There are few places in Florida where you can experience solitude on an abandoned beach while watching the sun set over the Gulf. However, a small town on the Forgotten Coast is just the place if you're looking to get away from the crowds, traffic and endless displays of Florida t-shirts. Carrabelle is located about an hour south of Tallahassee, along Highway 98. Recently we decided to visit and see for ourselves what this small fishing village had to offer. Boat in tow, we made the 4-hour trip from Jacksonville with no preconceived notions.
If you're more into cruising or spending an afternoon anchored in a secluded cove, Carrabelle is your place as well. The first island you should explore is Dog Island. Reachable only by boat, Dog Island is located about 3.5 miles from the mouth of the Carrabelle River. The island is about 1/2 mile wide and 7 miles long, and serves as one of the barrier islands between the Gulf of Mexico and St. George Sound. Places like Skipper’s Cove or Tyson's Harbor are just the spots to spend an afternoon relaxing, swimming or just walking along the shore. Also, more active boaters seemed to consider this a great place to pull a tube around and entertain the kids.