Port St. Joe/Cape San Blas have been in the news lately as a Special Destination Area. First in the ‘Best Florida Beach’ sponsored by USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice , then in the GOPETFRIENDLY.COM Best City for Pet Travelers and finally in the “Finding the Perfect Southern Destination for Your Next Getaway”. In the USA TODAY Best Florida Beach Contest ……St. Joseph Peninsula State Park- Port St. Joe finished in Seventh Place out of Ten contenders. In the battle for the title of Best Florida Beach, the Gulf Coast reigned supreme as home to four of the top five winners.
Throughout four weeks of voting, it was neck and neck between Gulf Islands National Seashore and Clearwater Beach. The undulating talcum sands of the panhandle near Pensacola won out in the end, and Gulf Islands National Seashore was the winner, with Clearwater Beach runner up. St. Joe was described as :“Hidden far off the flip-flopped path, St. Joseph Peninsula State Park juts into the Gulf of Mexico to benefit from both gulf and bay water fronts, meaning excellent fishing and birding, and beaches so quiet even the ghost crabs are spooked. The beach flaunts the white sugar sands trademark of Northwest Florida. Clear aqua waters invite swimming and kayaking into the Wilderness Preserve that occupies the park’s west end.”
What USA TODAY CONTEST failed to mention was one of the most important features of St. Joe and Gulf County is the fact the County , years ago, made building codes and laws that prohibit any residential or commercial structure being constructed to be taller than three stories. This limitation of height constraints will prevent Cape San Blas from becoming a Panama City , with its huge gigantic condo buildings on the beach and traffic/congestion. In the middle of summer the beaches are still quiet and peaceful. They should remain so for years to come and keep that “Old Florida” feel to it. Especially with their strict building codes and restraints in place.
The other special attribute to the “specialness” of the Cape is the County allows residents with permits to drive on the beach. This is one of the few beaches in Florida, or the Country for that matter where this is permitted. To have this 17 mile thin strip of land, that is a Peninsula, shoot out in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico with gorgeous St. Joe Bay on the other side is simple remarkable. The multitude, variety, diversity of wild life is one of natures true special gifts to Cape San Blas/Port St. Joe and should not be missed. These special features of Cape San Blas should alone placed them in the TOP three category for Best Florida Beach. IMO!
In the gopetfrindly.com contest, called March Madness, for their Best Pet Friendly City in the U.S. competition, cities went head to head and were in brackets with eventually 64 cities. The winner moves on. Last year, in a extremely close competition, PSJ just barely lost in the championship by a handful of votes. The competition was fierce and four cities in Colorado made the final 8. In the final four matches it appeared PSJ would get knocked off by Knoxville, Tenn who had a powerful lead of 60% of the vote vs 40% for PSJ. It appeared as tough Knoxville would coast to victory. But with only hours to go a huge swell of voters came in. It was speculated that many of Vacation Rental Companies in the area made a big push to contact their present and past renters to lobby and promote voting for PSJ. Social Media was also a driver of interest and voting. It appeared that PSJ was not going to lose the championship by a few votes, like last year. By the time the final whistle was blown. PSJ completely turned the 60% to 40% deficit around and won 60% to 40%!!!! With the large pool of attentive voters on hand the finals were a walk in the park vs Telluride ,Co. PSJ took a 60% to 40% lead early and never looked back once they smelled blood in the water. And for all the VERY VERY passionate folks and 1000’s of families that visit Cape San Blas yearly, they have earned the title of Best City for Pet Travelers- PORT ST. JOE , Fl,!!!!!! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!
The third area of recognition for PSJ was from the publication Southern Hospitality Traveler Magazine, which choose Port St. Joe for the “Finding the Perfect Southern Destination for Your Next Getaway” and in the category: For Outdoor Lovers.PSJ and Cape San Blas win as #1 in the category. Here is what they said:” If you believe you’ve seen all and done all when it comes to the Florida Panhandle, you haven’t spent time in Gulf County, Fla., (Wewahitchka – aka WeWa, Port St. Joe, Indian Pass and Cape San Blas.) If you are looking for one-of-a-kind experiences, this is your place. It’s the perfect destination to come and just be in the outdoors (and on the beach.)
Get out on the Water…nearly all of the activities here take place on the water. Book a charter trip with Captain Charlene Burke and About Fun Charters, and have her take you out to her favorite fishing spots on the Intracoastal Waterway. Whether it’s sightseeing, shelling or fishing, or a combination, the father and son duo of Break-A-Way Charters will help you plan your perfect day on the water. Discover why Gulf County is known as the “champion of sunsets” aboard a sunset cruise with . Learn about the ecosystem of St. Joseph Bay as you go on a guided kayak tour with Happy Ours.
Worth the drive…kayak the impressive-looking Dead Lakes in Wewa with Off the Map Expeditions.
Need to eat… enjoy oysters (and more) at Indian Pass Raw Bar. Indulge in one of the seafood platters at Triple Tails Restaurant. Wake up your taste buds with the Cajun shrimp salad at . Pick up barbecue sandwich and/or baby back ribs at Sand Bucket Smokehouse . Order one of the po’ boys or the fish tacos at Dockside.
Close to (the) water…rent a bike and explore along the trails. Go horseback riding on the beach with Broke-a-Toe. Cape San Blas is one of three places in the state that you can do this. Go hiking on one of the three trails in St. Joseph Peninsula State Park. You never know what you might see. Accommodations include everything from rentals to inns. “ Pretty cool stuff. There is so much to do in PSJ/ Cape San Blas. I have been coming here since 1998 and still have 25-50 things to do and explore that I haven’t had a chance to do yet, My Bucket list! Pretty exciting stuff. PSJ and Cape San Blas are getting more and more attention as a significant DESTINATION stop/stay.
The BEACHES, THE BEST PET FRIENDLY CITY and BEST FOR OUTDOOR LOVERS!!!!!!!! Have I mentioned real estate and prices? They are coming back strong and fast. This is simply one of the most beautiful, uncrowded, sensory overloaded, paradises to relax in anywhere in the Country. Better get your piece of this oasis soon, before it is all one. If you come down, please consider staying at Burns Management Beach Vacation Rentals- Two Palms Villa or Three Palms Compound. Here you will be exposed to one of the best “Value Added” Cape San Blas Vacation experiences you will ever have. Check out our REVIEWS, I dare you. We will take care of you and you will want to come back year after year , like most of our guests.
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