One of Florida’s best-kept secrets, the Forgotten Coast is full of natural splendors and outdoor adventures. This part of the Florida Panhandle includes the coastal communities of Apalachicola, St. George Island and Eastpoint. Here you can enjoy a slower pace of life, as this stretch along the Gulf of Mexico is not yet overrun by high-rise hotels and tourist traps. Visitors can explore the region’s collection of uncrowded beaches and lush forests, and also get an authentic taste of Florida’s Gulf Coast at local seafood joints. From hiking and horseback riding to the world’s smallest police station, here are the best things to do on Florida’s Forgotten Coast.
Collect Seashells at Mexico Beach
Mexico Beach is one of Florida’s smallest towns, where you’ll find a preserved natural beauty and a shoreline full of colorful seashell treasures. Spend your afternoon looking for unique souvenirs, watch pods of dolphins from the shore as you spot bald eagles, osprey, and pelicans. Outdoor excursions like diving, kayaking, surfing and eco-tours are popular, while those who manage to peel themselves from the beach can browse the eclectic collection of locally owned shops and boutiques.