When you drive east along Florida Highway 98 following the coast of the Florida Panhandle from the crowded craziness of Panama City Beach you soon notice a delightful difference: You gaze at sparsely populated pristine beaches unobstructed by high rise condos. You enjoy locally caught seafood in locally owned restaurants. You can park your car and fish or cast your net right there in the beautiful, bountiful waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
This is the Forgotten Coast of Florida – stretching from the fun little vacation spot of Mexico Beach with Intercoastal Waterway access through the old established town of Port St. Joe through the quaint little fishing town of Apalachicola past the barrier islands of St. George Island and Dog Island through Eastpoint to another fishing village Carrabelle and on through Lanark Village, Alligator Point to St. Marks on the eastern end.
St. George Island is the gem of the Forgotten Coast
Situated at the end of a five mile bridge out in the Gulf of Mexico and stretching for 19 lazy miles east to west. The Eastern end of the island is the Julian G. Bruce State Park with camping, picnicking, and fishing. The middle of the island, The Gulf Beaches area, is home to locally owned shops/restaurants, both private and rental homes, and our beautiful St. George Lighthouse and Museum. The western end of the island is a gated community of private and rental homes. At its widest St. George Island is half a mile so you are never far from the abundant fishing in the Apalachicola Bay and the beautiful beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. This is the laid-back island living you have dreamed about. For more information about St. George Island click here.
Apalachicola, the county seat of Franklin County, is a quaint little fishing village with locally owned shops and restaurants as well as the Maritime Museum. Beautiful old homes stand among the live oaks as testament to bygone days of Apalachicola’s place among the top river ports. Today, shrimp boats line the river docks before heading out into the Gulf of Mexico. Apalachicola is home to the oldest Seafood Festival in Florida every first weekend of November in addition to numerous festivals and celebrations throughout the year. Life in Apalach moves at the slow pace that the Forgotten Coast is known for. For details about Apalachicola go to the Chamber website.
Carrabelle, at the mouth of the Carrabelle River has homes, condos, restaurants and shops that cater to the fishing vessels that enjoy the deep water access. Dog Island is accessible from Carrabelle by boat. For information on the Carrabelle area contact the Carrabelle Chamber of Commerce.