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This area of the coast is known as Florida’s forgotten coast. But it has much to offer, especially if you love seafood.
If you’re looking for a simple, little getaway for some relaxation this could be the perfect spot.
We only explored the St. George Island, but the area consists of Carrabelle, Apalachicola, Eastpoint, and Alligator Point as well, which are part of the main land coast. They are also great to explore with chic, eclectic shops and plenty of seafood restaurants to go around.
But my favorite part is the island, a short bridge ride away. Lined with adorable beach cottages and warm white sand, it is the perfect escape. The beach isn’t overcrowded like some other beaches in Florida and yet it offers all of those perfect perks.
The best part about staying there is all of the fresh seafood you get to eat. You have your options of restaurants, but you also have food trucks ready to sell you your own fresh seafood that you can cook however you like.
The Blue Parrot Oceanfront café was our choice of a casual lunch for the day. There are plenty of seats outside so you can be entertained by the light-hearted views of waves crashing or a dog chasing a crab around the deck. If you’re wondering what to order, the restaurant gets grouper and tuna fresh daily so that won’t ever be a miss.
Another restaurant to try out is the Beach Pit which is also a casual, seafood place. In the morning to highlight your breakfast, you must stop by Weber’s Little Donut Shop to get a bite of delicious donuts.
All of these places are easy to find, as they are right in the middle of the island in the touristy area.
The lighthouse is in the center of it all. It is a big part of the islands’ history. The first lighthouse was built in 1833 and since then has been rebuilt three times due to storms and erosion. Every time many of the old bricks were salvaged to include in the new structure and preserve the coastal heritage. In 2008, the newest lighthouse has been fully rebuilt and opened to the public. You can climb your way to the top to see the views of the island and beautiful water.
Perhaps the biggest reason why I love this little island is because I’m a big foodie. The island (and surrounding area of Apalachicola) is also the host to the yearly Florida Seafood Festival. That means if there’s ever a time to visit this place, it is then. You can be sure to find even more delicious seafood and any kind of seafood contests, games and exhibits you can imagine. The festival is usually just a few days from end of October to November.
Having discovered this forgotten little gem, I’ll definitely be going back, when seafood festivities roll around.