Port St. Joe Travel Guide

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Port St. Joe Overview

Port St. Joe is about halfway between Mexico Beach and Indian Pass on Saint Joseph Bay.

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. Across the bay on the site of the original city is St. Joseph Peninsula State Park. To get to the park you have to go to Cape San Blas.

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 watching; over 240 species have been sighted in the park. A boat ramp is located at Eagle Harbor on the bay side.