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Is Apalachicola &area too "Spring Breakish" for grown-ups?

Somerville, MA
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Is Apalachicola &area too "Spring Breakish" for grown-ups?

Hi,

My parter and I want to travel for our anniversary this Spring at the end of March. We've never been to the Florida Panhandle area at all. Is it very full of students for Spring Break, that time of year? Nothing wrong with kids letting off steam, but being a college teacher myself, I want to be very far away from "kegger" kinds of parties when I'm on vacation!

We want quiet beach-walking, bicycling, kayaking... that sort of thing. Would the Apalachicola area be a good choice for us?

thank you for your honest answers!

atlanta,ga
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1. Re: Is Apalachicola &area too "Spring Breakish" for grown-ups?

if you want on the water,rent a house on St Georgi Ialnd and walk the beach--from my experince there its not a spring break place, like Destin and Panama city are--you might run into a few at the only bar on SGI, but the beach will be fine,esp if you stay at the Plantation

Nashville, Tennessee
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2. Re: Is Apalachicola &area too "Spring Breakish" for grown-ups?

Absolutely not too spring-breakish. Most of the rentals on St George Island are houses and most, if not all, of the rentals require the renter to be at least 25. There are some duplexes and townhouses. Apalachicola is a wonderful, quaint fishing village with excellent seafood. We are in our forties and loved the peaceful, relaxing area. Highly recommend. We have visited from Gulf Shores AL to Panama City, FL, on the gulf and the best out of the way, quiet, uncrowded places are the Apalachicola area and Navarre, FL. Beaches are prettier in Navarre with white sand and clear water, but the dining choices are better in Apalachicola whose beaches are more like the beaches on the Atlantic. #1 choice is Apalachicola area with Navarre a close second. Keep in mind, Florida is in the South and a popular vacation destination for all Southerners so there is always a chance you may run into drunken rednecks (I do not mean this as derogatory as we are all rednecks in the South) at every age wherever you go. But this is why we like renting houses which offer as much privacy and peace as possible.

Madison, WI
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3. Re: Is Apalachicola &area too "Spring Breakish" for grown-ups?

Absolutely not Spring Breakish! Just the opposite and you get two great places for the price of one! Stay on St George Island for a very relaxing and rustic Island get away and when you need a diversion head across the bridge to Apalachicola fore some great restaurants and cool funky shops and art gallerys. A perfect vacation.

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4. Re: Is Apalachicola &area too "Spring Breakish" for grown-ups?

Apalachicola is a fun town to visit. Here's a few choice places to find good food and cold drinks.

Owl Cafe @ 15 Avenue East, Apalachicola, FL 850 - 653 - 9888.

http://www.owlcafeflorida.com/

Papa Joe's Oyster Bar @ 301 Market St., Apalachicola, FL 850 - 653 - 1189.

http://www.papajoesoysterbar.com/

Tamara's Cafe @ 71 Market Street, Apalachicola, FL 850 - 653 - 4111.

http://www.tamarascafe.com/

That Place Off 98 @ 17 Avenue East Apalachicola, FL 850 - 653 - 9898. LD.

http://www.thatplaceoff98.com/

The Gibson Inn - Cafe Momi @ 51 Ave. C, Apalachicola, FL 850 - 653 - 2191.

http://www.gibsoninn.com/restaurant.php

Up The Creek Raw Bar @ 313 Water St., Apalachicola, FL 850 - 653 - 2525.

Veranda's Restaurant and Wine Bar @ 76 Market St., Apalachicola, FL 850 - 653 - 3210.

http://www.verandasbistro.com/index.htm

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Madison, WI
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5. Re: Is Apalachicola &area too "Spring Breakish" for grown-ups?

Cafe Momi is now closed unfortunately as is That Place on 98 however there are two new places which are excellent...The Tap Room below the Owl Cafe and The Hole in the Wall Seafood Market & Raw Bar. You should however go to the bar at The Gibson Hotel because it is very very and is a social hub on weekend nights.

Atlanta, Georgia
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6. Re: Is Apalachicola &area too "Spring Breakish" for grown-ups?

Cape San Blas is just to the W of Apalachicola. It's a beautiful 20 mile long peninsula with St. Joe Bay on one side and the Gulf of Mexico on the other side. No point on the Cape is more than a mile wide.

It has NO high rises, no commercialism and doesn't attract the the "Spring Breakers"! There aren't "clubs" around so the folks that come, come to enjoy the beautiful beaches and bay and relax!

It's another great option to consider when looking for a great place to get away from it all during the Spring!

Wendy Jackson

www.TheCapeEscape.com

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7. Re: Is Apalachicola &area too "Spring Breakish" for grown-ups?

Cape San Blas is a wonderful place during March spring break time for the grown up....and you can enjoy the beach and take day trips to nearby Appalach whenever you wish.

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8. Re: Is Apalachicola &area too "Spring Breakish" for grown-ups?

Not at all! Apalachicola is a small town with several restaurants with bars. It has a nice vibe with local galleries, shops, etc. Spring breakers would be more inclined to stay on St. George Island - across two bridges and approximately 15 miles distance.

Even if the spring breakers come in town for dinner, not a lot of "hang outs" to encourage late night drinking and parties.

Small town feel with lots of local spots and local patrons. Enjoy! You won't be disappointed.

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9. Re: Is Apalachicola &area too "Spring Breakish" for grown-ups?

Apalachicola is the perfect spot for what you described. Apalachicola is central to everything from eco tours, historic site seeing, and all the great seafood resturants and quaint shops to explore while in the area. A short drive in either direction you have options of the United States most beautiful beaches, the Apalachicola National Forest, and the Apalachicola River to escape those keggers and relax in an area with unsoiled natural resources.

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10. Re: Is Apalachicola &area too "Spring Breakish" for grown-ups?

My large family and I visited a few years ago, and we loved it so much and it's so NOT spring-breakish that I'm taking my one-and-a-half-year-old there. The closest that you'll get to a party town is deep inside one of the local bars. You'll love it!

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