The Forgotten Coast of Florida.
As a native Floridian, I have never been to this part of Florida, never thought about it, to be honest. Needless to say, I have to say I have fallen in love with this part of Florida. From the quaint towns to the gorgeous, untouched skyline, this part of Florida is truly wonderful.
In my previous posts I talked about the disappointment with my Airbnb and how remote the location is but my goodness, had I stayed in town I never would have ventured as far as Apalachicola, Sopchoppy or St George. I am so glad I have been out here in the boonies. I
f you are looking for an out-of-the-way adventure, might I recommend checking out The Forgotten Coast of Florida.
Carrabelle to St George to Apapalachicola makes up the Forgotten Coast.
As you drive Highway 319 you feel like you’re in your own world. Not much traffic, lots of forrest, and an unobstructed view of the Gulf for most of the drive. All three little towns are beach towns complete with ice cream shops, fresh seafood restaurants and independent shops full of fun finds.
St George Island boasts a lovely lighthouse with tours (if we’re not during Covid-times) along with a beautiful beaches and homes. There is a very small downtown with beach friendly shops and a delish ice cream shop. We ate at the Blue Parrot Ocean Front Cafe. Very dog friendly place with outdoor seating and fresh seafood. We had a simple lunch and got back in the car (because it was SO hot) and drove around the small island. We only spent a couple of hours on the island because we had Tink and it was too warm to really walk around outside. Then on to Apalachicola.
The first time I went to Apalalachicola it was on a Sunday and almost everything was closed so we didn’t do much. The next time we went, Larry and I took both of our dogs and since it was a Saturday and it was overcast we explored (and subsequently fell in love) with Apalachicola. The whole of downtown is extremely dog friendly, inviting us to bring our pups into the stores with us. We found everything from super funky junk shops to upscale home decor to an awesome little nursery full of painted pottery for the porch or yard.
Where to Eat in Apalachicola
We used the app Bring Fido to find the restaurants that were dog friendly and found Up the Creek Raw Bar. Y’all the fresh seafood was LEGIT! We met a local who was super friendly and ended up chatting for a bit, then he told us to try 13 Mile Seafood so we stopped by on our way out of town and got fresh salmon and seafood spread. I can definitely recommend both. So fresh and well seasoned, literally so good!
After leaving downtown Apalachicola we found the historic part of town. We learned a bit about ice, which is a big deal in Apalachicola as evidenced by the Apalachicola Ice Co, established in 1885.
IN 1833, JOHN GORRIE WAS a young physician looking for a place to practice. He found it in the port city of Apalachicola, Florida. There, although he was a tireless resident at two hospitals, he found time to serve (at various times) as postmaster, bank director, councilman, city treasurer, and even mayor. But it’s his research into tropical diseases and treatments for yellow fever that had the most lasting effect, on both locals and far beyond.
Dr. John Gorrie is remembered as the father of air conditioning.
There is a museum dedicated to him in the historic area, along with a beautiful church and old fort. If you would like to read more about Dr Gorrie, check out this article.
Where have you been in your home state that wowed you? Love to hear from you.