Port St. Joe is a quaint, quiet town located on beautiful St. Joseph’s Bay. It has somehow managed to escape the oppression of towering condominiums and bustling outlet malls further preserving its appeal. The number of outdoor opportunities available here are why Port St. Joe makes the list of favorite adventure destinations. Boating, fishing, kayaking, scalloping, snorkeling, scuba diving, horseback riding on the beach, wildlife viewing and more can all be found here on Florida’s Forgotten Coast.
Cape San Blas and St. Joseph’s Peninsula State Park are both located along beautiful St. Joseph’s Bay, and at Indian Pass visitors can put in their own boat or take a shuttle to nearby St. Vincent Island National Wildlife Preserve on Apalachicola Bay. Alternatively, visitors can take a drive to East Point and take the only bridge to St. George Island State Park and tour that island as well.
During the summer months the bay and shoreline fills with snorkelers hunting fresh Bay scallops, while offshore scores of charter boats compete in a variety of deep sea fishing tournaments. Don’t have a boat? Don’t worry. There are miles of beaches available for surf fishing, shelling, or sun bathing.
With so much to do nearby, visitors may want to camp at the state park or check out one of the beach front rentals. For paddlers, the Florida Greenways and Trails System has designated the “Forgotten Coast” as a 57 mile saltwater paddling trail starting at St. Joseph Peninsula State Park and ending at St. George Island State Park. Camping is available at designated locations along the trail, which takes about 5 days to complete in its entirety.