If you like to explore the unbeaten path, Indian Pass Lagoon is for you. An eclectic array of beach homes line the edge of miles of secluded, pet-friendly beaches. The award-winning Turtle Beach Inn is tucked away amongst a halo of pines, offering a little bit of quiet for those who need it. Beach driving is allowed with a permit, and it’s not unusual to see families fishing, crabbing, grilling or sitting around an evening bonfire.
“The Pass” is celebrated most for fishing, lagoon oysters and an incredible variety of wildlife. Apalachicola Bay flows into the Gulf at the tip of Indian Pass Peninsula creating a conflux of fresh and saltwater, making it one of the most fertile estuarine areas in the world. Bring a flat-bottom boat or a kayak, the Lagoon is a true eco-adventure where the water can go as low as six inches.
Legend has it that the Cherokee, Creek and Choctaw Indians who came to the coast to fish, used the Pass to harvest oysters. Their efforts are still producing great oysters to this day.
Just across the tip of the peninsula lies the primitive shore of St. Vincent Island, a national wildlife refuge, encompassing over 12,000 acres of protected habitat. Stop by the Indian Pass campground to find out about local eco-excursions to St. Vincent Island National Wildlife Refuge as well as charter fishing, kayak and bike rentals.
Need to bond with the great outdoors? Indian Pass Campground offers a unique camping experience in a natural setting with waterfront cabins, RV sites and primitive campsites surrounding Indian Pass Lagoon. In the midst of a deeply fertile area full of unspoiled beaches and rich estuaries, there are no high-rises, just the natural terrain full of wildlife.
Looking for a little more fun? The Indian Pass Raw Bar is just the place. Lagoon oysters are served raw, steamed and baked. Stop in, grab a cold one from the cooler (keep your bottle caps and square up before you leave), enjoy great food, make new friends and listen to live music on the porch.