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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

㊅ A Day Visiting Apalachicola, Florida ㊅

Apalachicola or “Apalach“, as it is known by locals, is far from a typical tourist town. Established in 1831, it was once the third largest port on the Gulf of Mexico.

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

Apalachicola’s vibrant history and rich maritime culture can still be seen on its working waterfront. Fishing vessels displaying proud patinas of years of service line the waterfront and regularly net fresh local shrimp and fish.



Wide, 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. We did the walking tour that you can do to see a lot of the historic buildings & homes.


After so much sightseeing we were very hungry so we went to Papa Joe's Restaurant on the Apalachicola River. We sat next to the window so we could watch the boats go buy. A lot of people pull their boat right up to the restaurant so they can come in and dine.





On the way back to the campground we pulled over and saw about 20 porpoise in a feeding frenzy... I couldn't even catch them all with the camera but here is the disturbed waters when they fed and the other picture is some swimming around to get fish.



Have Fun, Travel Safe & Stay Healthy!!!

8 comments:

Sue and Doug said...

thanks for the tour!..great job, Donna!..your lunch looked yummy!!..love the house tour!..the yellow one is my favorite!!!

Prims and Annies said...

Hi.. Thanks for sharing your pics. I moved away from Tallahassee,
FL 17 years ago after living there over 25 years. I love St George Island and Apalachicola...have gone camping and looking for scallops many times in Port St. Joe. Those little restaurants that don't look like much on the outside have the best food. These pictures just made my day. I now live in South Ga, just 2 hours to Tallahassee...my kids live there so we do get back but haven't made it back to St George Island
Enjoy your travels
Smiles
Maxie

PEA said...

I love taking walking tours through historical towns like that!! So many beautiful old buildings. It must have been fascinating to watch all those boats at work...I've never seen how they catch shrimp! All of your pictures are so beautiful and make me wish I could have been there to see it all for myself:-) xoxo

Happytrails said...

Great tour of Apalachicola!! I remember my mom and dad talking about Apalachicola many times but I have never been there. I think I should change that one day soon. :-)

Karen and Al said...

Great tour. Thanks for the pictures. We always enjoy seeing dolphin, and especially when they're herding fish.

I'm not into oysters, but the other stuff looked delicious.

Jeff & Barbie said...

We loved Apalachicola when we visited their last November. Your pictures of the food made me hungry.

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Beautiful....oh so beautiful is this state and what tours you're taking us on these days. I loved viewing the old homes also. Oh, and I think the locals are brilliant with what they call the port. The 'real' name is a tongue knotter-upper.

Leno said...

We were there last year, it is a nice area to explore. Food looks yummy too..

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