Florida’s Forgotten Coast

Two of my favorite things. In Carrabelle, Florida.
Two of my favorite things. In Carrabelle, Florida.

My wife and I recently took a driving trip along that part of the Florida Gulf Coast known as the “Forgotten Coast”. This area includes Apalachicola, Eastpoint, St. George Island and Carrabelle. All are east of the Redneck Riviera (that area of beach communities stretching from Mississippi over to Panama City, Florida), and all that goes with it. Quiet, unhurried, and a step back from the hustle and bustle are all good descriptors for this area where the majority of the oysters produced in Florida are harvested. Rivers, bays and barrier islands create a perfect storm for fishing and quiet beach living. The fact that it’s not super easy to access also, thankfully, keeps the rowdy tourist numbers down.

We spent ten days wandering along the coast, eating as much local seafood as we could, and enjoying a number of nearly deserted beaches.

Here are a few photos from the trip. (click on photos for full size versions)

Sunset following a summer storm over Appalacicola Bay
Sunset following a summer storm over Apalacicola Bay
The docks along the Appalachiclola River in downtown "Appalach".
The docks along the Apalachicola River in downtown “Apalach”.
Building in downtown Appalach. There are a few renovations going on.
Building in downtown Apalach. There are a few renovations going on.
A boat next to the original sponge exchange. Appalachicola
A boat next to the original sponge exchange. Apalachicola

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Building along the waterfront in Appalach.
Building along the waterfront in Apalach.

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Looking back towards Appalachicola from St. George Island.
Looking back towards Apalachicola from St. George Island.
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