Artists of all mediums are inspired by the beauties of the Forgotten Coast. In addition to the many shopping opportunities in the region, our guests will discover eclectic art galleries and gift shops featuring unique offerings from local artisans, from sea-inspired jewelry to stunning photography that captures the island’s scenic landscapes. Keep reading, and we’ll dig into all that the region’s art scene has to offer.

Art On The Island

Eager to get a taste of the Forgotten Coast’s art without leaving the island? You’re in luck. Sea Oats Gallery, located at 128 E. Pine Ave, is a longstanding St. George Island favorite that displays an extensive collection of art created by dozens of local talents. The gallery was initially intended to house the work of local artist Joyce Estes, but eventually expanded to include the diverse work of other local figures.

Outfitted with a similarly diverse collection is Island Dog Beach and Surf Shop, situated at 160 E. Pine Ave. This popular island shop displays local art in the form of original paintings, photography and more, which visitors can purchase to bring home a piece of the Forgotten Coast itself.

The Cape St. George Lighthouse Gift Shop is a great place to find a variety of original artworks and unique souvenirs of your trip. The historic lighthouse, with its 92-step wooden spiral staircase, offers spectacular views of the sunset and full moon during its popular Full Moon Climbs (reservations are recommended; call 850-927-7745). The lighthouse also hosts arts festivals and other cultural events throughout the year.

Finally, local photographer Chip Sanders has made a name for himself with his stunning shots of the Gulf Coast’s waters. View his work in person by visiting his gallery at 139 E. Gorrie Drive.

Art Off The Island

If you’re willing to venture into the nearby community of Apalachicola, you’ll discover even more local artistry. Richard Bickel Photography at 81 Market St houses the excellent work of the business’s namesake, focusing on an array of photographs depicting the historic downtown district of Apalachicola. In addition to shots of local scenery, you’ll find striking images from around the world.

Jeweler Marilyn Brogan creates one-of-a-kind pieces from recycled gold and silver and re-purposed gemstones. View her creations in her one-woman studio at 118 Commerce St. in Apalachicola.

The Gallery at High Cotton is the creation space for artists Jenny Odom and Beth Appleton. Browse their studio at 230 Water St. in Apalachicola from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday to Saturday.

Schedule a Visit to St. George Island

Experience the artwork of the Forgotten Coast with a sunny getaway to St. George Island. Resort Vacation Properties offers a massive selection of vacation homes catering to all group sizes and budgetary needs, and each rental is outfitted with amenities that will make your stay as comfortable as can be. Browse our properties to get started.

A long day at the beach, soaking up the sun and splashing in the surf, not a care in the world…that is, until you realize it’s almost time to head out for dinner, and there’s no time to rinse the salt water from your hair. Luckily, loads of popular hairstyles can be achieved with the added texture from salt water. Don’t believe us? Keep reading!

Our go-to style is a classic: loose, beachy waves. This look is beyond easy, as it just takes air-drying. The key to nailing it, though, is to combat frizz. A great method for keeping flyways at bay is to work in some leave-in conditioner to damp hair. We love this one from Living Proof. No leave-in conditioner? No problem! Just head to the kitchen! Olive oil has a litany of benefits for dry hair and is the perfect solution for frizz. Simply work a dime size drop (or less—you don’t want to make your hair too oily!) of olive oil to tame any frizz or flyways. Olive oil works wonders to rehydrate your hair after a long day on the beach.

In the island heat, you may want to get your hair off your neck. Salt-water texture is perfect for updos. Another classic (and easy!) look is milkmaid braids. All you’ll need is two hair ties (preferably smaller latex rubber bands, like these) and 4-8 bobby pins. Part hair in the middle and separate it into two even sections. Loosely braid both sections, securing each with a rubber band. Take one braid over your head and fasten it on the opposite side with 2-4 bobby pins. Repeat with the second braid, placing it on top of the first. If any section looks or feels too loose, add more bobby pins. Pull front pieces out to frame your face and finish with a light hair spray. You’re done—and adorable! For a more refined ‘do, try a beachy take on the iconic French Twist. Start by teasing the crown section of your hair for some volume, then gently pull your hair back like you’re going for a mid-pony. Go all the way to the ends of your hair and start rolling inwards until you reach your head. Secure with bobby pins in a crocheting pattern (think weaving!) so as not to flatten the look and finish with hair spray. This look is the epitome of beach elegance and is perfect for a date night or even a destination wedding!

Saltwater can be rough on your hair, so be sure to bring a deep conditioner, like our fave from Davines. And remember: regardless of how you style your hair, you’ll fit right in here on laidback St. George Island!

The Forgotten Coast is the ultimate place for beachcoming adventures! If you love collecting seashells during your waterfront vacation, you’re in luck – St. George Island, Florida, offers it all. Whether you’re staying in Resort Vacation Properties’ West Gulf Beaches, East Gulf Beaches, St. George Plantation or the East End neighborhood, you’ll enjoy exploring our beautiful sandy shores. Here are some common and rare seashells that you’ll be able to discover and add to your collection from St. George Island.

Common Seashells

When roaming the northern shores of the Gulf of Mexico, you’ll come across a variety of shellfish coverings. Oyster shells are often larger and are marked by a whitish-gray outer coloring. Scallop shells can be found in a variety of colors, and boat-shaped, ark clam shells are plentiful along the coastline. Cockle and broad-ribbed cardita shells are also prominent on St. George Island.

Rare Finds

After a storm, you’re likely to discover more exotic specimens, one of which is the fighting conch. Typically found after windy weather conditions, fighting conch shells are characterized by several spines along the top ridge, and protruding, yet smooth, outer edges. Lightning whelk, fig, olive, pen and baby’s ear shells may also be found on the Forgotten Coast. Rarer yet, the treasured murex, tulip and angel wing shells may wash ashore following a thunderstorm.

Plan Your Shelling Adventure on St. George Island

Bring home one-of-a-kind souvenirs by combing the white sand beaches of St. George Island for seashells during your next vacation. At Resort Vacation Properties, we offer a range of vacation rentals, including beachfront homes, so you can search for both common and rare seashells to your heart’s content. For more information about St. George Island or our rental properties, give us a call at 877-272-8206.

For some, breakfast is just a habit, a quick bite with coffee to get you up and running. For others, it’s a way of life. If you fall into the latter category, you’re in luck—the Forgotten Coast loves a yummy start to the day! We’ve rounded up some of our favorite breakfast spots to check out during your stay on St. George Island.

First up, we have a new addition to the island. Weber’s Little Donut Shop opened just a few months ago, but they’re quickly becoming a favorite of locals and visitors alike. They offer a wide variety of pastries with innovative flavors, like Fruity Pebbles and cookies and cream. But don’t worry about being overwhelmed with options; at just $1 a pop, it’s easy to try them all. It’s not uncommon for there to be a line before they open at 8:00 A.M., so get there early for the most options. And don’t forget cash! Weber’s is a card-free establishment.

Next is more of a St. George Island classic: The Beach Pit. Now in their sixth year, The Beach Pit is the top spot for traditional breakfast, with everything from bagels to crepes. A favorite dish is the signature seafood omelet, which comes with a choice of shrimp or oysters. If you like your breakfast with a little “hair of the dog,” this is the spot for you—The Beach Pit’s full bar starts serving when they open at 7:30 A.M.

Although it’s just across the bridge, the flavors of Apalachicola’s Café Con Leche will transport you to Latin America. The owner, Tamara Suarez, blends Venezuelan classics such as arepas and fried plantains, with classic breakfast dishes to create an experience as unique as the Forgotten Coast itself. Customers rave about their coffee, and, if you take your cup of joe with the digital edition of your favorite newspaper, you’re in luck—Café Con Leche offers free Wifi.

Of course, if you’re more inclined to stay at home for breakfast, that’s an easy option, too. All Resort Vacation Properties come with fully appointed kitchens, right down to coffee filters, and no dress code means pajamas are the perfect attire. Happy breakfasting!

Located off the Florida panhandle, St. George Island is the perfect tropical getaway and close to home. A hidden gem among the many attractions on the expansive Florida coast, St. George Island offers beautiful beaches, wonderful fishing, swimming, turtle watching and more. Many people think of Florida as nothing short of perfect, but we do have high and low seasons. Before packing your bags and heading to St. George Island, be sure that you are ready for island weather.

Year-Round Relaxation

Part of being relaxed on your vacation to St. George Island is dressing for the weather. The year-round low is 42 degrees in January, but there have been record temperatures as low as 9 degrees. The year-round high for island weather is 91 degrees in July, with record temperatures getting up to 103 degrees in August. It is best to bring layers so that you can be warm when out fishing in the morning, comfortable when hiking the dunes in the afternoon, and just right for watching the sunset from your beach vacation rental.

Summer Rains

Florida has amazing weather almost all year round though some seasons are better than others. June through November is hurricane season, with August and September being the months most prone to heavy rains and strong winds. When it comes to being safe on the island, always be sure to check the weather before you travel and each day when you are here.

Island Weather Safety Tips

If you find that you are visiting St. George Island during inclement weather, it is important to stay safe. As a general rule, do not stay outside during heavy rains. If you have been out hiking or cycling, return to shelter and let the rain pass. If you have been out fishing and the tide turns, cut your lines and come back to your vacation rental. The tide is always stronger than you think, and no fish is worth putting yourself in danger.

If the winds pick up and the rains beat down, seek shelter. Low-lying areas are the most dangerous. If an evacuation warning has been called, follow directions and posted routes to leave the island. If you are in your room, stay away from windows, turn off electronics but keep the radio on for updates. Be ready for anything by keeping a supply kit handy stocked with waters, granola bars, a first aid kit, flashlights and a copy of important phone numbers.

St. George Island is a wonderful place to get away to. Being ready for island weather means you will have a fantastic time, rain or shine.

Tiny housing is not just a popular current trend. Tiny houses, known colloquially as shotgun houses, of Apalachicola and the Gulf Coast area of Florida helped shape the area in a time when commerce and the port lifestyle was flourishing. These utilitarian homes were created to be practical and cheap, and have now become a symbol of our little corner of Florida.

Preserving and Embracing Apalachicola’s Rich Legacy

Shotgun homes sprang up in the early 1900’s as homes for mill workers along the Gulf Coast. The homes were built to be simple and straightforward. Each home had three rooms: the living room, kitchen and bedroom. The floor plan was not fancy, with one flowing into the other. The term shotgun home was coined because if you left the front door and the back door open, a shotgun blast could go through the home and not hit a single wall. More simply, a shotgun home was designed with oversized windows and when everything was open a nice cooling breeze would flow right through the home.

In the mid to late part of the 20th century, shotgun homes fell out of favor. These homes were too simple, too boring and were not thought of as adding to the aesthetic of the neighborhood. Many homes of this style were demolished. Homes were abandoned and the lush Florida fauna took over. Today there is a revitalization of these kinds of homes and the shotgun homes along the coast of Florida are being preserved and celebrated for their simple luxury and artistic efficiency.

PEARL’s Shotgun Houses

Not only a part of Florida history, but a part of Americana, the shotgun homes are a part of the Pearl’s latest exhibition. This local non-profit is made up of dedicated individuals working to preserve the rich history of the area, the people who settled here, and the way of life that made our little neck of the woods what it has come to be today.

When you are staying in the area at one of the fantastic St. George Island Resort Vacation spots, take a day to tour the area and see some of the restored historic homes. Once covered by brush and perhaps fallen into a bit of decay, the shotgun homes of Florida are being restored and being lived in and loved by families that may not otherwise have a place to live. Walking tours, photo exhibits, and interactive maps will help you navigate through the once booming mill town that helped our area flourish.

At Resort Vacation Properties, we’re all about accommodating our visitors with the comfiest homes and best beach and bay views on the Island! But, there’s one Forgotten Coast inhabitant that has a home far too small for guests—the sea turtle!

Turtles are one of the most revered and storied creatures in existence. Some groups of Native Americans believed that a turtle even carries the world upon its back. In cultures from other parts of the world, they can represent luck, endurance, and long life. Here on the Forgotten Coast, where many come to nest, we don’t have a particular mythology for them, but they are among our favorite guests. To help you get to know these fascinating creatures, we’ve compiled a list of little-known facts about our friends from the sea!

They’re travelers—and homebodies, too

Sea turtles can travel over 20 miles a day! Their greatest migration, though, is to home—some travel up to 1,400 miles to lay their eggs on the same shores where they hatched.

They navigate using the earth’s magnetic field (maybe)

Sea turtles can detect both the angle and intensity of the earth’s magnetic field. A new theory suggests that they use this ability to navigate, which is how they find their way back to where they hatched after years of being away.

Their sex is determined by outside factors

Unlike most creatures, their sex isn’t determined by genetics, but by outside factors—namely, the temperature of the sand outside of their nest. Warmer temperatures lead to mostly females, while cooler weather typically yields males.

They’re team players

Because it’s almost impossible for the hatchlings to make it out of the nest on their own, the hatching of one triggers the hatching of the rest. Even with all of the babies working together, it can take up to a week to dig out of their nests!

They’re night owls

When the babies finally make their grand entrance, it’s in the dark. They emerge at night and follow the light, which traditionally leads them to the water. Development along beaches has altered this, however, and oftentimes the lights from houses confuse the hatchlings. That’s why it’s important to turn off outdoor lights during nesting season!

They breathe air

Sea turtles are most often associated with their underwater adventures, but they actually breathe air! They’re champs at holding their breath—they can last 4-7 hours when they’re sleeping or relaxing! However, during physical activity, it’s a paltry 2-3 hours at best.

They can be geriatrics

A healthy sea turtle can live to be about 80, with some even surviving to be over 100! That means some of these incredible creatures even manage to outlive the human researchers studying them.

Unfortunately, our sea turtle friends are endangered. To keep the sea turtle population in existence, there are various laws in place to protect them. If you’re lucky enough to witness a hatching, leave the hatchlings alone and avoid using flash photography or any light. It’s important for them to find the ocean on their own, and, as they follow the moonlight to the ocean, other light will disorient them.

Everyone needs a vacation once in a while, even your pets. However, most families find it difficult to take their pets along with them whenever they do go on vacation. Few vacation properties allow pets, after all. Fortunately, we do provide pet-friendly rentals here on St. George Island, which means that you can finally take them on vacation with you.

You’ll find plenty of things around the island that you can do with your pet as well. For example, St. George Island is one of the few areas in Florida that allows pets on their beaches. This means that you can take your dog for a run in the sand or even a swim in the ocean!

Hanging out at the beach isn’t your only option either. You can take your pet with you on a hike through the St. George Island State Park or take them for a short hour-long drive to either Apalachicola National Forest or Tate’s Hell Swamp to explore the gorgeous natural surroundings up there. If you’d rather stick around your vacation spot, then you’ll find that there are many biking paths that wind through the communities on the island that you can use to walk or run your dog.

If that wasn’t enough to convince you to bring your pet along, there are also a number of shops on the island that are also pet-friendly. There’s even a local pet boutique called Oysterbones within 20 minutes of the island where you can pick up a few gourmet doggy treats!

If you’re tired of leaving your pet behind while on vacation, then come to St. George Island, FL! For more information about our pet-friendly rentals, contact us at Resort Vacation Properties today.

The ability to take your pet with you on vacation to St. George Island, FL is what draws many visitors to our pet-friendly rentals. However, a lot of people aren’t used to being able to take their pets with them on vacation and therefore aren’t aware that there are additional pet safety tips that they should follow. The following are important pet safety tips for the beach and around the island that you should keep in mind while on vacation with your pet on St. George Island:

  • Make sure your pet stays hydrated and that you allow it plenty of opportunities to rest in the shade. It can get quite warm out here on the beaches, which means that it will be easier for your pet to get overheated and dehydrated if you don’t pay attention.
  • If you’re taking your pet for a walk on the pet-friendly beaches, then be on the lookout for sand spurs. If your pet begins limping, odds are one got stuck in its paw.
  • Keep an eye out for potential hazards. Your pet may try to eat a washed-up sea creature, a piece of garbage lying on the beach or even the bait on a fishing hook.
  • Watch out for traffic around the island.
  • Watch out for wildlife in the bushes and on the trails. There are some feral and semi-wild cats living on the island that dogs may try to chase as well.

If you’re planning on going on vacation to St. George Island with your pet, be sure to follow these safety tips. For information about our pet-friendly rentals on St. George Island, FL, be sure to contact us at Resort Vacation Properties today.