Florida's Forgotten Coast

  • Start: Tarpon Springs, FL
  • End: Port St. Joe, FL
  • Last Modified: 2012-05-10 19:22:46
  • Total Mileage: 375 Miles
  • Number of stops: 9


The so-called "Forgotten Coast" of Florida is a gorgeous stretch of beaches and towns along the Gulf of Mexico and Apalachicola Bay, home to birds, turtles, and other wildlife, along with quiet, out-of-the-way peninsulas and nature areas. Your Gulf Coast vacation in this northwest stretch of the state starts in historic Apalachicola, Florida, a pretty fishing town and home to 90 percent of Florida's harvested oysters. More than 200 antebellum homes and other historic buildings have been preserved here; visit the Sponge Exchange along the waterfront and the 1836-era Trinity Episcopal Church. Boss Oyster, on the Apalachicola River, is the place to try local oysters and other fresh seafood. Cross Apalachicola Bay on the Gorrie Memorial Bridge to Eastpoint, Florida, then head south across Bryant Payton Bridge to St. George Island. At the eastern end of the 28-mile long island is St. George Island State Park, fantastic for beaches, hiking, and bird watching.

Stop #1:

Sponge Exchange
Tarpon Springs, FL

Stop #2:

Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge
Crystal Springs, FL

Stop #3:

Big Oaks River Resort
Inglis, FL

Stop #4:

Trinity Episcopal Church
Apalachicola, FL

Stop #5:

John Gorrie Museum State Park
Apalachicola, FL

Stop #6:

Boss Oyster
Apalachicola, FL

Stop #7:

Hog Wild BBQ
Carrabelle, FL

Stop #8:

St. George Island State Park
St. George Island, FL

Stop #9:

St. Joseph Peninsula State Park
Port St. Joe, FL

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