Carrabelle : Florida


What It Is Like to Retire in Carrabelle

Carrabelle is a small town in the Gulf Coast  (often called the "Forgotten Coast") of the Florida panhandle.  The population is about 1300.  Active adults 55+ are moving to this area southwest of Tallahassee because of its mild climate, outstanding recreation opportunities, and slower pace than in much of Florida. This area is quite beautiful and unspoiled. Carrabelle has a lovely harbor and a downtown with a modern library and several residents.  Boating, fishing, and going to the beach are popular.  Nearby islands like St. George and St. Vincents are popular attractions.

Where to Retire in Carrabelle and Home Prices

There is at least one active community in Carrabelle area (see link at top left).
There are some nice neighborhoods on the water or along the coast highway.  In early 2022, the median home value was $204,297, according to Zillow .com


What Is Special about Carrabelle

Coastal lifestyle. Outstanding recreation opportunities - beaches and parks.  World's smallest police station (phone booth sized).  Beautiful harbor.

What Is Not Special about Carrabelle

Small town 50 miles from closest city - Tallahassee.

Who Will Like Retirement in Carrabelle

People like living here who enjoy living in small towns on the coast. It offers a relaxing lifestyle.

Local Economy Is Driven by

Tourism, fishing, construction, agriculture

Climate and Physical Environment

Carrabelle is located in the panhandle of Florida (northwest) near East Point.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The local seafood, especially oysters, are very good and available in the town's seafood restaurants.  Carrabelle has a nice new library.


The crime rate is well below average in Carrabelle.

Medical Facilities

George Weems Memorial Hospital is 27 miles away in Apalachicola.


Tallahassee Regional Airport is 43 miles away.  This airport has great service through Delta and is extremely convenient, if not inexpensive. There is a new airport, Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport in the area that features discount carrier SouthWest Airlines.

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