Apalachicola, located in Franklin County is located in the panhandle area on the gulf coast of Florida, approximately 80 miles southwest of Tallahassee. Apalachicola was established in 1831 and was once the third largest port on the Gulf of Mexico. A small southern town home to 2,000 people, the tree lined streets are still graced by picturesque homes from the nineteenth and twentieth century that show the wealth and craftsmanship of its early days. Apalachicola has over 900 historic homes and buildings listed in its extensive National Register District and it was selected as one of the nation’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations in 2008 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Apalachicola is situated on the Apalachicola River and Apalachicola Bay. This basin encompasses what is considered one of the least polluted, most undeveloped, ecologically diverse systems left in the United States. Apalachicola’s vibrant history and rich maritime culture can still be seen on its working waterfront. These locally owned and operated businesses create a quaint and friendly atmosphere for visitors as well as local residents. A grand theater lies in the center of town.
This unique city is noted for having some of the finest oysters, its bay oysters having a pure, mild, briny flavor that has been recognized by top chefs throughout the country. Apalachicola harvests over 90% of the oysters sold in Florida and 10% of the nationwide supply. Smaller open bay boats, moored or trailered each day, tong for oysters in the many shallow areas of Apalachicola Bay.