life that you'll not necessarily experience in a tourist ridden vacation hot spot like Panama City, FL. or Pensacola, FL.

While the tourists do flock to Cape San Blas and rent the beautiful beach homes and apartments sitting directly on the Cape San Blas beaches, the atmosphere is reminiscent of a by-gone era where families gathered on the beach by day playing together and by night cooking their fresh sea catch in an open fire pit dug on the shore. You will probably not see a parachute sail, hear a noisy jet ski, or witness a drunken wet t-shirt contest at Cape San Blas. However, if you’re interested in relaxing on one of the top ten beaches in the U.S. along with other families with children, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc, then Cape San Blas Florida is the place for your next vacation.

When we were not lounging on the white sands or reading on our front porch overlooking the aqua blue waters of the Florida Gulf Coast, our family enjoyed shopping at the local Scallop Cove General Store for quick supply needs, running down to the Beachcomber for a pizza, hopping down to Conehead’s for ice cream, trekking into Port St. Joe for boat and snorkel rental to go scalloping (Seahorse Safari at Port St. Joe Marina), and making our way around the beautiful beaches and quaint towns in the area (e.g., Apalachicola – biggest fish sandwich in the world; Indian Pass beaches and family style raw oyster and steamed shrimp dining at the Indian Pass Raw Bar). Of course, if you want to experience the essence of pristine natural Gulf Coast Florida you’ll need to make a run down to the St. Joseph State Park just a few minutes from where you’ll probably be staying at Cape San Blas.

Bottom line, Cape San Blas is a vacation that will keep all members of your family happy (children, teens and parents alike). You can find excellent beach rental companies at: Paradise Coast Vacation Rentals (ask for Melanie - (---) and (---)) or Anchor Vacation Rentals ((---) and (---)). Both companies offer a variety of properties ranging from large stately Gulf Front Homes to Gulf Front midsize duplex homes, to small Gulf Front apartment-like units.



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“A great week at the beach - away from it all”
Reviewed 28 June 2005

We rented a house on Cape San Blas last week. The house itself wasn't much to write home about (although it is listed for sale with Pristine Realty at $1.43mil !?!?!?!!!) but overall it was a great trip.
Cape San Blas is in the middle of nowhere, which is great if you are looking to avoid crowds/traffic/hustle/bustle. The water isn't that beautiful emerald color you get further west near Seaside and Seagrove but the place is so remote and private, who cares.

A couple of warnings/advice:

1. The mosquitos go into full attack mode at sunset. We found we were OK until dark. At that point we couldn't even sit on the deck any longer.

2. There was only 1 store on the Cape as far as we knew. There is a Piggly Wiggly in Port St. Joe, which we visited too often.

3. There is a restaurant called the Beachcomber on the Cape. We expected very little and were pleasantly suprised. We had a bunch of heart-attack, fried junk but it was tasty as well as unhealthy I'm sure.

4. What's with the Bio-Dome house?

5. Bull shark attack on the teenager fishing here occurred 3 days after we left.......

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“Old Florida Charm”
Reviewed 31 January 2005

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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