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Eastpoint

An authentic fishing community with a heart as big as the bay.

In Eastpoint you can buy fresh local seafood from family-owned markets and eat a fresh seafood meal from restaurants operated by families four generations deep.

Eastpoint is the seafood central hub of Franklin County. This narrow sliver of coastline just across the bay from Apalachicola and St. George Island is lined with rustic seafood houses where oystermen bring their heavy burlap bags of freshly harvested Apalachicola Bay oysters to be washed, shucked, packed and transported across the country. Eastpoint’s commercial seafood district stretches nearly a mile along Hwy 98 overlooking St. George Sound and hugging the narrow coastline behind a protective breakwater. That breakwater shields the coast and the fleet of weathered wooden oyster skiffs moored just offshore. Eastpoint is an authentic fishing town with a heart as big as the bay. Here you can buy fresh local seafood from family-owned markets and eat a fresh seafood meal from restaurants operated by families four generations deep.

Gateway to St. George

Eastpoint is considered the Gateway to St. George Island. The area features a popular fishing bridge that parallels the bridge to St. George Island. To the north, Eastpoint is a gateway to the Apalachicola National Forest and Tate’s Hell State Forest through scenic Highwy 65 – part of the Big Bend Scenic Byway. Eastpoint is also home to the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve (ANERR) and Visitor Center. Considered one of the state’s premier research and education facilities, the ANERR facility features a visitor center complete with fish tanks, interactive displays and ongoing public education programs and activities.

Oystermen are Farmers of the Bays the bay.

Oystermen harvest oysters in Franklin County from more than 7,000 acres of public oyster "bars" and 600 acres of private leased bars in Apalachicola Bay. Public bars are divided into "winter" bars, which are harvested from October through June and "summer" bars which are harvested from July through September. There are more than 1,000 people employed by the oyster industry in Franklin County. Oystermen harvest the oysters today in the same manner they have for a century. From small wooden boats 20-23 feet long, using tongs that look like two rakes attached scissor-style, the oystermen heft the oysters to the surface. Oysters are brought aboard and sorted on a culling board where they are separated by size. On shore the seafood houses sort the oysters and package them for sale either in bags or boxes. They may also be shucked, washed and sold in pints or gallons.

Nature’s Classroom

Tucked along the shores of St. George Sound in Eastpoint, you’ll find one of the country’s most prestigious research labs, complete with a world-class visitor center. If you’ve ever wondered how nature works, this place is for you! The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve Nature Center features group programs, state-of-the- art exhibits and a great collection of local cultural artifacts. The nature center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. eastern time. Here, you can tour exhibits that take you on a journey from deep in the river swamps along the Apalachicola River, across Apalachicola Bay, over one of the local barrier islands and out to the Gulf of Mexico. The center also contains several large aquaria that feature local fish and turtles from the fresh, brackish and salt water habitats. Be sure to spend extra time in the Bay Discovery Room where you can actually touch the bones, shells, microscopes and a vast collection of interesting items.

About the Reserve

At the heart of the nature center, it’s all about the science. Core programs at the Reserve focus on research, resource management, education and training. The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve was established in 1979 as part of a system of reserves around America to protect estuaries. The Reserve encompasses nearly 247,000 acres of public lands and waters in the Florida Panhandle. The Reserve is part of a watershed that is nearly 20,000 square miles in size, that stretches from the Gulf Coast of Florida to the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in North Georgia. Watery habitats within the Reserve include the lower 52 miles of the Apalachicola River and the portion of Apalachicola Bay from Indian Pass eastward through St. George Sound. Extensive bottomland hardwoods, pine flatwoods and coastal barrier islands are just a few of the natural communities that make the Reserve a true gem of natural diversity. This one estuary provides people with shrimp, crabs, fish and approximately 90% of Florida’s oyster harvest. Learn more by visiting dep.state.fl.us/coastal/sites/Apalachicola.

Places to Stay
Coastline RV Resort
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Coastline RV Resortis located on Highway 98, the main motor artery into Eastpoint and the gateway to the Forgotten Coast. We are uniquely positioned right on the beautiful Apalachicola Bay offering g...
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Robinson Real Estate Company Vacation Rentals
Planning a visit to Beautiful, Historic, Downtown Apalachicola? Stay with us in a Riverfront or Riverview Condo in the heart of Apalachicola. Walk a block or two to shops - restaurants from a conveni...
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Sportsman's Lodge
Quiet wooded setting overlooking Apalachicolas East Bay. Motel and marina located in Eastpoint, just minutes away from historic downtown Apalachicola and the beaches of St. George Island. Several typ...
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Coastal Clean-Up
Saturday, September 20, 2014
International Coastal Cleanup in Franklin CountyCo-sponsored by Ocean Conservancy, Apalachicola Riverkeeper, and Franklin County Departments of Parks- Recreation and Solid Waste - RecyclingSaturday,...
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Estuaries Day Celebration
Friday, September 26, 2014
The Estuaries Day celebration will begin at 1:30 PM and will feature many fun educational activities for the entire family. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Entrance is from Island Drive thr...
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Eastpoint Christmas Parade & Celebration
Friday, December 12, 2014
Bring your golf cart, convertible, pick-up truck or boat. We'll end at the Pavilion on Patton Drive where Santa will arrive by oyster boat, there will be caroling and Santa will listen to children's...
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Bait & Tackle - Eastpoint, Florida
Name Phone  
Fisherman’s Choice 850-670-8088
Segree's Seafood Market 850-323-2358
Beach Supplies & Rentals - Eastpoint, Florida
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Josh’s Rentals & Tours 850-728-4664
KitesOnline.com 850-670-1267
Party Rental Company 850-670-8686
History & Heritage Sites - Eastpoint, Florida
Kayak & Boat Rentals - Eastpoint, Florida
Restaurants - Eastpoint, Florida
Name Phone  
Bayside Burgers 850-670-1025
El Jalisco 850-670-5900
Lynn's Seafood & Raw Bar 850-670-8796
Red Pirate Family Grill and Oyster Bar 850-670-1090
Segree's Seafood Market 850-323-2358
The Tin Shanty 850-670-8221
Seafood Markets - Eastpoint, Florida
Name Phone  
Barber's Seafood 850-670-8830
East Bay Oyster Company 850-799-1045
Island View Seafood 850-670-8555
Lynn's Quality Oysters 850-670-8885
Segree's Seafood Market 850-323-2358
Shopping - Eastpoint, Florida
Name Phone  
A Country Place 850-670-1073
KitesOnline.com 850-670-1267
Tiffin Interiors 850-670-8811
Two Gulls by the Seashore 850-670-5055

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Coastal Clean-UpMovie Showing at Camp Gordon Johnston WWII MuseumRock by the SeaA Shore Thing - Opening ReceptionEstuaries Day Celebration
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Salty burlap bags full of Apalachicola Bay oysters are a Franklin County icon. Earthy, unpretentious, yet strong and resilient, burlap symbolizes much of what Franklin County embodies in its people, places and culture.
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