Social Distancing at Its Finest: Escape to Alligator Point for Sandy Serenity
By Forgotten Coast Web Team | June 18, 2020
If you’re searching for an unforgettable getaway with breathtaking beaches and absolute solitude, look no further than Alligator Point. Tucked away at the easternmost corner of Franklin County, Alligator Point is home to the most uncrowded and unspoiled shoreline in the Panhandle. Known as simply “The Point” by locals, this unique coastal community is situated between the Gulf of Mexico and Alligator Harbor, an estuary known for clam harvesting.
Need a good reason to visit Alligator Point this summer? How about four of them?
#1: Absolute Peace & Quiet
The Point is a sparsely populated, rural beach community that encompasses eight miles of unspoiled coastline along a narrow beach peninsula. When you visit, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a vintage snapshot of old coastal Florida. This cozy coastal community is the perfect escape for beachgoers seeking undisturbed peace and quiet. The absence of noise and glaring lights allows for relaxation, contemplation and stunning stargazing.
#2: Pristine Beaches
This beautiful area boasts some of the most natural and tranquil beaches in Florida. No high rises, strip malls or crowds of tourists here. Just miles of empty shoreline alongside the glistening Gulf of Mexico. Whether you decide to take a sunset stroll, search for shells, build a sandcastle with the kids or splash in the gentle waves, there’s plenty of space to relax and explore here.
#3: Wonderful Wildlife Watching
Home to sea oat-covered sand dunes, marsh habitats, fresh water rivers and dense pine forests, Alligator Point is teaming with wildlife. Local species include black bears, white tail deer, bobcats, foxes, coyotes, otters, a variety of birds, and yes—a few alligators. (However, this is not the reason for the town’s name. It’s called Alligator Point because the area is shaped like an alligator’s tail.)
The Point is bordered on one side by Bald Point State Park, a 5,000-acre protected wildlife area. Nationally renowned as bi-annual stopover for migratory birds and butterflies, this incredible park is a must-visit for hikers, paddlers and nature lovers.
#4: Fabulous Fishing
The Point is well-known across the Forgotten Coast for its prolific inshore and offshore fishing. The community’s protected bay, Alligator Harbor Aquatic Preserve, spans a whopping 14,366 acres. This massive water sanctuary is a nursery for numerous game fish species, such as grouper, snapper, cobia, tarpon and redfish. Whether you choose to fish from the beach, a kayak or a boat, you’re certain to get hooked on Alligator Point!
Alligator Point is open for business and ready for visitors! Ready to plan a peaceful getaway to this unique slice of paradise? Book your trip today!