There are two well-stocked grocery stores on the Island. There is also a small grocery store in Eastpoint, and two larger grocers in Apalachicola, about a 20 minute drive away. There is also a convenience store on the Island.
Bulk ice is available from the Island’s grocers and markets, as well as the large ice vending machine at the corner of E Gulf Beach Drive and 1st Street East.
There is a container for plastic, aluminum/tin cans, glass, and paper in the alley between Harry A’s Restaurant and the Piggly Wiggly Express, known locally as “the Blue Store,” just west of Franklin Blvd. near the bridge. Please note, there is no pick-up from your vacation rental home—all items must be dropped off at the public container
New for 2016, most of our vacation homes include a credit for beach gear rental, which you will select after completing your reservation. This can include chairs, umbrellas, kayaks, and other beach-going amenities. These will be delivered to your vacation rental before your arrival.
There are businesses that rent boat, jet skis, and other watersport supplies both on the island and/or the nearby towns of Eastpoint and Apalachicola. We have brochures in the office for your convenience, or you are welcome to call or email for more information. The Chamber of Commerce is a good resource as well.
Golf carts are available from multiple vendors. The Franklin County Vehicle Ordinance defines and regulates the use of one. A “golf cart” is defined as a motor vehicle for sporting or recreational purposes that is not capable of speeds of more than twenty (20) miles per hour. It can only be operated during the hours of one-half hour after sunrise to one-half hour before sunset. However, a golf cart equipped with headlights, brake lights, turn signals, and windshield may be operated between sunset and sunrise on all county roads. Operators must possess a valid driver’s license and the golf cart is limited to the number of passengers that there are seats. Golf carts are allowed on all county roads on St. George Island EXCEPT GULF BEACH DRIVE AND FRANKLIN BOULEVARD. You may cross these roads in a golf cart but are not allowed to travel on them, nor on the bike path along Gulf Beach Drive. The roads in St. George Plantation are not considered county roads, and golf carts are not allowed in the Plantation.
There are no marinas on the Island; Eastpoint and Apalachicola are home to several.
The St. George Island boat ramp is located on the northeast side of the St. George Island fishing bridge. This newly-constructed ramp has become very popular and can accommodate various size boats. It offers parking for 13 cars and 14 boat/trailer combos.
There are two natural (not paved or maintained) ramps for boat access into the Apalachicola Bay located in the State Park. One ramp is at the Youth Camp area and the other is 2.5 miles from the entrance. Both ramps can accommodate boats not much larger than 24’ in length with a shallow draft, depending on the current tide. A small fee is required.
Apalachicola offers several public boat ramps that can accommodate any trailer-able boat. Battery Park is located at the foot of the John Gorrie Memorial Bridge on Bay Avenue between 4th and 6th Streets in downtown Apalachicola. The park offers several public boat ramps, a playground, and a fishing pier. Another ramp is located on Market Street at Mill Pond on Scipio Creek. The Lombardi boat ramp is located near the westerly entrance into Apalachicola on US Highway 98.
- Apalachicola Fitness Center is located at 45 Avenue D in Apalachicola. The phone number is (850) 653-1920.
- Scissor’s Palace Nail Care and Day Spa is located at 471A Highway 98 in Eastpoint. The phone number is (850) 670-5220.
- Edge Salon offers hair, massage, and beauty services in downtown Apalachicola at 131 Market Street. (850) 653-3332 www.edge-salon.com
- Riverfront Therapy offers massage, reiki, and yoga at 143 4th Street, Apalachicola. (850) 653-6719 www.riverfronttherapy.com
- Island Fit offers yoga classes and paddleboard lessons on St. George Island, (850) 980-4204 www.islandfitsup.com