Apalachicola, Florida

Apalachicola, FL
Photo by Tim Menzies/Flickr

Apalachicola, Florida was the third largest port on the Gulf of Mexico about a hundred years ago. Though no longer a major port city, Apalachicola is the principal beach community of Apalachicola Bay, also known as the Forgotten Coast. Neighboring natural attractions include St. George Island, Cape St. George Island, St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, East Bay, and Apalachicola National Forest.

St. Joseph Peninsula State Park was ranked the #1 U.S. Beach in 2002 by Dr. Beach. And St. George Island State Park made Dr. Beach's list again, ranked the #3 U.S. Beach for 2014.

As the ultimate "Old Florida" experience, Apalachicola exudes the feel of a small coastal fishing village, surrounded by pristine beaches and undisturbed forests.

In the midst of all the unspoiled beauty and strong maritime culture, there are local restaurants serving some of the best seafood in the world, shops and galleries that you'll enjoy, beautiful bed & breakfasts and hotels, and an award-winning historic district.

Historic District

Apalachicola's uniquely diverse past is seen today in the city’s Historic District, dating back to the day when it was the third largest port on the Gulf of Mexico. While visiting the historic district, check out the scenic walking tour that includes cotton warehouses from the 1800s and various historic buildings. Then enjoy shopping and browsing through stores, antique shops and galleries, eating in local restaurants, and staying in a bed & breakfast, hotel, or rental property.

St. George Island

Ranked the #3 U.S. Beach for 2014 by Dr. Beach, St. George Island is a 28-mile-long barrier island across from Apalachicola. This laid-back beach community features miles of uncrowded beaches with beautiful Gulf water and unspoiled wildlife. While visiting, stay in a state park campground, rented beach cottage, luxury home, hotel or inn. And don't miss eating some of the best seafood in the world in one of the local restaurants.

St. George Island State Park has miles of undeveloped beaches providing the perfect place to enjoy unspoiled Florida beaches. Some of the activities you can enjoy while in the park include picnicking, sunbathing, swimming, canoeing, boating, hiking, camping, nature walks, boating, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, camping, and eco-adventures.

St. Joseph Peninsula State Park

Ranked the #1 U.S. Beach for 2002 by Dr. Beach, St. Joseph Peninsula State Park has miles of sugary-white sand perfect for enjoying lots of beach activities. Some of the most popular activities include picnicking, shelling, sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling, camping, boating, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, bird watching, wildlife viewing, and other eco-adventures.

Apalachicola and the Forgotten Coast of Florida

Links

Apalachicola, Florida Government: Official City of Apalachicola, FL government website.

St. George Island State Park

St. Joseph Peninsula State Park

Wikipedia: Information about Apalachicola, Florida.

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