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.
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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!
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!