We took the stress out of your next vacation by putting together a 7-Day itinerary to St. George Island for you! Follow this handy guide, and soon you’ll be able to relax on the beach with your friends and family, get a taste of Florida’s freshest seafood, explore great nightlife and bars, and get a glimpse of Forgotten Coast history with a visit to St. George Island’s landmarks and museums. And, don’t forget to use our free Vacation Guide for an extensive list of the best SGI attractions. 

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A 7-Day Itinerary to St. George Island to Make Your Life Easy 

By using this week-long vacation itinerary, you’ll explore the best outdoor recreation and daytime attractions, brunch, and lunch spots, before diving into the best places to enjoy dinner, drinks, and laidback Florida nightlife. 

The restaurants of St. George Island aren’t just spaces where tasty dishes are served in flavors as varied as the wildlife they’re surrounded by. They are places where strangers become friends. And it’s not just meals we gather over, but songs, bingo cards, and trivia slips. 

“This is the power of gathering: it inspires us, delightfully, to be more hopeful, more joyful, more thoughtful. In a word, more alive.” — Alice Waters 

On the island, you’re not required to entertain yourselves, although that’s certainly your right, and if you want to relax and share fellowship at the same time, there’s fun to be had every night of the week—and most of the time without charge. 

Friday 

On the first day of your vacation, end your road trip or day of flying by relaxing and recharging in your private St. George Island vacation rental. This is a great time to take a nap at the house or on the beach. Or, maybe you’d like to admire the beautiful ocean view from a private balcony or take a refreshing dip in the pool! Then, when you’re done resting or exploring your new home for the week, get ready to go out to some of the best St. George Island restaurants and bars. 

You can enjoy live music most nights of the week, especially Friday through Sunday, at places like Eastpoint Beer Company, so let your hair down, let loose, and enjoy each night of your vacay! 

Saturday 

Start your first full day of vacation with a full day of salt and sun with some water activities! Explore the outskirts of the island by boat and book a St. George Island boat rental or eco-tour. Spend some time on the water while catching gorgeous glimpses of Florida’s best wildlife and scenery. Fishing is a major draw to the area as Florida is one of the best fishing destinations in the United States. Luckily, there are plenty of fun fishing charters or ideal fishing spots around the Forgotten Coast to choose from. 

If you caught the perfect dinner during your fishing adventures, you should definitely take it back to your vacation rental to whip up the ultimate feast. If not, there’s always a ton of incredible local seafood restaurant options for those who are a bit unlucky when it comes to fishing! 

Sunday 

It’s Sunday Funday! So, prepare for the thrill of your vacation! No Sunday scaries here when you still have nearly a week left of your St. George Island vacation. On Sunday, you should start your day with a delicious brunch before booking an afternoon of adrenaline, a warm salty breeze, and lots of laughs! 

Charge up your energy levels with a delicious brunch and morning coffee to fuel you through Sunday’s adventures. We recommend that you choose from some of our favorite brunch spots on the Forgotten Coast, including Café Con Leche, The Beach Pit, or Weber’s Little Donut Shop. 

After brunching hard, you’re ready for an adventurous day on the water. Just across the street from Weber’s little donut shop, you can rent jet skis from The Jetski Hut right on the beach! 

Zip around the Gulf Coast waters on your speedy jet ski rental, and get a drink at the Blue Parrot Tiki Bar right after returning to shore! It’s conveniently located right on the beach, where you pick up and drop off the jet skis! 

Monday 

Mondays don’t have to be drab. You’re on vacation, so why not brighten a Monday mood with a visit to a vibrant art gallery or an intriguing museum? Take a break from the sun for a day and visit the Live Oak Gallery in Apalachicola, Florida. Chill under the shade of a live oak tree and get artistic inspiration from a local award-winning artist. 

Some museums or historic sites you may check out include Carabelle History Museum or Three Servicemen Statue and Veterans Memorial Plaza. 

Once the sun begins to set, Paddy’s Raw Bar at Gunn Street and East 3rd is where things get lively! You can attend their “Eat. Drink. Think” trivia on Monday nights around 7 p.m., and live music is offered there most other nights as well, beginning around 6 or 7 p.m. 

Tuesday 

Tuesdays are a great night for socializing on St. George and around the area. And, what better way to spend an evening than with a little Taco Tuesday dinner, drinks, and trivia at Tamara’s Tapas Bar in Apalachicola? 

You may also enjoy Harry A’s, the hot place for karaoke on Tuesdays, which starts around 7 p.m. 

Wednesday 

Ready for some more mid-week outdoor adventures before the end of your vacation? Don’t leave the Forgotten Coast without exploring Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park on the east end of the island. Here you can discover nine miles of beautiful scenery, wildlife, picnic areas, hiking trails, fishing, and sandy shores on the Gulf. 

Then, after a day of kayaking, canoeing, swimming, or dolphin watching, experience the best Gulf of Mexico sunset before the most incredible stargazing experience on the Florida Panhandle. 

Thursday 

On the last day of your trip, explore some of the surrounding areas around St. George Island, like Carabelle, where you can see the Crooked River Lighthouse, also known as the Carrabelle Light. Or, just 30 minutes from there, you can explore Apalachicola National Forest, the largest U.S. National Forest in Florida. 

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Make it the vacation of your dreams when you stay in a Resort Vacation Properties vacation rental on St. George Island. From smaller vacation homes to large, beachfront to pet-friendly rentals, you’ll find your ideal vacation rental for you and your crew. 

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The sun is shining, the weather is warm, and the water is salty. Pack your bags and hit the road. It’s time to plan the ultimate weekend getaway to St. George Island, FL! You’ll be amazed by how much you can pack into a three-day visit to The Forgotten Coast. 25 miles of sandy shorelines set the scene for lazy beach days, searching for seashells, and splashing around in the ocean.  

Below, we outlined a thoughtful three-day itinerary for your mini-vacation to the Florida Panhandle. For even more suggestions for things to do during your visit, request a free copy of our Vacation Guide 

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Plan Your Dream Weekend Getaway to St. George Island, FL, in Three Days  

Day 1: Friday  

In the Morning 

It’s time to embark on a gorgeous road trip down to the Florida Panhandle. The views on the way out to St. George Island are truly remarkable. Before you drive off for your beach getaway, be sure to check your packing list and make sure you have everything you need for your weekend getaway!  

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In the Afternoon  

Bring all your luggage inside and get settled into your home away from home! Before you do anything else, run down to the beach and stick your toes in the sand. Breathe in the salty air and appreciate this moment with your loved ones. Wind-swept hair is the greatest accessory while you’re on vacation in Florida!  

In the Evening  

By now, you’re probably going to be starving! You’ve had such a busy day traveling. It’s time to grab a bite to eat. Seafood, anyone? Here are a few of our favorite dinner spots on the island:  

After dinner, return home to your comfortable lodgings to rest up before an eventful day tomorrow!  

Day 2: Saturday  

In the Morning 

Wake up to the sound of the ocean roaring up the shore. Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the beach views from your balcony overlooking the shoreline. Once you’ve had some time to wake up and eat breakfast, it’s time to herd the family out the door for some fun!  

In the Afternoon  

You will have endless opportunities for family fun and adventure when you stay on St. George Island. Regardless of your interests, you’ll find no shortage of things to do. Here are a few suggestions to consider:  

In the Evening 

After a busy day, it’s time to unwind. Leave the kids at home with a designated babysitter and check out some of the local watering holes!  

Day 3: Sunday  

In the Morning 

If you wake up to a cloudy sky, don’t fret. We have just the solution! There are so many fun things to do on St. George, even when it’s raining! Here are a few ideas to keep in your back pocket for a rainy day 

  • Have a spa day  
  • Stay in and watch a movie  
  • Play some games (many rentals have board games and puzzles) 
  • Cook up something delicious  
  • Get crafty  

In the Afternoon  

Spend your last day exploring more of the island. If the sun is shining, get outdoors! There are so many wonderful ways to stretch your legs, witness the beauty of the island, and spend quality time with your family and friends. Rent a bike and cycle around the island. Try out a new-to-you water activity. Or, simply go for a hike!  

In the Evening 

It’s your last night on The Forgotten Coast! End your weekend getaway with an unforgettable meal at one of the best restaurants on the island. End the evening with a tasty treat from Aunt Ebby’s Ice Cream Shop! This crowd favorite has been serving huge scoops and friendly service since 1993.  

Resort Vacation Properties Set the Scene for Your Florida Beach Vacation  

st george island rentalMake the most of your weekend getaway to St. George Island, FL, when you stay in a beautiful Resort Vacation Properties rental. Our homes are the perfect home base for you and your family during your visit to The Forgotten Coast. Enjoy top-notch amenities such as fully equipped kitchens, comfortable furnishings, and breathtaking views of the ocean. Upon your arrival, you will find a welcoming package of starter supplies with coffee filters, hand soap, paper towels, toilet paper, dishwasher soap, and garbage bags.  

We can’t wait to host you!  

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No ocean vacation is complete without a seafood dinner. Whether fish, shellfish, or crustaceans, seafood doesn’t get any fresher than the catch of the day at a locally owned restaurant on Florida’s St. George Island. But where should you start? Resort Vacation Properties of St. George Island introduces some of the most popular St. George Island seafood dishes to try the next time you’re dining in our area.

 

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Apalachicola Bay Oysters

When it comes to seafood, the Forgotten Coast is best known for its oysters. St. George Island sits right next door to the Apalachicola Bay, where the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee, and Flint Rivers meet the ocean water. The nutrient-rich blend of H20 creates a complex network of food chains and the perfect feeding ground for sea life of all kinds. In fact, Apalachicola Bay is renowned as one of the most productive estuaries in the world, and its oysters are uniquely plump, mellow, and delicious.

Wild-caught Apalachicola Bay oysters are a feature on menus all along the Gulf Coast, but especially on St. George Island. Enjoy them raw on the half shell, baked, or steamed. With oyster boats coming in daily, you can be sure your meal is as fresh as it gets.

Shrimp, Shrimp, and More Shrimp

The Apalachicola Bay estuary also produces over a million pounds of shrimp every year, including white brown, and sweet pink varieties. With so much shrimp available, it’s no wonder that locals have invented some delicious ways to cook it! Here are a few popular Floridian ways to consume this maritime delicacy:

  • Shrimp and grits: This classic Southern and Creole dish is available at almost any seafood restaurant, ranging from simple low-country fare to more elaborate interpretations.
  • Peel and eat: If you’re looking for fresh and authentic, it doesn’t get better than peeling and eating pink shrimp. They’re traditionally served cold with lemon and cocktail sauce or warm, beer-steamed, and covered in Old Bay Seasoning.

Florida Blue Crab

A large percentage of Floridian crab harvests come from fishing in the bay and surrounding area – the crustaceans almost seem eager to climb into a trap. Whether blue crabs are caught yourself, bought fresh from a seafood market, or cooked by a restaurant, they’re an excellent culinary experience on St. George Island. The most popular method is steamed and served with lemon, vinegar, and Old Bay Seasoning. It’s no-frills, down-to-earth, and homey – not to mention tasty. That’s not the only way to go, of course. There are dozens of ways to enjoy a crab dish – take your pick on your next visit to our area.

Explore St. George Island Seafood and Cuisine

Oysters, shrimp, and crab are the most popular St. George Island seafood offerings, but they’re by no means the limit. Plan your trip today with Resort Vacation Properties of St. George Island to explore the other great eats pulled from the ocean and estuary. We offer hundreds of rental properties to stay in during your local seafood adventures. To book, contact us today.

Looking to get away from city life for a bit? Go from skyscrapers to sandy beaches and take a road trip from Atlanta to St. George Island, FL! The Florida coast is the best place to take a break from the daily hustle and bustle of the city in exchange for relaxation, beaches, outdoor activities, and wildlife. 

For all of the best things to do on the Forgotten Coast, make sure to request access to our free Vacation Guide. We’ve listed the top places on St. George Island and Apalachicola for dining, outdoor recreation, museums, and entertainment. Unlock your guide and start putting together your itinerary so you can spend your vacation relaxing! 

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Atlanta to St. George Island: What to Do During Your Stay 

Go Kayaking 

Explore the Forgotten Coast by paddling your way along through the serene creeks, rivers, and marshes. There’s a wide selection of paddling trails to discover, including the Apalachicola River Paddling Trail System. This system has 11 trails to choose from, offering expansive views for any level of experience. Here, you’ll be able to explore the swamps and rivers that eventually lead to the Gulf of Mexico! 

If you love birdwatching, you’ll love spending time with Florida’s wildlife. Some of the birds you’ll see while traveling down the paddling trails include bald eagles, brown pelicans, woodpeckers, and ospreys! And, you’ll also find that it’s very likely you’ll see an alligator! 

Cast a Line 

The Gulf of Mexico is known for having some of the best fishing in the country. Cast a line off of an inshore or offshore fishing charter and bring home the perfect catch. Some of the fish you might catch include redfish, flounder, Spanish mackerel, sharks, and so much more. 

If you’re not into fishing but would love a day out on the water, you can book a dolphin, shelling, or sunset and river trip with St. George Island Fishing Charters. Book a two-, three-, or four-hour trip for an incredible day exploring uninhabited islands or scoping the waves for curious dolphins! 

Dine With a View 

Sure, Atlanta, GA, has plenty of incredible restaurants, but one thing you can’t get in the city is your meal with a view of the Gulf of Mexico. St. George Island is home to some amazing oceanfront restaurants. Didn’t catch the dinner you expected during your fishing trip earlier? No worries. You can indulge in the best locally caught seafood at 5-star restaurants right on the beach. It doesn’t get any fresher than that! 

We recommend that you try Blue Parrot Oceanfront Café for an enjoyable lunch or dinner. Indulge in delicious oysters or snack on some hushpuppies as you hang out on their beach deck! 

Unwind in a Resort Vacation Properties Vacation Rental 

ocean mile e1After all of the sun, sand, and food, surely you’ll want to rest and recharge for a new day ahead. Make yourself comfortable in a luxury St. George Island vacation rental. Resort Vacation Properties offers the best vacation homes to accommodate you and your family. When you stay with us, you’re choosing the best amenities on the island, including beach access, private pools, hot tubs, and more. Now is the time to quit daydreaming and make your dream getaway a reality. Choose your favorite rental and start planning! 

Grabbing your girlfriends, heading to St. George Island, and sticking your toes in the sand for a few days is not only a wonderful way to celebrate friendship in a gorgeous locale, but it can actually help you live longer. According to scientific studies, friendships can ward off dementia and increased life expectancy. It has also been proven that active friendships help make you friendlier, more generous, and more trusting.

A girls’ trip isn’t just a vacation—it’s a chance to explore the best moments of the past and strengthen relationships for a happier future. And no matter what your tastes or interests, the island has what you need to relax and make memories that will last a lifetime.

Want to start your day limber and calm? Take the group down to the beach for sun salutations with Island SUP&Yoga. And once you’ve loosened up, try something new and take a paddle board lesson from the same female instructors. A properly balanced body helps clear your mind, which will undoubtedly lead you to maximum relaxation.

St. George Island and nearby Apalachicola also have numerous art studios where you can take a painting class or even try your hands at sculpture. Sea Oats Studio offers a variety of workshops both indoor and “en plein air.” It’s the ultimate way to connect creatively with your friends and have something unique to remember your travels by. And speaking of memories, having a comfortable place to stay on the island is the best gift you can give yourselves and each other.

Whether you’re traveling with your two best friends, or a group of 10 laughing ladies, Resort Vacation Properties has the place for you. Solitude is a seven-bedroom home located on the island’s east end and offers easy access to the beach while staying delightfully private. It features a screened-in porch adjacent to the pool, which includes a six-person hot tub and private deck.

For larger groups with a bit of do-it-yourself flair, A Glimpse of Heaven features a 40-foot-long, screened-in pool with a giant dolphin fountain. The pool is adjacent to an opulent living area, complete with a half bath and an outdoor kitchen. It’s like having a giant swimming pool at one end of your amazing living room! What could be better than sipping wine on a comfy couch and then taking a quick dip before having a delicious seafood dish prepared a few feet away?

Those are just a couple of the amazing properties available on St. George Island, and they’re all within a short drive, stroll, or bike ride from some of the best restaurants Florida has to offer. You can get everything from fresh Mexican fusion dishes to pit barbecue and blackened fish caught the same day. And St. George Island features some of the top bartenders in the business for when sharing stories makes everyone thirsty.

Companionship is a priceless commodity in today’s world, and what’s good about spending time with your closest friends is that once you’re together, everything else is just the cherry on top. Which is why the number one destination on the island for our visitors is the more than 20 miles of sandy beach. All you need is a chair, an umbrella, and some sunshine — plus the people you enjoy being with more than anyone else.

The warmer months help us forget the previous seasons until, like melted frost on a summer day, they are out of sight and far out of mind. But hurricane seasons like that of 2018 leave a lasting impact on our hearts and, in the case of the Florida panhandle, our communities.

Those of us in the area stand with our coastal cousins in the wake of Hurricane Michael and have supported disaster relief efforts since October 11, when he came ashore. Because we know what’s best for the Forgotten Coast is best for everyone living here year-round or just making it their home away from home.

Fortunately, St. George Island — and nearby communities like Apalachicola, Eastpoint and Carrabelle — were spared a majority of Michael’s wrath. The damaged roads, including U.S. 98, have been repaired, allowing access from the north, east and west, and the last of the debris has been cleared. And now that spring has sprung and the water temperatures are headed into the 70s and 80s, it’s the perfect time to rediscover the jewel of the Forgotten Coast.

St. George Island State Park—with its 2,000 magnificent acres—is once again open, and the charter boat captains are gassed up and running fishing tours multiple times a day. And all of the island’s outfitters have kayaks, canoes, paddle boards, bikes, and golf carts ready for rental.

And a huge positive to come out of Hurricane Michael’s churning of the Gulf waters has been the bounty of seashells that can be found for miles along the island’s southern shore. So, in addition to the sandy white beaches, natural souvenirs abound for collectors who want a few spectacular mementos of their trip to a true paradise the hurricane couldn’t tarnish.

If you have small children, had small children, or have ever seen small children from a distance, you’ll understand the desire to occasionally dine away from said children.

Don’t get me wrong; I love kids (I even have some), but sometimes you just want to enjoy a meal without your kids… and without anyone else’s kids either. Up the Stairs in Apalachicola gives you that opportunity.

But the real appeal at Up the Stairs isn’t just the lack of children (that’s just a bonus!).

Nestled above shops in the quiet fishing village’s historic district, this fine dining establishment combines fresh seafood, exceptional service, extraordinary signature cocktails, and a growing wine list to create an unforgettable dining experience.

House favorites like the crab bruschetta and crawfish as well as the shrimp and sausage gumbo reflect the unique flavors of Up the Stairs, where the freshest ingredients meet in the most interesting combinations. Shrimp Sambuca, Petit Curry Pot, and beef carpaccio also make an appearance on this anything-but-ordinary menu.

Up the Stairs is situated right in the heart of the village, convenient to shopping, museums, and the waterfront. So it’s a great place to refuel any time of the day or night. And if you’re not quite up for the whole dining experience, you can always choose to eat in the lounge, where you’ll find most of the same delicious dining room selections in smaller portions.

If you’re spending time on The Forgotten Coast – taking advantage of all the hidden gems you can uncover in the calm of winter – don’t miss Up the Stairs. The real star there is the food.

Or maybe the cocktails. Or the wine list. No, it’s definitely the food. I can’t decide; stop by for a bite yourself and let me know which one you decide.

Lunch and dinner served Wednesday through Saturday. Sunday brunch served 11am-3pm.

76 Market Street in Downtown Apalachicola.

Nothing beats autumn at the beach. The emerald water turns a little grayer, the sun is a little lower, the breezes are a little cooler. The crowds are even a little sparser.

But the best part of fall in the Panhandle is the Florida Seafood Festival.

Now in its 54th year, this two-day celebration is the state’s oldest maritime festival, drawing thousands of visitors to the historic town of Apalachicola on November 3rd and 4th!

The Festival is held at the mouth of the Apalachicola River under the shady oaks of Battery Park. This confluence of the river and the Gulf of Mexico form an estuary that gives the local oysters their distinctive salty-sweet taste. Some call these the best in the country, and in fact, nearly 90 percent of all oysters served in Florida come from this spot.

Of course, oysters are king at the Seafood Festival, but there’s more to it than just eating (though that’s really enough, isn’t it?). The festival also features arts and crafts exhibits, plus other seafood-related events including the Oyster Eating and Oyster Shucking contests, Blue Crab Races, a downtown Parade, 5k Redfish Run, and the Blessing of the Fleet.

There’s also musical entertainment with headliners I Am They, a Christian music group performing Friday, and country music star Jerrod Niemann on Saturday.

The entire event is free and open to the public, so just head over to Apalachicola and enjoy the fun!