Welcome to St. George Island! Our St. George Island vacation rentals offer access to some of the most beautiful beaches in the United States.
St. George Island is a small island located near the Panhandle of Florida. It’s only about 28 miles long and a mile wide, but that doesn’t mean it’s not packed with many amazing things for your family to do! St. George Island is a great vacation spot, especially since many people are more interested in continuing on to locations like Daytona Beach. Why spend your vacation on a crowded beach when you could have a whole stretch of white sand to yourself?
Many people take advantage of the numerous St. George Island vacation rentals, many of which are located near or on the beach. The island is often divided into three different areas, each of which has its own attractions.
Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park
This part of the island takes up about nine miles on the eastern side of the area, and it’s where those who love the outdoors will want to go. Forbes Magazine named it one of the top parks in the U.S. in 2013, and for good reason. With a reservation, you can swim in the waters around the park or go fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and boating.
Many people visit the park to go bird watching or watch the local wildlife from the numerous observation platforms located throughout the area. Others enjoy hiking through the park and taking in all the different sights the island has to offer before settling in for a picnic.
While you’re exploring the beaches around the park or any other beach on the island, be sure to look for loggerhead sea turtles. These turtles come to St. George Island during May and October to lay their eggs in the warm sands along the beaches.
Visit the Shops and Restaurants
The second part of the island is where most of the developments are. Here you’ll find some great restaurants and cafes for lunch and dinner, some fun shops to explore, and a number of other small businesses. You’ll find many great St. George Island vacation rentals here, including many that are located near the public beaches.
The Homes of the Rich and Famous
The third section of St. George Island is probably not an area you’ll visit. It’s where the elite, the rich, and the famous own some of the most amazing homes on the Gulf of Mexico. These houses, located in a gated neighborhood, are easily worth several million dollars each. There’s even a private airstrip on this part of the island! While you may not have an invitation into the neighborhood, you can take a look at the homes from afar.
Visit the Lighthouse
If you want to get a great view of the island and the surrounding waters, you definitely want to visit the St. George Lighthouse. The first lighthouse to stand on the island was built in 1852, but hurricanes and other events took their toll on that structure. Today’s lighthouse was built in 2008 and requires visitors to climb up 92 stairs. The view from the top is certainly worth it, though. The attached museum provides a history of the lighthouse and the island plus offers souvenirs and other items for sale.
Bike around the Island
While many people stay close enough to the beach or catch a taxi or bus, there’s another great way to get around St. George Island: rent a bike! There are several bike rental shops around that will rent you a bike for a few hours, a few days, or even a whole week. You can then explore the whole island at your leisure. Biking is one of the residents favorite ways of getting around, as the 17 miles of biking trails attest to. You can easily visit every place on St. George by bike, plus its great exercise!
Enjoy Dinner with a View
Top off your day of exploring the park or biking to different shops by settling in at one of the different oceanfront restaurants for a dinner made from freshly caught seafood. You can watch the sunset over the gorgeous waters of the Gulf of Mexico while you enjoy an amazing meal in what is about as close to paradise as you can find on earth.
Of course, you’re on an island in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico, which means you’re surrounded by beaches! When you’re not biking, hiking, or enjoying a meal, take some time off to lay out in the warm sunshine on a beach and let the gentle sound of the waves carry away all of your stress and worry. Plus, being pet friendly, you can bring your dog (s) along as well.