The small bit of land that is Cape San Blas is one of the nicest vacation spots to be found along the Florida gulf coast. Connected to the mainland by a small spit of land, Cape San Blas has everything a traveler could desire: the pristine white beaches of Saint Joseph Peninsula State Park, water activities like fishing, kayaking, and boating, and the iconic Cape San Blas Lighthouse. While Cape San Blas has managed to keep its beaches clean and uncrowded, this small community on Florida’s Emerald Coast is also welcoming to visitors. There are many local restaurants serving up delicious seafood, and many vacation rentals to choose from. To help you narrow your search for your Florida home away from home, here are nine of the best vacation rentals to be found in Cape San Blas.
This rental is part of the Villas at Scallop Cove, a popular spot for vacationers that boasts many repeat guests. It’s easy to see why, when the villas have the perfect balance of charm and convenience. The row of colorful cottages has a beautiful view of the bay, and close proximity to necessities like a gas station and convenience store. You will also be within steps of as many activities as you could desire, like swimming on a private beach, launching boats and kayaks from the dock, and grilling outside on the patio.
The insides of the cottages are as bright as their exteriors, with colorful walls and bedding nicely complementing the neutrally colored furniture and wooden cabinets. They also contain all the amenities for your stay: fully equipped kitchens, air conditioning, and even washing machines. The minimum booking period is a three night stay, which goes up to a full week during the summertime. However, for a cottage that sleeps up to five people, this is a bargain, so nice that you’ll wish to stay the whole summer.
Bay front cottage, pet friendly, short walk to beach
Price: from 105 USD
Number of Guests: 5
This cottage is the perfect spot for a romantic getaway. While it is sized for two people, the home still has plenty of living space, complete with two floors, a fully functional kitchen, and a living area. Tucked away among a forest of pine trees, you can still see the water of the bay glinting in the sun from the screened in porch. It is easy to get there by foot or to take the two bicycles provided by the host onto the nearby bike path which leads to the shore. They have even provided a kayak for visitors to take out on the water. If you desire to stay in for the evening, cook dinner on the grill, take advantage of the cable TV, or relax in the comfortable rocking chairs on the porch. With a minimum two night stay, this cabin is the ideal location for a couple to spend a weekend.
"Bay Hammock" Secluded Bay Front Cottage For Two
Price: from 185 USD
Number of Guests: 2
The Oyster Catcher is a beautiful, large home that would make a great location for a family gathering or large group of friends. With two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an open floor plan living room with a futon and sleeper sofa, this house can sleep nine people with room left over! With reasonable rates, this is one of the best values for a large group that you will find in the area. The Oyster Catcher is just steps away from a beautiful white sand beach with a boardwalk. Whether you are coming back from a day of swimming or fishing, you can clean off by using the outdoor shower or the fish cleaning area. After a long day of play, take a relaxing rest on the plush couches or in the comfy hammock on the porch.
Price: from 128 USD
Number of Guests: 9
This townhouse, located in an exclusive community, is ideal for those who want to be close to the water but not feel too far from civilization either. The bay is visible from the deck, where you can sit in two gravity lounge chairs and listen to the water and watch the sunset. You can reach the beach in just a few minutes, and the hosts have even provided beach chairs that you can bring along. The Sandpiper has just one bedroom but can sleep up to four people with a sleeper sofa. It also has two full bathrooms and a kitchen complete with everything needed to make meals at home. You can even cook on the gas grill located outside. The community also has a pool and tennis court, and is close to grocery stores and restaurants. Come experience what it’s like to live in a beachfront community in Cape San Blas!
Price: from 128 USD
Number of Guests: 4
The name of the Serenity Beachfront Condo says it all: it’s the perfect place for those looking for peace and tranquility. Located in the Dune’s Club Condominiums, this condo is large with three bedrooms that can accommodate up to seven people. It also includes all of the conveniences of living in a well maintained community, like a pool, a covered parking spot, and a tennis court.
The Dune’s Club also has a private boardwalk which will lead you directly to the beach in just minutes! Take along the beach chairs provided by the host, or use the complimentary bicycle to explore the area. The Serenity Beachfront Condo is located on the first floor with only a few stairs, making it suitable for those with children or elderly travelers. With nearby activities like horseback riding on the beach, fishing and boating, and golf, there will be no shortage of things to do during your stay.
Serenity Beachfront Condo
Price: from 184 USD
Number of Guests: 7
This townhouse is a mere 238 steps from the beach—book a stay and come count them for yourself! Located in the gated community of Barrier Dunes, this townhouse looks and feels brand new. During your stay, take advantage of all that the community has to offer, like the tennis court, playgrounds, and two pools—one located right on the bay. The beautiful beaches in this area remain largely undiscovered, so you can sink your toes into the sand and take a dip in the water without battling crowds you will find in other parts of the state. You might even spot a dolphin playing in the waves.
In addition to having all the conveniences in the apartment, like a kitchen, two bathrooms, and two bedrooms that will sleep seven people, this spot is also ideally located for exploring the area. Right across the street from this community is the St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, where you can take a nature walk and see countless kinds of birds. It’s also a short drive from Port St. Joe and Apalachicola, where there are lots of restaurants and shopping.
Price: from 149 USD
Number of Guests: 7
The reviews for this townhouse are outstanding, with nothing less than five stars all around. Guests praise the host for being accommodating, easy to communicate with, and for setting up the condo with excellent amenities and impeccable beachy décor. She goes above and beyond by providing recommendations and being available for questions. Located in the family friendly Barrier Dunes community, this rental is a perfect option for travelers with children. It’s only a few minute’s walk to the beach, where the lack of crowds makes it easy to comb for shells and build sand castles. In the community itself, kids will love the two swimming pools and the ease of riding around by bike. With affordable rates for up to five guests, this accommodation is one of the best values for your money in the area.
Come Escape To The Cape
Price: from 162 USD
Number of Guests: 5
This adorable bungalow, named the Dolphin Dance Cottage, is what beach house dreams are made of. It is a charming and cozy home with colorful walls and comfortable furniture. Though it looks small from the outside, it is able to sleep up to six guests with two bedrooms, all for a fraction of what it would cost to stay elsewhere in the area. It is located a very short walk to the beach, with only the waterfront properties in between the home and the ocean. Also just a short walk away is a trading post which makes fresh, delicious donuts daily. The neighborhood is quiet and unspoiled by the beach traffic you may find at other waterfront communities. The Dolphin Dance is a quaint cottage made for a peaceful visit to the St. Joseph Bay.
The Dolphin Dance
Price: from 99 USD
Number of Guests: 6
The Casablanca is a home unlike any other. Situated on the strip of land that connects Cape San Blas to the mainland, its position is perfect for visiting the St. Joseph Bay State Park, or for driving up to the city of Port St. Joe. In Port St. Joe, you’ll find delicious eateries, unique shops, and landmarks like the historical Cape San Blas Lighthouse. Formerly located out on the cape, this lighthouse is well over 100 years old. After surviving wear and tear from storms and even an attack during the Civil War, it was finally relocated in 2014 after tropical storm Isaac eroded the shores too much for the lighthouse to safely stand there. Now it is located in Port St. Joe and is easily reachable from the Casablanca rental.
This rental is a three bedroom stilted house which can accommodate up to eight people. It is mere steps from the beach and located in a quiet spot with only a few other homes nearby. The Casablanca’s secluded location and proximity to local activities make it a wonderful option for a gathering of family or friends!
Casablanca Vacation Rental
Price: from 174 USD
Number of Guests: 8
A largely undiscovered coastal paradise
Cape San Blas is not yet on the radar of many Florida vacationers. Its beaches are clean and uncrowded with the gentle, warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The quaint towns nearby have plenty of local flavor. If you choose the right, homey beach rental, your visit might end up feeling less like a vacation and more like you are a local yourself.
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