Carrabelle Beach FL

Where is Carrabelle Beach and how did we find it? Between our New York trip and our next non-RV trip, we had a 2 week stretch that we needed to fill. We were looking for a good beach spot and could not get an RV site in Grayton Beach/Destin for the two week stretch that included July 4th. So, after a little search, we found Carrabelle Beach. It is about 30 miles east of Apalachicola FL, and the RV park is directly across Hwy 98 from the beach. It is primarily a fishing destination but we made the best of what it had.

Poor baby!

Poor baby!

Faithful readers of the blog have heard about Kit, our nervous traveler. The night we arrived, she got really ill and without disgusting you with the details, I’ll just say it required a 4am trip of over an hour to get to a 24 hr animal hospital. After a several hours and a few rounds of meds, we left and went back to Carrabelle Beach. She was low sick.

She would not eat for several days and would not even take her meds folded into a piece of cheese, her favorite. We are happy to say she has now recovered and is back to her usual self. We would not leave her alone for about a week and if we both went out, we took her with us. Luckily, the area is very dog friendly with outside seating at restaurants for your dog to join you.

During our trip to the vet, we talked about all the bear signs we saw on the road, Some had a single bear and some had a large bear with a cub. Obviously they have a large bear population here. We didn’t know what was in store for us.

When we arrived back at the RV, we took a little snooze since we had been up most of the night. When we got up, we were sitting in the RV and Jimmie Kay jumped up and said ‘BEAR!’ and ran out. I looked up and saw a black bear run by the front of our RV and dash into the woods. Apparently, it was a mom and a cub. Jimmie Kay took off after the mom and I saw the cub running after her. While we didn’t get a picture, here is one that shows you where the bear cut in front of the RV pad and went into the woods.

Bear Crossing!

Bear Crossing!

Once things settled down, we got back to what brought us to Carrabelle, the beach. It was nice, but the barrier islands of St. George and Dog Island blocked the beach from the raw gulf. The bay was large enough that there was a good bit of wave action and plenty of wildlife on the beach. Jimmie Kay took several long walks and found some souvenirs. Since we don’t have a lot of extra room in the RV for keepsakes, she wound up either returning them to the wild or giving them to kids on the beach.

Horseshoe crabs

Horseshoe crabs

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Fiddler crab

Fiddler crab

IMG_3602 shell on driftwood shell starfish on beachAnother nice thing about the area is the abundance of driftwood. The area was at one time a cypress swamp and the beach is littered with driftwood and old cypress knees and trunks that have been weathered over the years. It makes for a beautiful scene on the beach.

cypress IMG_3581 IMG_3585So, what is Carrabelle Beach known for? It is primarily a fishing community, but it does have some notoriety. In the days leading up to the D-day invasion, the beach at Carrabelle and nearby Dog Island were used for practice landings.

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Carrabelle is also known for the smallest police station in the world. Carrabelle Police Station

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Food:

There were a few restaurants in Carrabelle and we tried one. It was good, but since there was an abundance of fresh seafood, we cooked a good bit also. Apalachicola is known for its oysters and we took advantage of that and made several trips there for good seafood. The top rated restaurant on Trip Advisor is The Owl Cafe. We visited for brunch on Sunday and it met its rating. I had an appetizer of fried oysters with a seafood omelet for my main course. Jimmie Kay had the quiche and it was also divine. The Owl Cafe

Fried (fresh) Apalachicola Oysters

Fried (fresh) Apalachicola Oysters

Seafood Omelet with andouille, fresh fruit & cheee grits

Seafood Omelet with andouille, fresh fruit & cheee grits

Veggie Quiche, cheese grits, fruit

Veggie Quiche, cheese grits, fruit

It was July 4th so it was time to grill. Pork tenderloin, corn and sweet potatoes on the grill ready to go. It took about 2 minutes before the sea gulls gathered on the roof next door, hoping for scraps.

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Taking advantage of the fresh seafood available, we also did a shrimp boil one night.

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One of the peculiar things we noted on our drives from Carrabelle to Apalachicola was that there was one pier that was always full of Pelicans. Nearby piers were empty but for some reason, this one was always full.

Who called this meeting?

Who called this meeting?

On another day, we drove out to nearby St. Andrews State Park and took a peek at their RV sites. a bit crowded for us but we also saw this guy poking around by the campsites. (deer in center of photo)

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We have to admit that when we first got to Carrabelle, we thought it would be hard to be there for 2 weeks since it was rather remote. It didn’t take us long to appreciate what it had to offer and make the best of our time there.

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