Cape San Blas
The Forgotten Coast’s best beaches hide well away from crowds and traffic on two thin peninsulas of sand known as Cape San Blas (& St Joseph Peninsula) and Indian Pass . Finding both requires a trip off the beaten path, also known as Highway 98, and onto a twisting roadway (C-30A) through forests of skyscraping pines and magnolias, and an occasional view of the St. Joseph Bay. The service-indicator on your mobile phone will “alert” you as you’re approaching the road onto the Cape (since this area isn’t listed on any major service providers’ coverage maps, signal reception is rarely available).
Although Cape San Blas and Indian Pass are considered “undeveloped” by most Sunshine State standards, many new communities have been recently developed on the peninsulas. Most of these communities consist of two- and three-story homes, along with a few townhomes & condominiums - don’t expect to see any “Towering Condos” that block out the sun in this area. A state park and 1,650-acre wilderness area occupy the reclusive far end of the Cape, with camping, beaching among the towering dunes, fishing and wildlife spotting as favorite pastimes. You have to relax at the Cape. In fact, you don’t have much choice.
Cape San Blas, in Northwest Florida, offers miles of unspoiled beaches, promising an escape from the everyday stresses that big cities seem to have. The Cape is sided by both the Gulf of Mexico and St. Joseph’s Bay. Indian Pass is sided by both the Gulf of Mexico and Indian Lagoon.
Located east of Cape San Blas along CR C-30, Indian Pass is a narrow beachfront peninsula bordered on the south by the Gulf of Mexico and on the north by Indian Lagoon. A picturesque “old Florida” beachfront community with nostalgic charm, Indian Pass gained its name from the use of the natural pass from Apalachicola Bay to the Gulf of Mexico. The Cherokee, Creek, and Choctaw Indians who came to the coast to fish and harvest oysters first used the Pass. On the Gulf side of Indian Pass you can fish, shrimp and crab. On the bay side (Indian Lagoon) you can catch flounder, mullet and crabs.
Indian Pass is also the nearest mainland point to the St. Vincent Refuge, a federally owned barrier island preserve.
Right across from Indian Pass is the St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge on St. Vincent Island is a primitive barrier island that offers the public the opportunity to observe and photograph wildlife in its natural habitat. Exotic species such as Sambar deer co-exist with native whitetail deer. Endangered and threatened species such as bald eagles and loggerhead turtles live here. Fourteen miles of beaches and 80 miles of sand roads invite fishing, hiking, photograph, bird watching and shell collecting. Access to the island is by boat during daylight hours only.
The predominant development pattern on Cape San Blas and Indian Pass has been single-family residential development. A substantial number of those beachfront and bayfront homes are in the rental market - making both areas an excellent investment opportunity.
This is called C-30 because the road used to be County Road 30. This is now State Highway 30-A and it takes you from Highway 98 just east of Port St. Joe on a scenic route along beautiful bay front property and on by the entrance to Cape San Blas or Highway 30-E. Once you pass Cape San Blas and before you get to Indian Pass there is a beautiful area that fronts the Gulf of Mexico.
Then you pass the world famous Indian Pass Raw Bar then the next area of water is Indian Lagoon. Your Eastward route on Highway 30 will then take you into Franklin county where this road connects back into Highway 98 and on into Apalachicola.
So in this area you can find beautiful bay front, lagoon front or gulf front property.
There are still five home sites to be sold at WindMark Beach Phase I - including two on the beach and one beachfront home - though none of the five are currently for sale. That first phase also includes a pool club and several community docks, as well as an extensive conservation area.
"WindMark Beach is planned as a high-end beachfront resort destination," said Kevin M. Twomey, president of The St. Joe Co. "We initially planned to start sales in the new phase of WindMark Beach later this year, but have elected to wait for higher values we believe can be achieved after additional progress is made on the construction of infrastructure and amenities."
Demand is expected to the high for the lots to be released. If you desire information on Windmark, please contact us and we will have a complete package mailed to you and keep you on the update to let you know about future releases.
Port St. Joe
Whereas Apalachicola’s world may be the oyster, in nearby Port St. Joe the crustacean of renown is the bay scallop, harvested recreationally during the summer months. Charters take watersports enthusiasts on scalloping expeditions and also snorkeling and diving to local wrecks and ledges. Port St. Joe is the site of Florida’s first Constitution Convention and a museum remembers it and the erstwhile town of St. Joseph.
If you have felt that gentle urge to kick your shoes off, relax, and enjoy the "Undiscovered Florida," then discover the natural beauty and residential communities of Port St. Joe in Northwest Florida's Gulf County.
The sugar-sand beaches to the south of the county, coupled with freshwater fishing meccas and a rich history as the site of Florida's first Constitution Convention, make this area worth exploring.
Whether you're looking for that dream vacation, a great place to relocate, or the perfect place to retire, Port St. Joe may be just what you're looking for.
Mexico Beach is located in Bay County southeast of Panama City between Panama City and Apalachicola along US Highway 98 near St Joseph Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Mexico Beach is part of the Panama City, Florida metro area.
This small coastal community is a quiet, serene destination, which for many becomes home after having been lured by its quiet charms.
If fishing is on the agenda, bring your rod and tackle and cast your line into the beautiful emerald green Gulf of Mexico from City Canal Park, the City Pier or right from the edge of the surf line. There are also several charter services are available to take you out into the Gulf. This small coastal community, located 20 miles east of Panama City on Florida's Undiscovered Gulf Coast, is a quiet, serene destination, which for many becomes home after having been lured by its charms. With a permanent residency of just under 1,300 people, Mexico Beach provides a small-town atmosphere filled with the charm of the Florida panhandle. Mexico Beach is a quiet town where the preserved natural beauty of the land and sea combines to make a spellbinding destination. Shelling, watching the dolphins play at sunset, and dipping into the Gulf of Mexico for a refreshing swim are favorite pastimes for visitors and locals alike. The residents are relaxed and cordial and the local restaurants, with their fabulous menus, provide the perfect setting to meet with family and friends. If fishing spells relaxation for you, bring your rod and tackle and cast your line into the beautiful emerald green Gulf of Mexico from City Canal Park, the City Pier or right from the edge of the surf line. For those who are more adventurous, several charter services are available to take you out into the Gulf where the big fish reside. Mexico Beach has an active preservation committee, the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association, whose principal directive is to locate ecologically friendly reefs at various deep-water locations for improved angling. Mexico Beach is a tranquil enclave where peace awaits —a place where you can escape from crowds, jobs and the stress of everyday life. It is an unspoiled treasure of intrinsic natural beauty, friendly people and carefree spirits.