Back in it’s heyday, Apalachicola was the third largest port on the Gulf of Mexico. While this Northwest Florida town can feel a little sleepy sometimes today, evidence of grand past lingers in the wide boulevards and impressive historic buildings. The over 900 homes and buildings in the National Historic District helped Apalachicola become a Distinctive Destination, as noted by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Architecture buffs will definitely want to stroll down some of these streets, camera in hand.
There is much to do in this corner of NW Florida, from admiring historic architecture to enjoying the great outdoors. The biggest problem for outdoor recreation enthusiasts will be deciding what to do first – paddle throughout the Apalachicola Paddling Trail System – one of the best in the county; play on the beach and dunes of St. George Island State Park, or explore the trails of Tate’s Hell State Forest (if for no other reason than to get to the bottom of its interesting name).
Guests of Apalachicola bed and breakfasts will enjoy tasting the food of the region – especially the seafood. If you like oysters, you’ll want to eat them here, though there is a good chance you’ve already eaten Apalachicola oysters; 90% of all Florida oysters are harvested here (or 10% of the nation’s oysters). Stop by Papa Joe’s Oyster Bar, or ask the innkeepers of you bed and breakfast Apalachicola for another good recommendation. One thing is certain – you’ll be tucking into a fresh and copious breakfast each morning of your stay.