Do Things, Rent Things

Shopping & Sites

Are you looking for the perfect gift or something to take home and remember your North Florida vacation? Explore the wealth of art galleries, souvenir shops, antique stores, and boutiques sprinkled throughout the Panhandle’s coastal towns.

Port St. Joe’s historic downtown is just one block off Highway 98 and includes the acclaimed Reid Avenue shopping district. Shop stylish women’s apparel and gifts at Fuss Boutique. Visitors can find home decor and other locally made goods at Joseph’s Cottage. And for the antique seeker, Bay Breeze Antiques collects nautical and beachy treasures. Find fresh produce and a variety of artwork and crafts at the dog-friendly Port St. Joe’s Salt Air Farmers’ Market. The town is a hub for boating, so many town shops can outfit visitors for their boating, fishing, and other outdoor activities like BlueWater Outriggers and Daly’s Dock & Dive Center.

Apalachicola is a shopaholic’s dream, especially in the historic Bowery District. Meander into SGI Threads for locally styled and owned casual clothing or BECASA for chic collections. Visit the Deep Southern; a century-old barbershop converted to a high-end boutique. Peruse Marilyn Brogan Jewelry for beautifully crafted and sustainably handmade pieces. Browse more antiques at the Tin Shed, they may have that thing you’ve been searching for forever. And if you enjoy art, explore the many galleries near Apalachicola Bay. 

For a bit of Florida history, visit Port St. Joe’s newest landmark – the Cape San Blas Lighthouse. Safely relocated to the pine hammock of George Core Park, the lighthouse has a rich story.

Outdoor Adventures

Cape San Blas is a barrier peninsula that curves around St. Joseph Bay. The Bay is a center for outdoor adventures with easy access to boating, fishing, kayaking, snorkeling, paddling, and more. So whether you’re a major outdoor enthusiast or you are only looking for a recreational amount of sun and water on your skin, the Cape and Florida’s Gulf Coast is an adventurer’s playground. 

Nature lovers will be in heaven, too. Visitors can watch dolphins, birds, sea turtles and stunning sunsets with an abundance of hiking and state parks in the area. One of the great joys of Florida beaches is the sea turtles that nest on the beaches. Between the months of May and October, you may encounter newly hatched turtles finding their way to the water by moonlight. 

The Cape encompasses 17 miles of gorgeous beach access throughout the peninsula. For a small cost, dig your toes in the soft sand at T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park. Just south of St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, Cape Palms Park provides free beach access with public areas featuring grills, pavilions, playgrounds and restrooms. Finally, for views of both St. Joseph Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, visit Salinas Park. It’s an excellent spot for a dip in the water.

Boats are a way of life along the coast. From fishing to exploring to pure recreation, the opportunities are endless. The area makes it easy with plenty of access to boat ramps and marinas. As for fishing, there are few better places in Florida to cast your reel. You’ll hook snapper, grouper, sea bass, mahi-mahi and more saltwater fishing in the Gulf. Your bounty from the Bay might include flounder, whiting, redfish, speckled trout and others. There are many local experienced captains offering charter services.

Continue to choose your own adventure and paddle your way along the area’s paddling trails systems. Or rent a canoe or kayak, and explore miles of rivers, creeks, and coastline. The often clear water is a delight. Vacationers can even saddle up and go horseback riding on the beach.

Rent Gear

Cape & Coast Vacation Rentals has partnered with VayK Gear to compliment your upcoming vacation at a participating property. Rent popular, top-quality beach gear items like bikes, chairs, umbrellas, kayaks, paddleboards, corn hole, beach carts, boogie boards, and more. Plus, VayK will deliver and pick up your vacation gear. It’s so easy. Learn more.