Welcome to St. George Island. Here’s what you’ve found: A barrier island washed on one side by the foaming surf of the Gulf of Mexico breaking along twenty-five miles of world-class, white-sand beaches and bounded on its other length by the nutrient-rich waters of Apalachicola Bay, a vast and vital nursery of sea life. You’ll find here the sensation of living surrounded by water on a long and narrow island that constantly affords you dual views of ocean and bay. Beauty and the bounty. Besides our natural attractions, St. George offers amenities for an outstanding family vacation. No, we don’t have everything…and that’s what our visitors seem to enjoy most. We do have peace and quiet. We have dark skies at night that sparkle with stars that stretch to the natural horizon. And a living beach so impressive as it sparkles in the sunshine that it has been known to capture visitors and anchor them, as surely as the golden sea oats, to this island. It’s happened to about a thousand, last time anyone counted us locals.
We have history recorded in our shifting sand: shards of pre-Colombian life and ceremony, clues of pirate wrecks, the flotsam of past wars, and left-behind curios that tell of peaceful days on these beaches by vacationers of another century. We have fishing to brag about. Waters to paddle and sail. Eagles to watch. We have the longest beachfront state park in Florida. The best oysters in the world. Places to ride your bike, to skate, to jog, play tennis, canoe, dive with the creatures and boogie on your board. We have restaurants that will serve you local seafood and taverns that will serve up a pint of your new favorite local craft beer. We have events like our Regional Championship Chili Cookoff, the SGI Brewfest, Florida Seafood Festival, and music and arts events all year long. And sometimes we have a parade just because we want to.
St. George Island. It’s just about the only place left that’s like this.