Pets allowed:
Wi-Fi available:

2 Full baths

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Cape San Blas Vacation Rental in Barrier Dunes.

** Winner of Best Lodging on the Forgotten Coast **

Turtle Crawl - Barrier Dunes 191 is a fully updated gulf view rental END UNIT in Barrier Dunes. Just 75 paces down a boardwalk off your back deck to the beautiful, family & pet-friendly white sand beaches!

It is in beautiful, gated Barrier Dunes which is just steps from the entrance to St. Joseph State Park & it's the large variety of wildlife, Hiking, Biking, and over 16,000 acres of awesome 'Beachfront' wilderness surrounded on 3 sides by the Gulf of Mexico and St. Joe Bay.

Barrier Dunes has 2 pools (1 is gulf front & 2nd is heated 4 mo. a year), lighted tennis courts, 3 fresh water fishing ponds, playground, pet stations, boat parking, boat washing area, and boardwalks throughout!

The lower floor spacious living room with large back deck with seating and a gas grill. There is also a dining room and kitchen with all you need for cooking your catch of the day. Finally, there is a full bath and a Queen Bedroom with a private porch, cable TV & DVD.

The entire upper floor is a King Master Suite! Enjoy a private porch with gulf views! Private bathroom (walk in shower and separate garden tub), walk in closet, Flat Screen Cable TV, VCR, 2 wicker chairs & telephone with answering machine & free domestic long distance--everything you need to enjoy your vacation!

You will find there is a laundry room with washer, drier, and even the laundry detergent!

Your family & your dog are always welcome!

Cape San Blas, FL is a quiet peninsula away from the commercialism & crowds of most FL Panhandle beaches! In the evening, sit on your deck and take in the awesome beauty of a moonlit night & stars larger & in more abundance than you've ever seen. No city lights or commercialism on the Cape!

You will find clean, beautiful, uncrowded white sand beaches & a nice family friendly environment without the wild crowds of other beaches!

Cape San Blas is regularly ranked the #1 Dog-Friendly Beach in America!

SPECIALS WILL BE ON THE RATES & SPECIALS page of our personal site TheCapeEscape (you know the rest).

Owners Provide GREAT AMENITIES: Beach chairs, beach cart, boogie board, beach toys, cooler, laundry detergent, spices, dishwashing detergent, pet towels, Wifi, all linens for the home & MORE! Everything we can think of to help with your packing & provide an outstanding Cape Escape!


Please see our website (The Cape Escape) for more pictures and details!

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Tripadvisor Property ID: 4899539

About the area

Cape San Blas, FL is 20 miles long & a mile wide at the widest point! St. Joseph Bay is on 1 side & the Gulf of Mexico is on the other. 10 of the 20 miles consists of St. Joseph Peninsula State Park. Your dog is welcome on the beach with NO TIME RESTRICTIONS! Recently ranked the #1 beach in the USA by Dr. Stephen Leatherman & regularly ranked the best DOG-FRIENDLY BEACH in the US! The beauty is that Cape San Blas is still uncrowded, non-commercialized & pristine! No commercialism & no highrise condos & 50% of the Cape being state park afford for long walks on unspoiled white sand beaches with no wild crowds! Barrier Dunes is a secure, gated community with 2 fantastic pools. 1 is located directly on the dunes with a beautiful view of the Gulf of Mexico & the white sand beaches of Cape Sand Blas. Barrier Dunes also has lighted tennis courts, boat washing area, 3 fresh water fishing ponds, playground, boardwalks throughout & pet stations & green space throughout! St. Joseph Peninsula State Park is located right next door to Barrier Dunes and offers excellent access to the bay as well as 7 miles of undeveloped, unpaved pristine wilderness area, bay access, & beach. The park also has a boat ramp! The clear water bay is one of the cleanest in Florida & provides excellent snorkeling, boating, fishing, crabbing & scalloping. Saint Joseph Peninsula State Park is right outside the gates to Barrier Dunes Surf Fishing Canoeing/Kayaking Pools Tennis Playground St. Joe Bay Coneheads - Right outside of Barrier Dunes Skully's Low County Boil Sand Bucket Smokehouse and Grill ALL RIGHT on Cape San Blas. Both convenience stores on Cape San Blas have made to order sandwiches & pizza as well as a wide selection of other food! There is a full page of area restaurants on my personal site (TheCapeEscape... you know the rest)

Getting around

You will need a car to get around, however, Cape San Blas has a great biking trail! You can rent bikes (kayaks and many other things) from Scallop Cove right there on the cape.

Getting here

Cape San Blas, Florida is located 50 miles southeast of Panama City in the Florida Panhandle -- yet a world away. (Just east of Mexico Beach, west of St. George Island between Port St. Joe & Apalachicola in the northwest Florida Panhandle)

Interaction with guest

I am available throughout your stay, if you need to contact me. I also try to communicate as many details as possible before your vacation and provide a very complete guest information book about the area once you arrive so you don't have to do the research! Some of our favorite things to do are: Bonfires at the beach after sunset, scalloping in the bay, kayaking, Indian Pass Raw Bar to enjoy oysters, crab legs & steam shrimp as well as great local music and company, a day poking around the stores (and eating) in Apalachicola among many other things! I look forward to having you enjoy a Cape Escape soon!
This property is hosted by a private host (consumer) and not a business. Bookings of their property may not be covered by EU or UK consumer protection laws. However, the Tripadvisor Rentals companies will provide you with the same customer service as with any other stay.

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Check in time: 16:00, Check out time: 10:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
This rental can only be paid for online through Vacation Home Rentals using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).

Damage deposit: $300.00
No smoking at this property



  • Bedroom 1: King bed
    Bedroom 2: Queen Bed
    Beds in other rooms: Sofa beds


  • Air conditioning
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Grill
  • Heating
  • Shared outdoor pool (heated)
  • Shared outdoor pool (unheated)
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • High Speed Internet
  • Linen provided
  • Parking Included
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Pet Friendly
  • Sea view
  • Towels provided


  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD player
  • High chair
  • Freezer
  • Iron
  • Stereo system
  • Refrigerator
  • Satellite TV
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Telephone
  • Toaster
  • Washing machine


  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Water sports
  • Horse riding
  • Swing set


  • 2 Full baths

Reviews (15)

15 reviews


Reviewed 30 Nov 2016

Perfect. Condo is open & comfortable. The amazing deck allows you to be as close to the ocean as one can be. It was great for dogs who loved being out there. Beds comfortable. Beautifully decorated.

Owner's reply: I'm so glad you enjoyed your Cape Escape and Turtle Crawl - Barrier Dunes 191. I hope you & the dogs will be in touch again when you're ready to get back to Cape San Blas and Barrier Dunes. Until then, stay well! Wendy

“Great stay”

Reviewed 1 Sep 2016

My husband and I stayed in barrier dunes and loved it! There was no one on the beach I'm guessing because it was the off season. The locals were very nice and we went to a couple different restaurants in port st. Joe. But we loved the sand bucket! We are from St. Louis and we know bbq but this was some of the best bbq we have ever had! We will be returning next year!


Reviewed 9 Jul 2016

This was our first vacation, ever!! My husband and I took both of our dogs to Cape San Blas. We fell in love as soon as we stepped on the beach! Admittedly, we didn't do much, but sit on the beach and walk the beach with our pups. What more do you need? Our condo was so well equipped, the beach is amazing and our dogs are still having tail wagging dreams. We can't wait to come back. We have told everyone we know!!

Owner's reply: Angela, I'm so glad you and your pups enjoyed your vacation, the Cape and especially the home!! Thank you for taking time to write a review and I will look forward to having you and the pups back when you're ready for another Cape Escape! Thank you for telling your friends about us too...word of mouth is the BEST!! Wendy Jackson

“Beautiful pet friendly spot!”

Reviewed 25 Mar 2015

Drove from NOLA with my youngest daughter and her 9 month old boxer puppy. It was his first time at the beach and getting in the salty water. We splashed and laughed to see him having such fun! Went for several walks on this very white sand beach running into a large jelly fish! The sunsets were amazing and the ice cream place within walking distance was a treat! Number 91 is a quick walk to the beach and found it very comfortable and very well supplied. Feeding the turtles in the pond below was such a treat! This was our second time at the Cape and we're sure to go back.

Owner's reply: Glad you enjoyed your stay at Barrier Dunes 91 - Cape Escape II. The beaches are indeed beautiful! I'm glad you found it well supplied! We try and keep all 13 of our Cape San Blas rentals in Barrier Dunes feeling like home so you can focus on the beach and the family! I'll look forward to having you back again! Wendy Jackson Cape Escape Vacation Rentals

“Just what the doctor ordered”

Reviewed 20 Mar 2014

Nicely furnished, well stocked condo, with easy access to the beach. Comes with beach chairs, umbrellas, kitchen, and laundry supplies that you won't have to travel with! Home away from home!

Owner's reply: Rita, Thank you for choosing to stay with us and for the kind review! Glad you were able to get away and relax at the beach and I hope the Doc orders some more R & R soon so you can come back and enjoy some more time at Cape San Blas soon! We enjoyed having you! Wendy Jackson Cape Escape Vacation Rentals

“Well Stocked & Decorated Rental - Beautiful Beach”

Reviewed 11 Oct 2012

We stayed in Barrier Dunes 177 - Waters Edge. It was just a few steps to the beach and the beahc front pool. It had everything we could image provided. We definitely over was like a home away from home and very relaxing! The beach was beautiful. White sand, no crowded and our dogs had a fabulous time. The beach is pristine! We saw wonderful sunsets every night, had a bonfire on the beach and just relaxed. The beach front pool was awesome. Wendy was great to work with...answered all of our many questions promptly and everything exceeded our expectations! We will be regulars at this beach since it's just 6 hrs from Atlanta! Thank you for everything!

“Ehlingers paradise 2012”

Reviewed 10 Aug 2012

The townhome was wonderful. The walk to the beach was just around the corner and very well kept up beach. It is very pet friendly and amazing how everyone picks up and keeps the area clean. Its paradise and fun for all ages. My family wants to make Cape San Blas a tradition for every year.

Owner's reply: I'm so glad you and your family had a wonderful trip! We would love to have you back again any time you want another Cape Escape!

“pet paradise”

Reviewed 22 Mar 2011

had a wonderfull holiday and the best part was having our bichon/poodle with us. would love to do this again in the future. our accomodations were top notch. for sure we,ll be back john and barb

“Wonderful site”

Reviewed 24 Nov 2010

The condo we rented was on the beach which afforded magnificent views and easy access. The condo was well equipped, clean and tidy. Reservations and arrangements for our stay were easy, friendly and efficient to make. We'll definitely rent there again. We had a very pleasant stay.

“Beautiful Beaches & Sunsets”

Reviewed 6 Apr 2010

The beaches at Cape San Blas are great. The sand is so white and soft, and it was so pleasant to walk and find shells. Barrier Dunes condo #30 is very comfortable, only steps to the beach and very close to the larger pool. It is just a short walk to the tennis court and other pool. Our children are older so it was nice to have a lot of privacy between rooms. You do need to bring a lot with you, all your food and if you are driving, beach chairs and towels, as restaurants and food stores are quite a drive. But once you are there all you do is relax.

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Owner Supplied Testimonials

Robert and Mireille Bourgetef, Piedmont, QC, Canada (February 2007)

It was indeed a pleasure to do business with you and your professionalism is outstanding by all means! Beach House Too was very comfortable and we did appreicate all the little extras we found in the condo. We moved out early in Friday to avoid bad weither going home and got here on Sunay. We will keep in touch with you for next year and maybe some family will join us!

Dawn Lamb, West Lafayette, IN (December 2006/January 2007)

We had a wonderful stay at your place. We were so comfortable there and I cannot think of another thing we could have needed. Bringing in 2007 at the beach was awesome and we will have those memories forever. A little hectic since we returned, but as soon as I can download the pictures from the camera I will send you some! Thanks again...we hope to return!

p.s. I received the deposit check. Thanks for being so prompt. I sent some info about your place to some friends of mine who are looking for somewhere to stop on their way down to the Keys. I gave you glowing reviews. I think they would really like it there.

Shelley Doyle and Family, Tillsonburg, Ontario Canada (December 2006)

We have returned from our vacation to Florida and I just wanted to drop you a note to thank you for letting us rent your condo at the Cape for a week. It was truly the best part of our vacation. I wish I had know what a "paradise" you had before we booked our second week in Daytona. It was nice to meet your husband! Again, thank you for a wonderful vacation and I am hoping that we will be able to return again. Best wishes for a wonderful New Year.

Mike & Margo Holland, Lithia Springs, GA (October/November 2006)

Here is a brief note about our stay! Mike is dying to see his girl immortalized on your website!

Wow -- we had a great time! Believe it or not, we actually enjoyed the drive down. Going through the little towns gave us a lot to see -- and we made good time! When we reached Port St.Joe and the water opened up before us we really got excited! It was only a short drive longer and we were on the Cape pulling into Barrier Dunes. We loved the condo -- it had everything we needed! Martha (our Lab) especially loved the deck and the lake (she jumped in it almost every morning much to our chagrin!) and my husband fished off the deck (he caught several good sized Brim, but threw them back) and we fed the ducks and the turtles. Fun!

Shortly after we arrived and unpacked, we headed to the beach. The wind was up and the was were crashing in. There was a beautiful sunset. Martha, who had never been to the beach before, practically dragged us down the boardwalk to get tot he beach. She had been smelling the ocean since Port St. Joe and had to know what big body of water was our there! There were some fellow vacationers on the beach and after making sure they were okay with us letting Martha off her leash, off she went! We have never seen our dog so happy and we will alway cherish the video of her first beach experience. She ran and ran -- into the water -- down the beach and back again! Everyone just laughed because it was obvious that she was in heaven!! Needless to say, that night and every night on Cape San Blas we had one TIRED little girl!!

Our weather was text book perfect. Mid 70's, clear and sunny. We could not have asked for better. We spent our mornings exploring the "Forgotten Coast", Mexico Beach, Panama City (please don't bother!!), Appalach (quaint shops, old historic homes and good restaurants -- we ate at Boss Oyster and brought Martha -- it was great!). Our favorite restaurant was in Port St. Joe and it was the Dockside Cafe at the Marina (again with Martha). We also went to Peppers for Mexican (margaritas!).

The beach is beautiful. On the weekend there were three other couples and during the week maybe one or two -- we had it all to ourselves!! The people we did meet were all extremely nice (and doggy friendly). We really enjoyed the opportunity to experience a vacation with our beloved Martha. Sitting on the beach with our pup at our side was the best. Long walks looking for shells and enjoying the wildlife topped our list. The dolphins played right in front of us every afternoon and we also saw plenty of deer, a fox, sting rays, a shark and lots of turtles!!

Thank you for a great week and we hope to be back again next year!!

Laurie Walker, May/June 2007

The place was wonderful and we all enjoyed it so much. There was not a thing we could wish for in the condo. We have plans of going back next year as our visiting friends enjoyed it so much. Our dogs had so much fin and lots of walks around the condos, but they didn't care for the beach. Too old I guess. They loved the condo too and I took their big dog pillow along. I thought the doggie bags (provided in Barrier Dunes) were a great idea--I had forgotten to bring bags so it was just another great touch!

Needless to say we all had a fabulous time. It was very uncommercialized and everything was there one could wish for, just bring clothing and food!

Meredith Presnell, June 2007

We had a wonderful week on the Cape. This is our second year and we are definitely planning to go back next year! We love it there and so do our boxers, Louie and Abby. Casa Del Sol was great and had everything we needed. The day before coming to the Cape we had bought a new house and moved, so we were definitely in need of some rest and relaxation! We did not want to come home. Thank you again for providing a place where the entire family can come to enjoy vacation together!

Valerie and Tim Holt, April/May 2008

Just wanted to give you a report on our trip to the Cape. We really enjoyed your beautiful condo and furnishings..... the weather was beautiful, cool and crisp. We went to St. Joseph State Park and hiked the trails, took day trips to Apalachicola and to Port St. Joe.

I love how your condo is decorated, great taste! I especially enjoyed your window seat. Did lots of reading and enjoyed sitting on the balcony off the living room and listening to the water fountain with the lake view--very soothing and relaxing.

All in all, it was a most wonderful getaway and thank you so very much for sharing your beautiful place!

Tom and Margaret Clelland, October 2010
We loved it! We had everything we needed. Our pups loved it as well. My English Bulldog thinks she is a bird chasing waterdog now! I had to call Donna (NOTE: Donna is our wonderful local manager) with a couple of questions and she was great. I'll send you some pictures in a few days.

We would like to come back for a week next April. I'll know our schedule in a few days and give you a call!

Cindy and Michael Townsend, Aug/Sept. 2010
Our trip to the Cape was absolutely fantastic! Pelican View was awesome and had everything we needed. My husband enjoyed the trip very much....many changes since he was last there, but all GOOD! We had 1 stormy day but we went exploring in Port St. Joe, Indian Pass, Apalachicola & St. George Island. Ate at the Indian Pass Raw Bar and at Boss Oyster House in Apalachicola---both places were AWESOME! Nothing like fresh raw oysters, steamed shrimp and bay scallops!! We went horseback riding on the beach with Two-Bit" and they were great...beautiful horses...lots of fun! Being on the Cape with the beach literally at our back door (and having the beach practically ALL to ourselves) was so amazing...we got to see several pods of dolphins swim by one morning RIGHT in front of us! Must have been 14-16 of those beautiful creatures! ALl in all I have to say it is one of the BEST vacations EVER...we will definitely be back.

Thank you SO much for all your attention to details, your timely responses to emails and for helping us plan and experience such a wonderful vacation!

Rita Gleason, August 2010
We really enjoyed our stay at the condo and Cape San Blas! It was a relaxing place for all of us. We had a gareat time scalloping and got our quotas for the day. Our daughter and son-in-law wer the King and Queen of finding the scallops! Thier first time and they loved it!

We saw 2 turtles swimming in the bay and dolphins feeding on bait fish. It was neat. We enjoyed the evening sunsets and rainbox. Dakata enjoyed wading on the beach beach....wish he could have experienced this in his younger days. Thanks again for your all your hlep and we look forward to another trip to the Cape!

Jeffrey Moore, July 2010
We are on the road headed back to Tennessee. We had a fantastic time in Barrier Dunes on Cape San Blas! I have a feeling Cape San Blas will be replacing our usual summer beach destination. In fact, there is already talk among the family about a return trip sometime later this year! Thanks again for our help and assistance in arranging our vacation rental this week!