Forgotten Coast Info
The Forgotten Coast area of Florida which encompasses Gulf County and the towns of Port St. Joe and Wewahitchka and Franklin County and the town of Apalachicola is a Florida of days gone by. No high rises, traffic jams, go-cart tracks or miniature golf,
just a slower pace of relaxation in a natural setting. With abundant fishing, and wildlife such as bald eagles, alligators and even a few black bears, this is indeed a natural treasure. Because of its’ low density population and laid back attitude it is “island
time” on the mainland. The perfect area to leave your worries behind, kick off your shoes and get away from it all.
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Cape San Blas
The crown jewel of the Forgotten Coast, Cape San Blas, is a barrier cape that forms St. Joseph Bay. Over 20 miles long this “L” shaped paradise was voted the country’s best beach in 2002 by Dr. Beach. Flanked on its’ northern end by the
world famous St Joseph Peninsula State Park and on its’ southern border by St. Joseph’s Bay Buffer Preserve this narrow stretch of land is unique both in its beauty and diversity. On the end of the cape near the state park you will find 30 foot high sand dunes
and an area almost untouched by tourists. There are miles of perfect white sand, crystal clear waters and a feeling of solitude, that while difficult to describe, cannot be found anywhere else along the Gulf of Mexico. The area of the Cape that is near the
preserve offers a wide stretch of beach perfect for runners, bikes, dogs, walkers or naturalist. It is not unusual to see dolphins, pelicans or for that matter bald eagles on this stretch of the cape. No oil rigs, or oil spills, this is nature at its’ best.
Port St Joe
Founded in 1824 as St. Joseph, this quaint, bay side community abounds with historical significance. Founded as a shipping port for turpentine and lumber, this boom town was home to Florida’s first railroad, constructed in 1835. The State of Florida’s first
Constitutional Convention was held here in 1838 and just a few years later the town was abandoned due to the devastating Yellow Fever plague of 1841 and the hurricane of 1844. In 1904 the area was resettled and in 1913 the new city of Port St. Joe was established
and flourished with an economy based on tourism, shipping and fishing. The town’s biggest break can in 1938 when the DuPont family establishes the St. Joe Paper Company. Until the mill closed in 1988 it was the economic engine for the local economy. With unemployment
nearly 30%, Port St. Joe moved quickly moved to transform itself into a tourist designation unlike any in Florida. With the help of The St. Joe Company, the successor of the old St. Joe Paper Company, the town and the area provide tourists with an uncluttered
landscape that only exists in old photographs and along The Forgotten Coast of Florida.
Founded in 1831 and located at the mouth of the Apalachicola River this sleepy hamlet was once the 3rd busiest seaport on the Gulf of Mexico. Cotton produced on the plantations to the north was sent down the river in steamboats to be shipped to merchants
around the world. Cotton was king and brought great wealth to Apalachicola. During this era Dr. John Gorrie invented a machine to artificially produce ice, the forerunner of modern air conditioning. However, with the demise of the cotton industry during the
War Between the States, Apalachicola entered a lull in its’ economic growth. Then beginning in the 1880’s, the cypress milling boom fueled the economy well into the 1920’s. Since the Great Depression of the 1930’s the economy of Apalachicola’s economy has
become more stable and diverse based primarily on tourism and seafood.
Apalachicola is the perfect place to spend a couple of days and enjoy a Florida of days gone by. You will not be disappointed.
Other Areas of Interest
Apalachicola River: River guides, based in Apalachicola, can be hired to take you up river on an Eco tour where you will discover a wide range of wild-life and a variety of flora and fauna.
St. Vincent Island National Wildlife Refuge: Located off shore of Indian Pass and Apalachicola this island is a great day trip where the only inhabitants are various species of plants and wildlife.
Indian Pass: This sparely populated barrier island is the jumping off point to St. Vincent Island and popular fishing waters in Apalachicola Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.