Destination guide

From sin city to family-friendly sunspot

Port St. Joe is a charming little spot nestled into Florida's panhandle, overlooking the St. Joseph Bay Aquatic Preserve and the T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park. Thanks to its Gulf Coast views and prime positioning on the Emerald Coast, you'll feel like you found a hidden gem among the white sandy dunes, with gentle, current-free waves lapping at the beaches. Browse Port St. Joe vacation rentals close to the coast or within walking distance to town, and enjoy this little stretch of coastline that was once the region's "sin city".

Things to do

Local business—Port St. Joe's regional history

Though the former casinos and bordellos that once greeted out-of-towners are now few and far between, you can get a feel for the town's former vibe and history in Old Town. Pay a visit to the The Constitution Convention Museum, which highlights Florida's first constitution, drafted in the town of St. Joseph. After exploring artifacts from the original settlement of St. Joseph, hop across the bay to the T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, and visit the now-abandoned but still historic—and totally Instagrammable—Cape San Blas Lighthouse.


A small town with a big heart—Port St. Joe's seaside getaway

Affectionately referred to by the locals as "small town with a big heart," Port St. Joe has plenty to offer anyone looking for a casual escape from it all. Lounge among the dunes on the soft, sandy beaches, snorkel in the Gulf of Mexico, or hop on a boat for a fishing excursion. Plenty of local restaurants offer up fresh seafood, from sit-down options to casual, waterfront fish shacks. The historic, pedestrian-friendly downtown is a charming spot, filled with antique shops, bistros, green spaces, and a picturesque marina that's perfect for al fresco dining.


Skipping the summertime blues on the Emerald Coast

Port St. Joe boasts pleasant temps for much of the year, but summers tend to be hot and humid, and it the region sees regular rainfall throughout nearly half the year. To avoid the rainy season, check out Port St. Joe vacation rentals in April, May, or October, typically the driest months in the area. June and July are peak season in Port St. Joe, when you can expect higher prices and larger crowds. Alternatively, you can usually find great deals in January, the town's quietest time of year.

Natural features

Come for emerald green water, stay for sugar white sands

Port St. Joe's prime positioning on the Emerald Coast means it comes complete with the area's clear, emerald-green water. The town's beaches also feature the coast's signature soft, sugar-white sands, with rolling dunes creating a picturesque scene that will have you convinced you've found paradise. Across the Saint Joseph Bay sits the T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, which boasts even more sandy beaches, plus a thickly forested interior. As you travel across the bay, don't be surprised if you spot dolphins leaping in between the mainland and the peninsula.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Port St. Joe

The nearest airport is in Panama City, FL (ECP-Northwest Florida Beaches Intl.), located 48.2 mi (77.6 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around Port St. Joe, FL?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 897 vacation rentals near Port St. Joe. From 620 Houses to 51 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Port St. Joe for a holiday or a weekend are on Vrbo.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Port St. Joe?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Port St. Joe:

  • Seagrass: 66 vacation rentals
  • Gulf Aire: 27 vacation rentals
  • Cape Breezes: 54 vacation rentals
  • Plantation: 446 vacation rentals
  • St Andrews Bay: 1,762 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular point of interests near where I can stay when traveling to Port St. Joe?

Vrbo offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Port St. Joe. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Cape San Blas Lighthouse: 893 vacation rentals
  • St. Joseph Peninsula State Park: 896 vacation rentals
  • T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park: 895 vacation rentals
  • St Joseph Bay Golf Club: 941 vacation rentals
  • Gulf County Welcome Center: 899 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Port St. Joe listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Port St. Joe?

Yes, of course. Vrbo has 620 Houses in Port St. Joe. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Port St. Joe include:

  • Cottages: 51 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 89 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 51 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cabins and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Port St. Joe?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 465 vacation rentals with pool available in Port St. Joe. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.