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
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.
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.
RELAX & STAY AWHILE IN CARRABELLE
From a quaint beach cottage to a luxurious beachfront villa, Carrabelle offers a variety of places to stay.
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Choice of hotel room or condo unit. All hotel rooms offer a view of the marina. Condo units have full-site kitchens. Complimentary boat slip with hotel room or condo unit (boat must be under 26′ with no shore power). Guests with pets are welcome at Moorings Carrabelle with a small deposit. Amenities available: private boat ramp, 24 hour security, pump…Learn More
Located on Highway 98 in Carrabelle, FL, the Ho Hum Campground is a classic gem with stunning sunsets and water views. The RV campground offers free Wifi and Cable but campers might prefer the live view of dolphins swimming, pelicans floating or flying in formation, seagulls, and shorebirds. Daily, weekly and monthly rates are available.Learn More
With an array of lodging options—from Cozy Cabins and RV Sites to Resort Cottages and an Oceanview Loft—Carrabelle Beach RV Resort offers something for everyone. Featuring lush, natural landscaping, a large, sparkling swimming pool, a beautiful clubhouse, and tons of nearby attractions and activities, our Carrabelle Beach RV Resort is camping at its finest. They offer a fenced dog run…Learn More
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Plan Your Trip to Carrabelle
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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The Carrabelle History Museum extends a unique display that pays tribute to several local men who served, some of whom also sacrificed, in our country’s armed forces. Developed initially for Carrabelle’s Museum Day, held on May 1, the Military Tribute Exhibit has been so meaningful to the Carrabelle History Museum,…Learn More
The Camp Gordon Johnston WWII Museum will present a special exhibit commemorating D-Day. Camp Gordon Johnston in Carrabelle, FL, opened in 1942 for training Infantry Divisions, including the US Army 4th Infantry Division, and their support units in amphibious warfare. This training and the men who trained here would be…Learn More
Crooked River Lighthouse Full Moon Climb Carrabelle
The Crooked River Lighthouse hosts a Full Moon Lighthouse Climb on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, from 7:00-10:00 pm in Carrabelle, FL. May’s Full Moon is called the Flower Moon. Visitors can enjoy this opportunity to see the St. George Sound and Carrabelle Beach’s gorgeous natural surroundings under the evening sky. …Learn More
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