Slow, mellow, shaded by live oaks and flush with historically preserved buildings sweating in the soft Gulf Coast sun, Apalachicola is one of the gulf's most appealing villages. It's the kind of town that has been discovered by exiles who have fixed up homes and built nice restaurants, bars and bookstores, all threaded together by an attractive grid of walkable streets. 'Apalach' is hugely popular as a romantic weekend getaway – stroll through the historic district at sunset and you'll understand why.
While best known for its oysters (which are increasingly hard to find; see In Search of Apalachicola Oysters), the fact is this town caters more to tourists than the fishermen who attract said tourists. That doesn't mean the local seafood isn't still fresh and delicious – just take the persistent nautical aesthetics with a grain of sea salt.