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2049 Hwy 30A, Port Saint Joe, FL 32456
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#5 of 8 in Port Saint Joe
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4.6
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4.0
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3.9
Black's Island is a well thought of island in the heart of Port Saint Joseph Bay. We offer several amenities such as kayaking, snorkeling, full service restaurant, bar, private balconies and private beaches. Black's Island is the only resort island in North Florida within driving distance from Chicago to Texas and along the Eastern Coast.
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Private bathrooms
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BlondeSeminole wrote a review May 2022
Tallahassee, Florida222 contributions100 helpful votes
This is a fantastic destination family/adult experience! This is not Panama City, this is not "30A", but it is like 30A was before all of Atlanta moved there in the 80's. I was concerned the Atlanta ties were going to mess Black's Island up, but it turns out the owners have Florida Roots, and their long term plans will honor the island. Being from North Florida we knew how bad Black's Island was hit by Hurricane Michael, so bad they are just now reopening 4 years later, and we wanted to support them. We came from Apalachee Bay over to St. Joseph's Bay, 4 couples, on 4 boats, with a 3 hour boat trip broken up half way by oysters and beers in Apalachicola. We all rented a Bungalow, but Bungalows sleep 4-6 comfortably we learned, so we could have shared. The docks are new, the walk ways are new, appliances are new, and the family cookout summer kitchen style is straight up North Florida style every night, with flat tops griddles, gas grills and a fantastic Mexican deep fryer!! If you want to go out to dinner, you don't really want to come here. If you get along with others, know how to clean up after yourself, enjoy fishing, cooking out, family community, sharing yours or someone else's fish and shrimp and tasting new dishes in a beautiful and unique setting, this is it! You can also just cook in your Bungalow! Great pool, great dock, great fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding, boating, relaxing reading spaces, ring game, cards and more... Guierrmo and his Partner Alexandra are hard working and positive, they help you experience island life. Their garden is beautiful, with chickens, Guinea's, peacocks, McCaw's, Cockatoo's and Quail for domestic birds on the island, but we saw in addition to Pelicans, seagull's and terns, Black Skimmers, Willets, Imperial terns, all of those are endangered species. Here is the tip of the day if you read this far. Order your groceries in advance delivered to your bungalow. Order less. Carry less. Pack less. You have a washer and dryer. Did I mention pack less? Pack less... We will be back for sure!!
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Room Tip: One story bungalows have a queen loft, two story Bungalows have a bunk room.
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Donna M wrote a review Sep 2021
Pensacola, Florida54 contributions10 helpful votes
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I LOVE THIS PLACE. This year we stayed in Bungalow #2- 2 bedroom, loft. We have stayed many times over the years during scalloping season with our kids and grandkids and many friends from Pensacola. We pack up everything in the world we think we will need for meals and scalloping and sit back and relax. You will access this island by boat, seaplane or helicopter. The staff has been known to assist in getting you to the island if you have none of those available. You can also rent a patio boat on the mainland for the duration of your stay. The staff on island is extremely helpful and accommodating. They greet each boat and assist with bringing gear up to the bungalows and keep the grounds natural and impeccable. While there is not a restaurant on island, there are lots of gas grills under the clubhouse and normally ample room for a couple large groups to gather (birds prevented that this year). New this year, bottles of water and Miller Light were available. We still brought all our own beverages, but it was nice to grab a bottle if we didn't want to run back to the bungalow. The club house is beautiful with gorgeous spiral staircase up to a widows watch, outstanding woodwork, decks and places to read or gather to play games after the kids all go to bed. There is a great lawn for outdoor games or chilling in a hammock (your own) between the palm trees. The pool is well maintained. We tend to go from the pretty little beach to the pool back and forth all day with the kids. You will live outside and in your bathing suit-so pack lightly. Kayaks are available for guests to use. The bungalows have a full size kitchen with ample space to store all the groceries you pack in. Every bungalow has stunning views. Bathrooms and showers are well appointed. Very nice Tommy Bahama amenities are provided along with towels and beach towels, paper towels, toilet paper, dish soap, dishwasher cubes, and a few laundry pods. There was also a sweet welcome gift bag this year with lotion, local soaps, sugar scrub and local hot sauce. Bring your own reef friendly sunscreen. While you spend most of your time outside in the sea breeze, the cool AC is nice for sleeping. However you can turn it off and allow the breeze to cool you but most of the windows don't have screens. The Bungalows endured a major hurricane several years ago and repairs are still being made. So some of the decks have holes or broken boards. Think Swiss Family Robinson but with AC and electricity! I love that there are NO TVs in the bungalows. The accommodations get better each year, however, there are still a few improvements I would like to see...like a full set of pots and pans in the unit without having to search for large pots around the different bungalows and a Set of Large Bowls for mixing batters and big salads. A crockpot would be nice too. A citrus reamer would be helpful. I bring my own favorite knife and reamer to make ceviche with those fresh scallops and a couple big bowls because those are things I want to be sure to have. While the list says these things are available, most the time, they are not. It would be nice if that was one of the checks during each cleaning. The king bed in the master bedroom may be broken or too soft- something was wrong with it. It was impossible to sleep two people in this king bed (bungalow #2). We have never had that problem before. The last thing and only reason I gave 4 stars is that there were two caged birds under the clubhouse during our visit this year (see dancing photo). They continually squawk at ear piercing levels and make it impossible to fully use that area. Because of where they are located, it blocks off full use of one of the counter spaces due to smell and noise. We like to gather as a group and use 1 of the 2 counters for a buffet. Pets are not allowed at this time and I am glad since it is a very intimate location, but these birds are caged and must be someone' pets. They detract from the relaxing environment and fluid use of the space. The kids love all the other animals around the island that roam free and spotting the chickens, bunnies, peacocks, and guinea hens is so delightful and beautiful. If these birds lived in the trees, it would be much better. The scalloping this year was plentiful and we were able to get our daily limit just walking and snorkeling right around the island. This island a magical place and we hope to continue to make it an annual destination. There are very few places I like to repeat visit because there are so many places in this world to explore. But this island resort is truly a one of a kind location.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Response from Roberta Beasley, General Manager at Black's Island
Responded Jan 5, 2022
Hi Donna! Please accept my apologies for taking so long to respond. Thank you so much for your truly kind review. We hope you all come back and visit again this year. Thank you also so much for the detailed review of the finer points. I have already been through most of the bungalows to make sure our inventories of cooking supplies, pots and pans etc., are available. I will definitely add three mixing bowls, a lemon juicer and an oyster knife and ensure that everything on the list of supplies are in the bungalows. We have also moved our beautiful but noisy birds so they do not interfere with the atmosphere! Thank you again for your review! We can't wait to see you again!
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Samantha A wrote a review Jan 2021
Oshawa, Canada12 contributions10 helpful votes
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Our company and I had an amazing week at Black’s Island Resort. Beautiful views, numerous activities, and great food! The staff were amazing and the bungalows were pristine. This place is perfect for a very private stay. We will be making this an annual trip for company leadership going forward. We will definitely be back again!
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Traveled
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Roadtripn42 wrote a review Jul 2018
Nolensville, Tennessee208 contributions38 helpful votes
Quiet peaceful beautiful island in the bay of Port St. Joe, Florida. Non-commercialized, no crowds, no rowdy bars, accessible only by boat, bit pricey but worth the serenity. Great fishing spot! Family friendly.
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Date of stay: May 2018Trip type: Traveled
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Maria C wrote a review Jul 2018
8 contributions5 helpful votes
Cabins were quaint and the sunset views are insane but there were many issues with this place. Lots of kinks need to be worked out. The management company promised several things that were simply untrue. We arrived and were told to “give them a call 30 minutes out”. We called for over two hours and no one answered. We luckily found someone to bring us over to the island. When we finally got the property manager on the phone, we didn’t even get an apology. The other half of our group was arriving later in the day and when we gave the manager the time they needed to be picked up, he proceeded to tell us that he didn’t know if he could get the boat out due to the tide. While we completely understand the issue- this time constraint was never communicated with us. Specifically, when booking, we told the property manager that our group would be coming late on the first night and he never even mentioned that they had to be at the pick up spot by a certain time. Not a great start to our relaxing getaway. No WiFi in the cabins. Hot tub did not work. All of the “toys” were broken. No “resort amenities” to be seen. BUT beautiful views and lots of potential. Just know that it is essentially a nice bare cabin with a private atmosphere and nothing else. Thankfully, we are active people and we brought lots of games to tide us over. One of the owners was staying there at the time and was great as well as the one employee, Lauren. We just felt bad to constantly have to ask the owner for things when he was on vacation himself. We would possibly go back after the new owners have some time to make some upgrades.
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Date of stay: July 2018Trip type: Traveled
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Craig M wrote a review Jun 2018
Bay Village, Ohio19 contributions10 helpful votes
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Had an absolutely great week out on Black’s Island. We were the first official renters out there since the recent ownership change so this review may be helpful. First let me say the owners of the island, Scott and Deanna and family/team, and the management company, Brian and team, went out of their way to make our family’s stay one that we will never forget. If you are like us, life is chaotic. Getting away to a place where you can really wind down was just perfect. The island, although only a quick 10 min boat ride, takes you to to somewhere that doesn’t feel like anything we have experienced in the US. It is an extremely beautiful place. It is situated in the middle of one of the most virgin stretches of marine life left in Florida. Sea life is everywhere, all the time. Clear, protected waters let you see all types of fish, rays, sea stars, crabs, sharks, turtles, sand dollars, etc. Great for fishing, paddling or just for the kids to catch hermit crabs, sand crabs and conch shells in their nets. The island itself is incredible. There is a small, nice beach, hundreds of palm trees, all kinds of places to relax or explore and tons of animals to add to the experience....peacocks, quail, bunnies, chickens, fantail pigeons, lizards... When you get there, the dock path leads you right up to a beautiful wooden big game lodge with a huge front porch(looks over the pool/hot tub, beach and sunsets), and really well done interior with sitting areas, bar and wooden spiral steps that leads to two additional levels. Once we checked in, we headed to our bungalow where all of our items were already waiting for us. All 20+ bungalows, situated between the palms on the right and left of a raised wooden boardwalk that streches down the spine of the island. Makes you feel like you are in something out of the South Pacific. Odd numbered bungalows are on the sunrise side of the island, evens are on the sunset side of the island. Ours was a single story unit, sunset side. This was perfect for us. We have three young kids (10,4,6). Our oldest liked the loft (ladder up to a queen bed) and the other two slept in the second bed room. The main open room was surrounded with windows that had waterfront views and the balcony had a brand new grill, new furniture and shaded views. Spent a ton of time out there being lazy and grilling shrimp and fresh fish. Beds were comfy, bathrooms were nice, all was very clean, simple, private and laid out really nicely. Our original plan was to chill on the island for a few days and then get a ride to the mainland (boat does the short trip frequently) to do some things off the island the remaining days (see other beaches, shop, go to dinner, etc). We actually never got back in our car until the end of our trip. We quickly got used to the slower pace and separation from reality of the island ....and found a lot to do without going back to the mainland/car. FOOD: Without a doubt, planning out what you need to eat and drink is a must. You will most likely do a lot of eating and drinking! Also, right near the landing where you park is a great shop to pick up fresh shrimp and fish (and bait if you fish). Do that on the way over. I should mention that my wife was really good about freezing some meals and packing plenty of food so we didn’t need to make several trips for supplies. Also, Scott offered to pick us up some things we may be missing on some of his several trips to town...so that was great. On the last night, everyone that was on the island met outside the lodge on the patio and did a huge feast. Scott had picked up some surf and turf and others contributed and we had drinks, ate and enjoyed the sunset. Great way to spend our last night.... They had a light continental breakfast each day, fresh coffee (AM) and fresh fruit available throughout the day. Also, they had the lodge fridge stocked with water and drinks that we could help ourselves. During the soft opening period, the restaurant and bar are not staffed yet, but there were several times during the week when the staff offered a cold drink or had cut some fruit or a fresh carafe of lemon water. ADVENTURES: - Ask if someone can take you out to the sandbar at low tide. It is right off the island. We gathered several sand dollars and starfish. Later in the week they had dried the sand dollars and the kids got to paint them. - Paddled around the island daily. Plenty of kayaks and paddle boards. On the opposite tip of the island, near the pole, is a sandbar that always held many stingray. Also, the water is pretty much always calm, so it is a great place to learn paddle boarding if you haven’t done that. Do yourself a favor and get up early one morning and catch a sunrise out on the water. - The jet skis available on the island are really in great shape and a ton of fun to rip around the bay. Saw a bunch of sea turtles in the bay...I was told that this is one of the main places where the turtles “grow up” before they head out to sea. - We booked a family fishing charter with Capt Tim from Bali Hai Charters in PSJ. He’s great! And picked us right up at the island. Wish I would have planned ahead and did a tarpon trip. - We got a boat ride out to the beaches at the cape. Beautiful white sand and untouched dunes. Saw dolphin, fish and rays.... - Went shark fishing one night with Alex and Zack from the island. Great time! - Exploring around the island was great. Especially with the kids. We caught lizards, saw the animals and also found a pirate treasure map in the cannon and the buried treasure (pre-trip got some pirate treasure on Amazon, $13! Ha!) Other notes: - Pro-tip: My advice would be book now and get out there this summer if you can before all the final improvements are done and, I presume, the rates go up. This place is a huge value right now. - Although we missed long walks on the beach and maybe some time in the surf, I really enjoyed being in the bay. We could have gone over to the cape and enjoyed those beaches more if we really wanted. The bay’s sea life and calm was just really great. - No WiFi in the bungalows (around lodge only) but there was TV. We told the kids it was broken. Life without both for a week was a great experiment. Try it. - Couple things that would have been nice was more hammocks, a couple nicer kayaks and the hot tub was not working until right at the end of our stay (they were on it) - The island has an amazing history...if you see Billy around ask him about it....he seemed to know the most. We will be back!
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Date of stay: June 2018Trip type: Traveled
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gin_john_watkins wrote a review Oct 2016
Birmingham, Alabama32 contributions5 helpful votes
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We visited Black's Island for Memorial Day weekend and enjoyed the resort very much. The staff was super helpful, the island was beautiful, the water was amazing...we simply did not want to leave! If you are looking for a laid back, "off the grid" type of vacation, this is definitely your place. Our family loved it and can't wait to return!
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Date of stay: May 2016
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Tiffany B wrote a review Jul 2016
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This is a place everyone should come to once in a lifetime to see the views, sunsets and pure relaxation Yes, it is a Island so there are limits to and from land, but the ferry boat rides are every three hours- Can not get any better than that! This resort is to get away from the loud crowds, sounds of cars and daily life. There is WIFI in the main house and TVs that do pick up a few stations in the houses. Personally, I come here to get away from everyday life and love watching my kids enjoy the outdoors without having their phones glued to their face. My family connects while we are here and gain a special bond to carry back home with us. I come ever year and will continue to do such. <3
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Date of stay: July 2016
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krislier10 wrote a review Jan 2016
Gainesville, Florida79 contributions62 helpful votes
Let me start by saying that I would love to demand my money back form these folks but form the looks of things, the money is already gone. The place is marketed as an exclusive, high end getaway and I suppose that COULD be true. We arrived and were picked up promptly. Turns out they are "closed" during the winter though decided to take the revenue anyway without mentioning that many of the regular amenities were unavailable. We did not have great weather so only got to paddle board for a couple of hours one day. Other than that there was NOTHING available so if you go in bad weather, bring some entertainment that does not require a wireless connection (no movie streaming). The whole place was in total disarray and falling apart and I don't mean just regular seasonal upkeep. Over half of the bungalows are unusable and some in state of falling apart. The one next to ours seemed to be a garbage dump of some sort or a hoarder house with crap and garbage piled up inside and out. The owners have 2 very cute dogs that run free and they do not clean up the poop (NOT CUTE!). They are living here and just trying to get some revenue off of renting bungalows when they can get them in good enough condition to rent them. We were told that for the boat to pick us up after midnight (on New Years Eve) would be $50 extra. Absolutely not disclosed when we were making the inquiries with Wanda. I also did a little research and the place is for sale as well as they are trying to sell individual bungalows. all indications seem to point to a place in financial struggle so if you go, I would negotiate a lower price (we paid ($300+ /night) and be ready to be totally self sufficient and hope for decent weather. Overall, not an absolute do not go but definitely be prepared for limited access to mainland and be ready to entertain yourselves.
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Date of stay: December 2015
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Ross S wrote a review Aug 2015
Atlanta, Georgia215 contributions130 helpful votes
Black Island resort is a small beautiful island with around 20 2 bedroom 2 bath rustic but well equipped houses on it. Looks like Gilligan's island or some other tropical paradise, unlike the surrounding area. Some have a loft with a twin bed for kids. This is not the Ritz so don't expect it to be. It is comfortable and peaceful. It is a great place to relax read a book, get some sun or go fishing or scalloping It has a shuttle that runs about every 2 hours and docking available if you bring a boat. Caution the bay is super shallow around the island so be very careful and look at charts before trying. Even those are not always accurate. If you are looking for action this is not the place unless you want to make your own. A few years ago they had a full service bar and restaurant. The owners Jeff and Wanda closed them for their sanity. You will need to bring all food and drinks with you on the island. There is a Piggly Wiggly in town but you will have a better selection at a Publix or Walmart in a bigger towns you drive through on the way. Once you have the refrigerator in your house stocked you will have no issues cooking. Each house has a modern kitchen or there are numerous grills near the club house. I did not use them but they have a few nice beaches on the island that groomed ever morning. The pool is kept nice and is refreshing. Kayaks and paddle boards are available as well. Each house has satellite TV but no internet only in the clubhouse. The showers are nice but wish they had a tiny bit more pressure but totally understand why they did not. The beds were like clouds that I did not want leave in the morning. Only complaint is that newer linens could be provided. Over all a wonderful place for families, groups of friends or maybe a couple just wanting to relax. One restaurant worth mentioning is Indian Pass Raw Bar. Take the shuttle and drive for 10 minute. It can not be missed.
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Date of stay: August 2015
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Frequently Asked Questions about Black's Island
Which popular attractions are close to Black's Island?
Nearby attractions include Cape San Blas (3.1 miles), St. Joseph Peninsula State Park (4.3 miles), and Shell Shack (4.4 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Black's Island?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, free parking, and self serve laundry.
Which room amenities are available at Black's Island?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Black's Island?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities and an outdoor dining area during their stay.
Is parking available at Black's Island?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Black's Island?
Conveniently located restaurants include Weber's Little Donut Shop, Indian Pass Raw Bar, and Cape Tradin' Post.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Black's Island?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Black's Island?
Yes, self serve laundry and a clothes dryer are offered to guests.
Does Black's Island have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
Is Black's Island accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.