Rental Guide Information
One mile past Port St. Joe, U.S. 98 forks to the right, CR 30A U.S. 98 will take you to Apalachicola, or fork to the right along C-30A to Cape San Blas and Indian Pass. Drive approximately 9 miles and the Cape San Blas Road (CR 30E) will turn right. Continue about 3 miles on CR 30A and the Indian Pass Road will also turn to the right.
The Indian Pass Road is directly opposite the Indian Pass Raw Bar where you can eat raw or cooked oyster, steamed shrimp, hotdogs or hamburgers. Drinks from the cooler are on the “Honor System”. You serve yourself and tell the cashier what you drank when you are paying the tab. If you turn right at the Raw Bar, you will come to the end of the pass where you will see St. Vincent’s Island across a narrow stretch of water. If you take CR 30E you will drive out onto the St. Joseph Peninsula and eventually reach the State Park entrance.
Public Beach Access, Gulf Side
Please use public beach accesses only and not walkovers connected to individual houses.
Public beach access sites are at:
- Salinas Park
- Cape Palms Park
- Vehicle beach access, Bay Street in Indian Pass
- Vehicle beach access just east of the Cape San Blas on C30
- Vehicle access next to boat ramp at Indian Pass
There are two public parks on the Cape at Salinas Park and Cape Palms Park.
Salinas Park is close to the end of the Cape San Blas Road. There is a picnic area and public restrooms at this park and also a handicap accessible boardwalk.
Cape Palms Park is past the Trading Post on the Cape Road. There are restrooms, showers, charcoal grills, picnic tables, a playground and plenty of parking at this park.
There is a new bicycle path on the bayside of the Cape San Blas Road beginning just north of Scallop Cove to the St. Joseph State Park entrance.
St. Joseph’s State Park
St. Joseph Peninsula State Park is located at the north end of the peninsula. There are approximately 2,500 acres of wildlife refuge and wilderness with 10 miles of beach and bay. There is also a boat ramp, boat basin, RV camp, tent sites and cabins. For more information or to make cabin reservations, call St. Joseph Peninsula State Park (850)227-1327.
Pet Friendly Beaches
Dogs are allowed on the beaches but must be leashed at all times. You are required to pick up after your dog. There are trash cans at each of the public beach access points. Pets are not allowed in the camping areas, beaches, or in wilderness areas and may be restricted in other designated areas of the State Park. Service animals are allowed in all areas of the park.
Sea oats and sea grasses are protected. It is illegal to remove them from any beach and you should avoid walking on them. In many areas of the Cape, it is also illegal to walk across the dunes. Please use dune walkovers and public beach accesses.
Please remember to take your trash with you when you leave the beach. Do not leave any glass containers, soiled diapers, beer cans or food wrappings.
Do not take any Live shells from the beach. Also, do not take live sand dollars, starfish or sea horses. If you pick up a sand dollar or starfish and you see the tiny hairs (tentacles) moving, put it back.
Jellyfish and Portuguese men of war wash up on the beach and can still leave a nasty sting. Do not pick them up or let your children or pet get too close to them. If you do get a sting, pour bleach on the sting immediately or purchase a Sting spray from one of the beach stores.
Beach Fires, Beach Lights
Fires are allowed on the beaches providing there is no ban in effect at the time. However, fires are not allowed inside the State Park. Make sure the fire is completely extinguished before you leave for the night and cover the site with sand. Do not light a beach fire close to a marked sea turtle nest as young turtles will hatch and wander towards the light coming from the fire.
From May 1 through October 31 is Turtle Season on the Cape beaches. You will need to switch off any outdoor lights facing the beach as they will attract nesting and hatching turtles.
Please do not use loungers, chairs or picnic tables or allow pets and children close to a marked nest. Dogs can hear hatchlings and will dig them up. Turtle nests are strictly off-limits.
Marked nests will have corner stakes and yellow tape around them and will be covered with a piece of heavy wire. They are protected by Federal law and anyone interfering with the nest, the adults or the hatchlings will be prosecuted.
Driving on the Beach
You must purchase a Beach Driving Permit to be able to drive on Gulf beaches. They can be purchase from the Tax Collector’s Office and cost $30 per year for Gulf County residents or property owners and $300 per year for non-residents or non-property owners. Night driving on the beaches is prohibited.
When driving on the beach keep to a slow speed and watch for children and pets. A complete list of the rules and regulations will be given to you when you purchase your permit.
Boat ramps are located at the following places:
- Indian Pass boat ramp at the end of the Indian Pass Road gives access to the Gulf, Apalachicola Bay and St. Vincent Island.
- St. Joseph Peninsula State Park boat ramp is inside the State Park and gives access to both the bay and the Gulf.
- Port St. Joe boat ramp allows quick access to St. Joe Bay.
- Highland View boat ramp gives access to St. Joe Bay and the Intracoastal Waterway.
- Scallop Season runs August 17 – September 30. (subject to change) Harvesting scallops at any other time is illegal.
- Bay scallops may be harvested only by hand.
- When operating from a boat, you must have a valid Florida saltwater fishing license.
- Each person is limited to two gallons of whole scallops or one pint of meat per day.
- A boat with five or more people can take no more than 10 gallons of whole scallops or four pints of meat total per day.