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! 

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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! 

One of the most beloved organizations in all of the Forgotten Coast protects and cares for the area’s many homeless and unwanted pets. The Franklin County Humane Society’s shelter was founded in 1991 and is located near the Tate’s Hell National Forest, just northeast of St. George Island. It was created through the efforts of veterinarian Dr. Hobson Fulmer so that the county “could have a facility that could better the lives of our many homeless animals.”

It is a non-profit entity that exists to combat the rising trend of animals being euthanized every year. According to the American Humane Association, 56 percent of all dogs and 76 percent of all cats — 10 million in total — are euthanized each year. So, the Franklin County Humane Society provides safe-haven, medical care, food, and loving attention for the pets until adoption, in the hopes of relieving animal suffering, preventing animal cruelty, eliminating animal overpopulation, promoting humane education, and enhancing the human-to-animal bond.

Before adoption, animals are spayed or neutered and given proper vaccinations, and for a nominal fee, families can take them to their forever homes and love them for years to come. After Hurricane Michael, four vans arrived from the Tampa area with volunteers from the SPCA Tampa Bay and Pinellas Humane Society to transfer all 35 cats and 14 dogs the shelter was housing at the time. The round trip took them 16 hours due to road closures, and the shelter was back up and running just six days after Michael’s landfall.

The Franklin County Humane Society is supported by events and other organizations throughout the community. During Mardi Gras each year, the Mystic Krewe of Salty Barkers donates funds raised from its Barkus Parade. And in 2018, it was estimated that several thousand people and their pets came to Riverfront Park in Apalachicola to celebrate with the Krewe.

And every year on St. George Island — where the beaches and many businesses are pet friendly — the SGI Brewfest is put on by a committee of caring island residents with the support of more than 40 breweries and sponsorship by Resort Vacation Properties. All proceeds from the festival go to the Franklin County Humane Society, and the 2018 event raised $33,000.

For more about the Franklin County Humane Society, visit Forgottenpets.org.

Everyone needs a vacation once in a while, even your pets. However, most families find it difficult to take their pets along with them whenever they do go on vacation. Few vacation properties allow pets, after all. Fortunately, we do provide pet-friendly rentals here on St. George Island, which means that you can finally take them on vacation with you.

You’ll find plenty of things around the island that you can do with your pet as well. For example, St. George Island is one of the few areas in Florida that allows pets on their beaches. This means that you can take your dog for a run in the sand or even a swim in the ocean!

Hanging out at the beach isn’t your only option either. You can take your pet with you on a hike through the St. George Island State Park or take them for a short hour-long drive to either Apalachicola National Forest or Tate’s Hell Swamp to explore the gorgeous natural surroundings up there. If you’d rather stick around your vacation spot, then you’ll find that there are many biking paths that wind through the communities on the island that you can use to walk or run your dog.

If that wasn’t enough to convince you to bring your pet along, there are also a number of shops on the island that are also pet-friendly. There’s even a local pet boutique called Oysterbones within 20 minutes of the island where you can pick up a few gourmet doggy treats!

If you’re tired of leaving your pet behind while on vacation, then come to St. George Island, FL! For more information about our pet-friendly rentals, contact us at Resort Vacation Properties today.