Destination guide

Feel old Florida in Apalachicola

Behind the rows of oyster-shucking seafood shacks and the bobbing shrimper boats of the bay, Apalachicola still ticks over to the rhythms of old Florida. It's not gone unnoticed, what with that sprawling National Historic Register district unfolding in a medley of redbrick cotton warehouses and saloons from the 1800s. That's the kernel of town, around which fascinating maritime institutions and the John Gorrie Museum spin tales of colonial traders and refrigerator inventors alike. Apalachicola vacation rentals are also a springboard to the backcountry of the Florida Panhandle, where forests of longleaf pine give way to dense hammocks and creeks.

Things to do

Old Apalachicola beckons

A mind-boggling 900 homes and buildings enjoy National Historic Register status within the confines of the Apalachicola Historic District, which means heritage lovers and culture vultures will have no shortage of things to see in this laid-back, Gulf-side town. To give some background to it all, a trip to the Apalachicola Maritime Museum is a great idea, while the elegant Raney House Museum spins tales about the cotton traders of old. Once all that's done, adventures await in the Apalachicola National Forest – think airboat rides through cypress swamps and visions of one of America's great wildernesses.


Ready the bait and boating gear in Apalachicola

Away from the spring breakers of the Atlantic shores and the twirling rollercoasters of Orlando, Apalachicola can offer a more relaxed line up of things to do. There's fishing by the bucket load, whether in the hammocks of the Apalachicola National Forest or out across Apalachicola Bay. There are local seafood festivals – in November – and farmer's markets. There are chances to see whales and dolphins in the Mexican Gulf, or adrenaline-pumping airboat adventures that whisk you from you Apalachicola vacation rentals and into the sprawling Floridian swamps.


Getting the temperature right in Apalachicola

With sultry temperatures and a distinct hurricane season in the late summer and fall months of September and October, it's important to pinpoint the perfect time to bag those Apalachicola vacation rentals. Locals will often tell you that it's spring. Starting with April, that's when the mercury levels start to pick up, opening the gulf beaches and shores. And it's before most visitors come to vacation here, leaving you plenty of scope to get a bargain.

Natural features

Apalachicola spills from the Panhandle to the sea

As Apalachicola's skiff-bobbing docks and harbors give way to the choppy waters of Apalachicola Bay, they mark the point where the vast estuaries of the Apalachicola River finish and the dolphin-spotted Mexican Gulf begins. That's important because the estuaries themselves are the end of the great swamps and hammocks of the Florida Panhandle. Those are the real wildernesses here, unfolding up with the pinewoods and hardwoods of the Tate's Hell State Forest before merging into the wet prairies of the seemingly endless Apalachicola National Forest.

Can I find a vacation rental around Apalachicola?

Yes, our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 687 vacation rentals near Apalachicola. From 567 Houses to 20 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Apalachicola for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Apalachicola?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Apalachicola. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Downtown Books & Purl: 1,012 vacation rentals
  • Apalachicola Chocalate Company: 1,014 vacation rentals
  • Dixie Theatre: 1,009 vacation rentals
  • Riverfront Therapy & Spirit of the River Spa: 1,012 vacation rentals
  • Indian Pass Beach: 781 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Apalachicola listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Apalachicola?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 567 Houses in Apalachicola. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Apalachicola include:

  • Cottages: 20 rentals available
  • Cabins: 20 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 81 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Apalachicola?

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