Discover the hidden gem that is Cape San Blas, FL. Located in the Florida panhandle, Cape San Blas forms part of the “Forgotten Coast”, a section of coastline in Florida spanning Mexico Beach all the way to Apalachee Bay. The coastline earned this nickname for being sparsely populated and relatively unmarred by commercial and industrial developments. Today, the community of Cape San Blas - also known as “The Cape” - continues to uphold restrictions on commercial developments to maintain its natural beauty and biodiverse marine life.
In this corner of Florida, you’ll find paradise at every turn. Cape San Blas makes up a part of the St. Joseph Peninsula and encloses St. Joseph Bay, another idyllic fishing spot on the panhandle. White sand beaches go as far as the eye can see. With its remote location guaranteeing few tourists and turquoise waters teeming with prized species of gamefish, Cape San Blas is the relaxing seaside getaway you’ve always dreamed of.
At Cape San Blas, you’ll have great fishing experiences wherever you go. At the beach, shallow water fishing is on from late spring to early fall as warmer water temperatures have fish swimming inshore. Whether you’re surf fishing or fishing from a kayak or small boat, there’s a good chance you’ll be within the casting range of a sought-after gamefish. Among the species you’ll see in the shallows are black drum, jack crevalle, redfish, spotted sea trout, cobia, whiting, pompano, and sheepshead. Increase your chances by using frozen bait and pompano rigs.
In deeper waters offshore, experienced anglers can try their luck catching tough fighters such as mahi-mahi, yellowfin tuna, and sharks such as bonnethead and mako. By the time summer rolls around, deeper waters will be rife with some of the most challenging species such as yellowfin tuna, wahoo, tarpon, and blue marlin. Remember to bring your big tackle for a better chance at catching these fish. You’ll also increase your chances by fishing with topwater lures and larger baits such as Yo-Zori and 6-inch Berkley Mullets.
You can also wield great results from bay fishing. Here, you’ll find trout and redfish swimming in grassy areas and sandy flats. Challenge yourself and take part in community events such as the Bayou Bash in May and the MBARA Kingfish Tournament in August.
Cape San Blas is one of the few places in the area that allows horseback riding on the beach. What could be better than touring The Cape’s picturesque coastline while riding a majestic horse? Horse rental companies offer daytime, sunset, and evening rides, as well as horseback riding lessons and wagon rides.
Apart from being home to biodiverse marine creatures, Cape San Blas is also a sanctuary for many aerial creatures. Bird watching season runs from October through April. See a variety of feather-winged friends, including bald eagles, cormorants, royal terns, American kestrels, snowy plovers, and many more!