Despite what its name suggests, Florida’s Forgotten Coast has been anything but forgotten by beach bums, nature lovers, and history buffs alike. Settled just across the Apalachicola Bay from St. George Island, the Forgotten Coast is home to many diverse cities, each boasting a unique, colorful history that makes it an ideal vacation spot for those who love full itineraries.  For an inside glimpse at its impressive past, Resort Vacation Properties, located in St. George Island, FL, takes a closer look.

The History of the Forgotten Coast

Made up of nine different cities, a complete history lesson about the Forgotten Coast would take days to deliver. So to help you learn as much as possible in a short amount of time, we’ve highlighted the following cities, each of which has a rich history to offer:

Apalachicola

Apalachicola has a distinctive Native American history, and its name is actually a Native word that means “the land beyond” or “friendly people over there.” At one point in its history, over 40,000 Native Americans called it home. Once the 1700s hit, Franciscan friars arrived from Spain, who laid the seeds for years-long fur trade with the Natives.

In 1831, Apalachicola was officially established, making its first big mark as a cotton-shipping port town. Years later, when railroads beat out steam engines as the preferred mode of trade across the United States, Apalachicola drew from its verdant forestland to become a renowned lumber producer.

Carrabelle

Carrabelle was initially called Rio Carrabella, meaning “beautiful river,” which speaks to its scenic quality. After the Civil War, Carrabelle established its first lumber mill, taking advantage of the contemporary financial boom posed by its natural lumber and naval stores.

In 1895, the Crooked River Lighthouse was built slightly west of Carrabelle. This historic landmark is still standing tall today, inspiring both a dedicated park and museum to be built nearby. Here, guests can view an authentic, period-correct room as it would have been inhabited by the lighthouse’s first keeper. Plus, they can also peruse exhibits and visit a gift shop for even more family fun.

Eastpoint

Founded by a communal religious group, Eastpoint sprouted from the labors of hard-working people. Some of the most prominent settlers among this group were the members of the Brown family, who have gained considerable local recognition as a result.

Together, the Browns and five other families traveled to Eastpoint from Georgia by river. Once they arrived, they established the Co-Workers’ Fraternity, which not only farmed the land but also harvested seafood, worked with lumber and shared the net profits. To many vacationers’ delights, descendants of the Brown family still live in Eastpoint today, signifying just how fruitful dedication and teamwork can be for a community.

St. George Island

Although some don’t consider St. George Island to be a true member of the Forgotten Coast, its proximity often designates it as an honorary member. Plus, with a past full of pirates, shipwrecks, and Native Americans, it’s a haven for both beach and history lovers.

First inhabited by the Creek Natives in the 1600s, pirate Captain William Augustus Bowles was said to have led them in a defensive battle against the Spanish and the French. Legend even has it that Bowles buried a treasure somewhere on the island before he died.

Experience History Firsthand

Containing such a vast array of vivid histories, the Forgotten Coast is a great place to take your family on your next Florida vacation. To learn about our St. George Island rental properties, call us at 877-272-8206 today. If you already own a vacation home, contact us to learn more about how to make the most of your next visit to your beachfront property.

So your vacation has come to an end. Or maybe you’re in the planning phase for an upcoming Florida trip. Either way, you’ve reached the final day of your visit, and you’re looking for a list of the best St. George Island restaurants to dine at. As island experts, Resort Vacation Properties is ready to help. Here, you’ll find some of the best local eateries that St. George Island has to offer to help make your parting that much sweeter.

Paddy’s Raw Bar

When you eat at Paddy’s Raw Bar, you’ll feel like a local no matter where you come from. This spot offers great eats, drinks, and views all under one roof, with apps, sandwiches, and fresh seafood all on the menu. Plus, you can even sample their selection of beer and wine as you chill out beneath an umbrella-covered picnic table and reflect on the great fun you’ve had on St. George Island.

The Blue Parrot Ocean Front Café

Located right on the beach, the Blue Parrot Oceanfront Café makes it convenient to grab a bite or a sip in between sunbathing and swims. Their menu is loaded with mouth-watering appetizers like their loaded fries, golden onion rings, and smoked yellowfin tuna dip. It’s also got tons of fun island drinks to choose from, so you can cool off on your final day at the beach.

Harry A’s Bar & Grill

Just a short walk from our Villas of St. George condos, Harry A’s Bar & Grill is a hotspot for those who enjoy their meals with a side of live music. Their menu has everything you could want after a final day full of fun, with tuna bowls, pasta, sandwiches, quesadillas, and a whole lot of starters available to satisfy your hunger. They also offer daily specials, so be sure to check them out before placing your order.

The Beach Pit

If you’ve got a hankering for barbecue, then the Beach Pit has what you’re looking for. With a menu full of fresh seafood and Texas-style barbecue, you might even need a doggy bag for your tasty leftovers. They describe their dining atmosphere as casual but intimate, so you can wear your cozy after-beach outfit while you eat. Plus, they have both indoor seating as well as pet-friendly, outdoor seating, allowing Fido to come along for a little yummy barbecue.

BJ’s Pizza & Subs

Sometimes, you get the ultimate craving for a classic slice of pizza or a traditional Italian sub. If this familiar feeling strikes on your last night in town, consider giving BJ’s Pizza and Subs a call. Their menu has it all, with tons of salads, appetizers, pizza, calzones, sandwiches, wraps, and ice cream to choose from.

Aunt Ebby’s Ice Cream Shop

If it’s your last night on the island, you can’t forget about dessert. Aunt Ebby’s Ice Cream Shop is a crowd favorite on St. George Island. Since 1993, they’ve been offering huge scoops, friendly service, and even music for their customers to enjoy. With flavors changing each season, they’re one of the many reasons you’ll want to come back next year.

Parting Is Such (Delicious) Sorrow

The last night of vacation is always bittersweet – you might be sad to go, but you’re probably itching to get back to the comforts of home. Make your last night on St. George Island one to remember by dining at one of our delicious local eateries. For more local insights like these, contact a friendly member of the Resort Vacation Properties team today.

Although summer doesn’t technically begin until June, many view Memorial Day as the true kickoff of the season. Take it from us: there’s no better way to celebrate this turn of the weather than with a relaxing beachfront vacation.

On a coastal trip, you’ll get to start the summer in style by sporting your new sandals, bathing suit, and sunglasses and enjoying some Memorial Day barbecue. What’s more, you’ll get a little much-needed R and R as you reflect on the sacrifices made by men and women in service to our great country. To learn how to make the most of a Memorial Day trip to St. George Island, FL, check out these insights from Resort Vacation Properties.

Soak Up Some Rays on the Beach

On St. George Island, vacationers can enjoy the white sands of the Gulf of Mexico beaches or the vast vistas of the Apalachicola Bay. But best of all, they can lounge around without the standard crowds seen on some of Florida’s bigger beaches, meaning less traffic and fewer lines.

On the Gulf coast or the bay, guests can sunbathe, paddleboard, swim, or wade in the refreshing saltwater. To help facilitate this fun, we provide many of our guests with a Free Beach Gear credit. Through this program, our guests can rent beach umbrellas, bicycles, sand toys, and more from us at no cost. We’ll even leave it waiting on their rental doorstep before they arrive so they can get to the beach fast.

Shop ‘til You Drop

When Memorial Day rolls around, many of us anticipate the jaw-dropping deals that businesses roll out. On St. George Island, eager shoppers can devote an entire day of their trip to the shops at Eastpoint or on Apalachicola Bay. Guests can easily reach these commercial locales from one of our many neighborhoods, either by foot, bike, public transportation, or car.

Sample Some Island Barbecue

No Memorial Day weekend is complete without a little bit of barbecue. Luckily for St. George Island vacationers, there are plenty of local eateries available to satisfy their cravings. For instance, our Villas of St. George condos are located just a short walk away from Paddy’s Raw Bar, the Blue Parrot Ocean Front Café, and Harry A’s Bar & Grill. Guests can even take a trip to The Beach Pit for some delicious barbecue in the spirit of the season.

Alternatively, if you’re a grill buff, many of our rental homes come with park-style grills so you can host your own family barbecue. No matter which option you choose, the stainless-steel refrigerators and microwaves in each of our properties are ready to preserve and heat up your delicious leftovers.

The Reason for the Season

Of course, Memorial Day isn’t all about beaches and barbecues. At its core, this holiday is about paying homage to the men and women who have sacrificed their lives for our country’s freedom. It’s thanks to them that we’re able to spend time with our loved one on vacations all around the world.

In honor of this Memorial Day season, make sure to spend lots of quality family time on your St. George Island vacation. If you have a beloved dog, we even have several pet-friendly rentals that can accommodate them, too. To learn more about our rental properties or St. George Island, contact a member of the Resort Vacation Properties team today.

If you’re preparing for an upcoming beach vacation in St. George Island, Florida, then you’re probably daydreaming about the coastal views in your future.  But you can’t hit the road without packing your bags, and vacationing near the coast adds a whole other dimension to your packing routine. To help you choose what beach gear to pack, check out this checklist from FL’s Resort Vacation Properties.

The Beach Gear Essentials

Before heading out on your FL vacation, it’s important to make sure your bag is packed with all of the essentials. These items won’t only help you relax, but they’ll help keep you safe and comfortable so you can make the most of your trip. So when you pack your beach bag, be sure to include the following items:

High-SPF Sunscreen

Sunburn is no joke, especially when you’re trying to lounge or play on the beach. We recommend using an SPF of at least 30. The higher the number on the bottle, the more of the sun’s UVB rays it blocks from your skin.

A Sturdy Beach Bag

Every beachgoer needs a beach bag that can stand up against sandy messes and saltwater splashes. Make sure to choose a dependable bag so your necessities can stay organized and protected while you sunbathe.

Beach Wear

Be sure to pack sunglasses, beach hats, sandals, and cover-ups to protect your entire family’s eyes, faces, and necks on your beach day. You may even want to bring along an umbrella if you have loved ones who are sensitive to the sun.

Protection for your Electronics

In between your beachy Instagram stories and Facebook updates, you’ll need to keep your phone safe from the sand and water. To accomplish this, you can use something as simple as a sandwich bag or invest in a waterproof case to guard against the coastal environment.

Sand-Free Beach Mat

Beach blankets are things of the past. Now, sand-free mats are the new, convenient way to go when taking a beach vacation. These mats are much sturdier to sit on, easier to clean, and simpler to carry, so be sure to pack one in your beach bag.

Plenty of Drinking Water

Since you’ll be on the frontlines of sun and fun, be sure to pack plenty of cold water on your beach day. These will help you stay hydrated and ward away any headaches or heat-related illnesses.

Healthy Beach Snacks

To hold you over before your next meal, be sure to pack some healthy snacks, like fruit or nuts, to keep you all fueled throughout your visit.

First-Aid Kit

Accidents can happen, but if your child steps on a seashell or you get stung by a bee, a first-aid kit will help you dress them. Make sure to pack a kit so you can worry less and relax more.

Stay Ahead of the Game with Our Beach Equipment Rentals

If you’re itching to get out on the St. George Island beaches but need beach gear, Resort Vacation Properties offers free equipment rentals for guests staying at one of our select rental properties. To learn more about our rental offerings, contact us at 877-272-8206.

Rental properties offer a convenient, unique way for families to vacation. Unlike many hotels, these private accommodations can make you feel right at home – no matter where you travel. But if you’re planning on renting a house for your next Florida trip, forgetting an essential item can put a serious dent in your plans. Here, Resort Vacation Properties provides a list of the essential rental home supplies to pack so you won’t forget a thing before you leave.

The Essential Rental Home Supplies

Although your mind might be filled with Florida daydreams, it’s important to load your bags up with everything you’ll need before entering relaxation mode. To help you out, Resort Vacation Properties suggests packing the following useful supplies: 

Specialty Kitchen Items

While you’ll certainly want to visit some local restaurants, it can be just as fun to cook a fresh meal in your rental property. For cases like this, you’ll want to pack whatever utensils your property is without. This might include baking dishes, plastic containers, and other leftover staples like aluminum foil and plastic wrap.

Electronics Chargers

On a beachy vacation, your phone will get a lot of use. But in between all of your social media updates and video chats, your phone battery will inevitably take a hit. Don’t go without a phone when you need it most – instead, be sure your charger is packed and ready to go the night before you depart.

Toys and Games

If you’re vacationing with kids, be sure to pack some of their favorite toys and games. These might include beach toys like buckets and shovels, a family board game, or even a portable gaming system.

Beach Towels

Many rental properties stock their bathroom closets with towels for guests to use. However, these towels are typically meant for use after a bath or shower, so be sure to pack a few quality beach towels in your suitcase. These towels will be larger, sturdier, and can help keep the sand outdoors where it belongs if kept separately.

House Slippers

After waking up on a bright, beachy morning, or warm, starry night, a pair of fuzzy slippers will help keep your feet warm as you travel to the kitchen for a cup of coffee. If you can’t go without your slippers, toss a comfy pair in your bag.

Power Strip

If your family has tons of chargers to contend with, then the outlets in your rental home might not cut it. To sidestep this issue, you might want to pack a surge-protected power strip in your suitcase so everyone’s devices can get a full charge every night.

Portable Bluetooth Speaker

If you’ve been making a vacation playlist, why keep it to yourself? By packing a portable Bluetooth speaker, you can share your coastal creation with your whole family. If you have one, bring it along to use while lounging on the beach or hanging out at your rental property.

Stay Vacation-Ready with Resort Vacation Properties

Once your bags are fully packed with all of the essential rental property supplies, you’ll be ready to hit the road. At Resort Vacation Properties in St. George, FL, guests who forget to pack any beach gear essentials have nothing to fear. With our Free Beach Gear program, we can set them up with bicycles, beach umbrellas, and more, allowing them to relax to the fullest. To learn more about this program or our vacation rentals, contact us today.