Not many people know about the town of Carrabelle on the Forgotten Coast in Northwest Florida. Those that do you know it, recognize it as a fishing village as it has a deep history in the fishing industry. Most that come to visit Carrabelle end up spending the majority of their time on a boat off the shore reeling in the biggest catch they have ever seen.
But there are so many great hidden treasure gems to experience in Carrabelle that will have you falling in love with it. When you do you may just find yourself moving in or at least purchasing a vacation home.
Here are some great Carrabelle activities beyond the big fishing charters it is known for:
– Kayak tour of Crooked River
The crooked river connects the Ochlocknee River to a junction with the tidal Carrabelle River. It’s a 25 mile waterway that winds along 13,000 acres of marshland that is preserved and protected. This area is part of the Tate’s Hell State Forest. The kayak tour along the Crooked River is fun and interesting for both beginning kayakers who have never been in a kayak before, and those that never seem to want to get out of a kayak. There is something new to see each time you take the store so you could do it multiple times and have fun and enjoy yourself every time. You can take a guided tour or just plop your kayak down in the river on your own and still enjoy this part of Carrabelle. One great river tour option is provided at Saint James Bay Golf Course. When you are done with this educational and fun tour you could spend some time at the golf course which is a day of fun to itself.
– Take an eco-tour
Another great way to learn about things you never knew in Carrabelle and fall in love with it all over again is to take a tour from someone who has been there for several years. A popular tour is the Natural World Charters tour with Captain Chester. Captain Chester makes the rich history of Carrabelle come to life. He will take you around St. George Sound in a 24-foot Morgan sport fisherman vessel and tell you stories of the history of the area including how Dog Island came to be and how the French discovered the area in 1536.
– Eat the best seafood you have ever had
There are several amazing local restaurants that serve up the freshest and best seafood in the area. Some popular spots include Fathoms Steam Room and raw bar with it’s rustic atmosphere and live entertainment serving up fresh and steamed or raw seafood. Another popular place to take in the best breakfast, lunch, or dinner you may ever enjoy is the Carrabelle Fish Camp at the Carrabelle Marina. Enjoy the atmosphere of the iconic Carrabelle Marina while eating the freshest seafood in Florida.
– Historic sites
Due to the rich history in Carrabelle there of course are several great historic sites in the area. Some of the best spots to take in Carrabelle’s fascinating past include the historic museum, visiting and meandering through the amazing historic hotels like the old The Carrabelle Hotel, taking a trip to the lighthouse, or visiting the historic military vehicle display.
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