Port Saint Joe Travel Guide

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    Boat ramp area
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    Gates looking out to the water
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    St. Joseph Bay Range Front
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Port Saint Joe Things to Do

  • Port St Joe and Gulf County

    Port St Joe is a town of about 3400 (down 6% since 2000) located along US Highway 98 and the gulf in the panhandle of Florida. Port St Joe is the county seat of Gulf County (since 1965). Formerly, the county seat was Wewahitchka which has a much more interesting courthouse.

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  • St. Joseph Peninsula State Park

    T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park (to give it the complete name) is open from 8:00 a.m. until sundown, 365 days a year. This park has one of the top rated beaches in the United States. Sunbathing, snorkeling, swimming, fishing, hiking, biking, canoeing and kayaking are all popular activities. There are also opportunities for bird...

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  • Cape San Blas Lighthouse

    There are several lighthouses in the Port St. Joe area. One of them is the Cape San Blas Lighthouse. The cape protrudes from the southernmost point of Florida’s Panhandle and resembles an L-shaped arm, similar to Massachusetts’ Cape Cod. Beach erosion claimed three earlier lighthouses in 1851, 1857, and 1882. The present skeleton lighthouse has...

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  • constitution convention museum

    located at the constitution convention state park is the constitution convention museum. the museum offers a film about the convention and has four audio-animated mannequins who debate issues during the convention. the mannequins represent thomas baltzel, william duval, david levy yulee, and robert reid. for those interested in florida history this...

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  • constitution convention state park

    in 1838 the town of st. joseph was picked for florida's first constitution convention. 56 territorial delegates from all over the florida territory met in st. joseph to draft florida's constitution. pictured is a monument on the site of the first constitution convention.

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  • st. joseph peninsula state park

    most visitors to port saint joe come to visit st. joseph peninsula state park. the state park is located on the st. joseph peninsula due south of port saint joe. the state park offers miles of beautiful white sand beaches, camping, canoeing, and salt water fishing. the st. joseph peninsula beach is one the top rated beaches in florida.

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Port Saint Joe Hotels

  • Mainstay Suites

    3951 East Hwy 98 , Port Saint Joe, Florida, 32456, United States

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

  • Gulf View Motel

    1404 West Highway 98, Mexico Beach, Florida, 32456, United States

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

  • Gulf Sands Motel

    8042 West Highway 98, Port Saint Joe, Florida, 32456, United States

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Couples

Port Saint Joe Restaurants

  • sunsets

    the sunset coastal grill is located on US 98 on st. joseph bay. the sunset coastal grill specializes in local seafood and steaks. the sunset coastal grill offer a beautiful view of st. joseph bay and is a great place to have dinner and watch the sunset. in my opinion the best restaurant in port saint joe.

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  • Escape to the CAPE

    Loggerhead Grill is the only place in Port St. Joe I would go for a great meal.My wife and I were out and about looking for a place to have a nice dinner. I know the whole idea about “getting away from it all” is going to a place that is secluded. I didn’t know how secluded it was on the Cape until we arrived at our rental. Nice beaches, but the...

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Port Saint Joe Off The Beaten Path

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    by grandmaR Written Jul 26, 2011

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    First St. Joseph Point (Beacon Hill) Range Rear

    In 1836 the town of St. Joseph was established on the shore of St. Joseph Bay. But with no river feeding the bay, no economical way of transporting the timber and cotton from outlying areas to the bay existed. When two railroads were extended east from the city to connect with the Appalachicola River, the town of St. Joseph started to prosper. Then, in 1841, a ship arrived in port and introduced yellow fever into the community. In just a matter of weeks, the population of the town was decimated. Two years later, a hurricane, accompanied by a high tidal surge, managed to destroy what remained of the city.

    For over fifty years, St. Joseph was known as the “City of the Dead,” but eventually, the city of Port St. Joe would be established roughly two miles north of the site of St. Joseph. With renewed activity in the bay, it was felt that another lighthouse to mark its entrance was merited.

    The new lighthouse was constructed on the mainland at Beacon Hill, opposite the northern tip of the cape, where the St. Joseph Bay Lighthouse had stood. Rather than build a lofty conical tower, a lantern room was mounted on a square watch room atop a hipped-roof keeper’s dwelling. The St. Joseph Point Lighthouse was equipped with a third-order Fresnel lens, and a second beacon was established 600 feet seaward of the lighthouse near the beach. Together, the beacons functioned as range lights, and the lighthouse was known as the St. Joseph Light Range Station or as the Beacon Hill Light.

    In 1960, the lighthouse was replaced by a light on a 78-foot iron tower, and the old dwelling was sold into private hands for $300. When it was being moved along Overstreet Highway, the lantern room was dropped and destroyed. In 1979, the lighthouse was transported roughly twenty miles south to its new home on St. Joseph Bay. By then, the structure had become known as the traveling lighthouse. The current owners, have been working for years to renovate and restore the building. In April 2011 they completed their work by mounting a replica of the original lantern. It is located on county road 30 next to Pressnell’s Fish Camp, 2.2 mi (3.5 km) south of the intersection of U.S. 98, south of Port St. Joe.

    St. Joseph Bay (Beacon Hill) Range Rear is on the original location of the St. Joseph Point lighthouse which is at St. Joe Beach in Beacon Hill, about 8 miles northwest of Port St. Joe. This is a square skeletal tower which has a rectangular daymark colored red with a white vertical stripe

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