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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.

Things to Do in Carrabelle, Florida

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.

You are invited to relax and stay awhile in Carrabelle...

From a quaint beach cottage to a luxurious beachfront villa, Carrabelle
offers a variety of places to stay. All accommodations in Franklin County, Florida

Upcoming events around Carrabelle

Discover the Forgotten Coast's authentic, Old Florida charm at more than 100 annual events and
festivals, that highlight our natural resources, culture and history. Click here to see all events

Florida Seafood Festival

Plan Your Trip to Carrabelle, Florida

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, GA316Memphis, TN566
Birmingham, AL322Miami, FL498
Chicago, IL984Montgomery, AL233
Columbia, SC445Nashville, TN513
Dallas, TX889New Orleans, LA409
Detroit, MI1034Orlando, FL275
Houston, TX732Pensacola, FL219
Indianapolis, IN800Panama City, FL82
Jackson, MS454Tallahassee, FL53
Little Rock, AR703Tampa, FL273
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