Port St. Joe – A Camper’s Paradise
“Private beach in a state park? In Florida? You must have gotten too much sun!”
But if you venture to St. Joseph Peninsula State Park or St. Joseph Wilderness Preserve, you will find just that. Miles of white-sand beaches, towering sand dunes, wildlife, sunsets, and more privacy than you’d ever imagine in Florida.
Celebrate the cooler temps and the change of seasons by camping on the sand and under the stars. The new edition of Best Tent Camping: Florida by Johnny Molloy has all the details.
St. Joseph Peninsula State Park is a narrow spit of land that juts out into the Gulf of Mexico. It is surrounded by water. A wilderness preserve covers the last 1,650 acres of the sliver of land. The huge sand dunes and miles of beach and woods will beckon you.
But the primary exploratory attraction is the St. Joseph Wilderness Preserve. It covers the northern 7 miles of the peninsula and has the biggest sand dunes of them all. A freshwater marsh waters wildlife such as deer, raccoon, gray fox, and bobcat. Birders will be rewarded with sightings too. Permits are required for overnight camping in the wilderness.
ADDRESS: St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, 8899 Cape San Blas Road Port St. Joe, FL 32456
OPERATED BY: Florida State Parks
CONTACT: 850-227-1327, floridastateparks.org; reservations 800-326-3521, reserveamerica.com
EACH SITE: Picnic table, fire ring, water spigot, electricity
ASSIGNMENT: Online or assigned by ranger
REGISTRATION: Online or at park entrance booth
FACILITIES: Showers, flush toilets
PARKING: At campsite only