A Health Nut’s Guide to St. George Island

Couple Biking on the Beach

While vacation can be a time for excess, those living a healthy lifestyle — or trying to start — will find plenty of opportunities to “live right” on St. George Island.

It all starts with the drive in, along the four-mile St. George Island Bridge. Longtime visitors have described the traverse as “letting the real world go for a spell,” and the approximate five minutes of travel time is the perfect excuse to cue up your favorite song or just roll down all the windows to hear what the coastal winds have to whisper.

The body’s health starts with the mind, and by the time the iconic lighthouse comes into view, you’ll be primed for the best of times.

Before you head to your property, or favorite spot on the sand, stop in at the Piggly Wiggly Express or newly refurbished SGI Market for some fruits and vegetables, which will keep your snacks and meals low-calorie and high-energy.

And when you’re ready to use some of that energy, St. George Island has a 21-mile walking/jogging/bike path that spans most of the island. And while the island is home to many 5k charity races throughout the year, you don’t have to pin a number on your shirt to get your heart rate up and treat your body right.

Prefer wheels to heels? You can rent bikes at one of many island shops, like Journeys, Island Outfitters, and Island Adventure. Just remember your helmet! And while you’re at those fine businesses, reserve your kayak, paddle board, or canoe for some other fun outdoor activities. You can paddle over to Little St. George Island, up the Apalachicola River Blueway or a number of other places near the island. Bring a fishing pole and you might just catch dinner, too.

But if you’re not someone who usually harvests from the sea and you’re looking for healthy dinner options at our local restaurants, you’ll find there are plenty of healthy selections at most of our eateries. We recommend having your shrimp and oysters grilled or blackened — or on the half shell, of course — and most dishes can be served with steamed vegetables or wild rice on the side. And you can always skip the bread and have a heart-healthy glass of red wine instead!

And should you be ready for some low-impact fitness and relaxation, what could be better than a light hike, walk down the beach, or morning yoga session? The island has 28 miles of beach, with access points throughout. And there are hiking options on Little St. George Island, at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, and at the East Hole tract at the end of 6th Street on the island.

And now you can enjoy yoga sessions several days during the week thanks to the St. George Island United Methodist Church and Island FITSUP!

With all these choices, there’s a good chance you’ll be heading home across the bridge at the end of your stay even healthier than when you arrived.

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