Make the Forgotten Coast your full-time home.
The Forgotten Coast encompasses the counties of Franklin and Gulf and is celebrated for being one of the last remaining stretches of unspoiled Gulf coastline with no high rises and little commercial development. This Old Florida atmosphere and small-town environment is attractive to those looking for a simple and peaceful pace of life. Franklin County includes the quaint communities of St. George Island, Apalachicola, Alligator Point, Carrabelle, and Eastpoint. Gulf County offers a similar charm and feel with the communities of Port St. Joe, Cape San Blas, Indian Pass, St. Joe Beach, and Wewahitchka.
What to Know Before You Move.
- Location – Surrounded by breathtaking bodies of water including the Gulf of Mexico, St. Joseph Bay, Apalachicola River, and countless inlets and marshes, the Forgotten Coast is perfect for water lovers. With mainly single-family homes and some condominium and townhouses, you can find homes within walking distance to the beach or the town centers, or options more off the beaten path. Depending on your individual situation, you may prefer to live in a community with no vacation rentals allowed, that has families with children or that offers private amenities such as golf or tennis. Our experienced – and local – agents can help you find your perfect location based on traffic patterns, proximity to hospitals or grocery stores, and your personal style.
- Schools – The Forgotten Coast offers two school districts, the Franklin County School District and Gulf District Schools. Franklin includes the highly rated Apalachicola Bay Charter School for PreK to 8th grade, Franklin County Learning Center, and Franklin County School. Gulf District Schools include Port St. Joe Elementary, Port St. Joe High School, Wewahitchka Elementary, and Wewahitchka High School. In addition, Gulf Coast State College has a Gulf/Franklin campus in Port St. Joe.
- Culture – The beauty of the Forgotten Coast attracts a wide variety of artists and creative opportunities from galleries to theater performances to arts classes. You will also find art galleries, artist studios, live music events, and local festivals. The Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and Art offers an ongoing exhibit of noted regional artists and hosts classes throughout the year. The Joe Center for the Arts in Port St. Joe seeks to educate, exhibit, partner, and inspire through the Arts. The Forgotten Coast En Plein Air festival is among the world’s most prestigious plein air events. There are many local churches of varied denominations along with volunteer and non-profit organizations catered to specific special interests and missions.
- Recreation – With a mild climate year-round, the Forgotten Coast provides the ability to enjoy outdoor recreation of all kinds. Both Franklin and Gulf counties offer a wide variety of parks to enjoy and connect with nature. Discover miles of unspoiled rivers, creeks, and coastal shallows to experience by kayak or paddleboard. Explore parks such as St. George Island State Park, T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, Bald Point State Park, and more for outdoor adventures of all kinds.
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