Florida’s Forgotten Coast

Florida’s Forgotten Coast

Known affectionately by locals as Apalach, Apalachicola is a small fishing town in Northwest Florida. Situated right on the Gulf of Mexico between St. Vincent Island and St. George Island, this quiet getaway boasts a small portion of many hidden beaches, exotic wildlife, and an impressive selection of food (seafood, especially!). Excited to experience the untouched regions of Florida this summer? Take a trip with us as we explore all the amazing things to do, see, and eat, by Florida’s forgotten coast.  

 

Wildlife

There is a vast array of animals that live within the Florida Panhandle, from rabbits, crabs, and herons, to more exotic creatures like alligators, dolphins, otters, and black bears. Because much of the coast surrounding Apalach is virtually untouched by human development, these animals exist in their most natural and wild state. Thus, activities like bird watching are very common! There are many nature reserves to visit too, as much of the land is protected habitat space. If getting up close and personal with animals isn’t your thing, check out the National Estuarine Reserve!

 

Seafood

Well, not all of the animals are protected. For instance, most of the state’s oysters come from this region for consumption. Which means there are daily fresh oysters to enjoy, among other delicious seafood in this town. Florida’s forgotten coast is known for its seafood fare, from crab and oysters, to delicious fish!

Coasts

The most impressive part of Florida’s Forgotten Coast is, well, the coast! Florida is home to some incredible beaches, but these practically untouched coasts remain in perfect condition, and are reminiscent of the Old Florida that many tourists are seeking after disappointment with the commercialization of the rest of Florida. The beaches of Franklin County extend up to 250 miles, and are important nesting grounds for turtles!

 

Lighthouses

The two most famous lighthouses of Florida’s Forgotten Coast are, arguably, the Crooked River lighthouse, and the Cape St. George lighthouse. Both boast impressive views of the surrounding coasts and rivers, and they’ve both received extensive repairs or complete reconstructions after strong hurricanes and storms weathered their structures. On full moons (and clear nights!), both are open to climb to the top to witness a beautiful site!

 

Hikes

What’s nature without a few hiking spots? Bald Point State Park, St. George Island State Park, and Tate’s Hell State Forest all are excellent places to experience the inner parts of islands and the regions of Florida’s Forgotten Coast. Just remember to pack sunscreen! If you’re lucky, you might even see some of the wildlife listed above.

 

There’s much more to do along Florida’s Forgotten Coast, like paddling, fishing, and experiencing the entertaining nightlife! If you’re around in the summer, come see it for yourself! Thanks for reading; we hope to see you on our blog soon!