6972 Cape San Blas Road Port St. Joe, FL 32456 USA, Cape San Blas, 32456, United States
Le Grand Merci is located approximately 16.5 miles from the small town of Port St. Joe, on the northern end of the St. Joseph Peninsula, on the western (far) side of St. Joseph Bay, and is part of the larger area known as Cape San Blas. The drive from Port St. Joe to Le Grand Merci takes approximately 20 minutes by car because some portions of the route have low speed limits. The most important landmark to look for as you are travelling in is what locally is called, “The Rocks.” This is a spot where you turn from the far-left corner of the “base” of the Cape back up towards the north. The Peninsula is very narrow here and the waters of the Gulf of Mexico literally lap alongside the edge of the road. This section was heavily damaged during Hurricane Michael. Workers have rebuilt and improved the road surface in this section and added more very large boulders along its left border in order to keep the road from being washed away by waves in the future. Colloquially, the spot is also known as “The Stump Hole,” because to the left or south of these rocks there is a section of beach where the trees reach all the way out into the Gulf of Mexico. As you pass The Rocks and the road makes its final curve to the right and to the north, you will begin your drive up the St. Joseph Peninsula proper. After you pass Beach Planet and Scallop Cove (on the right hand), and you come to the Trading Post; Peachy’s Beach Eats; and the Port St. Joe Shrimp Company (on the left hand); Le Grand Merci is just two miles further north on the right hand side of the road. You will see the entrance to our driveway just beyond the white gate at the very northern edge of the Rish Park complex (a state-owned vacation facility for people with mobility challenges). Rish Park is easy to distinguish because all of their buildings are only one story tall and they all have light blue metal roofs. There are not any street numbers painted on the road, but you will be able to recognize our driveway by the white sign bearing our property name (see above). It is easy to spot Le Grand Merci as you are driving up the Peninsula after dark due to the fact that we have one of the only exterior utility pole lights on the entire Cape. Although it is not very bright, due to the fact that its shade is painted around the sides so that it only shines downward in order to not bother nesting turtles on the beach, if you are unfamiliar with the area the pole light is an easy landmark to look for that you can spot from a distance as you drive through Rish Park. This will help you get ready to turn into our driveway, which slopes downward and to the right.