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Apalachicola [4] is a city in the Florida Panhandle.


Miles of uncrowded pristine beaches, an endless supply of protected shallow bays, excellent fishing and acres of National and State forests to explore. Finest oysters and seafood. Apalachicola or “Apalach“, as it is known by locals, is far from a typical tourist town. Established in 1831, it was once the third largest port on the Gulf of Mexico.Wide, tree lined streets are still graced by picturesque homes from the nineteenth and twentieth century that show the wealth and craftsmanship of its early days. Apalachicola has over 900 historic homes and buildings listed in its extensive National Register District and it was selected as one of the nation’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations in 2008 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Apalachicola is situated on the Apalachicola River and Bay. This basin encompasses what is considered one of the least polluted, most undeveloped, ecologically diverse systems left in the United States. The Apalachicola Estuarine Research Reserve (ANERR) oversees the health of this vast system. The ANERR is the second largest in the nation with over 246,000 acres under its protection. Apalachicola’s vibrant history and rich maritime culture can still be seen on its working waterfront. Buildings that once served as19th 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[5] and B & B’s.

These locally owned and operated businesses create a quaint and friendly atmosphere for visitors as well as local residents. A grand theater lies in the center of town. Restored in 1997, the Dixie Theatre[6] hosts professional theater and music January through March.

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.

Apalachicola harvests over 90% of the oysters sold in Florida and 10% of the nationwide supply. Smaller open bay boats, moored or trailered each day, tong for oysters in the many shallow areas of Apalachicola Bay.

Fishing vessels displaying proud patinas of years of service line the waterfront and regularly net fresh local shrimp and fish.

A diverse selection of acclaimed restaurants feature fresh, local, daily harvested seafood.

Get in

Unless you have a plane, in which case you could arrive at Apalachicola Regional Airport Template:IATA:AAF, you will need to arrive by car. Apalachicola lies on US-98/US-319. You can pick up US-319 through the national forest straight from Tallahassee (1.5 hours), and US-98 will lead in along the coast from Panama City (1 hour).

Get around

Apalachicola is small and easily seen on foot. It is laid back and very easy to navigate. Locals are glad to direct you wherever you need to go. Also there are boat and fishing tours available in the area.



  • Apalachicola Maritime Museum, 103 Water Street, +1 850-653-2500 (). Sailing tours on the Apalachicola River and bay
  • the Great Plein Air Paint-out: The Grand Patrons' Party, Cotton Warehouse Apalachicola, Florida, 800-378-8419. Artists have been asked to reserve their very best work to present to local and visiting art patrons at a Wetroom party in the Cotton Warehouse. This tribute to “the best of the best”, from 6:60-10:30pm, will include live music, delicious food, and the opportunity to purchase the premium art from the paint-out. Tickets are $75 per couple, $40 each, limited to 200 guests. $75 couple $40 each.
  • Apalachicola Antique & Classic Boat Show, downtown on Water Street (Apalachicila, Florida), (850) 653-9419, [1]. 10-4. 12th Annual Apalachicola Antique & Classic Boat Show the 3rd Saturday in April. Antique boats, examples of classic and traditional vessels, workboats, and fiberglass and aluminum classics will all be on display throughout the day. This festival emphasizes the maritime history of our picturesque coastal town. Special highlights include authentic oyster boats, workboats, and home-built boats by skilled craftsmen, antique outboard engines, plus antique automobiles and art booths. The classic, gaff rigged schooner, Governor Stone, will be featured dockside. Built in 1877, it has been totally restored and is an exhibit unto itself. It is a National Historic Landmark. free.
  • Historic Apalachicola Home & Garden Tour, (Apalachicola, Florida), (850) 653-9550. Many of Apalachicola’s private homes and buildings can only be viewed from the exterior except for this unique day. For a $15.00 donation you can take a guided tour through architecturally and historically significant homes, churches and commercial buildings. All donations benefit the Trinity Episcopal Restoration Fund. Call (850) 653-9550


  • Apalachicola Sponge Company. M-Sa 10AM-5PM. Handmade olive oil and goats milk soap sponges.
  • Forgotten Coast Outfitters. Outdoor clothing and fly fishing equipment.
  • The Grady Market. Several antique shops, artist galleries, and clothing boutiques.
  • Oystercatcher. Womens, girls and baby apparel and accessories.
  • River City Trading Company, 82 Commerce Street. Men and women's clothing accessories.
  • Sirens Boutique, Avenue D and Market Street. Women's clothing and accessories.
  • Two Gulls. Daily 10AM-5PM. Gifts and souvenirs.
  • http://www.stgeorgeislandchili.com/sitemap.htm, St. George Island, Florida, (850) 653-6740. St. George Island Charity Chili Cook-off & Auction March 4-6 Contestants square off in the largest Regional Chili Cookoff in the nation. For more information call (850) 653-6740. (29.7321850039,84.7334289551)


  • Apalachicola Seafood Grill, 100 Market Street (by the traffic signal), +1 850-653-9510. M-Sa 11:30AM-8PM. Get the "world's largest" fried fish sandwich. Great selection of beer.
  • Boss Oyster, 123 Water Street, +1 850-653-9364 (fax: +1 850-653-2018). Lunch & dinner 7 days a week.. Waterfront location. If you're an oyster fan, they offer more that 15 styles of Apalachicola Bay oysters.
  • Caroline's Dining on the River, 123 Water Street, +1 850-653-8139 (fax: +1 850-653-2018). Fine dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Old Time Soda Fountain, 93 Market Street, +1 850-653-2606. M-Sa. As the name implies, this is an 50's themed soda fountain that serves ice cream, malts, floats and soda.
  • The Owl Café, 15 Avenue D (at Commerce Street), +1 850-653-9888. Local seafood, steak and pasta.
  • Papa Joe's Oyster Bar & Grill, 301-B Market Street, +1 850-653-1189 (fax: +1 850-653-3458). M-Th 11:30AM-9PM, F-Sa 11:30AM-10PM. Dine overlooking the Apalachicola River. Steaks and seafood along with an oyster bar.
  • Red Top Café, 238 US Highway 98, +1 850-653-8612. Open 7 days a week.. This family style restaurant serves up steaks, seafood, sandwiches and chicken.
  • Tamara's Café Floridita, 17 Avenue E (one block east of flashing light), +1 850-653-4111. 10:30AM-10PM. Caribbean/South American style meals, including seafood and homemade desserts.
  • Verandas Wine Bar Bottle Shop and Bistro, Avenue D and Market Street, +1 850-653-3210. Serves local seafood in addition to steak and pasta. Also one of the largest retail wine stores in the area.
  • Viscardi's at Night, 100 Market Street, +1 850-653-9510. Now defunct.
  • Wheelhouse, 317 Water Street, +1 850-653-8860. Tu-Su. closed
  • http://www.stjamesbay.com/, 151 Laughing Gull Lane, St. James, 850-697-5050. Come to the Crooked River Grill for breakfast, lunch, or our steak and seafood dinners. Sit in our dining room or on the patio. The Grill features full banquet facilities and a gazebo, making it the ideal setting for special occasions.


Most restaurants have a full bar and there are numerous liquor stores in the area. Check out the nightlife in Saint George and Eastpoint.

  • Night Owl, 15 Avenue D, +1 850-653-9888. Now listed as the Owl's Wine Room. Large selection of wines, focus is mainly American.
  • Spoonbill, 123 Water Street, +1 850-653-8139 (fax: +1 850-653-2018).
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  • Apalachicola River Inn, 123 Water Street, +1 850-653-8139 (, fax: +1 850-653-2018). Lodging, marina and restaurant.
  • Bay City Lodge, 1000 Bay City Road, +1 850-653-9294 (). Motel and cabins. If you're planning on fishing, the lodge sells bait and tackle and will clean your fish and your boat.
  • Best Western, Apalach Inn, 249 US Highway 98 West, +1 850-653-9131 (tollfree:1-800-528-1234. Only chain hotel in Apalachicola.
  • Bryant House Bed & Breakfast, 101 Sixth Street, +1 850-653-3270 (tollfree:1-888-554-4376) (, fax: +1 850-653-9663), [2]. Serves a full German breakfast (Frühstück).
  • The Consulate, 76 Water Street, +1 850-653-1515 (). Four suites overlooking the Apalachicola River. Rooms have a kitchen and balcony.
  • Coombs House Inn, 80 6th Street, +1 850-653-9199 (, fax: +1 850-653-2785), [3]. A Bed and Breakfast in a restored Victorian mansion. $80-225.
  • Gibson Inn, 51 Avenue C, +1 850-653-2191 (). 30 rooms in a turn-of-the-century Victorian home. Rooms have a full bath, phone, TV and wi-fi. The inn also has a restaurant and bar.
  • House of Tartts, 50 Avenue F, +1 850-653-4687 (). Guesthouse in historic downtown. All rooms have a private bath.
  • Witherspoon Inn, 94 5th Street, +1 850-653-9186. Former residence of Captain Witherspoon. Rooms have their own bath.
  • Tap Room, 75 Commerce Street, 850-653-1910. Gastro-pub featuring craft beer, fine wine and a full bar

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