If you know of a local business that could use some extra support during these times, please nominate them here: onlyinyourstate.com/nominate This fishing village in Northwest Florida is famous for some of the best seafood in the country, especially oysters.
Visitors love the natural beauty and slower pace of this town. Cedar Key is famous for its clams, so make sure to try out a few local restaurants.
Steinhatchee is a true hidden gem located in Taylor County. You'll feel like you're going back in time when you drive down its country roads.
There are plenty of relaxing activities, including boating, fishing and scalloping. You'll feel like you're vacationing in Europe when you enter this historic Greek town in Pinellas County.
Adorable shops, Victorian homes, authentic Greek food, and the sponge docks make this one of Florida's most interesting small towns. This fishing town has a beautifully restored historic district full of charm as well as plenty of perfectly preserved wildlife.
This colorful strip of seafood markets and art galleries is a must-visit for anyone in the Fort Myers area. It sits on the St. Johns River, and in the 1880s its mineral springs were noted for their healing properties.
She also makes art, jewelry, and other things for her shop, The Gilded Gator. A fishing trip to any one of these towns will restore peace and order to any hectic life.
Whether you’re seeking some quality family time or complete solitude, any one of these small towns would be perfect for your next trip: While we continue to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, please take proper precautions or add them to your bucket list to see at a later date.
Fishing in this little town is a lot of fun, with plenty of grouper, redfish, trout and tarpon in the area, depending on the season. Book a room in the Plantation on Crystal River, a resort that caters to anglers with its own marina.
Steinhatchee is an authentic Old Florida town, where things move at a slower pace. There are plenty of opportunities for boating and fishing around the fertile grass flats.
This beach sits on a barrier island between the Indian River and the Atlantic Ocean. The fishing piers at Buena Vista Park are a good place to start.
On this charming island in Northeast Florida, you can choose between many fishing charters or head out to the fishing pier at Fort Clinch State Park and drop a line. The communities of Pine Island treasure the secluded and authentic atmosphere here, and fishing is a way of life.
Bring your own boat, choose from a variety of charters or try out the Fish ingest Bridge In The World over Malacca Pass. This tiny town in the Panhandle has a long history as a fishing village, with shrimping, fostering and game fishing playing an important role.
It's easy to find a charter to help navigate tricky oyster beds. The Moorings of Annabelle are a hotel/marina resort where you get a slip for your boat (up to 26 feet) for free.
She also makes art, jewelry, and other things for her shop, The Gilded Gator. Before international airports and interstates, coastal Southwest Florida was a loose string of fishing villages, where people set their schedules by the tides.
One of a few remaining active commercial Southwest Florida fishing villages in the state, Cortez has been the landing spot for mullet for more than 150 years. Fishermen still cast their lines all day and night from the “fish ingest bridge in Florida at Malacca Pass, and Bert’s Bar & Grill, a popular soldiers’ watering hole during World War II, still draws lively crowds.
But on weekends, this tiny fishing village just east of Marco Island awakens at Stan’s Idle Hour Seafood Restaurant, host of the Woodland’s annual Mullet Festival. Deep in the swamp, Everglades City and Chokoloskee Island retain the mystique of Old Florida.
If one of your main goals when vacationing in Florida is to park yourself in a beach chair by the ocean, we’re with you. Our beloved state’s 663 miles of beach beckon to most visitors (the rest are off standing in long lines, wearing mouse ears) and we locals have long known the pull of the ocean: our caramel-colored skin, and wrinkles, are proof.
The young perfect beauties seen on today’s early morning beach walk made me wistful for my own teenage years, and that summer-scented bottle of Sea & Ski that I’m pretty sure didn’t have an SPF…) If you just headed straight to the beach, you’d miss out on some of Florida ’s most authentic fishing villages.
For such a small town Apalachicola has masses of shops filled with antiques, maritime gifts, art created by locals, fun clothing, and so much more. In Apalachicola, we couldn’t find one place that offers both waterfront dining and live music, so try Boss Oyster for its views, food and seafood-dive casual atmosphere, and Tamara’s Café for their upscale food offerings and live music.
Enjoy a cocktail at their Parlor Bar, or dine at Apalachicola’s newest culinary destination, The Franklin. SEAFOOD FEST Apalachicola is located in Florida ’s panhandle a little over an hour east of Panama City Beach.
Known by many (and us, now) as a fishing village for commercial and sport fishing, this small historic town is a designated Florida Waterfronts Partnership Community focusing on revitalization projects and welcoming visitors to its many small town charms. Steinhatchee has a similar coming-of-age history as that of St. Marks, involving Spanish conquistadors, Indians and pirates, and also a claim of signs of man as early as 12,000 B.C.
PLAYSTAYSEAFOOD FEST We just missed the Steinhatchee Fiddler Crab Festival is held mid February. Cedar Key, on Florida ’s Nature Coast, is one of the Top Ten Coolest Towns in America.
The close-knit community has been hard at work rebuilding after Hurricane Heroine, and things are once again sparkly and open for business. Wiped out the mills and the town of Athena Tie, and all that remains today is a graveyard with headstones dating from the early 1800s.
The calm waters surrounding Cedar Key are perfect for kayaking and stand up paddleboarding as well as swimming. PLAY A short drive or bike ride from the center of town is the quirky Hideaway Wiki Bar, pictured above.
(The high school sports teams are nicknamed “The Spongers!”) Visit the many shops along Dodecanese Blvd. SWIM Gorgeous and unspoiled Honeymoon Island State Park is just 10 miles south of Tarpon Springs.
This small fishing village overlooks the Manatee Pocket, which leads to the St. Lucie Inlet and on to the Atlantic Ocean. The boardwalk that connects the shops, restaurants, art galleries, bars and the hotel is often called the Pocket Walk.
The Fish House Art Center here is “home” to resident artists’ studios where they create while you watch and their work is available for purchase. Back then shark fishing was prevalent, and in later years the large net ban caused the number of commercial fishermen to dwindle, but today the working boats still go out and supply area restaurants with fresh catch.
SWIM Port Salerno and Stuart are primarily boating communities, but the beach is a short drive away. Free public parking, new dune restoration and a beautiful big pavilion can be found here.
PLAY The largest family-owned and operated waterfront restaurant in Martin County is The Twisted Tuna, with multiple places to sit and enjoy the view inside and out. Most of the historic fishing villages in this article have been designated as a Waterfronts Florida Partnership Communities.