Port St. Joe is a small beach town of about 3,300 people, but it makes up for charm and beauty. A small beach town with a big heart is the best way to describe it. This quaint city received damage from Hurricane Michael in 2018, but with community support, rebuilding efforts have brought the city back to life.
Parents in Port St. Joe know their children are getting a quality education in the Gulf District School System. The district has an overall graduation rate of 82%, and Port St. Joe High School has an array of clubs and athletic programs to get involved in.
Highway 98 runs through the heart of Port St. Joe and will take you all the way over to Pensacola and the Alabama Bay in the west and through Apalachicola, and on down into the peninsula of South Florida. A short ride north on Highway 71 will take you to Interstate 10, which runs the country from east to west.
Because of the rebuilding efforts from Hurricane Michael, real estate in Port St. Joe varied. Newer homes are being built up to the standards of hurricane-force winds. For those looking for the charm of an older home, moving further inland offers several neighborhoods with floorplans and fixtures of homes built days ago. There is room to expand in Port St. Joe with lots and the opportunity to create a custom home.
Residents of Gulf County know there is always something happening. The Forgotten Coast Festival of Trees has unique weekly events in the winter. The Blast on the Bay Songwriters Festival every October brings some of the best songwriters straight from Nashville to the gulf coast. The Forgotten Coast Sea Turtle Festival is a relatively new event to spread awareness and education about sea turtles. There’s also plenty of live music, food, and fun for the kids.
A visit to the Cape San Blas Lighthouse offers an opportunity to learn about the area’s great history. In 1847 Congress approved the lighthouse’s construction to warn ships of the hazards of the coast. Two years later, the construction of the original cone structure was completed. Today, it’s listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Many live in Port St. Joe because of the ample water activities and year-round beach access. The area comprised of St. Joe Beach and WindMark Beach is often called “The Beaches” by locals and is just 10 minutes away from Port St. Joe. These beaches are famous because of their west-facing shorelines and pet-friendly beaches. To explore the area beyond the coastline, we recommend a fishing excursion, a trip out on the kayaks, or parasailing for a birds-eye view.
One of the best parts about living on the coast in Florida is the fresh seafood, and Port St. Joe has plenty of great local restaurants. Some of our favorites include:
Not a seafood fan? No problem! Land lovers will enjoy the southern cooking available at:
We could go on about the great features that make Port St. Joe an excellent beach town to raise a family, but we’d like you to see them for yourself. The beauty of the beaches can’t be captured in a picture, and the friendliness of the people is best experienced firsthand.
When you’re ready to view properties for sale, list your current home or discuss your options, give the experts at Counts Real Estate a call. Our team has years of experience in the area and wants to help you find your dream home.