Discover Apalachicola, Florida
If you’re in Apalachicola, Florida you’re among friends. In fact, this small coastal city at the mouth of the Apalachicola River is actually named after an Indian word meaning “land of friendly people.” Here you’ll catch a glimpse into old Florida’s maritime history in its bustling seafood houses, weather-worn shrimp boats and stately brick buildings that once served as 19th century chandleries, net factories and warehouses. The town has managed to retain its rusty crusty charm and embrace a new hip persona in the form of upscale restaurants, eclectic boutiques, galleries and a growing number of music venues that tuck themselves into the brick and tin-roofed warehouses that dominate the downtown district.
Seafood is served everywhere and in every way – slurp a dozen overlooking the river or tuck into the town’s only microbrewery which serves award-winning brews.
The town is small and very walkable – there are several parks, guided nature trails and downloadable self-guided walking tours. Stroll the canopy-shaded sidewalks of Apalachicola’s distinguished Historic District replete with the regal homes of past sea captains, river pilots and sponge divers. Apalachicola's diverse and colorful past remains visible today as you stroll along the wide tree-lined streets where picturesque Victorian homes display the charm of years gone by. Once the third largest port on the Gulf of Mexico, Apalachicola echoes with memories of an era once filled with steamboats and schooners, railroads and lumber mills. There are more than 900 historic homes, buildings and sites in the city’s Historic District. Apalachicola is considered a “distinctive destination” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation based on its unique character, charm and dedication to historic preservation.
The town features meticulously restored hotels and B&Bs as well as luxury waterfront accommodations. Looking for a treasure to take home? Spend time browsing through the eclectic boutiques, galleries and restaurants that are tucked into nooks and crannies throughout the historic downtown commercial district.
Apalachicola’s history and maritime culture are matched by the area’s bountiful natural resources. The Apalachicola River and Apalachicola Bay provide great fishing opportunities for both fresh and salt water fishing buffs. Outdoor enthusiasts can explore the endless bays and waterways by kayak, canoe, riverboat or sailboat while in Apalachicola.
You can’t swing a cat in town without finding some neat festival or event – there’s lots to celebrate here. Enjoy the town’s annual Oyster Cook-off in January, Art events in March and May and the granddaddy of them all, the Florida Seafood Festival in November. For a complete list of events, visit the events page.
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From a downtown historic district condo to a waterfront hotel, Apalachicola offers a variety of places to stay.
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The historic Bowery Inn Building circa 1900, sat 40 years vacant and then most recently was home to a General Mercantile Business with a room and living quarters upstairs, has returned to its roots with a remarkable renovation completed in 2015. The structure exudes rustic charm from salvaged and reclaimed building material from Apalachicola. Each piece of wood and decor was…Learn More
A unique 30 suite hotel and 20 slip marina in an Old Florida setting with today’s modern conveniences. Only four blocks from the center of Apalachicola. All rooms offer Bay views, private screened verandas, two bathrooms, spacious living and dining areas, flat screen TVs, high speed internet, in-room safes, washer/dryer, fully equipped kitchen, lush furnishings, luxurious linens, hardwood flooring, Oriental…Learn More
49 Palmetto is located within the designated historic district in beautiful Apalachicola, Florida. It is situated just 2 blocks from the Apalachicola River and the town center and is within easy walking distance to all this quaint, hip town has to offer. Located at the confluence of the Apalachicola River and the bountiful Apalachicola Bay, the small seaside city of…Learn More
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Florida Seafood... Apalachicola
Come celebrate Florida Seafood at Florida’s oldest maritime festival. This two-day celebration offers the best in fresh quality seafood that annually draws thousands of visitors to the historic town of Apalachicola. The Festival is held at the mouth of the Apalachicola river under the shady oaks of Apalachicola’s Battery Park. The…Learn More
Apalach Chalk Art... Apalachicola
HCA will host the first annual Apalach Chalk Art Festival at Riverfront Park. Participants will create an artistic rendition of the festival’s theme “Ocean Treasures” on a 5’x5’ square of concrete sidewalk at Riverfront Park. Each participant will pay $5 for a bundle of chalk and a square of the…Learn More
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