Cape San Blas Beach Camping
This weekend’s excursion took us and six guests to Cape San Blas at St. Joseph Peninsula State Park. The journey to one of Florida’s most pristine beaches began with a scenic drive along Highway 98, passing through small towns along The Forgotten Coast. The drive includes breathtaking views of the ocean, bays, marshes, and pine forests. Since we’re still experiencing Spring weather in the panhandle, we were also treated to poppies, red clover, and other wildflowers alongside the roadway.
We arrived at Cape San Blas at high noon, with the sun beating down on us as we unloaded our gear, set up camp, and scoped out the private group camping site. After working up a nice sweat with all the activity, we headed straight for the shore! The hike to the beach is about a quarter mile, across a wooden walkway, up giant sand dunes, and back down to the incredible white sand shores. It’s a short, challenging hike, but totally worth the effort!!
The Gulf of Mexico waters are generally calmer than beaches found on the Atlantic side of the state, but this weekend the waves were higher than usual. Some body surfed the waves, others waded in the break. We all got a little too much sun and decided to head back to camp to rehydrate and rest in the shade until sunset.
At sunset, we walked back to the beach for one last glimpse at the sun before welcoming the night. Back at camp, we gathered around the campfire for supper and conversation after a long day of fun in the sun. We told stories, shared secrets, and gazed into the flames of the fire before tucking ourselves into our respective campsites.
The sun peeked into our tent bright and early, waking us up for our last day at the beach. We kicked the morning off with campfire breakfast tacos to give us energy for the day ahead. After packing up our belongings and cleaning up trash from the site (leave no trace!), we went back to the beach for one last dip in the ocean and nap in the sand before piling into the adventure mobile for the ride home. Since we were so close, we decided to stop at Boss Oyster in the baytown of Apalachicola for fresh oysters and fish sandwiches. Best decision ever – YUM!!
Arriving back at Camp Folks, we said farewell to our new friends. This weekend’s camping trip has been one for the books, and it would’t have been fun without our adventurous guests. We are so thankful to have had a great group of inspiring folks to join us this weekend, we had an absolute blast at Cape San Blas!!