Beach exercise

Beach exercise

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Forgotten Coast

















Our time here on Florida’s “forgotten Coast” has been enjoyable and relaxing. This title is a trademark name for the eastern end of the coastal panhandle of Florida. While not intended, it seems to accurately describe the current condition of much of the area. The town of Carrabelle has changed very little in the last 50 years. A few years ago, there was an influx of investment money to turn Carrabelle and surrounding area into a successful resort community, much like Destin farther to the west. Several long time residents have described this as an attempt by greedy folks to get rich quick. In any case, the evidence all around us indicates that this expansion was a spectacular failure.

We visited a nearby campground with an impressive web site detailing luxury accommodations with a yacht club attached, which we considered going to. There were a number of reviews online extolling all its great features. We found this resort to be in shocking condition. Luckily, we chose the one we are currently in. We did not go there because it did not have a laundry, and we were due after 18 days. Across the street from it was one of many resort housing projects that ended very badly, with not a single unit built. We saw this scenario several times over around the area.

Downtown Carrabelle reflects the general condition of the economy here. It is truly a shame, since this area has natural beauty and could be a great destination.

We would recommend staying at the Carrabelle Beach RV Resort. It is very nice with all the amenities including a quiet beach across the street that allows dogs.

8 comments:

BIGDAWG AND FREEWAY* said...

what a shame to think that what should be a great park has been left to fall to ruins!..thanks for the great tour of your rv park..going to have to save that one in my favourites!

Judy and Emma said...

Gorgeous looking beach where you are at! I'd love to walk it with Emma looking for shells. Sure doesn't seem too crowded! :)

Rick and Paulette said...

The Carrabelle resort looks terrific and what a great looking beach. Too bad about the rest though as it looks pretty rundown.

Jeff & Barbie said...

You nailed it with your description of the Carrabelle area. The resort you are at is the bright spot of the area for sure. Hopefully they'll be successful.

Karen and Al said...

We may have to try Carabelle Rv resort some time. It's just too cold up there for me during the winter. I'm thinking we might need to be south of Miami this year!

Barry and Linda said...

It's terrible but you'll find that throughout Fl if you look hard enough. Developers all wanted to 'cash-in' on the real estate boom then the bottom fell out.
You provided a pic but didn't mention the 'Police Station'. Isn't it the smallest in the states? I would love to be up there with you to walk that nice beach in the AM. Have fun & travel safe.

Paul and Marti Dahl said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! We hope you have some warm weather down there in FL to make your stay enjoyable!

Kimberly and Jerry Peterson said...

We absolutely loved the "Forgotten Coast". Enjoy your holidays!