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Carrabelle Beach — A Gem on Forgotten Florida’s Sugar Sand

05/15/2012

I’m a TRIP planner — you know, the kind of “vacation” where you need a vacation when you return? The week at a destination where you know every street, landmark and building by site when you see it on TV, a movie or where a friend asks you a good place to eat in San Francisco and you rattle off 8-9 you tried?

Rabbit Trail: We had 2 weeks in Colorado when I was 9 months pregnant with our son. We started in Denver, of course; wound over to Estes Park via my cousins near Boulder; left them to see Colorado Springs, hit Grand Junction via Black Canyon of the Gunnison, spent a week in Breckenridge where we trotted about Copper Mountain and the Continental Divide, hiked 4 miles through Boreas Pass, and landed splat back in Denver for a traipse into The Tattered Cover and a Jamba Juice experience. Yeah…the only things we skipped were Durango (boohoo!) and the Royal Gorge (hubby doesn’t like swinging bridges suspended over canyon walls, whaaaat?!). I forgot to mention, we also raced to Utah in there, and saw Arches National Park and a few dead cow skulls. I say raced because yes, I finally went 110 somewhere between Colorado desert and Utah desert.

Back on Track: So this trip is not a trip, but a vacation. A beach vacation, no less. My husband thanks me in the sweetest way with his sigh of relief that I had nothing (absolutely nothing) planned.

First, I found “the town” that was more remote, less expensive and yet not ridden with holes in the roof in the old part of Florida known as the “Forgotten Coast.” Hence, the RVC Carrabelle Beach.

An ocean view loft over the convenience store at the RV/cottage sites, just across the street from a beautiful stretch of sugar sand looking out on the Gulf and St. George’s Island and Dog Island a few miles out. With a swimming pool, deck stocked with chairs and tables and a rec center with exercise equipment and a pool table, our full kitchen, launderette, dining room, living room and bedroom are quite large and comfortable for the two of us. We’ll likely be back in a few years for the kids’ first real trip to the beach. (Playground and bark park included!) 

The 2 bedroom cottages look adorable and start at just $99 a night, and while the max capacity on the RV lots is 6 people, it’s a great spot for families and those looking to get away to a quiet, clean and affordable spot without the crowds. LIKE them on Facebook to enter to win a free weekend getaway!

We enjoyed a good (though not great) pizza and (great) fried pickles at BJ’s pizza on St. George’s Island; a great beer and homemade potato chips at the Owl Tap Room in Apalachicola followed by dinner of salmon and chocolate mousse at the Owl Cafe and a cafe style breakfast at Two Al’s on the Beach. Recommend bringing own food/meal prep (also the loft did not contain pots/pans or much variety in the way of kitchen utensils).

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Staff very helpful as is the convenience store and the fellow visitors all courteous and friendly. However, it is good to note that they provide half a roll of toilet paper and if you run out on the 3rd day and have 4 more to go, they don’t typically provide anything additional. There’s also no pots/pans, or much in the way of cooking supplies despite the full kitchen.

Love the local area and the fact that you can drive down Highway 98 for miles viewing the ocean just a few feet from the roadway — cute little beach houses perched above the rocks….

 

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