Cape San Blas
Cape San Blas is a narrow finger of sand dunes, palm trees and sea oats extending into the Gulf of Mexico at the southermost point of Gulf County, Florida. Less than a mile wide at it's widest point, and more than 15 miles in length, the Cape separates the waters of St. Joseph Bay from the Gulf, affording spectacular Gulf front and bay front homesites. Inhabited primarily by wildlife for hundreds of years, this pristine area became the home of St. Joseph State Park in 1967. Residential development began in the early 70's.
Washed by the crystal waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the sand on Cape San Blas beaches is some of the whitest in the world, and has a much finer texture than the coarse sand found on the Atlantic seaboard.
In fact, in 2002 Dr. Steve Leatherman (aka Dr. Beach), author of America's Best Beaches, awarded Cape San Blas as the best beach in the entire USA.
Incredibly beautiful in it's own right, the bay side coastline is much different than its Gulf side counterpart. Pine trees and salt marshes, calm, shallow waters with swaying turtle grass, small islands, fishing docks, kayaks and fishing boats, all blend to create an atmosphere of total relaxation.
In late summer, visitors snorkel the shallow waters of the bay in search of the succulent bay scallop.
Because of local building and density restrictions (including height, minimum acreage for homesite, environmental co-habitation, and commercial restrictions) Cape San Blas is principly single-family homes and townhomes. You will see NO high-rise condos here, unlike the beaches of Panama City, Destin and the rest of South Walton County. Because of these restrictions the Cape remains a sparsly populated area, and that pristine appeal has driven an increase in property values averaging approx. 32% per year.