Enjoying a day at the beach means something different for everyone, but the variety of our beaches means fun for all.

Want a wider beach where you can set up for your large group of family and friends? Indian Pass would be a perfect spot. Want a beach with sugar-white sand and emerald green waters? Try the North end of Cape San Blas. Need something a bit more closer to town? St. Joe Beach would be just right for you.

Boardwalk in St. Joe Beach
St. Joe Beach

St. Joe Beach and Beacon Hill offer miles of beautiful shoreline facing due west, providing spectacular sunsets and a silhouetted view of St. Joseph Peninsula. Nestled safely inside the Cape’s protective barrier, the surf is low and gentle, a safe haven for swimmers of all ages. Public boardwalks and trails to the beach are peppered along the road. Veteran’s Memorial Park in Beacon Hill offers plenty of safe parking and is known for its panoramic, elevated view overlooking the Gulf.

Keep an eye on the clock because it changes suddenly without much fanfare. Beacon Hill borders Bay County where the local Eastern time zone switches to Central. So, if you are at the Lookout Lounge and need to find that hour you somehow lost, it’s only a few steps away.

Fire Pit at WindMark Beach
WindMark Beach

East of St. Joe Beach, WindMark Beach is a place of respite and renewal, inspiring healthy living amidst the natural beauty of the Bay. With nearly four miles of outdoor trails along St. Joseph Bay, biking, running and walking are the preferred mode of transportation. WindMark Beach Village Center offers boutique shopping, a bay-front pool and a state-of-the-art fitness center. The amphitheater is the perfect spot for a concert or movie and the outdoor fire pit is the place to be with family and friends.

Cape San Blas
Cape San Blas

Cape San Blas has its own worry-free character with miles of shell-strewn shoreline and countless opportunities for quiet adventures.

Cape San Blas is a 17-mile long barrier peninsula, curving around St. Joseph Bay offering playful surf and white sand beaches on the Gulf side and smooth, shallow water on the Bay side. The Cape is known for its clear, sometimes blue, sometimes green water and low, gentle surf. Families who vacation on the Cape choose this spot for both its beauty and its seclusion. Drag a chair to the beach with a book, throw a line to the surf, or comb the shore for treasures. Scattered with shells, the sand in this quiet paradise is super soft and sparkling white.

Tired of relaxing? Peddle, walk or jog along Loggerhead Run Bike Trail for a different view. Browse through eclectic beach stores, cool off with some ice cream or grab a few pounds of Bay shrimp to steam while you watch the sun go down.

Looking for something more adventurous? Local outfitters will get you rigged. Horseback riding is available on the beach and guided tours are offered daily. Canoe, kayak and sailboat rentals are available as well as diving, snorkeling and eco-excursions.

Take the time to explore the Bay. Wade through grassy flats, kayak with your kids and glide above two feet of water for miles. The clear, shallow water offers hours of safe play and discovery for little ones as well as adults. Sand dollars, Starfish, scallops and schools of colorful fish are fun to find... ten times more fun with a snorkel and mask!

Keep In Mind

Leaving tents, chairs and other large items on the beach can be harmful to our wildlife and environment. Our local “Leave No Trace” ordinance outlines all of the rules in place to protect them. Keeping our beaches as pristine and healthy as possible is also very important to us so please stay off the dunes and away from the sea oats.

Driving on Indian Pass and Cape San Blas is allowed for those who have a valid beach-driving permits. Children are playing, people are fishing, and families are digging holes to build sandcastles so please use caution. Driving safely and slowly is mandatory at all times.

If you have any questions, our friendly Beach Ambassadors and Beach Recreation team are there to help. Feel free to stop them and ask your questions. They are on the beach to keep it clean and safe just as you expect it.

Above all, no matter what Gulf County beach is your beach, we want you to relax, unwind and enjoy your visit.

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