If you’re searching for a summer boating adventure, Florida’s Forgotten Coast is the perfect vacation destination. Home to hundreds of miles of freshwater creeks, sloughs and rivers that empty into expansive bays and the Gulf of Mexico, Franklin County is truly boater’s paradise.
Whether you choose to bring your own boat or rent one while you’re here, you’ll discover endless boating opportunities across our area: from the Apalachicola River and Apalachicola Bay to St. Vincent Sound and East Bay to St. George Sound and 200 miles of breathtaking Gulf coastline.
While you’re out on the water, you’ll have a chance to spot magnificent local wildlife, including dolphins, manatees, turtles, rare sea birds, bald eagles, alligators, Florida black bears and more. Take an evening cruise to view some of the most stunning sunsets in the panhandle.
Don’t forget to check out two of our area’s pristine islands: Dog Island and St. Vincent Island, both of which are accessible only by boat.
Ready to Launch
With more than 40 boat ramps and primitive paddling launches stretching from Alligator Point to Apalachicola, it’s super easy to get out on the water in Franklin County. There’s Scipio Creek Boat Basin, Abercrombie Boat Ramp, Battery Park Marina, Patton Drive Public Boat Ramp and the St. George Island Boat ramp, just to name a few!
Looking for a place to dock your vessel? Tie up at one of the area’s 10 commercial marinas, some of which can accommodate you and your boat. Choose from a number of options across the county, including the Apalachicola Marina, Scipio Creek Marina, C-Quarters Marina, Carrabelle Marina, Dockside Marina and Alligator Point Marina.
Dock at the Hotel
If you want to keep your boat within sight, look no further than Apalachicola’s newest waterfront hotel. The Water Street Hotel and Marina is a one-of-a-kind, 30-suite hotel in a quaint, Old Florida setting. It features a 20-slip marina, pool and screened porches overlooking the beautiful Apalachicola River.
Prefer to stay in Carrabelle? The Carrabelle Boat Club and Moorings also offers waterfront accommodations and secure boat storage.
No boat? No problem!
If you didn’t bring a boat with you, there are still plenty of opportunities to cruise the Forgotten Coast. You can rent a boat or charter a trip with one of the dozens of experienced guides in the area. Take an unforgettable scenic tour or land the big one with a Florida fishing guide.
Ready to set sail on Florida’s Forgotten Coast? Visit our boating page for a full list of boat rental companies, ramps and marinas.