Should I plan to visit St. George Island in November as opposed to a week in the summer? Let’s take a look at the pros and cons! Then, after you pick out the most ideal time of year to go on a Forgotten Coast vacation, make sure you access our complimentary Vacation Guide. When you unlock this tool, we’ll enlighten you with exclusive content that covers all of the must-see attractions, restaurants, outdoor recreation, shopping, and museums around St. George Island, Apalachicola Bay, and Carabelle, Florida. That way, you’ll never actually forget your time on the Forgotten Coast.

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Should I Travel to St. George Island in November?

Forgotten Coast Weather in Fall

Yes! The fall season is a fantastic time to visit St. George Island. You’re in for a crisp and refreshing treat if you plan to visit Florida in November. St. George Island can see an average high in the 60s with lows in the 50s, so it’s not too hot and not too cold.  

Things to do on St. George Island in November  

Wait for the high temperatures of summer in Florida to pass, and enjoy beautiful, mild weather as you explore the great outdoors.   

Discover the most intriguing Florida wildlife and explore Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park. The top attraction is the perfect place for an afternoon of birding or fishing and the best ending to a day on vacation because it’s known for having one of the most incredible night skies 

Other refreshing options for enjoying the beautiful fall weather at the park include boating, paddling, hiking, running, geocaching, shelling, or biking on the trails!  

Forgotten Coast Annual Events in November

Florida Seafood Festival

Calling all foodies! You won’t want to miss this extraordinary Forgotten Coast annual festival. Here, you can indulge in delicious, seasonal local seafood at this Apalachicola yearly festival. It’s everything from carnival fun to an oyster-eating contest to live music to a parade! So, get your tastebuds ready for this highly-anticipated fall event! 

Forgotten Coast Festival of Trees  

November is the time of year to start getting in the holiday spirit. Spark your excitement for Christmas with a visit to the Forgotten Coast Festival of Trees in Port Saint Joe, FL, which is less than half an hour away from your vacation rental!  

On select dates throughout November and December, you can expect to walk through a magical winter wonderland of beautifully decorated Christmas trees, wreaths, and other admirable holiday displays put on by the Joe Center for the Arts

More November Events on the Forgotten Coast

Keep an eye out on our events calendar to see what’s coming up throughout the year!

st. george island vacation rental fall getawayThe Best St. George Island Rentals Available in November  

It’s no secret that Resort Vacation Properties offers the best Forgotten Coast vacation rentals for the ultimate Florida vacation. When you book one of our properties, you’ll be able to enjoy family-sized or intimate and romantic vacation rentals in one of the most untouched parts of the Gulf waters.  

Bring your whole family – dogs included – for a fall getaway you’ll never forget! What’s the hold up? Check our availability and choose your favorite rental near the beach today!

What if we told you there was something truly magical to experience during your next Florida vacation? A space where a wispy white and purple glow of colors combine with stars, planets, meteor showers, and intricate celestial bodies. Get away from the city lights and head for a space that’s a little clearer. Visit the Forgotten Coast and see the St. George Island night sky for an out-of-this-world experience like no other! Read on to discover the best barrier island in Florida to view a starry night sky. 

And, for things to do before sunset, make sure to unlock our free St. George Island Vacation Guide. It offers an array of fabulous restaurants, outdoor recreation, museums, and other stellar attractions. Check it out now and start planning your getaway!


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The Best Place to Experience a St. George Island Night Sky 

Spot the Stars at Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park 

St. George Island Park is the best place to view a night sky in the region, and the park is working towards designating it as a Dark Sky Park through the International Dark Sky Association. 

Why It’s the Perfect Spot 

The park is the best place to see the stars because it’s on a barrier island, making it far from light pollution from big cities.  

St. George Island State Park is a top attraction for outdoor adventurers on the Forgotten Coast, so we recommend spending the day there! Then, after a full day of hiking, biking, paddling, boating, fishing, or birding, stay tuned to the sky above for the ultimate show.

One thing to note before your evening of admiring the stars is that Florida State Parks close at sunset, so you’ll have to either reserve a campsite or get an after-hours permit with the Florida State Parks Family Annual Pass from the park’s office. 

st. george island vacation rental exterior with palm treesAfter Stargazing on St. George Island

You’ve been on your feet all day, getting your steps in, seeing Florida’s fascinating wildlife up close, and experiencing something that’s so out of this world. After a full day of adventures on St. George Island, rest and recharge for a new day of thrills by unwinding in the best Forgotten Coast vacation rentals 

Get the family together and stay in our Goodnight Moon vacation home. This beautiful 5-bedroom house can accommodate you and 11 other eager stargazers. When you visit here, you’ll be able to take in the incredible views of the Gulf and Bay from all three floors. 

Fill the rest of your trip with trips to the nearby island shops, restaurants, nightlife, and St. George Lighthouse Museum. Then, return to your rental to relax on one of the private decks connected to each bedroom for another evening of stargazing. 

If you’re ready for a unique and memorable Florida vacation, check our availability and book your favorite rental today! 

The Forgotten Coast of Florida is the ultimate family vacation destination, so don’t leave anyone behind during your next family vacay – not even the four-legged members! If you’re planning a wag-worthy vacation on the best barrier island on the Gulf Coast, fetch these 4 St. George Island dog-friendly things to do so that you and your furry friend enjoy a vacation worth barking about! 

Ready to plan the best getaway to St. George Island, FL? Start by requesting access to your free copy of our SGI Vacation Guide. The comprehensive guide lists all the best restaurants, attractions, family-friendly activities, and museums on St. George Island, Apalachicola Bay, and surrounding areas! st george island things to do


4 St. George Island Dog-Friendly Things to Do 

1. Go For a Walk on St. George Island Dog-Friendly Beaches

Looking for the ultimate spot to make pawprints in the sand? St. George Island Public Beach is pet-friendly all year! The only condition is that you must follow the Franklin County Ordinance to keep your pup on a leash. Also, note that dogs aren’t allowed in some St. George Island State Park areas, but the park offers fantastic hiking and biking trails. 

2. Have a Treat at St. George Island Dog-Friendly Restaurants & Businesses 

Our pet-friendly destination not only accepts dogs, but it also caters to dogs! Our island is so welcoming to man’s best friend that you’ll find an extensive selection of dog-friendly restaurants and other businesses. You can tell by just strolling past the local shop fronts that we love our pups because store owners will leave out water bowls to quench thirst during the dog days of summer. You’ll also find pet boutiques like Oysterbones, where Fido is sure to gobble up a gourmet doggy treat baked fresh every day. 

Some of our favorite dog-friendly restaurants include: 

  • Beach Pit 
  • Blue Parrot Oceanfront Café 
  • Paddy’s Raw Bar 
  • Apalachicola Seafood Grill 
  • Up the Creek Raw Bar 

3. Make a Splash with St. George Island Dog-Friendly Outdoor Activities 

Sniff out and explore the best of St. George Island and the Gulf waters with some water activities! Journeys of St. George Island is a great place to start. They offer kayak rentals, paddleboard rentals, and boat tours, including sunset cruises, dolphin tours, and shelling adventures. Imagine the look on your pup’s face when they spot a dolphin or sea turtle in the water! 

st. george island pet friendly vacation rental4. Relax After Your Adventures in a Dog-Friendly Vacation Rental on St. George Island 

After a day of fresh air, long walks, and Forgotten Coast adventures, unwind in the best St. George Island vacation rentals. We love all dogs, and by that, we mean all dogs! Unlike other rental companies, we don’t have restrictions on dog breeds, and we even welcome the big boys like Rottweilers, Dobermans, and Pit Bulls in our pet-friendly vacation rentals. 

We’re no Myrtle Beach or Miami when it comes to popular vacation destinations, and we take pride in that! Visit the Forgotten Coast and discover why our untouched beaches and uncrowded attractions make St. George Island one of the best family vacation destinations in the United States!

Book the best Florida vacation home today in SGI neighborhoods like St. George Plantation, Gulf Beaches, Resort Village, 300 Ocean Mile, and more! 

Instead of having to clean your home from top to bottom before inviting all your relatives over for Thanksgiving dinner, why not take the feast elsewhere? Experience a St. George Island Thanksgiving with your family in the perfect beachfront vacation rental. If there’s anything that can make a dinner with the in-laws better, it’s a relaxing beach! Leave behind the frosty temperatures for somewhere a little more mild like the Forgotten Coast of Florida. 

And, for more great plans to include in your Thanksgiving week on the Gulf Coast, make sure to unlock our free Vacation Guide. We’ve included a list of our favorite restaurants, outdoor recreation, shopping, and museums around St. George Island, Apalachicola Bay, and Carrabelle so that you’ll have a memorable time on the Forgotten Coast!


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Your St. George Island Thanksgiving Guide 

Our island is known for its laidback nature, and not many businesses will be open on Thanksgiving Day. But, that just means you’ll have the opportunity to spend your time cooking up a feast and making memories cooking your meal together! 

If cooking is not your thing, The Owl Café, The Franklin at the Gibson Inn, Blue Parrot, and Doc Myers Island Pub are known to offer holiday menus but check with them before heading there. 

Pick a Fully Equipped Kitchen to Cook Your Feast In

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Resort Vacation Properties offers the best St. George Island vacation rentals, including pet-friendly and family-sized properties – perfect for your next family reunion! Browse through our selection of nearly 300 incredible properties, filtering by your preferred amenities. 

Vacation rentals like Aisle of Palms include top-notch gourmet kitchens fully equipped with all the upscale amenities you need to cook your feast, like commercial-grade refrigerators, stainless appliances, and granite counters. 

Aisle of Palms offers ample counter space for preparing food, a dining table with a beautiful oceanfront view, and an extra table that could even double as the infamous kids’ table! 

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Then, unwind and enjoy the rest of your afternoon hanging out around the heated pool or taking the private boardwalk onto the beach with complimentary beach gear!

Nearby Grocery Stores to Gather Your Ingredients From 

Luckily, our SGI vacation rentals are spread throughout the island, so they’re not only close to all the attractions but also the grocery stores! See our list of nearby grocery stores, grocery delivery services, and liquor stores (for when you need that extra buzz!) on St. George Island. 

Some of our favorite places to shop for food include Big Top Market, Grocery GalsPiggly Wiggly Express, or Island Time Delivery. 

What Else Is There to Do During Thanksgiving Week on St. George Island? 

St. George Island may not be the shopping mecca for Black Friday shopping. It’s actually quite the opposite and is the perfect place to go when you’re trying to escape that type of chaos. 

This year, for Black Friday, try hunting for seashells over deals! It’s the best way to take the headache out of a (usually) chaotic holiday week. But, if you choose to support our small local businesses, check out these cool little shops on St. George Island and Apalachicola Bay! 

Plus, Saturday just so happens to be Shop Local Saturday! 

aisle of palms dining tableBook Your St. George Island Thanksgiving Vacation on the Gulf Coast Now! 

The holidays will be here before you know it. So, what are you waiting for – Christmas? Don’t let Thanksgiving fly by before getting the chance to go on a little family vacay.

Check our availability and book your favorite rental while you can!