Experience a more serene side to the Sunshine State with a trip to St. George Island. One of the last protected barrier islands in Florida, St. George Island offers a vacation getaway without the crowds. Stay in one of the very few luxury hotels in the area, or book a few weeks in a charming beach cottage or one of the summer rentals by the shore. St. George Island is the perfect destination if you’ve always wanted to know how it feels like to live by the sea.
Apart from living like a local, you can truly immerse yourself in the diverse natural environment of North Florida right here on the island. Explore the island by bike, then walk around the marshlands to witness wildlife in the flesh. St. George Island is one of the most pet-friendly destinations in the state, so you can enjoy all these with your furry friend by your side.
Lastly, no trip to St. George Island will be complete without a round of fishing or two. Try your hand at freshwater fishing, surf casting, and deep-sea fishing all in one place. The island offers direct access to the warm and rich waters of the Gulf of Mexico, after all, so fishing here is a must for anglers of all stripes and levels.
Surfcasting is the name of the game here in St. George Island, with its miles upon miles of white sandy shore. If you’ve only got time for one fishing destination, let it be the St. George Island State Park. The park has a great shore fishing access where you can target speckled trout, flounder, redfish, pompano, whiting, or if you’re lucky, some Spanish mackerel. If you want to venture further out, the park has two unpaved boat ramps, plus canoe and kayak rentals for anyone who wants to kayak fish.
Other surfcasting spots on the island include Unit Four Beach which has shallow-water oyster bars that attract plenty of catch, Alligator Point Beach where you can target trout, redfish, pompano, and even tarpon during the summer months, and Bald Point State Park.
Fish the Apalachicola Bay via the fishing piers such as the Eastpoint Fishing Pier and St. George Island Fishing Pier where you can find speckled trout, redfish, flounder, sheepshead, and black drum all year round. Another great way to explore and fish the bay’s oyster bars, grass beds, and muddy flats is with a kayak.
Go further offshore and book a fishing charter to challenge yourself in the Gulf of Mexico or Apalachicola Bay, where you can catch snapper, grouper, sea bass, amberjack, common dolphinfish (mahi-mahi), cobia, and even sharks.
Freshwater and brackish water fishing are available on the island as well. Catch bream, bass, catfish, and redfish on the Apalachicola River system and the mouth of the Ochlockonee River which is accessible via the Alligator Point Marina, Alligator Point public boat launch, or Ochlockonee Bay Boat Ramp.
St. George Island has plenty of bike paths that will allow you to see everything the island has to offer up close and personal. To get a feel for the island, bike the 6-mile path that runs alongside Gulf Beach Drive.
St. George Island is a pet-friendly holiday destination. As long as you follow the regulations, you should be able to enjoy a vacation with your furry friend by your side.