Got a yearning for a small town with southern coastal charm? Visitors to Port St. Joe, one of the lesser-known jewels adjacent to the Emerald Coast will find so many things to do here, that will keep everyone happy. Founded on a spot of profound natural beauty along northwest Florida's upper Gulf Coast and also on one of the state's most historic sites, Port St. Joe and its 3,500 residents greet visitors with a wide variety of activities and welcoming smiles. This place is a chorus of "Good morning" and "Good evening," of homecoming parades and Friday night lights, of "Yes, ma'am" and "Y'all come back real soon." Hands down, it's the people that make this place special. You can have the prettiest beaches in the world, and they do, and so many other things, but without friendly people, it's all a waste. This is a real small town. It's very much like going back to Mayberry.
Most Fun Things to Do at Port St. Joe:
Learn How Florida became a state at the Constitution Convention Museum State Park - This is a perfect place to begin your Port St. Joe vacation. There is a museum and a 14-acre park from the late 1830s. In 1838, this was the site of Florida's Constitutional Convention, where 56 delegates from around the territory drafted Florida's first constitution. Six years later, Florida was granted statehood. You will find beautifully landscaped grounds, artifacts from Native American settlements, a 19th century steam locomotive, and the opportunity to take a self-guided tour through displays and exhibits. Of special interest, particularly to the kids: that locomotive and a Disney-like exhibit in which full-size, robotic figures play out a scene from the constitutional convention.The museum is open Thursday through Monday from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Admission: $2 per person; free for children 5 and under.
Find a Secret Fishing Spot
- Set off on an exciting
fishing adventure across the inshore waterways of this charming coastal town. Learn to cast and fish like an expert, even without previous experience, with valuable guidance from the captain of your fishing charter. This tour is suitable for people of all ages, families, and even those who are physically challenged. You can also pack along a picnic lunch and your favorite beverage. Fishing is good all year round, and there is such a diversity of the reef, nearshore, flats and backcountry fishing for Redfish, Trout, Flounder, Tripletail and Sharks depending on the season. Even on windy days, there are plenty of places to fish, in the Bay you can fish one of the many tributaries of backcountry waterway, making this an incredible experience and not just another fishing trip. Travelers that have experienced such fishing adventures also really enjoyed the St. Joseph Peninsula State Park or a trip to the Cape San Blas Lighthouse or a trek with The Rockin M Ranch.
Swim in the clear waters of St Joseph Bay - The clear waters of this bay enclosed by the St Joseph Peninsula invite you to dive in for a refreshing swim on a balmy afternoon. These waters are rich in marine life and include an aquatic preserve. These serene waters are loved by snorkelers and kayakers as it is a virtual paradise and is also perfect for boating, sailing, and fishing, with soft, grass flats and clear shallow water. Some people say that walking into the clear saltwater is like wading into your own private aquarium. St. Joseph Bay is filled with turtles, dolphin, fish, seahorses and more. Even in the deeper water, the current is calm and perfect for paddle boarding or an eco tour. Come be amazed by the trees, wildlife and this beautiful bay. While taking a peaceful stroll along the Bay, you may find a sand dollar the size of a dinner plate or be enchanted by a beautiful sunset. Take in the fresh air on an early morning hike, and you are as likely to see a breathtaking sunrise, charming fishing boat or an occasional bear track.
Ride Horseback along the Beach!
- Fulfill your bucket list dream
of horseback riding on the beach when you are at Port St Joe. Enjoy an hour-long ride along the surf as you take in the sights and sounds. Suitable for beginners as well as experienced riders, this fun activity is sure to add a sprinkling of romance to your Port St Joe trip. A horseback ride along the soft sands of Cape San Blas is a relaxing way to make memories that last a lifetime! Nearby Cape San Blas is one of the only remaining beaches in the country where visitors can ride horses ON THE BEACH! Experience the area atop one of our beginner friendly horses who love their job, love people and really love showing off for the camera! Guaranteed to have the kids smiling and everyone walking away with fond memories! Check out Two-Bit Stables for Sunrise and Sunset rides, private rides, one hour rides, 30 minute rides, etc. Kids must be at least 6 yrs old.
Snorkel among Stingrays and Sea Horses - Enjoy up close encounters with a variety of sea creatures found in the waters off St Joseph's Bay on a snorkeling tour. Catch and release different sea animals such as octopuses, starfish, and sea horses. Watch as dolphins, rays, and sea turtles pass you by in their natural habitat. All the snorkeling equipment is provided and you just need to walk in with a towel, sunscreen, and any snacks or beverages. Stretching 15 miles north to south and 6 miles wide at its widest point, St. Joseph's Bay has one of the richest and most abundant concentrations of marine life in Florida. Along with clear, shallow waters, the plentiful seagrass beds make it a prime snorkeling area. Grab a mask, snorkel and dip net from one of our local outfitters and get started on your adventure. Prefer to stay on top of the water? You can rent your own pontoon boat or hire a private guide who can tailor an eco-tour to your liking where you might find a seahorse, starfish or sea urchin.
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