The Apalachicola Bay area is a place of wonder and natural delight, and although it’s the signature destination along what’s known as the Forgotten Coast, for more than three decades it’s been no secret to folks living in the region and beyond.
Most recently, in a glowing article in the Chattanooga Times Free Press, the writer found tremendous peace on the island. “Emptiness is one of the major pleasures of St. George Island,” he wrote and reveled in the lack of beach umbrellas marring the view and how “no lines of wooden chaise lounges march off into the distance like a military parade.”
“The quiet and lack of bustle is a 180-degree change from more-familiar places like Gulf Shores, Destin, and Panama City,” the March 2019 article reads. “Where you sometimes feel as if you’re crammed against your new ‘best buds’ who yell at their kids to ‘Get back c’here!’ and play their music at the same levels as an F16 fighter jet taking off.” The entire article, titled “For rest and relaxation, try Florida’s ‘Forgotten Coast,’” can be found here.
Photographers flock to St. George Island throughout the year for its flora and fauna, so we’re always pleased when the island lands on Top 10 photography lists, like the Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s “10 Best Beaches in Florida” collection in March 2019. The island was listed in a three-way tie for 7th, and the caption pointed out “camping, hiking and picnicking as its primary recreational activities.” Here is the slideshow.
The first sunset image in Coastal Alabama magazine’s “10 Best Secret Beaches in Florida” is of a lovely “truly unspoiled stretch of sand” on St. George Island. And in the description, it says, “You’re unlikely to encounter any other humans, but you will see plenty of migratory shore birds. Interesting fact: this area of Florida produces 90% of the Sunshine State’s oysters.” The gorgeous sunset photo can be viewed here.
Coastal Living’s love of the island isn’t relegated to just landscapes. The amazing charity concert series, Rock By the Sea, was listed in the magazine’s “Best Music Festivals on the Beach in Florida” in 2018. The writer describes St. George Island as “the perfect place to listen to live music by the beach” and tells of how the multi-day festival showcases “dozens of up-and-coming songwriters, as well as more well-known headliners like former American Idol winners.” The slideshow is can be seen here.
Readers of Birmingham magazine and AL.com caught wind of the area in August 2017 when the article “The Forgotten Coast: The beach destination you need to know about” was published. The writer was impressed with the island’s lack of high-rise condominiums, its abundance of secluded beaches, and the “laid-back, genuine vibe that keeps those who are in on the secret coming back year after year.” She was also impressed with St. George Island State Park, referring to it as, “a preserved area with untouched beach, winding walking trails, and views of the bay.” The entire article is available here.
In October 1998, a New York Times columnist took a trip to St. George Island, tuned his car radio to Oyster Radio, WOYS-FM, and headed to the beach where he found, “soft white sand, wide dunes and gentle waves.” In the piece titled “A Relaxed Grip on the Panhandle,” he called the island’s beach, “perfect for family romps” and lauded St. George for its lack of population, which led to a vacation he described as: “Uneventful, yes. Boring, no.” You can read the entire column here.
It wasn’t the first time the Forgotten Coast was featured in the country’s most prominent newspaper. More than a decade earlier, in March 1987, the Times featured an article inspired by a vague advertisement about the area. In “A Florida Shore Where Solitude Rules,” the writer toured St. George Island’s eastern neighbor Dog Island, and the greater St. George Sound.
A guest at the now-abandoned Pelican Inn, this Times writer found the island “ideal for those who want to shell, swim, take photographs of unobstructed sunrises and sunsets, hike to tidal marshes and freshwater ponds, walk along clean white beaches, seek out birds (200 species during the year), and study plants (391 species of native and naturalized plants).” The article is archived here. (https://www.nytimes.com/1987/03/08/travel/a-florida-shore-where-solitude-rules.html)
And speaking of Dog Island, when Hurricane Michael hit the area in October 2018, it uncovered several shipwrecks that were originally stranded on the island during the 1899 Carrabelle Hurricane. In total, 15 ships were grounded on Dog Island, and here is where you can see the photos of those uncovered in the wake of Michael.
It’s easy to see why St. George Island is so newsworthy despite its presence at the gem of the Forgotten Coast. Experience the extraordinary aspects of our shores by planning your trip here today.