While there are countless things to see and do here on Florida’s Forgotten Coast, our area is probably most famous for its award-winning beaches. With more than 250 miles of immaculate coastline, our undisturbed, sugar sand beaches are the perfect place to relax and unwind. Whether you decide to spend your days splashing in the emerald surf, building sandcastles with the kiddos, taking long walks to hunt for seashells or simply soaking up the Florida sun, you’re guaranteed to fall in love with Franklin County’s breathtaking beaches.
Home to the most unspoiled, serene beaches in the Sunshine State, the Forgotten Coast is unlike any other beach destination you’ve ever visited. No high rises or noisy crowds in this untouched area. Just a laid-back attitude, breathtaking Gulf views and bountiful nature. Our easy-going beaches are perfect for family-friendly activities—from swimming, fishing and paddling to shelling, wildlife-viewing and relaxing on the sugar white sand.
Here on the Forgotten Coast, beachgoers have so many choices. Whether you’re looking for a prime fishing spot, a pet-friendly destination, a family-friendly adventure or just a quiet, romantic stretch of shoreline, Franklin County has it all. From St. George Island and Carrabelle to Alligator Point and Dog Island, the Forgotten Coast offers something for everyone.
Plus, our beaches are absolute paradise for nature-lovers. From dolphins and pelicans to bald eagles and turtles, you never know what type of wildlife you may spot on our natural beaches.
In fact, Franklin County’s beaches are important turtle nesting sites. Each summer, threatened marine turtles migrate to our beaches to nest. That’s why Franklin County has a “Leave No Trace” Ordinance in place for all of our area beaches. Holes in the sand, toys, coolers, umbrellas, tents or chairs left overnight can disorient and trap turtle hatchlings or hinder the females from coming ashore to lay their eggs. This is why we always ask beachgoers to remove their belongings and fill in any holes before leaving the beach. This is yet another reason why our area beaches have remained so natural, beautiful and full of wildlife.
It’s no wonder why our fabulous beaches are constantly racking up awards. Most recently, St. George Island was featured as a Top Florida Weekend Getaway with the Kids by Trips To Discover FL. SGI was also ranked as number 7 in the Northwest Florida Daily News: Top 10 Best Beaches in Florida list, and the island was also named by TripAdvisor as one of the 15 Most Romantic Getaways in Florida. Describing St. George Island as “both romantic and tranquil” and “the perfect couples vacation spot,” TripAdvisor says SGI is “one of the last inhabited yet unspoiled islands in Florida.”
If you’ve ever visited St. George Island, you understand why this slice of paradise keeps winning awesome awards. The beautiful 22-mile barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico is home to the most pristine beaches the Sunshine State has to offer.
However, St. George Island isn’t the only fabulous beach in our area. From the family-friendly Carrabelle Beach to angler’s paradise on Alligator Point Beach to the secluded and protected St. Vincent Island, there’s are so many beaches to choose from on the Forgotten Coast.
Ready to discover the Forgotten Coast’s unforgettable beaches? Visit our Beaches page to learn more.