Panama City & Destin, FL

Port St. Joe, Cap San Blas, St. George Island

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This area is 35 miles west of Panama City, offering some wonderful beach running around St. Joe Beach and miles of undeveloped beaches and dunes around the St. Joseph Peninsula.

St. Joe Beach. A nice 5-mile stretch of beach is from St. Joe Beach west to Mexico Beach. This section of SR 98 has a decent shoulder and views to the beach/water a good part of the way. Headed east from St. Joe Beach, there’s a paved pedestrian path that runs for 2.5 miles  along Windmark Public Beach between the public access point and Bella Beach House.

Aurélie Vilmer

Cap San Blas. Probably the most beautiful section of beach in the area. Heading west from Cap San Blas, one can run for nearly 15 miles along a wide, undeveloped beach with beautiful dunes to the end of the peninsula. T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park also features a 1/2 mile maritime forest nature trail. As an alternative to the beach, the 30E road, while a bit inland, has a nice pedestrian path for 9 miles to the end, and then a sand path continues for 6 miles to the end of the peninsula. NOTE: Hurricane Michael in 2018 caused significant damage and there are still some breaches. See the park web site for more info.

You can also head east of Cap San Blas for 8 miles to the break.

St. George Island. More miles of beach running on this barrier island. Access from Eastpoint using the Bryant Patton Bridge. No high-rises, uncrowded.

 

 

 

Essentials
  • St. Joe Beach to Mexico Beach is 5 miles; Cap San Blas west to the end of the peninsula is 15 miles, or east to the break is 8 miles
  • Parking lot in State Park