Cape San Blas, you guys.
Earlier in the year I decided that I WOULD visit The Gulf Coast before we jetted off into the South Asian sunset. I’ve been to my share of Florida beaches but despite being born and raised mere hours from the gulf, I had never been.
I researched endlessly (not really) to locate the closest, cheapest, and most uncrowded beach on the Gulf Coast.
I decided the isolated beach on this little jut of land on Florida’s panhandle was essential to our summer. And it didn’t disappoint.
We went at the cusp of the off season in September so I can’t speak for the atmosphere during peak season, but it was uncrowded and perfect while we were there.
Barrier Dunes on Cape San Blas
The condominium complex where we stayed was isolated and laid back. It was such a relaxed, secure environment that everyone left their beach gear out in the sand each night and came back for it the next day. After observing that for about a day, we followed suit. It’s a lot easier than caring back all the chairs, etc every day!
It can be expensive to stay at the beach ( in case you didn’t know) but there are many properties available to rent at Barrier Dunes for varying prices. Obviously, the condos closer to the water are more expensive. It would have been great to stay right on the beach but I’ll happily save hundreds of dollars and settle for a one minute walk to the water.
Now I’ll let you in on a little secret – we haven’t taken a family vacation in 10 years. And even then, it was just a weekend away. It may seem like we vacate all of the time with our nomadic adventures but that’s called moving – we do it often. And it’s a blessing that allows us to see different parts of the country/world but it’s not the same as a relaxing, intentional vacation. Quite the opposite. Moving adventures are exhausting.
But I digress.
My point is, I struggle with feeling guilty for needing, affording, and going on vacation. But it was good for us. And a perfect way to end what will probably be our last summer in America.
Now on to the beach pictures!
Cape San Blas is great for kids
Again, the beaches at Barrier Dunes felt so safe and secure. The kids had a blast and I didn’t have to worry about them too much.
That little one. Oh man. “Character” should be his middle name. These were my attempts to get a “nice” picture of him. I kept telling him to put his hands down. But the very lowest he could go was jazz hands.
Also, can you say “smores on the beach at sunset”? Because seriously. Have you ever read a more perfect sentence?
It’s legal to build fires on the beaches of Cape San Blas. So, naturally, we decided that was a thing that would happen EVERY NIGHT. Because sunset beach smores.
Could you imagine happier little bohemian beach boys?
Also, I had fun practicing with my manual settings for fun sunset pictures.
Okay, I’ll quit rubbing it in now. Also, if it makes you feel any better, it wasn’t all sunsets and smores. Something totally chomped on my foot a little when I was neck deep in ocean. Which terrified me for life. I’m pretty sure I’m never going back in. Seriously, I’m traumatized. Also, our last night on the beach we suffered under the mighty hand of sand gnats. And brought a few of them home with us.
So balance is returned to the Force.