Go time-traveling when you explore the quaint shops and eateries of St. George Island and nearby Apalachicola. Each town offers charming spots that will make you feel that you’ve been transported to the past. Whether you’re a history buff, foodie or shopping fanatic, the Forgotten Coast is the perfect place to find a touch of nostalgia! Keep reading to learn more about a few of our retro-themed local favorites.

The Old Time Soda Fountain

Serving the Forgotten Coast since 1905, The Old Time Soda Fountain, located in Apalachicola at 93 Avenue B, offers visitors a chance to take a seat at an old-fashioned counter and enjoy delicious treats, Blue Bell ice cream and much more. Guests will also want to check out the gift shop to browse souvenirs for friends and family back home.

The Tin Shed

This local favorite has earned a sterling reputation among antique collectors, and for good reason, because it’s jam-packed with a captivating assortment of nautical treasures, including ship wheels and floats, locks, keys, maps and flags. However, the collection isn’t restricted to maritime pieces. Take a look for yourself by visiting The Tin Shed at 170 Water Street in Apalachicola.

Bowery Station

Situated at 131 Commerce Street in Apalachicola’s Bowery district, Bowery Station offers ample historic charm alongside craft beer and wine served at a classic wooden bar. Patrons will feel right at home as they enjoy live music and relax at the inviting outdoor beer garden. There’s always something happening at Bowery Station, so be sure to check out their schedule of events.

Apalach Outfitters

If you’re planning a day of shopping, be sure to visit Apalach Outfitters at 32 Avenue D. The shop offers outdoor apparel from noted brands for both men and women – just look for the distinctive, historic building with pine doors, a tin roof and many other vintage details. Interested in a fishing trip? You won’t want to miss their selection of fly-fishing and light-tackle gear before setting sail.

Peer into the Past

Enjoy a walk down memory lane by exploring the Forgotten Coast’s historic shops, restaurants and landmarks. With so many places to see, events and shopping and dining opportunities, the only difficult part of planning a trip to St. George Island with Resort Vacation Properties is deciding what to do first.

When Halloween is on a weekend, it’s often observed on that day alone. But when it happens to fall on a weekday, it’s only proper form to celebrate the whole weekend leading up to the spookiest day of the year. This year, Halloween falls on a Tuesday, meaning this year is one we celebrate Halloweekend! That just leaves the question of how to spend it!

Just across the bay in Apalachicola are three different options to make your Halloweekend so much fun it’s frightening! All of these events are happening Saturday, October 28—it’s just up to you to decide!

A non-traditional way to celebrate Halloweekend is with the award-winning Autos and Oysters Auto Show in Apalachicola. Prizes are given to Top 50, Best of Show, Club Participation, and Sponsor’s Choice, but a category our guests might win is Greatest Distance Traveled. If you want to vie for that prize, head over to Riverfront Park between 9 AM and noon with your $20 registration fee. For those who just want to peruse the cruisers, admission is free, and the show is open to the public from 10 AM to 4 PM.

If you’d rather celebrate with a quiet night in, look no further than your own home away from home. You can craft something truly wonderful in the fully equipped Resort Vacation Properties kitchens, and many of our properties have DVD players so you can watch a scary (or not so scary!) movie. The Apalachicola Farmers Market is a great place to pick up fresh, local produce and seafood for a yummy dinner. Stop by to meet our local farmers, fishermen, and artisans at the Millpond Pavilion Market Street every second and fourth Saturday from 9 AM till 1 PM!

If you’re a fan of a more ghastly Halloween celebration, Apalach has you covered, too. Saturday evening from 6:30 to 8:30, the Apalachicola Area Historical Society hosts its biannual Ghostwalk in the Chestnut Street Cemetery. Wander through history as locals regale the stories that make the Forgotten Coast so unique, all while dressed in creepy cool attire from the time period. All proceeds go to the preservation of this historic cemetery.

However you choose to celebrate, it’s sure to be an epic Halloweekend on the Forgotten Coast! Ask one of our friendly team members for further insight to what you can get up to while you’re here this fall!

There’s nothing quite like enjoying a cool summer treat on St. George Island. Our vacationers can’t resist the allure of delectable ice cream flavors paired with unparalleled ocean views. Here are just a few of our favorite destinations for ice cream and other savory desserts.

Aunt Ebby’s Ice Cream

Located at 147 East Gulf Beach Drive, Aunt Ebby’s Ice Cream is a St. George Island classic. Flavors vary seasonally, which makes it easy to discover new favorites, and seating is available on the deck and indoors, with air conditioning to help you beat the heat. Once you’ve finished your snack, enjoy a stroll to explore the nearby businesses, including Island Emporium and Island Outfitters.

Sweet Surf

A more recent addition to St. George Island’s eclectic collection of eateries, Sweet Surf offers soft-serve ice cream along with a plethora of treats guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth. Options include Italian ice, root beer floats, milkshakes and much more. Sweet Surf is conveniently located at 41 East Gulf Beach Drive, right next to St. George Island Trading Co. and just a few steps from the St. George Island Lighthouse.

Off the Island

When you explore the nearby city of Apalachicola, you’ll also discover mouth-watering desserts. Visit The Old Time Soda Fountain at 93 Market Street for ice cream and treats, or stop by the Apalachicola Chocolate & Coffee Company to enjoy homemade gelato, as well as chocolate, pastries, cookies and other irresistible sweets.

Come to the Forgotten Coast

For travelers and their taste buds, St. George Island has plenty to offer. Experience the sweetness of the Forgotten Coast by booking your stay with Resort Vacation Properties today.

For a picture-perfect destination wedding, look no further than St. George Island. With endless stretches of white sand, the unspoiled barrier island is a stunning natural backdrop, with numerous locations to say “I do.” In addition, the island is home to a full slate of event-related businesses, including caterers, photographers and more, ready to provide any service you’ll need to make your big day meaningful and memorable.

St. George Lighthouse Park

Nothing complements St. George Island’s maritime theme quite like the recently constructed Cape St. George Lighthouse at the center of the island. The picturesque tower is a one-of-a-kind setting for a wedding ceremony; also, both the lighthouse’s Lantern Room and the surrounding park itself can be reserved for the event, although space within the lighthouse is limited. However, the park’s first-come, first-serve beachfront pavilions can’t be reserved, so they’re better suited to more casual gatherings.

St. George Island State Park

Three covered pavilions are available on the grounds of the St. George Island State Park, and many of our brides and grooms choose to say their vows right on the nearby beach. Your guests are sure to love the park’s natural setting and stunning views. To rent a covered pavilion, contact the park by phone.

Your Resort Vacation Properties Home

Our lavish St. George Island vacation homes are available to groups of all sizes, from wedding parties to family reunions. Whether you’re seeking one extra-spacious house or a handful of houses in close proximity, these homes provide a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere and easy access to the waterfront. If you’d like to hold your ceremony on the grounds of a Resort Vacation Properties home, reach out to our group event coordinators, or learn more about scheduling your special event at Resort Vacation Properties by perusing our special event FAQs.

Experience The Forgotten Coast

Whether you’re tying the knot or simply searching for a relaxing getaway, don’t settle for a location that’s anything less than perfect. Book a stay on St. George Island in Franklin County, Florida, with Resort Vacation Properties today.

As much as we consider St. George Island to offer the epitome of “island living,” one of the best aspects of the Forgotten Coast is that there is more than one isle to visit.  Stand at the easternmost point of St. George Island State Park and there in the adjacent St. George Sound you’ll see Dog Island.

Known locally as “the island that time forgot,” Dog Island has a tremendous local history and even enjoyed a bit of national publicity in the 1980s thanks to advertisements run in large northern markets such as New York and Chicago. An article published in the New York Times in March 1987 made a point that, “Dog Island is indeed secluded and everyone on the island wants to keep it that way.”

And on the island, such seclusion isn’t a negative, but one of the goals for visitors. There’s no magnificent bridge connecting the mainland—you have to take a water taxi to the island, which sits 4 miles south of Carrabelle. And the average day tripper is known to disembark with hiking boots, shell bags, a camera, and binoculars.

Dog Island measures nearly seven miles long, 1,800 acres, with approximately 60 percent of the island residing in the Jeff Lewis Wilderness Preserve. Lewis, a Florida businessman, paid $12,000 for Dog Island after World War II and later sold it to the Nature Conservancy in the early ‘80s for its preservation.

The natural beauty is incredible on the island. Two hundred species of birds call Dog Island home at some point during the calendar year and can be found everywhere on the island. Permanent residents such as egrets and herons share space with migratory shore birds like black-bellied and snowy plovers.

And considering it’s a barrier island like St. George, shell collectors are in heaven throughout Dog Island’s white sands. In terms of flora, there are almost 400 native and naturalized plants, including two species of orchid, 15 species of fern, and dunes filled with oak scrub, sea oats, and rosemary. Along the old Jeep trail, you can still see slash pines with horizontal gashes in their trunks, made by early 20th-century turpentiners gathering tree resin to be made into turpentine.

As Hurricane Michael revealed in 2018, Dog Island was once a place of shipwrecks, thanks to another hurricane — one that rocked Carrabelle in 1899. During that disaster, 15 ships ran aground on the island as the Category 2 storm wreaked havoc all the way to St. Teresa Beach. After Hurricane Michael hit the Forgotten Coast as a Category 4 storm, the hulls of the shipwrecks once again saw the light of day, offering yet another photo opportunity for visitors and residents alike.

Speaking of residents, there are about 100 cottages on Dog Island, which are mostly used during the summer and as rental properties. There are around 30 full-time residents on the island, one of whom chose to ride out Hurricane Michael in the 2,000-square-foot house he built in 2003 to withstand such storms.

Bradlee Shanks, a University of South Florida art professor, said he wanted to see how his home would perform during a hurricane, and later told the Tallahassee Democrat, “It’s performed marvelously.”

Nothing brings together a group like live music—dancing, singing along, and rocking out can turn strangers into friends over the course of just a few hours. As friendly as the Forgotten Coast is, it’s no wonder the area has plenty of hotspots to get your live music fix!

Blue Parrot Oceanfront Café (68-A Gorrie Dr.) offers unrivaled Gulf views to accompany their summer weekend concerts, and this Island staple is pet friendly, so Fido can tag along, too!

Stop by the large, outdoor courtyard at Harry A’s (28 Bayshore Dr.) for live music and karaoke and stay for the mouth-watering seafood offerings on their menu—don’t miss the seared ahi tuna!

At Paddy’s Raw Bar (240 E. 3rd), you can take your live music with fresh Apalachicola Bay oysters and one (or more!) of their sixteen draft beers.

If you’re looking for something more low-key, head over to Sometimes It’s Hotter (112 E. Gulf Beach Dr.) on Thursday evenings for Circle of Friends, a weekly music and cash beer and wine bar event.

Across the Bay are even more options as Apalachicola is home to two fantastic spots. Tamara’s Tapas Bar (73 Market St., Apalachicola)’s motto “Eat, Drink, Bond” rings true with tasty tapas, mouth-watering cocktails, and live music on weekends. Over at Bowery Station (131 Commerce St., Apalachicola), a beer and wine bar with a taste of old Apalach, there’s live music every pumping every night, including Wednesday’s open mic night.

Venturing further along the Forgotten Coast to Carrabelle is one of the area’s mainstays: Harry’s Bar and Package (306 Marine St., Carrabelle). This Carrabelle mainstay has been in operation since 1942 and offers distinctively New Orleans flair in their popular courtyard. The attached Marine Street Grill offers a small but scrumptious selection of sandwiches, salads, and starters. Also in Carrabelle, you’ll find Fathom’s Steam Room and Raw Bar (201 St. James Ave, Carrabelle), where you can enjoy waterfront views as you sip, savor, and sway along to their band du jour.

Wherever you head to hear tunes on the Forgotten Coast, you’re in for a treat. With plenty of island talent and laid back beachy vibes from SGI to Carrabelle and back, there’s no shortage of coastal revelry at these live music hangouts!

Ever come back from a less-than-stellar fishing trip and hear that tired, old phrase, “That’s why they call it ‘fishing’ instead of ‘catching?’” It may be true, but we’d rather wow folks with our bounty than rest on excuses.

And the way to do that is to know where and when to go and what to use once you get there. Luckily, the Apalachicola Bay area is flush with outfitters who not only have the bait and tackle you need, but the expertise to point you in the right direction to catch one of the hundreds of species of fish we’re blessed with around St. George Island.

When it comes to fishing, our clients traditionally like a mix of experiences. There are so many good charter companies that can take you to destinations more than 50 miles offshore in search of grouper, snapper, cobia, amberjack, and even trophy fish like mahi, wahoo, and mackerel.

But if you want to do it yourself, even rent a kayak to take you into the bay or river, here are the places you want to visit for gear and fresh bait. How else are you going to land the speckled trout, redfish, flounder, pompano, and tripletail that flourish throughout area waters?

The Forgotten Coast Fly Company offers fully customized flies using small-batch artisan materials, right in the heart of downtown Apalachicola. You can find them on the web at forgottencoastflycompany.com.

Right down the street, you’ll find Apalach Outfitters, one of the most popular retailers in town and home to everything from men’s and women’s clothing to light and heavy tackle for experienced anglers and happy kids, alike. You can find them on the web at apalachoutfitters.com.

Located at the south end of the St. George Island Bridge, Fishermen’s Headquarters is owned by Doug McKinney, whose seafood trailer has been an island mainstay for 25 years. Doug knows seafood, and his shop has the saltwater bait and tackle you need. And if you’re staying on the island, they also offer hardware and plumbing supplies. You can reach them at 850-927-4004.

The folks at Survivors Bait & Tackle like to boast that they’re 60 miles from the nearest Walmart and have been supplying anglers on St. George Island since 1983. They offer rod and reel combos at affordable prices and have live and frozen bait and traps for fishing and crabbing, respectively. They can be found on the web at survivorsbaitandtackle.com.

A one-stop shop for lots of gear and rental equipment, Journeys of SGI offers the aforementioned charter tours and guides, and also kayak and paddle board rentals. They also have lures, tackle and other accessories needed when you want to spend hours enjoying the natural wonder that is St. George Island and Apalachicola Bay. You can find them on the web at sgislandjourneys.com.

Another mainstay on SGI that features kayak and paddle board rentals in addition to tackle and clothing is Island Outfitters. They also rent fishing carts, which can be a blessing if you’re sand casting and wanting to make your way throughout the island’s coastline. And if you need frozen or artificial bait, there’s a wide selection to help you land both inshore and offshore species. They can be found on the web at sgioutfitters.com.

One of the newest and most enjoyable shops to offer outfitting services on St. George Island, Island Dog Beach and Surf Shop also offers art and apparel. They specialize in rentals and shopping, so if you need a t-shirt to go along with your fishing cart and/or kayak, you’ll find them all here. You can find them on the web at islanddog.dog.

For centuries, people have sought out the healing benefits of hot water, and it’s no wonder, as soaking can decrease swelling and inflammation, support sore limbs and improve circulation. While St. George Island may not have been blessed with natural hot springs, we have the next best thing: hot tubs in scenic locations. Here are a few of our favorite properties that include hot tubs!

1 Beach Memory’s 6-person balcony hot tub offers breathtaking views of the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico, but that’s just one of many amenities. This beautiful home, just steps from the sugar-white sand beach, is perfect for the chef in you, with Pro-Series stainless appliances in the kitchen and a fantastic gas grill on the upper level deck. After dinner, play some pool at the 9-foot professional pool table or binge watch to your heart’s content on any of the flat-panel satellite-equipped HDTVs.

Over on the bay, Waterbird Watch is a nature lover’s dream: the whole property has been protected by MosquitoNix, an insect control system safer than DEET, meaning you can enjoy Apalachicola Bay sunsets from the open air porches without even a nibble from a buzzing pest. Beach days are a breeze with the provided chairs and umbrellas, but the screened in pool is perfect for days you want to stay bayside. When you want to unwind after the kids are asleep in the custom-built kids’ bunkroom, a 5-person hot tub, surrounded by the sounds of cicadas and calling birds, awaits you. There’s even a library stocked with birding books to help you identify your neighbors!

The casual coastal décor and open floorplan of Shooting Star offer prototypical beach house vibes. Drop off your things and you’re ready to relax by the private pool or take a stroll down to the beach, which is accessed by a shared walkway. And, after a long day at the beach, rinse off in a private outdoor shower and changing room. The 4-person hot tub at this property is nestled among soaring pine trees and lush greenery, providing a stunning setting for a tranquil soak. An added bonus of this property is the elevator, making the luxurious relaxation accessible to everyone.

Each of these properties include a beach gear credit, and, like all Resort Vacation Property rentals, you don’t have to pack the whole house: They each come with a fully equipped kitchen, washer and dryer, linens and towels, wireless internet, and a starter supply of consumables, like coffee filters and garbage bags.

The Forgotten Coast is an enigma, a place unto itself and unlike any other, a haven for misfits and nonconformists, where those who march to the beat of their own drums can find solace in their peculiarity being matched by their neighbors’. It’s no wonder, then, that the area is home to shopping as unique as its residents. A prime example of the Forgotten Coast’s eclectic flavor is The Tin Shed, home “the most comprehensive maritime collection east of the Mississippi” tucked away in an eponymous shack in downtown Apalachicola.

You might recognize this spot from its iconic Buoy Wall. Aside from being a favorite photo opportunity for tourists and locals alike, it’s also popular with national publications. It was used as a backdrop for a shot in the 2012 Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition, and, more recently, was featured in Garden and Gun.

Inside, it’s like a museum where the relics are available for purchase. Everything nautical you can conceptualize is here: buoys, flags, signs, carvings, old charts, and more. You could spend hours perusing and barely scratch the surface. Unlike many souvenir shops, these items are authentic instead of kitsch, each with a long history and distinctive flair, so whatever you purchase is a one-of-a-kind addition to your home. It’s that attention to detail that has made for almost 20 years of success for The Tin Shed—they’ve even provided the decorations for several restaurants across the country!

So swing by The Tin Shed, get a shot of the Buoy Wall, and pick up something special to commemorate your trip. You’re guaranteed to find something as unique as the Forgotten Coast itself in this truly extraordinary shop!

The Tin Shed is located at 170 Water St. in Apalachicola and is open every day from 10 AM to 5 PM.