Seniors Have You Been To Apalachicola?

A charming fishing town, maybe a little more Cape Cod than Deep South, Apalachicola, Florida offers senior visitors terrific seafood, lovely waterfront parks and enchanting inns. That’s one cool name for a town isn’t it?  The word “Apalachicola” is variously translated as “place of the ruling people”, “those people residing on the other side or shore”, or “land of the friendly people”.

Let’s just say “Apalach!”

Some call the area the “Forgotten Florida Coast.” In fast-growth Florida, there’s something different about Apalachicola or Apalach, as the locals often abbreviate it. I just loved it when I discovered that there’s only one traffic light along its main road, the two-lane Highway 98.

In Apalach, seniors will have an opportunity to glimpse the Florida Panhandle’s oyster, timber and fishing history from ground level. TripAdvisor can fill in your itinerary for a wonderful visit with lots to see and do. Some senior visitors find that “This is the way Florida used to look,” and that “This is the real Florida.”  

Within easy range of Apalachicola you will find miles of pristine beaches on St. George Island and an endless supply of protected shallow bays, excellent fishing, and acres of national and state forests to explore.

There’s antique-ing in the town’s many charming and unique shops and there are several outstanding examples of antebellum architecture that are open to the public. Apalach offers maritime history and a still-working waterfront plus plenty of restaurants serving the freshest seafood on the coast.

Historic Downtown Draws Senior Visitors

Once considered the third largest shipping port on the Gulf Coast, Apalach is the county seat of Franklin County. Remnants of its colorful and diverse past remain visible today through its many historic homes and buildings.

Downtown Apalach keeps the city moving forward. On August 11, 2010, the Apalachicola City Commission unanimously voted to endorse the newly established non-profit corporation, Historic Apalachicola Inc., in it’s application for the National Trust For Historic Preservation’s Main Street program.

Senior visitors can stroll around Apalachicola’s waterfront, business district, and Victorian-era homes. Combine all this with some of the finest seafood in the country and some of the nicest people anywhere, and your stay is sure to be memorable.

 And those beaches…

St George Island State Park- nine miles of beach and pristine shoreline. There is the Crooked River Light House- historic 103 foot structure built in 1895. Apalachicola National Estuarine Reserve- Over 246,000 acres in the Apalachicola Bay.

Visit the Educational Center on Market Street. St. Joseph Peninsula State Park- excellent snorkeling, swimming, birding and hiking. Top those off with the St Vincent Island National Wildlife Refuge- an unspoiled, uninhabited barrier island at the west end of Apalachicola Bay.

Enjoy your visit to the Florida Panhandle. jeb

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