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Counting Our Blessings: 5 Things We’re Thankful for on the Forgotten Coast

By Forgotten Coast Web Team | November 1, 2019

Beautiful St. George Island Beach after Hurricane Michael

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and we’re counting down the days! It’s that special time of year when we gather with family and friends, feast on delicious dishes until we collapse into a food coma and then settle down to watch football. But most importantly, it’s the perfect opportunity to count our blessings and give thanks.

Here on Florida’s Forgotten Coast, we have so much to be thankful for, we sometimes lose count. To keep things simple, we’ll just narrow it down to our top five favorite blessings:

#1: Breathtaking Beaches

We locals often take it for granted, but Franklin County is home to some of the most pristine, beautiful beaches in the Sunshine State. With more than 250 miles of immaculate coastline, our area boasts the least crowded sugar sand beaches in the Florida panhandle. No high rises or mobs of tourists here. Just quiet coastline, wide open spaces and sparkling green Gulf waters. From St. George Island to Carrabelle to Alligator Point, you’ll discover unspoiled beaches where you can enjoy shelling, fishing, wildlife watching, swimming, paddling or just relaxing in the sun.

#2: Wonderful Weather

We are so thankful to live in the Sunshine State, where we are blessed with some of the nation’s mildest weather year-round. In the fall months, we enjoy particularly pleasant weather here on the Forgotten Coast. This time of year, it’s still plenty warm, but not nearly as hot as the summer months.

In November, Franklin County temperatures range from average highs around 69° with lows around 55°. Even better, our humidity levels plummet, which makes the air feel delightfully crisp. Considering that other parts of the country are already dealing with freezing temps and snow storms, our gorgeous autumn weather is certainly something to be thankful for!

#3: Fabulous Fishing

Whether you’re a pro angler or reel rookie, you’ll be thankful to go fishing in Franklin County. Our fertile waters boast some of the best angling in Florida. Thanks to the unique topography of the Apalachicola River and Bay systems, combined with our prime location on the Gulf coast, our area is home to diverse, highly productive marine habitats.

November is a terrific time of year to get hooked on the Forgotten Coast. Now that the air is a little cooler and crisper, fishing by boat, shore, kayak or pier is a great way to spend a sunny autumn day. Don’t want to go at it alone? Head out with a local fishing guide who can help you land the big one!

#4: Friendly Folks

Here on the Forgotten Coast, we’re grateful to live amongst some of the friendliest folks in the country. From Apalachicola and Eastpoint to St. George Island, Carrabelle and Alligator Point, you’ll be greeted with welcoming smiles, hometown charm and open arms. In fact, natives will tell you that Apalachicola means “land of the friendly people.” As soon as you set foot in this amiable small town—or any of Franklin County’s other coastal communities—you’ll understand why locals make this claim. Brimming with warm hospitality, the Forgotten Coast makes everyone feel at home.

#5: Four-Legged Friends

Here in Franklin County, we are so thankful for our four-legged pals that offer unconditional love and endless joy. In fact, most of us locals consider dogs and cats a part of the family. That’s why our area is one of the most pet friendly destinations in the Sunshine State.

When you visit the Forgotten Coast, there’s no need to leave Fido or Fluffy at home. With tons of pet friendly beaches, accommodations, restaurants and shops, Franklin County gets two paws up from all of our furry guests.

As you can see, we have so much to be thankful for here on the Forgotten Coast. Not only are we grateful to live here—but our guests are also thankful to visit! Ready to come down and see for yourself what makes our area so special? Book, your getaway today!