Cape San Blas Activities – Things to Do on Vacation

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St. Joseph Bay Golf Club (850) 227-1751  700 Country Club Rd., Port Saint Joe, Florida  (about 15 minutes from Barrier Dunes)

St. James Bay Country Club  850-697-9606  160 Laughing Gull Lane, Carrabelle, Florida

Wildwood Country Club 850-926-4653  3870 Coastal Hwy.  Crawfordville, FL

Bay Point  4701 Bay Point Road, Panama City, FL  850-235-6950

Camp Creek Golf Club 684 Fazio Drive, Panama City Beach, FL.  850 231-2019

Holiday Golf Club  100 Fairway Blvd., Panama City Beach, FL.  850-234 -1800

You can enjoy a golf cart in and around Barrier Dunes and on the bike path that runs up the Cape by calling St. Joe Rent-All at 850-227-2112.


The Loggerhead Run Bike Trail is an 8-mile bayside bike trail that runs along Cape San Blas Road (on Cape San Blas!)  It runs from Salinas Park (the start of Cape San Blas) to St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, right outside of Barrier Dunes! You will also find 20 miles of bike lanes between Panama City & Port St. Joe on Highways 98 & C-30. It’s a great area to bike as the roads are flat and smooth! Riding in the State Park is a lot of fun—be sure to get off & explore the paths, the beach & bay.  Bring a picnic lunch & make a day of it!

Bike Rentals are available at Scallop CoveSand Flea Rentals and Happy Ours located on Cape San Blas!


If biking, walking fishing or paddling won’t do it, you can always get a short-term membership to One Way Fitness Center Gym 209 Reid Avenue, Port Saint Joe, FL. (850) 227-1929 aways open


Dixie Theatre in Apalachicola has a great calendar of live theater & movies year-round!


I often get asked if there is a workout room at Barrier Dunes, but there is not. If you are interested in staying in shape & walking, biking, swimming and snorkeling won’t do it for you, you can contact Coastal Fitness in Port St. Joe. Located at 310 Reid Avenue – Phone 850-229-1900.

You can also enjoy Yoga with Mexico Beach Yoga!


Birding seasons are Fall through Spring! Enjoy Northern Gannet, White and Brown Pelicans, Cormorants, Herons, Egrets, Geese, Blue-Winged Teal, Bald Eagle, Dunlin, Northern Harrier, Black-Bellied Plover, Snowy Plover, Wilson’s Plover, Royal Tern, Forester’s Tern, Caspian Tern, Geese, and America Kestral to name a few!

RAINY DAY?  Art of Glass, 47 Market Street.  Across from the Gibson Inn

Bits & Pieces: 1-hour pop art classes.  You pick your canvas glass & other media & create your work of art.  When it’s complete, we coat it in a clear epoxy and you can pick up your masterpiece the next day.  Call ahead with a time and a day that’s convenient for you & your group or just show up.  3 convenient classes held daily at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.  Great for parties or company outings Great for you to bring something special home from your vacation that you can enjoy for years.


Port St. Joe

Apalachicola, Florida (about 25 minutes from Cape San Blas–worth a trip to the unique shops and
fabulous food!):

Mexico Beach, Florida (about 25 minutes from Cape San Blas, Florida):


Port City Axe House:  306 Ried Ave, Port St. Joe  850-705-1927.
Enjoy throwing an ax at targets and some Asian fusion at Market Street Social while you’re there!
Estuary Tours 301 Market Street, Apalachicola. 850-653-8687. River Cruises. NOTE: Have heard GREAT reviews about this tour from several guests!
Island Air Tours 8 airport Road, Apalachicola. 850-653-2222. Air tours and scenic flights.
Shell Island Shuttle Shell Island is a natural, undeveloped island located in Panama City. It’s home to one of the highest concentrations of bottle-nosed dolphins and the islands pristine beauty and abundant wildlife make it an enjoyable day! Shuttle, Snorkel package and kayak rentals.
Gulf Marine Specimen Lab Learning fun for the whole family. Aquarium touch tanks. In Panacea FL. 850-984-5297
Scooter Rentals Coastal Scooter Rental 850-927-4011 or Jolly Roger Beach Shop 850-927-2999

Please visit the Area Events Calendar (includes Festivals, Special Events, Fishing Tournaments etc.)


St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 202 20th Street, Port St. Joe 850-227-1417
First Baptist Church of Port St. Joe
Gulf County Church Information
Port St. Joe Church Information
Port St. Joe United Methodist Church

NEED THE ACTION OF PANAMA CITY? It’s only 50 miles away!


Need a little more entertainment? Gulf World Marine Park is in Panama City. Park Admission Includes dolphin, sea lion and parrot shows, turtle, shark and alligator exhibits and special programs that include: swimming with a dolphin, trainer for a day and dolphin day camp (RSVP’s required for special programs. Gulf World is open daily, rain or shine at 9:00 am. Learn more at Gulf World Marine World or call 850-234-5271.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum Intersection of Front Beach Road, Thomas Dr. and Middle Beach Road in Panama City Beach. 850-230-6113.

Shipwreck Island Water Park 12201 Middle Beach Road, Panama City Beach, FL 32407. 1-800-538-7395 or 850-234-3333. Panama City Beach’s ONLY waterpark!

365 Atlanta Family Blog:  Good article on things to do and places to eat around Cape San Blas and Gulf County CAP


A Day Away Spa Services
We offer a range of spa services. Lose yourself in a soothing massage or indulge yourself with a facial.

Riverfront Therapy Enjoy a relaxing massage! Therapeutic & relaxation massage for stress reduction, pain and fatigue. Light or deep tissue work. Kathy brings her table right to you so enjoy a massage on Cape San Blas in the comfort of your own Barrier Dunes Vacation Rental!

Massage Therapy by David Oakley, LMT 585 Madison Street, Port St. Joe. 850-2274791

Polished Nail Boutique 230 Reid Ave. Port St. Joe. 850-229-7009

Shoreline Skincare & Massage 315 Williams Ave., Port St. Joe. 850-227-1953
Permanent Make-up, Microdermabrasion, Facials, Waxing, Light Therapy, Sweedish, Deep Tissue and Hot Stone Massage.

Kelly Rene’s Hair Studio & Day Spa 302 Reid Ave Port St Joe, FL 32456 (850) 229-1113
Hair, Nails and Waxing Services. Full-service salon and will travel to your location.