Each year our winter RV trip to the west coast from Maryland includes a Southern side trip to Apalachicola, Florida. Apalachicola is most famous for its excellent oysters, and it is known as the oyster capital of the world. This is the place where most of Florida’s oysters are harvested.
In addition to the expansive views of Apalachicola Bay, an inlet of the Gulf of Mexico, the tiny town has fresh and uniquely flavored oysters, prepared in any manner you would like. Lynn’s Oyster House (actually in Eastpoint, Fl) is a quaint and somewhat funky little restaurant serving oysters as its signature dish. It was almost destroyed in a hurricane several years ago but rebuilt better and bigger without losing its charm. The menu has also been expanded and features many seafood favorites. I always chose the dozen oysters mixed, some Rockefeller style, parmesan, and some raw.
Another special visit each year is to the beautiful beaches on St. George’s Island. St. George’s Island is a natural barrier island set off the Apalachicola coast and has more than 12,000 pristine acres and the bridge leading to the island affords an amazing view of the island lighthouse. This wildlife refuge is a haven for a turtles, bald eagles, and many other animal species.
St. George Island consistently rates as one of the best beaches in the U.S., with miles of uncrowded expanses for sunning and shelling, clear Gulf waters for swimming and fishing, trails for hiking, and pristine marshes for wildlife viewing, and it is a pet-friendly vacation paradise. Pets are allowed in the campground, the nature trails, and on the paved surfaces throughout the park, but must be on a six-foot leash and under control of the owner. We have taken our sweet dog, Sadie, on many a hike around the island.
The bay affords peaceful sunsets to enjoy each evening…