Looking to trade in the snow for sand this holiday season? We highly recommend you add a St. George Island Christmas to your family traditions! Florida’s Forgotten Coast has a somewhat misleading name because the Forgotten Coast is where the best memories are made! Get the whole family together in a large vacation rental near the beach, whether you’re getting your close family and friends together or long-lost relatives from across the country. Our calendar over here on the Gulf waters is full of upcoming events to help you get in the spirit, minus the frigid snow.  

To learn more about Florida and all the best things to do around St. George Island, Apalachicola Bay, and Eastpoint, Florida, make sure to request a free visitor Vacation Guide. This handy tool is jam-packed full of upcoming events, restaurants, bars, outdoor recreation, museums, and more. That way, you can plan your holiday vacay with ease!  

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Fun Ways to Experience a St. George Island Christmas This Year  

St. George Island Lighting of the Palms  

Watch as the St. George Island Business Association, St. George Lighthouse Association, and St. George Island Visitor Center light up the tall, iconic trees of Florida. You can admire the glowing palm trees as you and the kids enjoy holiday activities like visiting Santa, drinking hot cocoa, and indulging in Christmas cookies! Plus, this spirit-filled holiday event takes place at the St. George Island Lighthouse, so you’ll even catch a glimpse of Forgotten Coast history while you’re there!  

Highway 98 Eastpoint Artisans Market & Country Farmers Market at Crooked River Lighthouse  

Looking for cool gifts to give to your loved ones this Christmas? You should try out the local farmers’ markets around the area. Some great options are Highway 98 Eastpoint, Florida, Artisans Market, or Country Farmers Market at the Crooked River Lighthouse.  

Every first and third Saturday of the month, you can shop locally for handcrafted goods, delicious food, and more.  

Apalachicola Downtown Market  

Another fantastic farmers market to enjoy is the Apalachicola Downtown Market that happens every other Wednesday morning on Commerce Street and every second and fourth Saturday on Market Street. You can catch the Apalachicola Annual Open-Air Fresh Market during the holiday season towards the beginning of December.  

Build a Sandman  

We may not have snow, but we sure do have beautiful white sand beaches on the Gulf of Mexico waters! Bring your friends, family, and dog to the beach for an afternoon of mild weather, sunshine, and creating memories together. All of your friends back home will be wishing they were here when you post pictures of your merry little sandmen 

st. george island rentalGather the Family in the Best Rental for a St. George Island Christmas  

Make Resort Vacation Properties on St. George Island your home away from home for the holidays. Our stunning vacation homes by the beach are the perfect backdrop for a Christmas feast, opening gifts, and watching classic Christmas movies. Plus, our vacation rentals feature large, fully-equipped kitchens, perfect for baking Christmas cookies!   

So, what are you waiting for? Check our availability and book your holiday vacation on St. George Island today! 

Folks who visit St. George Island consistently tell us they don’t want to stay anywhere else. And we want them back every time, too. After all, it’s personal. For many of them, multiple generations of their families have made this their island for a few weeks or months every year, no matter where home is.  

But St. George Island, Florida, is a unique destination for everyone who visits, and we’ve put together a few reasons we think that that is. Below, we’ll enlighten you with our favorite hidden secrets of St. George Island 

But, before we dive in, make sure to unlock our complimentary Vacation Guide. This handy tool will help you put together an itinerary full of the best places to see and things to do around Franklin County.   

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Learn the 5 Hidden Secrets of St. George Island  

1. A Tall Building Will Never Block a Sunrise or Sunset

There are no high-rise condos or massive buildings of any kind. Look up from any point on the island and while you may see our historic St. George Island lighthouses or water towers over the Gulf waters, but what you won’t see is a towering condominium complex or hotel.  

There are hundreds of places to stay on the island, like vacation rentals or beach cottages, but due to the strict, 35-foot height restriction on buildings, they’ll never block a sunrise or sunset. Our goal is to make sure that anything man-made complements and provides respectful access to the fantastic scenery available nowhere else.  

2. Its Geography and Location on the Forgotten Coast Offer a Unique Environment   

Speaking of scenery, you’d be hard-pressed to find another place where the Gulf of Mexico and a thriving interior bay are so close together. On St. George Island, you can take a dip in Apalachicola Bay or hop on a charter boat docked there before the powdery white sand from the Gulf has even brushed off your feet.  

The island is just shy of a mile wide at its broadest point and much narrower elsewhere. It’s an incredibly cool experience by kayak, canoe, or powerboat. In Apalachicola Bay, you can fish for more than 100 species of fish before rounding the point at St. George Island State Park, where 25 miles of uncrowded beaches and surf and offshore fishing await.  

3. SGI Is Home to Fascinating Florida Wildlife  

From the top beaches of Florida to wilderness preserves and all the natural beauty in between, visitors to St. George Island State Parks coexist with incredibly diverse and unique wildlife.  

As a community, we do our best to protect the several thousand green loggerheads and Kemp’s Ridley turtles that hatch on the island during the summer months. But it’s not just the turtles who infuse our vacations with beautiful new life. There are also dolphins, more than 300 species of birds, and countless amphibians and reptiles who either stop by seasonally or call St. George Island home year-round.  

We love them all and have a fantastic time appreciating their beauty. And with our “leave no trace” policy across the island, we all have a hand in protecting these remarkable creatures. 

4. We’re Not Only Pet-Friendly, But We also Encourage Pets  

On St. George Island, our domesticated animals are just as important to us as those living in the wild. Here, there’s incredible access for pets, especially for our canine friends. The island is exceptionally pet-friendly, with leashed dogs allowed on both the beach and the bayside on most of the island.  

And in the business district, you’ll find many different shops and restaurants who not only allow them to join you but offer a treat or two as a welcome. Take a look at our selection of pet-friendly St. George Island vacation rentals for the ultimate family getaway.  

5. Outdoor Adventurers Know St. George Island State Park Is a Gem We Don’t Take For Granted  

George Island State Park is a fantastic resource for everyone who visits the barrier islands. A beautiful public reserve spread over 2,000 acres, the park has nine miles of undeveloped shoreline, majestic dunes, a bay forest, and salt marshes. Here, you’ll also discover campgrounds, boat launches, several miles of pristine sugar-sand beaches, and one of the best viewing spots for a starry night sky in the world!  

st. george island rentalThe Best Forgotten Coast Vacation Rentals

The best Florida vacation rentals are right here on St. George Island. When you choose to make Resort Vacation Properties your home away from home, you can choose from hundreds of vacation rentals, including beachfront, family-sized, and pet-friendly homes. Book your stay today, and you’ll see why guests make us part of their family traditions year after year! 

 

Before you head to the Florida coast for the ultimate foodie getaway, want to know which hard-shelled yet soft on the inside fare the Forgotten Coast takes pride in? Foodies from all over need to visit our coast on the Gulf of Mexico to experience our St. George Island oysters. Caught fresh, right here in the Apalachicola River and Apalachicola Bay, our seafood is something you can’t miss out on during your next getaway. Read on to learn what makes Apalachicola Bay oysters the cream of the crop and where you can experience them for yourself.  

And, for more places to dine, explore, and wander throughout the Forgotten Coast, make sure to request access to our complimentary St. George Island Vacation Guide. This useful tool will lay out all the best restaurants, outdoor recreation, museum, shopping, and events that you need to include in your trip itinerary.  

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Your Ultimate St. George Island Oysters Guide  

*Harvest of wild oysters from Apalachicola Bay, including St. George Sound, East Bay, Apalachicola Bay, St. Vincent Sound, and surrounding canals, rivers, and creeks, is suspended as the FWC supports the recovery and restoration of oysters in Apalachicola Bay.  

Why We Love St. George Island Oysters and Their Amazing Benefits  

Oysters on the Forgotten Coast are more than just delicious, trendy food to try on vacation. These salty creatures do wonders for the waters and ecosystems of Apalachicola Bay.  

Florida Department of Environmental Protection even offers an educational workshop that shows you how oysters filter and improve water quality. Ultimately, this gives us some of the best oysters in the United States, doing wonders for the seafood industry as well!  

Where to Get Apalachicola Bay Oysters  

Lynn’s Quality Oysters  

Lynn’s Raw Bar  

Experience the best of this Gulf Coast delicacy when you visit Lynn’s Quality Oyster Bar in Eastpoint. Lynn C. Martina prides in serving the freshest seafood in the state of Florida.  

Slurp up the delicious and lean source of protein and flavor at Lynn’s Raw Bar. It doesn’t get fresher than oysters on the water! This waterfront bar and restaurant offers indoor and outdoor seating in a laidback atmosphere.  

So, head out to the deck, relax, and enjoy their popular oyster poppers featuring a sunset over Apalachicola Bay! You can also try other delicious seafood options like shrimp, snow crabs, or stone crabs steamed with butter, garlic, and Old Bay seasoning!  

Lynn’s Seafood Market  

One of the best seafood markets around, this hot spot serves fresh, local oysters that you’ll have to return for year after year. Straight from the boat, make sure to look around and choose from their world-famous oysters, scallops, shrimp, blue crab, lobsters, and a variety of Florida seafood!  

private dockHost Your Own Private Oyster Roast in the Best St. George Island Vacation Rental  

One of the best ways to enjoy oysters on your family vacation or friends’ getaway is from the comfort of a private rental with your favorite people. Choose one of our large vacation homes near the beach for an afternoon of fun, memories, and great food. Pick a rental with a fully equipped kitchen, where the best Old-Bay seasoning action happens, and a charming backyard with outdoor seating, a grill, or a pool as the perfect backdrop for your feast.  

Visit in November for the Florida Seafood Festival, or just pick up ingredients from Lynn’s Seafood Market. Then, make your way home to a St. George Island rental like Gone Fishin’. The 4-bedroom dream home features a beautiful private dock, heated indoor pool, grill, fish-cleaning area, and large backyard.  

Check our availability, and plan your foodie getaway now!