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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Park
“You can go to a beach that's closer but drive a bit farther and experience a beautiful beach. Nice as Panama City Beach but without the crowds! While your at it, drive down to Apalachicola for good food and drink! ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Café
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“Such good food - this is the place to go for a really good dinner that is also kid friendly. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Bar
“Great views, wonderful food, and see Dave the jewelry man at the entrance. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“This beach is about 1.5-2 hours away, depending on traffic. Great beach with a grocery store on the island as well as restaurants, such as the Blue Parrot. We try and make a few trips to here throughout the summer.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Generally has live music in the evenings/weekends. Great food and great views of the river!”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great local beer and terrific food! Casual place and kids are welcome. No outside seating, so no dogs at this one. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“For the adult night or special occasion, unique menu, classy atmosphere with a casual flare. Not fine dining but as close as you'd like to get near the beach.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Beautiful place for sightseeing and walking distance to a very nice Free beach.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Brewery
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“This is a wonderful craft brewery with a choice of a dozen tasty options. This is a great place to go for a beer before dinner at The Owl across the street.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Butcher
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“There are 2 grocery stores on the island and a larger one in Apalachicola. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Food is great and it looks out over the river. Dogs are welcome on the outside porch.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Park
“My favorite close by beach. 45 minute drive. Very private noncommercial wild beach. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“great fresh seafood and bar. games to play at the table with kids (like uno etc)”
  • 2 locals recommend
Café
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“Tamara's brings you Floridian fare with a Venezuelan twist. The sweet plantains are a must-have. My go-to dish is the fried pork loin topped with chipotle sauce served over rice and black beans. It, of course, also comes with those irresistible sweet plantains. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Very dog friendly, great hiking for miles, no buildings, just nature on the beach. No parking fees. Stop at Angelo's Restaurant for surf and turf on your way out!”
  • 2 locals recommend
Park
“Beautiful State Park with an awesome full hook up campground and boat launch. Kayak and canoe rentals are available. So many long trails to hike/bike and an area on the river for swimming.”
  • 5 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“Great views, wonderful food, and see Dave the jewelry man at the entrance. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Generally has live music in the evenings/weekends. Great food and great views of the river!”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great local beer and terrific food! Casual place and kids are welcome. No outside seating, so no dogs at this one. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“For the adult night or special occasion, unique menu, classy atmosphere with a casual flare. Not fine dining but as close as you'd like to get near the beach.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Butcher
“There are 2 grocery stores on the island and a larger one in Apalachicola. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Food is great and it looks out over the river. Dogs are welcome on the outside porch.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“great fresh seafood and bar. games to play at the table with kids (like uno etc)”
  • 2 locals recommend
Café
“Tamara's brings you Floridian fare with a Venezuelan twist. The sweet plantains are a must-have. My go-to dish is the fried pork loin topped with chipotle sauce served over rice and black beans. It, of course, also comes with those irresistible sweet plantains. ”
  • 2 locals recommend

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