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! 

After Labor Day has come and gone, you may be searching for something to look forward to before the holiday season. Luckily, St. George Island in October is one of the best beach vacations you can book! Read on to learn why the offseason on the Forgotten Coast is our favorite time of year. 

Looking for more fun while visiting St. George Island? We’ve created a useful guide with all of the best attractions for your vacation on the Forgotten Coast. Unlock our free Vacation Guide now, and you’ll receive exclusive access to top restaurants, bars, outdoor recreation, museums, shops, and more fun things to do no matter what time of year you travel!

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Make the Most of Your Vacation to St. George Island in October with These 3 Fall Activities 

1. Enjoy the Beautiful Weather Outdoors 

Say goodbye to the chilly temperatures in the Northern parts of the United States and migrate south to extend your summer. Fall is a great time to visit St. George Island because the weather on the Florida Panhandle is not too hot and not too cold. 

Weather on St. George Island can range from lows in the mid-60s to nearly 80 on some afternoons. The mild temperatures are perfect for enjoying fresh air and almost any outdoor activity or water sport! 

Dip your paddle into a cool stream while kayaking or canoeing at Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a beautiful day in October with great fishing spots, hiking trails, bird watching, and beaches. Plus, you can use our free beach gear! 

2. Discover Forgotten Coast History 

Up until Halloween, you can venture out and explore one of St. George Island’s oldest monuments, the Cape St. George Lighthouse! Get your steps in and climb to the top with your friends to experience the most spectacular view of the island! 

3. Celebrate Fall at a Forgotten Coast Oktoberfest or Fall Festival 

After running Tate’s Hell 5K at St. James Bay Resort at the beginning of October, wind down with a beer or several at their Oktoberfest Fall Festival that same day. There, you’ll have the opportunity to throw down some delicious German food or local seafood, dance to live music, or bid on local art! 

The fall fun doesn’t end that day. If you stay in town long enough, you can attend another Oktoberfest, the Apalach Oktoberfest at Oyster City Brewing Company in Apalachicola, FL! 

Relax in one of the Best Vacation Rentals for Your Vacation to St. George Island in October

st. george island vacation rentalBeautiful ocean views, spacious living rooms, fully-equipped kitchens, gorgeous balconies, pools, and hot tubs are just some of the awesome amenities you’ll enjoy when you choose the best vacation rental for your family on St. George Island. 

After a day enjoying the beautiful October weather in Florida or catching a buzz at Oktoberfest, unwind with your best friends in our Bestie Beach Therapy vacation rental in West Gulf Beaches. This pet-friendly getaway home is a fantastic place for you and six of your friends to relax after your coastal Florida adventures this fall with a private pool, grill, and free beach gear. 

Check our availability for October and reserve your private fall retreat today! 

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. 

Check our availability and start planning your week of adventures today!

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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Visitors are often struck by the sheer beauty of St. George Island. From the sparkling water to the glittering St. George Sand, there’s so much to take in during your visit. Your beach days will fill up quickly with swimming and soaking up the sun, but there are many more ways to enjoy sandy beaches than you might have realized. Here, Resort Vacation Properties of St. George Island takes a look at a few that are sure to be favorites during your next stay.

Have a Picnic

St. George Island is home to many restaurants you’ll want to visit, but the beach is also a great spot to grab a bite. Spread out a blanket, sit back, and treat yourself to a delicious feast with an incredible view. A picnic can be as elaborate or simple as you want, making it a great way for families, couples, and friends to spend time together. Whip up a delectable charcuterie board and pop open a bottle of wine, or enjoy chips and sandwiches with the kids. Either way, you’ll have a good time.

Get Artistic

Building a sandcastle is a classic beach pastime. Kids will love bringing imagination to life, and adults are sure to have fun as well. You don’t need fancy molds to make something impressive, either. All you need is a stable foundation, sand and water, and a few basic tools:

  • Buckets for hauling sand and water
  • A small plastic shovel for scooping
  • Found décor: shells, seaweed, feathers, or driftwood
  • Household tools like popsicle sticks or plastic spoons

If your property offers free beach gear, you’ll find everything you need included with your stay. All you’ll need to do is reserve your gear and dig in.

Play a Game

Vacations are all about relaxation, but sometimes you need a little physical activity. Beach volleyball is fun for everyone, and you won’t need a court or net to do it. Simply draw a line in the sand, divide into teams, inflate a beach ball, and see who comes out on top. The sand is also a great place for throwing a ball or Frisbee back and forth, playing beanbag toss, and more.

Sand games don’t have to be athletic, however. Tic-tac-toe and hangman are popular games that you can simply draw in the sand with a stick. You can also return to your sand sculpting for a pick-up game of beach Pictionary.

Light a Bonfire

When it starts to get dark, finish your beach day with a fire. You can roast some marshmallows, dance, share ghost stories, and simply enjoy each other’s company around a crackling blaze. Just make sure you find a beach where fires are allowed and obey any fire laws in the area. St. George Island, for instance, only allows fires below the average high-water line and asks visitors to clean up the debris when they’re done.

Enjoy the St. George Island Sand

As you plan your next visit to St. George Island, don’t forget to schedule some activities you can enjoy on the sand and make reservations for one of Resort Vacation Properties of St. George Island’s welcoming vacation rental properties. It’s the perfect way to enjoy the glittering St. George Island sand as you relax and unwind. To learn more, contact us today.

The end of summer is fast approaching, but there’s still time to squeeze in a last-minute beach vacation! There are so many perks to visiting St. George Island in September. While it is considered the off-season, it is also the perfect time of year to enjoy lovely weather, tasty oysters, and outdoor activities. Whether you’re planning a trip for Labor Day weekend or traveling just because, you’re in for a treat!  

Don’t let summer slip through your fingertips. Request a free copy of our Vacation Guide and start planning your getaway to the Forgotten Coast today!  

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4 Reasons to Visit St. George Island in September 

The Weather Is Gorgeous  

While temperatures begin to plummet across the North, the weather remains warm and sunny on St. George Island, FL. With highs in the upper 80s and lows in the low 70s, you can count on beautiful weather during your September visit! One of the best parts of visiting this time of year is that you’ll feel as though you have the whole beach to yourself. While the forgotten coast isn’t crazy busy even in our peak summer season, it’s still nice to enjoy even fewer crowds in the off-season.  

The Oysters Are Delicious  

Oysters are everywhere in autumn, whether fried, charbroiled, grilled, or slurped right from their half-shells. Since the water is reaching cooler temps this time of year, oysters are guaranteed to be fatter and even more full of flavor right now. These mollusks are much more than just delicious—they improve the Gulf Coast ecosystem by acting as natural filters for the water! To get some of the tastiest Apalachicola Bay oysters on St. George Island, check out these restaurants:  

Celebrate Labor Day Weekend  

Reward yourself for all your hard work by using your much-deserved PTO towards a vacation to St. George Island on Labor Day Weekend! You’ll find that our beaches are much less crowded than others along Florida’s coastline. It’s the perfect destination to spend quality time with your loved ones making memories that will last you a lifetime.  

Outdoor Adventures Await  

The fine folks at Journeys offer the Forgotten Coast’s regional secrets from the locals who know them the very best. Whether it’s bayside or offshore fishing charters, guided tours aboard boats and kayaks, each excursion comes with experienced captains ready to show you what makes St. George so gorgeous. The Journeys team is full of knowledge—even exposing those who join them to the prime sloughs and sweet spots that can all but guarantee a big catch. 

Kids, teens, and adults will all love the Sunset Dolphin Cruise! This two-hour tour is for all ages and hosts up to six people.  

Make the Most of Your St. George Island Getaway  

beautiful beach property on st george island 1Are you ready to start planning your dream beach vacation to St. George Island in September? Then it’s time to start thinking about where you’d like to stay. Make the most of your getaway when you stay in a Resort Vacation Properties vacation rental! Whether you’re searching for a home that accommodates pets or a rental with its own private pool, rest assured that you’ll be in great hands when you book a stay with us! Our dedicated team will go above and beyond to ensure your stay is one you’ll remember for years to come.  

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What’s better than some local craft brews, delicious food, charity, and great people? SGI Brewfest has it all! The annual festival is the perfect way to help promote incredible craft beer companies and local vendors while enjoying a little sunshine on the Forgotten Coast. The St. George Island Brewfest event will be in October, so start planning your vacation now! For more things to do in the area, make sure to request access to our free Vacation Guide. It includes a list of the top restaurants, bars, outdoor recreation, annual festivals, and more! 

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What to Know About SGI Brewfest This Year 

When Is SGI Brewfest? 

SGI Brewfest was originally set to happen in April but is rescheduled for October 16, 2021. 

What Is SGI Brewfest? 

Brews & Local Grub for a Good Cause 

The annual SGI Brewfest event is a fundraiser to promote the Franklin County Humane Society, and all proceeds will benefit the homeless dogs and cats of Franklin County. Not only do you get to try out delicious craft beer for a good cause, but you’ll also get to indulge in some of the most delicious foods from local vendors! 

How Much Are Tickets to SGI Brewfest? 

There are several options for tickets to the 2021 SGI Brewfest. For $100, VIP ticketholders will be able to sample craft beers before general admission ticket holders. They’ll also get VIP parking, a swag bag full of goodies, and a complimentary food ticket! 

For $60, early admission ticket holders will get an SGI Brewfest taster glass, unlimited craft brew tastings, and early access before the general admission ticket holders. 

If you’d just like the taster glass and unlimited tastings, buy the $40 general admission tickets. 

Need a ride, but don’t want to worry about drunk drivers or Ubers? Have someone in your group be the designated driver. Designated drivers at the event only pay $15 to get in and get free water and sodas! 

Are All of the Beers at SGI Brewfest Local? 

At SGI Brewfest, you’ll be able to try the best craft beers from not only Florida, but also several other parts around the country, and even international brands of beer as well! Some Florida locations include Apalachicola, Tampa, Tallahassee, Panama City, Jacksonville, and more. Plus, you’ll find some cold ones from Georgia, Hawaii, New York, Colorado, California, Massachusetts, Spain, Denmark, and more! Give your palate a unique variety and diversify your taste buds when you attend this special event! 

Unwind After a Day of Festivities 

gorgeous beach property on st george islandAfter a day of drinking under the sun with your best buds, unwind in some of the best vacation rentals on St. George Island. Make Resort Vacation Properties your home away from home on the Forgotten Coast. Here, you’ll find the perfect rental for you and your family, even the furry members! You can choose from a variety of pet-friendly vacation rentals with an abundant selection of amenities! 

From private pools to hot tubs with views, to beach access or strong Wi-Fi connection, you’ll find everything you need in our St. George Island rentals. Once you start creating memories and bonding experiences on St. George Island, you’ll never want to leave. So, what are you waiting for? Choose your selected dates, and start planning the best Florida getaway! 

If the St. George Island weather traps you indoors, there are plenty of ways to have fun in your vacation rental. Discover a few from Resort Vacation Properties of St. George Island.

Even if you plan your beach vacation for the dry season, there’s always a chance for the weather to become a bit rainy on Florida’s Forgotten Coast and St. George Island. A sudden storm doesn’t have to ruin your beach vacation, though. If you get rained out, Resort Vacation Properties of St. George Island offers a few tips to keep having fun inside your rental despite the rainy weather.

Have a Spa Day

There’s nothing more relaxing than a day at the spa. Of course, spas can also be very expensive, especially if you’re treating your whole family. Not everyone wants to devote a large chunk of their vacation budget to a rainy-day backup plan. Instead of dropping cash on a professional spa treatment, you can whip up an inexpensive version in your vacation rental. Cucumbers, lemons, and coconut oil are readily available at most grocery stores. You can even look up some DIY face masks or foot rubs and treat yourself to the full spa day experience without ever leaving your rental.

Keep It Cozy and Casual

If a spa day isn’t your style, there are other ways to relax without a beach. Put on your pajamas, pile up all the pillows your vacation rental can offer, and enjoy a rainy-day activity such as:

  • View a family favorite movie.
  • Read a book from a local bookstore.
  • Sip tea, coffee, or hot chocolate, or crack open a cold beer.
  • Watch the rain through your beach-view windows.

Play Some Games

Add some excitement to your rainy day with a little competition. Many vacation rentals come equipped with a few classic board games, decks of cards, or puzzles for just this purpose. You can even set small prizes for the winners! There are also plenty of mobile apps for group games, and Pictionary and Charades don’t require anything more than a pencil and some paper.

Cook Up Something Delicious

Spend your rainy days cooking. Vacation rentals don’t only have games, but most of them also have a fully equipped kitchen with all the tools you’ll need to whip up something tasty. Just take a quick trip to the grocery store for ingredients, and you’re set to go. What you make is only limited by your imagination. Try out a new recipe, bake a favorite dessert, and get the kids involved. You’ll have fun, stay dry, and create a delicious meal to share.

Get Crafty

Your vacation might not be over yet, but rainy downtime is a great opportunity to get a head start on saving the memories you’ve made so far. Take advantage of a quiet moment to pull out your camera, upload some pictures, and even order a few prints to get started on a scrapbook. Or, if your kids have filled their pockets with shells, you can string them up into necklaces or gather them into display jars.

For more suggestions on things to do in rainy St. George Island weather, contact Resort Vacation Properties of St. George Island today.

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.

Pedal your way to St. George Island for a relaxing ride down the Forgotten Coast. Did you know our island offers 17 incredible bike paths? When you experience a day of St. George Island biking, you not only get to spend some well-deserved time outside in the fresh air, but you also will be able to see gorgeous Florida scenery, sandy backroads, lush forests, and feel the relaxing sea breeze! Read on to find out everything you need to know about biking the Forgotten Coast so that you can be prepared before you release the kickstand!

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Everything You Need to Know About St. George Island Biking

Where to Rent a Bike on St. George Island

If you don’t have any room to bring your bike with you on vacation, no worries! You have a few options to choose from when it comes to nearby bike rentals. A few of our top choices include Jolly Roger Beach Shop on West Bay Shore Drive or St. George Island Adventures on East Gulf Beach Drive.

At SGI Adventures, you can rent a bike for $15 per day, $25 for two to three days, $35 for three to five days, or $45 for six to seven days. If you plan to spend the day at the beach, you may also want to look into renting their beach chairs, umbrellas, fishing carts, or beach wheelchairs.

The Best Places to Ride a Bike on St George Island

With St. George Island running for 22 miles between the Gulf of Mexico and Apalachicola Bay, we are fortunate to have miles of beautiful biking areas.  A few bicycle paths that we recommend that you explore are the St. George Island Bike Path and the paved paths within St. George Island State Park. It’s great because you can take SGI Bike Path straight to either the State Park or to one of the beaches!

Where to Rest a Day of Biking Around St. George Island

After you’ve explored the entire barrier island by pedal, it’s time to hit the brakes, and relax in a gorgeous St. George Island vacation rental by the beach! When you choose to stay with Resort Vacation Properties, you’ll have access to a selection of houses for any group, large or small! You can pick and choose which amenities make your dream vacation home, whether it be the proximity to the beach, a private pool, hot tub, screened porch, and more!

White and Blue House

Between Tides is a stunning four-bedroom, four-bathroom dream home. You and nine of your closest friends and family are sure to make yourself at home in this incredible vacation home. This pet-friendly home is a short stroll from the community boardwalk, with two porches, and views of the community pool! Check our availability, and start picturing your next vacation in your favorite beach home on the Florida Panhandle!

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