Florida's Forgotten Coast

Shrimp Boat On Apalachicola Bay Florida At Sunset


There are many reasons to visit Florida's Forgotten Coast which spans West to East from Mexico beach to St Marks Florida. If you love a more laid back atmosphere that's reminiscent of the old days of Florida before it became a top destination state then let me enlighten you about this little known stretch of coast...



A nature lovers paradise: Are quiet moments in an unspoiled natural preserve your thing? Most of this stretch of shore line has remained completely undeveloped. Which is what I love about it. It got its name when areas to the west and south were developed with lots of chain restaurants and high rise condos.  They Instead chose to keep their coast as natural and noncommercial as possible while protecting the natural heritage of the area.  For a while this kept them off many visitors maps. Today they now have a thriving Eco tourism industry and are part of Florida's Natural Scenic Trail. The beauty and unspoiled views of this place speak for themselves. 


Marsh
St George Island Nature Walk
Pelicans On The Pier On Florida's Forgotten Coast

-Video courtesy of William Burcher- Author and blogger


A land of Lighthouses: This beautiful area boast not one but 4 beautiful light houses perfect for picturesque photos. Go on a moonlight climb and see the full moon dramatically poised over the dark bay waters.



Fresh From the Bay Seafood:  If you like incredible fresh seafood then it doesn't get any better then this! Boasting "The worlds best oysters" Florida's forgotten coast is dotted with lots of little local restaurants and fun oyster bars that succulent sea food dreams are made of.  You haven't lived until you have eaten a fresh Apalachicola oyster!


A Place Lost in Time and Riddled With History and Legends...


Apalachicola: Apalachicola has a rich and colorful history and maritime culture that is perfect for the history lovers. Be sure to Go on the Historic walk, and tour their historic working waterfront. With over 900 homes and buildings of historic significance you will feel as if you stepped back through time.


Grady Market
Gibson Inn
Street View Historic Apalachicola
Down Town Shopping


Port St Joe: One of Florida's oldest cities and the birthplace of Florida as a state. This little town is a must see. Visit Their historic graveyard where ship captains and pirates alike lay buried. Stop by the Constitution Convention Museum State Park and learn about the original and now lost town of St Joseph which once stood there.


Carrabelle: Known as the Gateway to the Gulf, Carrabelle is the perfect place for an off shore fishing excursion. With many scenic walkways and a laid back small town feel it is the ultimate place to unplug and get away from it all. 


Carabelle's Historic Riverfront Walkway


St George Island: With miles and miles of undeveloped beaches on both the bay side and gulf side St George Island has a beach for any taste or activity. 


We Have Only Just Begun Our Journey of the Forgotten Coast...

Sunset Over The Gulf Of Florida's Forgotten Coast


While We are sure the places mentioned above will entice you we still haven't mentioned places such as:


  • Mexico Beach
  • Crooked Island
  • Cape San Blas
  • St Joe Beach
  • Wind Mark Beach
  • St Joseph Bay
  • Indian Pass
  • St Vincent Island and Wild Life Refuge
  • Apalachicola Bay
  • Apalachicola National forest
  • Tate's Hell State Forest
  • St George Island State Park
  • East Point
  • Dog Island
  • Alligator Harbor Bald Point State Park
  • St Marks
  • Big Bend Scenic Byway
  • And so many other Forgotten Coast destinations.

Come with me as we explore it together!


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