'Peace of Cape'
Beach Vacation Rental
Cape San Blas; Port St Joe, Florida
Peace of Cape; Cape San Blas; Port St Joe, Florida
Cape San Blas and its surrounding region between Mexico Beach and Carabelle is known as the "The Forgotten Coast". Like Cape San Blas, the region is pristine and unspoiled, an uncrowded paradise with many things to see and do. Whether you take in the activities on Cape San Blas or take the short drive to the surrounding communities, your day can be as laid back or action packed as you see fit. Here are a few of the many things to do to and places to go, but we are sure you will discover more! Once you've been here you'll remember it as "The Unforgettable Coast".
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The Gulf of Mexico is plentiful with wrecks and artificial reefs around Port St. Joe and Mexico City. Beginners and experienced divers alike will be delighted with the abundance of sea life around the many dive sites in the area. Charter dives and lessons are avaialble to make sure you make the most of your aquatic adventure. Check the out dive sites at visitgulf.com
The Gulf of Mexico and St. Joseph's Bay both offer great snorkeling for those not "deeply" committed to diving. St. Joseph's Bay is also renown for it scallops. During season (July 1 - Sept 10.), you can snorkel and catch dinner at the same time! Try these links to rent diving, snorkeling, and scalloping equipment, or schedule charter services. Also check out visitgulf.com .
The Trading Post 229-8775
Seahorse Water Safaris
Daly's Dock & Dive
Blue Water Outrigger
Port St. Joe Marina
Fishing - Crabbing - Oystering
The marine rich Forgotten Coast is a fisherman's dream... ocean fishing, bay fishing, river fishing,and surf fishing! At Peace of Cape you also have fresh water fishing in one of 3 stocked fresh water ponds within Barrier Dunes. There are many experienced fishing guides and charters services available to make sure you have a "fish-filled" experience. You might even try the growing sport of kayak fishing!
Oystering - Apalachicola is famous for its oysters! Local guides, coming from generations of oystering families, will take you on a real oysterboat and teach you the art of oyster harvesting. Now this is something you can't do in the heartlands!
Crabbing is great fun for the whole family and can be done anywhere on the Cape either on the beach or in the bay. It takes little equipment and provides lasting family memories.
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Tall Tales Charters
River Fishing: Bass, Bream, Catfish, Perch, Trout
Bay Fishing: Redfish, Trout, Sheephead, Drum, Tripletail, Flounder, Mackerel
Gulf Fishing: Grouper, Snapper, Sea Bass, Mackerel, Dolphin (mahi-mahi), Amberjack, Wahoo, many others
FISH TALES - Now you may think that this is a fish tale that grows from this little guy (left) to something the size of a whale.
"Here’s my story …and I’m stickin’ to it!!!!
OK …..Caught this big boy off a pier in the bay in about 3 feet of water, using my trusty $18.99” Walmart special” Remco rod and reel. (10 lb. weight line). This thing hit my line and almost pulled me off the dock. THEN he stripped the gears in my reel. My friend, Kathy, grabbed a pair of men’s work gloves, and I held on to the line with my bare gloved hand. He fought hard. I fought harder. It became a battle of wits. I had to think like the fish…. I knew he had the advantage. I was in his territory. He had the home court. I waited him out…he was on the run, but growing weary. My reel was reeling….backwards. All I could think was that I needed a “bigger boat”. (But then it occurred to me that I wasn’t in a boat). I knew at that exact moment that it was a conspiracy. It was Jaw’s father. He had REVENGE on his mind, and he was on a mission. But I’m a woman, and I knew he would lose the battle. I was tenacious…like pit bull wearing lipstick..(and Liz Claiborne, with a Dooney and Burke handbag.) He came up to the surface, and gave me look of Long John Silvers’ and sheer terror. He knew he was doomed. As I pulled him up to the pier, we realized our net wasn’t big enough. So, we figured out a pulley system, and FINALLY landed him. It was a 25 pound Red Fish.
I was victorious!!!!! I had beaten the big boy in a fierce life and death struggle!
But then, something happened…..He laid very quietly on the dock, gasping for air. His eyes were bulging out. His mouth was opening and closing trying to catch one more breath. He interrupted my dreams of a hot grill and lots of dripping butter. I couldn’t do it. It was killing my very soul. So, after almost no consideration, Kathy and I gently picked up his very large body, and slipped him back into the sea. I actually think I heard Jonas screaming at me for help…."
Come fishing at the Cape and spin your own tall tale!!!
St. James Bay Golf Resort
Port St. Joe
St. Joseph’s Bay Country Club
16th Street Golf Course 9-holes 850-229-8261
More courses in Panama City
Holiday Golf Club
Hombre Golf Club
Signal Hill Golf Course
Grocery & Convenience Stores
The Tradin' Post (850-229-8775)
There are 2 convenience stores on Cape San Blas where you can get gas, convenience store basics, beach and camping and fishing supplies, beer wine and some produce. They also rent canoes, kayaks, crab traps, fishing supplies,videos and much more! The Tradin' Post also makes carry-out pizza!
Piggly Wiggly is a full service grocery store in both Port St. Joe (20 min.) or Apalachicola (25 min.)
The Grocery Stork (850-229-2400)
Having too much fun to go to the store? Have your groceries purchased and delivered to 'Peace of Cape'. Call them with your shopping list and they will deliver your groceries the next morning.
Horseback Ridng on the Beach
Yes, horseback riding is allowed on the beach at Cape San Blas! Enjoy a beautiful sunset ride and you will have a Kodak moment and a romantic moment all in one. For families, this is an experience your children will remember for a lifetime.
Horseback riding companies bring their horses to Salinas park on Cape San Blas.
The relative calm Gulf water here makes it a great place for jet skiing. We have space at 'Peace of Cape' to park and clean yours if you bring your own. You can also rent jet skis at Toucan's in Mexico Beach.
Parks & Places
Need a change from the beach. There are many parks in the Forgotten Coast, each with their own history and unique sights to explore. Here are only a few of them.
Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve
Apalachicola National Forest
St. George Island State Park
Tate’s Hell State Forest
Gulf World Marine Park (little longer to Panama City but kids will love it)
Places to Eat
"Well, you gotta' eat", and it is, after-all, your vacation! You will find many great restaurants from Mexico Beach to Apalachicola. Southern style casusal dining is the order of the day (leave your necktie at home).
Coneheads is just a 5 minute walk from Barrier Dunes. You can get a great burger, breakfast, and of course ice cream.
Indian Pass Raw Bar is famous for it lagoon oysters and is a visitor favorite.
There are so many more great places to dine in the area. Follow the links to other fine dining choices.
Places to eat in Apalachicola
Places to eat in Mexico Beach
Places to eat in Port St. Joe
Take a short 2-hour cruise to St. Joseph Peninsula State Park or spend the entire day sailing the Gulf coast. A day on the Gulf waters will leave your day-to-day stress far behind. Overnight trips can also be chartered for you and that special person in your life.
For those who want to "captain your own ship", 12' sailboats can also be rented.
Wind Catcher Sailing Charters
Windward Sailing Charters
Seahorse Water Safaris
There are a variety of shells on the gulf and bay side of the penisula when you know where to go. The Cape San Blas lighthouse is a popular spot to find huge shells, especially after a gulf storm. And if you have a metal detector, who knows what other treasures may wash up onto the beach from the many ship wrecks in the Gulf!
Spend the day roaming though the antique shops in historical Apalachicola, only 25 minutes from Cape San Blas. While you're there, stroll along the tree-lined streets and admire Old Florida's over 200 Victorian homes and buildings on the National Register. Looking for that special beachware or gift? Try the many beach shops at Mexico Beach. Wherever you go, there's one thing you won't see, sprawling malls and parking lots. You won't run out of places to shop, but you might run out of time. Oh well, we know you'll be back!
Place to shop in Apalachicola
Places to shop in Mexico Beach
Places to shop in Port St. Joe
Every year one of mother nature's rituals occurs on the beaches of Cape San Blas. Loggerhead turtles, named for their relatively large heads and powerful jaws, come onto the beaches to lay their eggs. Large adult feamles crawl onto the beach in the middle of the night and lay 100+ eggs in the white sandy beaches. The nesting period is at its peak in June and July and is a truly spectacular event to witness. Approximatley 55 days later, a "herd of turtles" hatches and crawls across the sand and back into the sea. To see one of mother nature's mysteries in action is a truly rewarding experience for children and adults alike.
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