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.