Beachy Keen: Discover Franklin County’s Uncrowded, Beautiful Beaches
By Forgotten Coast Web Team | June 12, 2020
Ready to feel the sand in your toes and the sun on your shoulders? Come on down to Florida’s Forgotten Coast! Our beautiful beaches are open for business with precautions in place.
Home to more than 250 miles of pristine coastline, Franklin County’s uncrowded beaches are perfect for social distancing in the great outdoors. From St. George Island to Carrabelle to Alligator Point, our breathtaking beaches offer plenty of elbow room, untouched nature and absolute tranquility.
That’s exactly why our area is called Florida’s Forgotten Coast. Nestled on the eastern end of the panhandle of the Sunshine State, Franklin County is home to the last remaining stretch of unspoiled Gulf Coast beaches that haven’t been overrun by high rises and strip malls. No unruly mobs of tourists down here. Just a laid-back attitude, spectacular Gulf views and plenty of space to relax, explore and make memories.
Whether you prefer to spend your days swimming, fishing, shelling, paddling, flying a kite, bird-watching or just relaxing on the sugar white sand, adventure awaits on Florida’s Forgotten Coast.
Keep reading to learn more about each of our serene beaches.
St. George Island (SGI)
This beautiful 22-mile barrier island is home to the most exquisite coastline in the Florida panhandle. Even better? Most of St. George Island’s beaches are pet-friendly, which means there’s no reason to leave your four-legged family members behind!
Consistently ranked as one of the best beaches in the nation, SGI is frequently praised as the perfect spot for rest and relaxation. In a Chattanooga Times Free Press article, Reporter Shawn Ryan described St. George Island as a peaceful retreat as compared to other crowded panhandle beaches. “Emptiness is one of the major pleasures of St. George Island,” he writes. “Stand on the island’s beach and look left. Fading off into the distance, a few people sit in the sand or wade in the Gulf of Mexico, but yards and yards of space separate them. Look right. The same. The quiet and lack of bustle is a 180-degree change from more-familiar places like Gulf Shores, Destin and Panama City.”
The beaches in Carrabelle are peaceful in more ways than one: Not only is the shoreline uncrowded, but thanks to the protection of offshore barrier islands, you’ll enjoy some of the calmest surf in the area here.
Carrabelle Beach, located just 1.5 miles west of the City of Carrabelle, is a long, curving pet-friendly beach with plenty of space to explore and unwind. Bordering on St. George Sound, this coastal area boasts clear waters and incredible wildlife watching. During your visit, keep your eyes peeled for stunning shore birds and dolphins.
Just west of the Carrabelle Bridge on Gulf Beach Road, Old Carrabelle Beach is one of the best-kept secrets in Franklin County. This idyllic stretch of soft sand offers fabulous fishing, stunning sunsets and serenity.
Alligator Point is home to some of the most natural, untouched beaches in Florida. Referred to simply as “The Point” by locals, this sparsely populated, rural coastal area offers prolific inshore and offshore fishing. This delightful retreat is the perfect place to escape for rest, relaxation and exquisite stargazing.
Ready to hit the beach for some fun in the sun? Come on down to Florida’s Forgotten Coast to enjoy the most uncrowded beaches in the Sunshine State. We’re open now and ready for visitors! Book your trip today.