St. George Island Beach
St. George Island, Florida has been called “The Uncommon Florida” for lots of good reasons. Much of Florida has become crowded with tourists, packed into multi-story condominiums, unable to enjoy all the natural beauty that Florida has to offer. St. George Island is different, uncommon, perhaps even unique among Florida’s numerous vacation destinations, for not just what it has to offer but for what it doesn’t have.
A long, thin barrier island in Northwest Florida, St. George Island is a serene and pet-friendly vacation spot. St. George Island State Park occupies the eastern end of the island.
St. George Island is 28-mile barrier island proudly boasts some of the most beautiful and serene beaches in Florida. St. George Island has no high rises, low-density beach environment and a laid-back attitude equals miles of uncrowded beaches for sunning and shelling, clear Gulf waters for swimming and excellent fishing, pristine marshes for wildlife viewing. Rent your own private beach home on St. George Island’s unspoiled pristine shoreline through one of our local vacation rental companies. Choose from a small quaint beach cottage or a multi-story luxury beach home, or stay at one of St. George Island’s hotels. St. George Island is also very pet friendly. Well-behaved dogs are welcome on the beaches of St. George Island and cats and dogs are allowed in many of the rental homes on St. George Island.
St. George Island State Park occupies the far eastern end of St. George Island where you will find nine miles of undeveloped shoreline, majestic dunes, bay forest, sandy coves and salt marshes. St. George Island State Park has a series of hiking trails, boardwalks and observation platforms. Bird watching is a popular activity while on St. George Island. You might encounter one of the many migratory birds that use St. George Island as a stopover on their way south or north. We have even had rare appearances by a flamingo and a snowy owl! In 2011 Dr. Stephen Leatherman (aka Dr. Beach) ranked St. George Island State Park #6 on his Top 10 Beaches of America. Come visit and you’ll see why!
While on St. George Island, sail or powerboats are available for rent, or rent a kayak and explore the remote bays and inlets where you might catch a glimpse of a bald eagle over head or a dolphin swimming in the surf. Or rent a bike and ride the paved bike trail or head down to the St. George Island State Park for off road trails.
If you want to catch fish or crabs, come to St. George Island where even the novice fisherman can bring home a fanciful treat for the evening meal. If you’ve made up your mind that you are truly on vacation and cooking is not on the agenda, St. George Island eateries serve only the freshest local seafood including famous Apalachicola Bay Oysters. Enjoy Apalachicola Bay Oysters surfside or dine on the Apalachicola Bay watching the sunset. After dark St. George Island nightclubs offer live music and billiards. If that is not your thing, you can recline on the beach and watch the moonrise over the Gulf or take the kids and watch the sand crabs scramble from hole to hole.
Don’t forget to visit the great shops on St. George Island that carry everything from beach gear, clothing, gifts and books to gourmet treats, original artwork and jewelry. As an additional treat, stop off for a refreshing fresh fruit smoothie, a cup of gourmet coffee or some ice cream.