Apalachicola or “Apalach“, as it is known by locals, is far from a typical tourist town. This unique city is noted for having some of the finest oysters, its bay oysters having a pure, mild, briny flavor that has been recognized by top chefs throughout the country. A diverse selection of acclaimed restaurants feature fresh, local, daily harvested seafood. Apalachicola’s vibrant history and rich maritime culture can still be seen on its working waterfront. Buildings that once served as 19th century ship’s chandleries, old net factories and a sponge warehouse now house a mix of eclectic and trendy shops, restaurants, galleries and meticulously restored hotels and B & B’s. A grand theater lies in the center of town. Restored in 1997, the Dixie Theatre hosts professional theater and music January through March.

Cape San Blas

Cape San Blas is located on St. Joseph Peninsula, a narrow stretch of land extending out from Port St. Joe and curving around St. Joseph Bay. The “Cape,” as most call it, was named the best beach in America (2002) by Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman (a.k.a. Dr. Beach). Nearly equal parts pristine beaches, a bay with abundant sea life and a laid-back lifestyle, Cape San Blas is truly a vacation paradise.

Popular activities include fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding, biking and hiking. Loggerhead Trail is a 12-mile paved recreational pathway that runs the length of the Cape. Along the way, you’ll find local stores stocked with beach supplies and groceries, and unique restaurants with ice-cold oysters or hot pizza.

St. Joseph Peninsula State Park became an island, created by Hurricane Michael in 2018, but was reopened in 2019 after sand refilled the separation during natural processes.. While still a work in progress due to the significant damage caused by the hurricane, it is still one of the areas must visit locations.

Port St. Joe

Port Saint Joe is truly a small southern town, with natural scenic beauty. There are several great restaurants, a waterfront marina, and some of the area’s most delicious seafood! Also known as a big fishing town, Port Saint Joe has many charters that can provide some of the best fishing experiences around. Take a stroll down Reid Avenue and check out some of the local antique stores, clothing boutiques, and restaurants.