Hidden Gems on Cape San Blas

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Far from your typical tourist trail, Cape San Blas offers natural beauty, outdoor activities, and local charm that promise an unforgettable vacation. Often called the “forgotten coast,” this coastal city is a hidden gem in and of itself. Located on the Gulf Coast of Florida, it’s home to some of the nation's most remote white sand beaches.

From beautiful shorelines and historic lighthouses to serene parks and charming local restaurants, join us as we uncover the best-kept secrets of the so-called forgotten coast. Whether you're seeking adventure, relaxation, or a bit of both, Cape San Blas has something special for every traveler.

Here are our top picks for hidden gems on Cape San Blas!

Maritime Hammock Trail

Looking for a day of fun away from the beach? The Maritime Hammock Trail is perfect for hiking and fishing, and it’s just a short drive from many of our vacation rentals, including the 7-bed, 6.5-bath Knot Forgotten (ideal for a big family getaway!). For only $6, you'll have access to the park for the day.

Take the whole family along to hike this .5-mile route that will take you through native forests and stunning views of the local landscape. If you venture off trail a bit, the odds are good that you’ll find many different sea creatures like crabs, sand dollars, hermit crabs, and sea slugs. Bring a net along to get a closer look at these animals!

Cone Heads

After a long day on the beach, what could be better than enjoying some fresh seafood at a true local hidden gem? Cone Heads is a beloved seafood restaurant in Cape San Blas that’s kept locals and visitors alike coming back for years.

Located right on the gulf, the seafood here is as fresh as it gets. Guests recommend the grouper basket, coconut shrimp, and any of the tantalizing dessert options. After you dine here and experience the kind, friendly atmosphere along with the good eats, you’ll feel just like a local—and you won’t want to leave! 

Cape San Blas offers many amazing local restaurants to grab a bite, browse a few more of our favorite restaurants in Cape San Blas.

William J “Billy Joe” Rish Rec Area

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This recreational area provides a day of fun in the sun for everybody! The Bily Joe Rish Rec Area was specifically designed to assist those with disabilities, their families, and their caregivers enjoy a day at the beach. You can rent special sand wheelchairs to take you or your loved ones right up to the edge of the water!

Visitors find this hidden gem to be much less crowded than other beaches on Cape San Blas, so you can enjoy your stay without the hustle and bustle of larger groups. Walk along the boardwalk, wade in the bay, rent out a canoe or kayak, or simply relax and take in some of the best views Cape San Blas has to offer at this recreational area. It’s close to many of our Coastal Joe Vacation Rentals and just a stone’s throw away from the breathtaking 5 bed 4.5 bath Firefly Beach House.

Cape San Blas Lighthouse

Last but certainly not least on our list of hidden gems is the Cape San Blas Lighthouse. This historical landmark was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2015 and has been open to visitors for over ten years now!

The Cape San Blas Lighthouse offers a glimpse into the area's rich maritime history. Climb to the top for stunning panoramic views of the Gulf, or explore the museum and gift shop at its base to learn about the lighthouse's storied past. Whether you're a history buff or simply looking for a scenic stop, the Cape San Blas Lighthouse is a highlight of any visit to the area.

Book Your Next Cape San Blas Vacation with Coastal Joe Vacation Rentals

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Now that you’re equipped with its must-know hidden gems, you’re all set to book your Cape San Blas vacation. Coastal Joe has the best deals around, and it’s not too late to book for this summer! Several beautiful beachfront rentals are available like the stunning Life’s A Beach and Runaway Gem. Browse these and our Cape San Blas rentals today and book your next trip to the Forgotten Paraside!