An asphalt road winding through a land of serene verdancy abruptly ends at a cluster of live oaks thick with Spanish moss. A low-slung eatery appears as the only sign that you've arrived in the wee fishing village of Spring Creek in Florida's Wakulla County. By: Jeanine Barone

Updated: June 09, 2014
Cedric Angeles

For 36 years, the family-owned Spring Creek Restaurant has prided itself on seafood fresh from local fishermen. Bring them your catch, and they'll fire up the grill and serve your seafood unadorned—letting the delicate flavor speak for itself, but for a lemon wedge. If oysters are more your thing, head to Ouzts' Too Oyster Bar and Grill for bivalves just off the boat.

To explore local waters yourself, board a 24-foot Carolina skiff with Captain David Fife or Captain Jody Campbell. They both ply the placid waters of the Apalachee Bay and its myriad creeks and marshes. They'll have you baiting the line and casting for redfish, sea trout, or flounder. In July and August, tote your snorkel gear and you'll easily grab a net bag full of bay scallops from along the grassflats.

A fishing excursion with Captain David Fife runs $250 for two people and lasts about four hours. For more info, call 850-687-0422.