First of all, I am sorry this is so late. Upon returning home my father was in and out of the hospital and eventually died. Took me a while to do this. This was our 9th trip to SGI since the early 1990s. We live in SW Missouri, about 900 miles away, but the trip is worth it. I was a little apprehensive this time, having read some negative comments about Suncoast rentals, but everything was fine where we stayed. It was hot and humid when we arrived on Saturday. Had some time to kill so we did some shopping in Apalachicola and had a nice lunch at the Owl Taproom. We stocked up as usually at the Piggly Wiggly in Apalachicola, then stopped at Lynn’s in Eastpoint for seafood for our first night.
We checked into our property, Sea Dreams, on the East end. It was the perfect size for the two of us, could easily handle another couple. That first night was rainy and very windy, so we stayed in and had a delicious seafood dinner and watched the surf. Sunday was much cooler, but windy, with a rough surf. It rained much of the day and the wind was ferocious. Monday was so windy I couldn’t drink my coffee on the deck! Walked the beach some and had a nice dinner at Harry A’s. Tuesday was sunny and warm, still very windy. Saw several jellyfish on the beach. Too windy to fish and the surf was still rough. Dinner at the Beach Pit, first time to try it. Oysters Cannonball quite good, grouper sandwich so-so. Draft beer choice limited despite their advertising 11 beers on tap.
Wednesday was warm and still very windy. Bought shrimp at Doug’s for dinner in. Became aware of tropical system in the Gulf that seemed to be headed right toward us. Thursday we went to the State Park. Incredibly windy, but beautiful. Had dinner at the Blue Parrot, best so far. The grouper sandwich was great. Friday some friends from Tallahassee joined us. Hung out on the beach and enjoyed catching up with each other. The highlight of the trip was probably going back to Lynn’s in Eastpoint for shrimp and oysters, both raw and baked. We ate lots of each and they were delicious! The servers were very friendly and made us feel like family. I highly recommend Lynn’s. Saturday we left a little early to try to outrun Hurricane Nate, which had moved west. Made it to Vicksburg but the bridges at Pensacola and Mobile were very windy. Made it back home Sunday afternoon.
The weather was not ideal and we didn’t see a single dolphin for the first time, but the trip was well worth it. Each time we come is different and that is why it’s so fun. We had lots of good food, good service at every restaurant, and a fun, relaxing vacation.