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Awesome Autumn Retreat: 4 Reasons to Fall into Florida’s Forgotten Coast

By Forgotten Coast Web Team | August 13, 2020

Couple Riding Bikes in St. George Island

Fall is almost here, and you need a change of scenery. If you’re dreaming of a peaceful beach retreat with beautiful weather, friendly folks and plenty of elbow room, Franklin County is the perfect destination.

Nestled on the eastern end of the panhandle, this area has been nicknamed Florida’s Forgotten Coast. As the last remaining stretch of unspoiled Gulf Coast beaches, this delightful region includes the coastal communities of Apalachicola, Carrabelle, St. George Island, Alligator Point  and Eastpoint. While it is certainly off the beaten path, there is nothing forgettable about this hidden gem. Florida’s Forgotten Coast is bursting with historical charm, smiling faces and tons of fun things to see and do.

Even better? Fall is the best time of year to visit Franklin County! Here are four good reasons to come on down to Florida’s Forgotten Coast this season:

Reason #1: Uncrowded Beaches

Couple enjoying a walk on the empty beachIf you’re looking for breathtaking beaches with plenty of breathing room, the Forgotten Coast is just what the doctor ordered. Home to 250+ miles of pristine coastline, our award-winning beaches offer the perfect fall escape. Unlike the busier parts of the Florida panhandle, Franklin County offers some of the most uncrowded beaches in the Sunshine State. There are no strip malls, high rises or noisy crowds here. Just gorgeous coastline, a laidback vibe and plenty of elbow room.

Happy dogs enjoying the beachAnd here’s the really good news: During the fall months, our tranquil beaches are even less crowded than usual! With the kids back in school, fall is the perfect time of year to visit our sugar sand beaches. Whether you prefer to take a dip in the sparkling Gulf, enjoy a sunset stroll, cast a line from the shore or just chill out under your umbrella, our quiet local beaches offer something for everyone. Plus, many of our beaches are pet-friendly—so feel free to bring your four-legged friend along for the fun.

Reason #2: Wonderful Weather

Little girls playing on SGI beachIn the fall, Florida’s Forgotten Coast boasts perfectly pleasant weather. During this season, it’s still plenty warm, but not nearly as hot and humid as the summer months. By late September, the humidity levels drop, leaving the air crisp and comfortable.

In October, Franklin County temperatures range from highs in the upper 70s to lows in the mid-60s. Things cool off a bit more in November, with an average high around 69° and lows around 55°. It doesn’t get any better than that!

 Reason #3: A Bounty of Outdoor Activities

Couple riding bikes in ApalachicolaAdventure awaits on Florida’s Forgotten Coast! While our area may be laidback, there are still plenty of outdoor activities for visitors to enjoy. From hiking, biking and paddling to fishing, birding and other wildlife-watching, there’s something for everyone here in Franklin County.

For a truly memorable adventure, head out with one of our local guides for a scenic tour. During these eye-opening tours, you’ll travel by land, water or air to view the most stunning sights the Forgotten Coast has to offer, including striking landscapes and incredible wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins, manatees, bald eagles, rare sea birds, Florida black bears and alligators.

Speaking of wildlife, there’s something a-flutter here in the fall: Butterflies! In September and October, our area is filled with brilliantly colored monarchs as they migrate south to Mexico for the winter. Be sure to bring your camera because these spectacular swarms are a sight for the memory books!

Reason #4: Incredible Deals on Accommodations

Family enjoying stay at Coastline RV Resort in EastpointDuring the quieter fall months, you’ll find phenomenal deals on local accommodations all across Franklin County. Florida’s Forgotten Coast serves up something for every taste and budget—from charming bed & breakfasts to luxury waterfront rentals to cost-effective hotels and inns. To top it off, our area offers a handful of lovely campgrounds, ranging from primitive campsites to more luxurious locations with RV hookups, a pool and even concierge service.

Franklin County is OPEN for business, so y’all come on down for a visit! Ready to plan a peaceful fall getaway to Florida’s Forgotten Coast? Book your trip today at Places to Stay.