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Cape San Blas, Florida - Beach Camping at St. Joesph Peninsula State Park

Updated on June 2, 2016

White sandy beach...beautiful sand dunes with lots of sea oats...boat launch to the bay...boardwalks across the marsh...beautiful camping sites - THIS is St. Joseph Peninsula State Park - YOUR next camping destination.

Cape San Blas

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Wonderful Beach!Love the OceanBoardwalk to the beach - BeachsideSea Oats on the DunesSunset at Cape San BlasThe Marina - Located within the ParkFishing and Boating is a Favorite Activity - You can enjoy the beach and enjoy the bay at Cape San Blas, St. Joe Peninsula State Park, FL.Walking the Beach at Cape San Blas - St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, FloridaThe Boardwalk Between Gulf Breeze and Shady Pines - Cape San Blas, FLEarly Morning Shelling is a Popular Activity at Cape San Blas!
Wonderful Beach!
Wonderful Beach! | Source
Love the Ocean
Love the Ocean | Source
Boardwalk to the beach - Beachside
Boardwalk to the beach - Beachside | Source
Sea Oats on the Dunes
Sea Oats on the Dunes | Source
Sunset at Cape San Blas
Sunset at Cape San Blas | Source
The Marina - Located within the Park
The Marina - Located within the Park | Source
Fishing and Boating is a Favorite Activity - You can enjoy the beach and enjoy the bay at Cape San Blas, St. Joe Peninsula State Park, FL.
Fishing and Boating is a Favorite Activity - You can enjoy the beach and enjoy the bay at Cape San Blas, St. Joe Peninsula State Park, FL. | Source
Walking the Beach at Cape San Blas - St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, Florida
Walking the Beach at Cape San Blas - St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, Florida | Source
The Boardwalk Between Gulf Breeze and Shady Pines - Cape San Blas, FL
The Boardwalk Between Gulf Breeze and Shady Pines - Cape San Blas, FL | Source
Early Morning Shelling is a Popular Activity at Cape San Blas!
Early Morning Shelling is a Popular Activity at Cape San Blas! | Source

Cape San Blas

Rated as one of the top beaches in the U.S., Cape San Blas - St. Joe Peninsula State Park - has more than nine miles of white sandy beaches and some of the tallest sand dunes in the state. St. Joseph Peninsula State Park is located at the north end of the peninsula. Located in the park is a boat ramp/marina, boat basin, campground with 117 campsites and 8 cabins.

On one side of the peninsula is the Gulf and on the other side of the peninsula is the bay.


Beach Camping

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One Park - Two Camping Options: Gulf Breeze or Shady Pines

There are two camping areas in the park. Gulf Breeze camping area, which is closer to the shore and feels like the beach, and the Shady Pines area, which is located in a natural pine grove, but with easy access to the beach. The campsites are closer together in Gulf Breeze than in the Shady Pines side, but each has different attributes. A boardwalk with viewing sites to the marsh connects the two campgrounds; bike riders, walkers and nature lovers enjoy the boardwalk. It is a great place to stroll with your morning coffee in hand!

We have stayed at both Gulf Breeze and Shady Pines and each are good campgrounds. If you have dogs that travel with you, Shady Pines does offer more woods in which to walk the dogs. In addition, the Shady Pines side offers more shade. Gulf Breeze does receive the ocean breeze; Shady Pines does not. But, whichever part of St. Joe Peninsula you choose, I am sure you will enjoy your stay because each offers easy access via boardwalks to a wonderful beach.

Campsites at Cape San Blas - St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, FL

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Campsite # 95 in Shady PinesCampsite # 36 in Gulf BreezeOur Dogs Enjoyed Shady Pines!
Campsite # 95 in Shady Pines
Campsite # 95 in Shady Pines | Source
Campsite # 36 in Gulf Breeze
Campsite # 36 in Gulf Breeze | Source
Our Dogs Enjoyed Shady Pines!
Our Dogs Enjoyed Shady Pines! | Source

Campsites

The campsites at St. Joseph Peninsula State Park are clean and well maintained. There is a picnic table and fire ring on each site, as well as electric and water. There is a dump station located near the exit. For a beach campground, without a doubt, these were the cleanest bathrooms I have ever seen! A washer and dryer were located at several of the bath houses. Easy to navigate paths connected the bath houses to the campsites.

Cape San Blas Beach

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Beautiful Beach!  Cape San Blas, FLChairs for relaxing.Boardwalk to the Beach  from Shady PinesBoardwalkPlaying in the Gulf!Sand Dunes at St. Joseph Peninsula State Park
Beautiful Beach!  Cape San Blas, FL
Beautiful Beach! Cape San Blas, FL | Source
Chairs for relaxing.
Chairs for relaxing. | Source
Boardwalk to the Beach  from Shady Pines
Boardwalk to the Beach from Shady Pines | Source
Boardwalk
Boardwalk | Source
Playing in the Gulf!
Playing in the Gulf! | Source
Sand Dunes at St. Joseph Peninsula State Park
Sand Dunes at St. Joseph Peninsula State Park | Source

Cape San Blas in the Evening - Magical!

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The Sun is Setting - Almost Time to Build a Campfire
The Sun is Setting - Almost Time to Build a Campfire | Source
End of the Day on the Beach
End of the Day on the Beach | Source
Sunset at Cape San Blas - St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, Florida
Sunset at Cape San Blas - St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, Florida | Source
Glorious Sunset at Cape San Blas, FL
Glorious Sunset at Cape San Blas, FL | Source

More Information about Visiting St. Joseph Peninsula State Park - Cape San Blas

Camping Fee:

The camping fee per night at St. Joseph Peninsula State Park is only $24.00 per night, plus tax, which includes water and electricity. What a bargain! Florida residents who are 65 years of age or older or who hold a social security disability award certificate or a 100 percent disability award certificate from the Federal Government are permitted to receive a 50 percent discount on current base campsite fees.

Boat Launch & Entrance Fees:

$9.00 for one person with a boat.

$11.00 for 2 - 8 people with a boat.


For more information about this Florida State Park go to http://www.floridastateparks.org/stjoseph/default.cfm

For reservations go to www.reserveamerica.com



Don't Forget...

When camping at the beach, don't forget:

  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray
  • Beach Umbrella
  • Beach Chairs

Because St. Joe Peninsula State Park is near the end of the peninsula, if you forget something, you will have to drive a long way. Ice is available at the park and there is a small store at the Marina, but plan before you go.

Bugs

Okay Folks - there are bugs - You are camping at the beach after all. Take bug spray, thermacells, and tiki torches and they won't bother you!

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    • susanouzts profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan B. Ouzts 

      3 years ago from Monroe County, GA

      Hey Everyone - Hope you have made a reservation to visit this park! We are going back in August 2015 and I can't wait. They accept reservations up to 11 months in advance, so you need to plan and reserve early! Happy Camping!

    • susanouzts profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan B. Ouzts 

      4 years ago from Monroe County, GA

      You need to go there! :-) It is positively beautiful and you can't beat the price. We love it!

    • Jackie Lynnley profile image

      Jackie Lynnley 

      4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Sounds like a beautiful and fun place to go; thanks for sharing! ^+

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