Love oysters? Then have we got a pearl for you: Apalachicola, the tiny coastal town known as the oyster capital of the world.
On your way into Apalach (as the locals say), stop shy of the first bridge and duck into Angelo & Son’s for a taste of the world-famous mollusks. The eatery overlooks Ochlockonee Bay (where the restaurant catches its fresh seafood). And the most delicious oysters you’ve ever tasted cost just four bucks a dozen.
Once you arrive, check into the Bryant House. Tucked off the main road, the B&B has quiet, well-separated rooms at some of the best rates in the area. Breakfast is German-style complete with homemade jams, organic eggs, and a variety of meats and cheeses. They also have a detached cottage for groups or for peeps with pets.
Wander through the maze that surrounds Market Street and find outstanding thrift, antique, and curiosity shops at every turn. Explore authentic nautical finds at the Tin Shed. Hit Apalachicola Sponge Company for all-natural goat’s milk soap. Don’t miss The Old Time Soda Fountain and their phenomenal hot fudge (93 Market Street; 850-653-2606). Too hot? Opt for the Gulf Breeze. The magical drink combines the colorful coolness of sherbet with soda.
For dinner, get thee to Tamara’s Cafe. The wine list is solid, and the fresh fish and Key lime pie are on point. When the sun sets, Apalach gets even slower. For those not ready to succumb to the lull, there’s a wine bar called Verandas. The patio overlooks downtown and the stars beyond. For some local culture, there’s the Dixie Theatre, which hosts film fests, performances, and local music acts (think Dixieland jazz).
St. George Island State Park is frequently named one of the best beaches in the U.S. It’s easy to find a quiet spot along the miles of undeveloped Florida coastline. Fishing enthusiasts go for the flounder, redfish, sea trout, pompano, whiting, and Spanish mackerel. The state park also has camping facilities for the more adventurous.
The world is your oyster.