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It’s hard to beat the fishing on St. George Island. Its location as a barrier island four miles off the mainland gives fishermen the unique opportunity to fish Apalachicola Bay and the Gulf of Mexico in the same day, if they so choose. And each has its advantages—the Bay is home to more than 100 species of fish, while the Gulf gives opportunity for surfing and offshore fishing along the white sand beaches.

This love of fishing spans the Forgotten Coast region, and locals are proud to include children in our favorite sport. After all, fishing offers children a variety of life lessons, from patience and decision-making to the concept of the circle of life. Many charters, which make fishing hassle-free by including the required licenses, rods, reels, bait and tackle, welcome children. Some are even for children only!

A great way to celebrate the young angler in your life can be found just across the Bay in Eastpoint. The 17th Annual Fisherman’s Choice Youth Fishing Tournament will be held on June 10th, bringing together 200 children ages 16 and under to fish for both fresh and saltwater species. Entry is free and includes a free t-shirt. After the tournament, everyone is invited to attend a cookout at Fisherman’s Choice, the title sponsor and Eastpoint’s premier hunting and fishing supply store.

 

Latest DiscountsEven though the official first day of Autumn has come and gone, on St. George Island we know it’s still warm enough to be summertime. But the moments are slipping away to experience St. George’s scenic summer moments. Here are four can’t-miss ways to spend your last seconds of summer:

Beach It Up, Baby

With the salty waters of the Gulf of Mexico still as warm as 77 degrees and coastal air temps as high as 83 degrees, the beach is still fair game during our elongated summer. Check out Lighthouse Park at the center of the island.  With its pristine vistas and puffy white clouds hanging out over the St. George Lighthouse, it is the undeniable focal point of the area. For a more natural sandy excursion, experience the nine undeveloped miles of seagrass-speckled Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park.  Both parks feature lovely, well-kept facilities and covered picnic areas perfect for a warm-weather picnic. And keep your eyes peeled for playful dolphins and other marine life bounding out of the beautiful blue waters!

Behold the Birds

Birding has long been a favorite pastime on the island. While avian activities are year ‘round, early October is a one of two peak migratory seasons for a variety of species. The beach surf teems with nimble little terns diving into the waves to gather food during this time of year.  This allows for quite the show whether you’re seeking them out or simply stumbling upon their impressive precision. With more than 300 species of native and migratory birds, St. George Island State Park offers a host of bird-watching hotbeds for you to experience firsthand.

Cycling the Coast

With salty gusts of sea air and low- to mid-80s almost-autumnal warmth, cyclists can ride along the forgotten coast in beachy comfort. The island is home to 17 miles of paved bike paths as well as plenty of off-road opportunities to explore the sights from your bike. In addition, the island’s 1,000 or so residents live their lives on “island time!”  This means there’s a much safer feel to sharing the road on St. George than in busier beach regions.

Outdoor Adventures Courtesy of Journeys

The fine folks at Journeys offer the Forgotten Coast’s regional secrets from the locals who know them the very best. Whether it’s bay side or off-shore 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 the prime sloughs and sweet spots that can all but guarantee a big catch.

As for the kiddos, Journeys is proud to provide four unparalleled island adventures to the most curious of young beach-goers. Complete with snacks and drinks, these kid-friendly excursions include:

  1. The Dolphin Encounter that allows youngsters to watch the magic movements of the sleekest mammals in the sea.
  2. The Creature Feature where kids can check out beach critters via various net-casting techniques.
  3. The Fishing Adventure that teaches baiting, hooking, and releasing techniques with exposure to various local fish.
  4. The Critter Swamp Walk where nets and buckets are provided to allow interested explorers to collect minnows, crabs, and shrimp in the impeccable estuary.

Resort Vacation Properties of St. George Island Florida makes it their mission to champion their community by sharing the old fishermen tales, the area’s mysterious history, the hidden beauty spots along the Forgotten Coast, and highlighting the wonders of this incredible beach island enclave.  St. George Island is a short 80 miles east of Panama City, along the sparkling Gulf Coast of Florida.  We hope you’ll check out our rental properties should your travels ever bring you our way.