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Apalachicola Bay and St. George Island, Florida

 

Old Florida is alive and well!

©Becky Linhardt 2012

 Looking for old Florida? I found it in the Florida Panhandle area surrounding Apalachicola Bay. With 87% of the 545 square miles of Franklin County Florida protected and preserved by the state or federal government this part of the Gulf Coast is not over-developed. You will find lighthouses, swampy bayous, shrimp boats (fresh caught shrimp too), expansive white sand beaches, historic bed & breakfasts, a few modern beach houses, and local, not chain, restaurants.

 

Visitors notice the slower pace as they drive the two lane highways, many edging the coast just yards away. The “big” town, Apalachicola has one or two stoplights and a few stop signs. The small town friendliness is evident everywhere and the historic Gibson Inn Bed & Breakfast, while not on the water, is within easy walking distance of Battery Park on the bay, local restaurants and shops. The highest point in town is at the top of the bridge that arches over Apalachicola Bay to connect with Eastpoint and the bridge to St.George Island.

 

St. George Island is the only developed barrier island on the bay. Anchored by St. George Island State Park with its 2023 acre public beach – generally rate in the top ten beaches annually by Dr. Julian G. Bruce AKA “Dr. Beach” – it has a few modern beach houses that are private and rental homes. NO motels or hotels spoil the views to the Gulf of Mexico to the south or bay to the north.

 

 Taking sea kayaks out on the bay from St. George State Park was a real revelation – the Plexiglas bottom boats allowed us to see the famous oyster beds in the shallow waters underneath out kayaks on the bay side of the island. Journeys of St. George offers kayaking tours of both the bay and the swampy bayous of Apalachicola Bay to introduce you to the natural rhythms of ebb and flow in the bay, the plant life and the mysterious labyrinth of channels. They tell some pretty spooky stories too.

 A sunrise bird-watching hike in St. George Park in the spring allows visitors to add to their life lists because as birds are migrating north many species of birds land on the island after the long over-water flight. Exhausted, they rest before continuing their journeys north. The abundance of fish in the rich waters of the bay attracts shore birds year round and sunrises can be spectacular at any time of year.

 Franklin County/Apalachicola Bay area information at: www.anaturalescape.com or www.apalachicolabay.org

www.gibsoninn.com

www.sgislandjourneys.com

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