Apalachicola is a living homage to the Atlantic Ocean. Fishing, seafood and historic water transport form the entire substance of this village. Blue crabs, jelly fish, groupers and mahi-mahi constitute but a small fraction of the staggering diversity of marine life that makes for the most valuable residents off the Apalachicola shores.
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Oysters, snappers, shark and tuna that people long for elsewhere, are so abundant here that people become blasé about them. You can fish for Amberjack, Rock Shrimp, Scallops and Mahi-Mahi, without fear of disturbing the bounteous ecology here. Enjoy the thrill of a battle with ferocious swordfish that you dare to harpoon. Remember to bring a certified photographer along, for your story of a prized 100-pound-plus catch should not be trifled with or discounted back home. Apalachicola ‘s reputation for oysters is well deserved, but there are also many other marine gastronomic treasures to discover.
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Aquatic life brings feathered friends in flocks to Apalachicola. Large numbers are permanently resident here and clouds of Arctic types stop over every spring and autumn in migration. People who are tired of lazing in the sun or who are tired of sumptuous seafood can try hiking in the Apalachicola forest and clock record sightings and calls of rare, colorful and melodious birds.
The Estuarine Research Reserve has a magnificent population of reptiles, apart from the inevitable aquatic and feathered species, and walks through this ethereal wilderness will make a new person out of you. The Chapman Botanical Gardens is also worth as many visits as you can accommodate during your stay. Apalachicola’s Historical Society offers a tour of famous old homes and building in the area.
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Diving is another diversion to try in Apalachicola. Though the pelagic terrain has been the scene of many mishaps and battles, they say that no sunken treasures remain. Nevertheless the fish do not seem to mind, and ships such as the Empire Mica that sank as late as during World War II, are still worth an underwater expedition. Surfing and beach volleyball are other equally sportive though more conventional options of staying fit.
Many people left Apalachicola in the late 19th century, fearing infectious and fatal fever, but succeeding generations have begun to invest in homes and to return, with regular vacation time and even permanent residence. The place has an atmosphere that is rare on the modern and populated continent of North America. Anyone could seriously consider joining its roughly present two- thousand permanent residents, and own a piece of this haven.