Discover Carrabelle, Florida

If you’re dreaming of pristine beaches, bountiful boating adventures and prolific offshore fishing, it’s time to explore Carrabelle Florida. This picturesque coastal community leaves a lasting impression on every visitor who sets foot on its sugar white sand. Known as the Florida Panhandle’s Gateway to the Gulf, Carrabelle is every outdoor enthusiast’s paradise.

Kids playing at Carrabelle Beach
Crooked River Lighthouse
Exploring Nature Trails in Carrabelle Florida

Things to Do in Carrabelle

Although this small-town coastal community is quiet and uncrowded, there are countless things to do in Carrabelle. Laid-back and friendly, Carrabelle is a dream destination for families, couples, snow birds and everyone in between.

Boating Paradise
Discover fishing and boating bliss in Carrabelle Florida. This charming coastal hamlet is home to a working waterfront with full-service marinas, where visitors can embark on fabulous fishing and boating adventures. Want to cruise down to Carrabelle with your own boat? Many of Carrabelle’s vacation rentals offer deep water dockage for visiting boaters.

Breathtaking Beaches & Wildlife
Home to miles of pristine white sand beaches, Carrabelle Beach is the perfect spot for beach bums, swimmers, paddlers, snorkelers and nature lovers. Wildlife is plentiful in this untouched coastal town. While walking the beach or cruising on a boat, you might spot dolphins frolicking in the Gulf, a blue heron perched on a dock and majestic pelicans soaring overhead. Inland, you might be lucky enough to come across deer, foxes or even black bears at play.

Rich Marine History
Bursting with deep-rooted marine history and small-town nostalgia, Carrabelle is unlike any other coastal community you’ve ever seen. As you stroll through Carrabelle’s quaint downtown area, don’t miss the World’s Smallest Police Station. Tucked inside a phone booth, this iconic Carrabelle landmark has been around since 1963.

Ready for a regional history lesson? Stop by the town’s three museums for a glimpse into Carrabelle’s fascinating past. Visit Camp Gordon Johnston WW II Museum to learn about how troops trained on the beaches of Franklin County for the D-Day Invasion of Normandy. The Carrabelle History Museum shares the area’s long-standing history and culture through Native American artifacts, regional relics and an endless supply of fascinating stories.

Don’t forget to check out Carrabelle’s famous Crooked River Lighthouse and Museum, originally built in 1895. This historical lighthouse served as a guiding light for passing ships and fisherman for nearly a century. Today the decommissioned lighthouse and keepers’ house museum stand on the mainland, where the light was originally built. Nestled in a north Florida forest habitat and surrounded by a public park, the lighthouse still beams nightly to the delight of visitors. The Keeper’s House serves as a gift shop and museum, where visitors can observe relics such as antique clocks, a barometer, a glass fire grenade, pages from the keeper’s watch book, currency and much more.

Range of Restaurants & Accommodations
Looking for a bite to eat? There are plenty of excellent eateries to choose from in Carrabelle, from fine waterfront restaurants serving up steaks and fresh-caught seafood to laid-back barbecue and pizza joints.

Carrabelle also offers an array of accommodations, including quaint bed and breakfasts, a luxury golf resort, upscale RV parks and waterfront rentals. The town’s full-service airport provides for recreational flying as well as easy access to the area.

Teeming with small-town charm, rich history and tons of outdoor activities, Carrabelle offers something for everyone.


From a quaint beach cottage to a luxurious beachfront villa, Carrabelle offers a variety of places to stay.
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Georgian Motel in Carrabelle
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Georgian Motel

Some of the world’s most beautiful beaches are only minutes from the Georgian Motel, and the Carrabelle River and the Gulf of Mexico are at its back door. The motel is ideally located for both saltwater and freshwater fishing, as well as hiking, hunting, camping, boating, swimming, and more. Guests can access nearby boat slips, full-service marinas, and docking facilities.…

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St. James Bay Vacation Rentals
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St. James Bay Villas & Condos

St. James Bay Golf Villas in Carrabelle offers two lodging options ranging from our convenient clubhouse Villas to the beautiful new Residences at St. James Bay luxury condominiums. St. James Bay offers golf and non-golf-related packages in our Villas. Packages ranging from a single night to a week-long golf package. Stay in your choice of two or three-bedroom condos in…

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Sandy Beach Properties Carrabelle FL Vacation Rentals
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Sandy Beach Properties

It’s always a great time to visit Carrabelle and Sandy Beach Properties offers over 75 vacation rentals with something for everyone… whether visiting for a weekend, a week or a month… we have vacation rentals ranging from one bedroom riverfront condos to beachfront homes and cottages on pristine, deserted beaches with lots of options in between. Browse our website at…

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Plan Your Trip to Carrabelle

Maps and Directions

Laid-back and friendly, Carrabelle is a dream destination for families, couples, snow birds and everyone in between.

Mileage from selected cities to Carrabelle:

Atlanta, GA 316 Memphis, TN 566
Birmingham, AL 322 Miami, FL 498
Chicago, IL 984 Montgomery, AL 233
Columbia, SC 445 Nashville, TN 513
Dallas, TX 889 New Orleans, LA 409
Detroit, MI 1034 Orlando, FL 275
Houston, TX 732 Pensacola, FL 219
Indianapolis, IN 800 Panama City, FL 82
Jackson, MS 454 Tallahassee, FL 53
Little Rock, AR 703 Tampa, FL 273
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