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Welcome to the home port of Gulf Pirate on Florida's Forgotten Coast. Located on U.S. HWY 98 in beautiful downtown Carrabelle, Florida

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[Carrabelle] [Hitchcock Lake Landing] [Apalachicola] [Crooked River Lighthouse] [St George Island] [Dog Island] [Cape St. George] [St. Vincent Island] [Lanark Springs] [Birding]

Carrabelle is located on the Carrabelle River. The port has all the modern services you may need with hometown hospitality. Banking, shops, the post office, a flower shop, hardware stores and other services are all located within a short walking distance. Carrabelle offers something for almost everyone. See the World's smallest police station in the downtown area. 

North of Carrabelle on State Route 67 is Tates Hell State Forest.

Visit Hitchcock Lake Landing

Spend a day at Carrabelle Beach. Located just west of Carrabelle, the public beach offers beautiful sand, picnic areas, and a relaxing atmosphere that is sure to relieve any stress. This is my favorite place to spend a few relaxing hours.

Visit the Crooked River Lighthouse. Located near Carrabelle Beach, the lighthouse was built in 1895 and has recently been deeded to the City of Carrabelle. Look closely, it is barely visible from US Highway 98. The Carrabelle Lighthouse Association has an informative web site with several pictures. If you are looking for a worthwhile project to get involved in, this is it. 

Visit St. George Island's  beautiful beach!  The 4 mile long causeway and bridge to the Island from Eastpoint will lower your blood pressure 10 points. The Island is one of Florida's longest Islands, about 14 miles. However, the width is only 1.5 miles at it's widest point. A State Park occupies the eastern 8 miles of the Island and offers great fishing as well as a nice coastal hiking area. Hiking trails in the park are some of the best to be found anywhere! 

Dog Island (Isles de Chien) is accessible only by boat. There are about 100 vacation homes on the island. The 7.5 mile island is surrounded by emerald waters and beautiful beaches. Nearly 900 acres are fresh and saltwater wetlands. Solitude and a 6 mile long sun drenched beach are the reason folks come here. 3.5 miles from Carrabelle, Over 200 species of permanent and migratory birds visit the island. No bridge, no phones, no store... ferry reservations required. My favorite fishing spot is the west end of the island. Look for Shipwrecks near Dog Island

Cape St. George is accessible only by boat. The isle is 10 miles long and wonderfully preserved. There is a lighthouse here that was once 400 yards inland, now it is beachside. Located several miles south of Apalachicola. Primitive camping is allowed in some areas, but please, if you pack it in, pack it out. 

St. Vincent Island belongs to you and I. It is a National Wildlife Refuge. But, you can't get there from here. It too, is accessible only by boat. The botanist, sun worshippers, photographers and hikers all find the nine mile long island to their liking. Average annual rainfall is 57 inches. St. Vincent provides sanctuary for a number of endangered and threatened species. 

Apalachicola has a beautiful and historic river front area. The Dixie Theater, 19 Avenue E, offers seasonal performances of well known plays. The John Gorrie Museum has a replica of the ice machine invented by this young and energetic Doctor. Apalachicola has many historic homes and the Gibson Inn. The seafood festival is the first weekend in November and is a must do event. I found the Apalachicola Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve to be one of those special places one wants to return to often.


Try locating the Lanark Springs. Lanark Springs was a beautiful natural mineral springs with clear water. The spring water provided a recreational health spa and flowed to the Gulf of Mexico. A disastrous attempt by developers to expand the spring in 1957 brought it's demise. Today only a trickle of water flows from the spring. If you are in front of the Lanark Village Volunteer Fire Station, you are close. Can this spring be restored? 

Visit the Gulf Specimen Marine Lab on highway 98 East of Lanark Village in Panacea. 

Explore the Apalachicola and Carrabelle Rivers