St. George Island is located on the northern Florida Panhandle along the “Forgotten Coast.” On the island, there are plenty of pet-friendly vacation rentals encompassed by tranquil beaches and forests. Stroll through miles of secluded shoreline without seeing another person, swim in the inviting Gulf waters, and visit marshes to witness wildlife. Book your St. George Island vacation rental today. Check out the most unforgettable areas to visit on St. George Island.
1. St. George Island
You can reach your vacation rental on St. George Island only by crossing the five-mile long Bryant Patton Bridge, which gives you a beautiful view of Apalachicola Bay. The beaches slope gently, with surf that can be fun for all ages with normal caution in calm, clear weather. Nearby, find the Cape St. George Lighthouse and the Keeper’s House in Lighthouse Park. If you wish to climb the lighthouse, there are 92 wooden spiral stairs and an eight-rung metal ladder to reach the lantern room through the 24-inch by 21-inch scuttle hole.
Eastpoint is home to the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve Center, a small aquarium that contains native fish and turtles. Visitors learn about various habitats along a winding path to the entrance where cards describe plants and wildlife. If you have a family member who enjoys technology, Eastpoint features a large geocache, which is an outdoor treasure hunt using GPS on a smartphone. When you’re ready for sightseeing, a drive across Apalachicola Bay on the Big Bend Scenic Byway Coastal Trail bridge to Apalachicola sometimes includes opportunities to see dolphins jumping and playing.
Lose your stress and find your zen in Apalachicola where fine seafood, excellent fishing, and scenic waterfront parks make great vacation memories. A great way to sneak in some educational time is to visit area museums that preserve the oyster and fishing history of this little fishing town, including the Apalachicola Maritime Museum and the John Gorrie State Museum. When you want to kick it up a notch, dolphin and whale watching make an exciting adventure for the entire family.
4. Dog Island
The only way to reach Dog Island is by boat, and visitors must bring food and beverages with them from Carrabelle. With only residential houses, most of the island is a nature preserve. You can sit on the deck of your vacation rental and watch dolphins play, drink in epic starry skies, or watch a brilliant sunset. The beach is at your doorstep for you to walk, fish, swim, or collect seashells.
Your vacation stays in Carrabelle can lead you in several directions. The Crooked River Lighthouse features the Keeper’s House Museum and Gift Shop. If you want to climb the lighthouse, members of your party must all be at least 44 inches tall. On another day, you can get in some fishing in the rivers of Tate’s Hell State Forest, which also includes hiking trails. Visitors with a sense of humor and a taste for history enjoy visiting the World’s Smallest Police Station, which includes its history inside. At one time, the phone booth was the actual police station.
6. Port Saint Joe
Serve yourself a well-deserved slice of vacation paradise in Port Saint Joe on Saint Joe Bay. If your passion is snorkeling or scuba diving, head on over to Daly’s Watersports where you can pick up any equipment you need. Their staff also offer instructions for beginners. Other available equipment includes kayaks and paddle boards for additional adventures on the bay.
7. Cape San Blas
When you dream of sandy beaches and walking in the warm breaking waves of the Gulf of Mexico, Cape San Blas makes it happen. It’s a wonderful place to walk as you collect seashells and gather your thoughts, or take an invigorating swim. To help you enjoy the beauty of the shoreline, Two-Bit Stable offers relaxing horseback rides on the beach.
8. St. Teresa
Your stay in the St. Teresa community of Carrabelle promises a laid-back vacation where time seems to stand still. Walk out the door of your vacation rental, set up the canvas chairs on the beach, and cast a rod for some surf fishing. While waiting for a strike, there’s time to help the kids start a sand castle or just kick back and soak up the sun.
Wright Lake is a quiet place in Sumatra where you can gather your thoughts while hiking the four-mile trail around the lake. It is a scenic, spring-fed lake that features a white sand beach for swimming, with a bathhouse that has hot showers and restroom facilities. There is a public boat ramp for anglers and sightseers to use. If there is a history buff in the family, the Fort Gadsden Historic Area located on the Apalachicola River contains the ruins of two forts going back to 1812. The site includes a small museum which features a diorama of the fort, a picnic shelter, and a short trail around the fort.
Families who love the outdoors enjoy vacation rentals in Sopchoppy, located in the heart of the Apalachicola National Forest. The Myron B. Hodge City Park includes a boat launch and fishing piers on the Sopchoppy River. The park also features hiking trails, picnic facilities with charcoal grills, and playgrounds. When it’s time to look around, Sopchoppy Depot makes an interesting stop. It is the only Georgia, Florida and Alabama depot still standing in Florida. As a museum, its exhibits include old photos and artifacts.
11. Alligator Point
Away from city lights and sounds, a vacation rental at Alligator Point offers tranquil evenings, quiet nights, and days filled with exactly as much activity as you choose. You can collect seashells, take peaceful walks, row a boat, swim, or work on your suntan.
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12. Bald Point
You can enjoy a broad variety of activities available to you when you stay on in the Bald Point community on Alligator Point. Bald Point State Park features 4,065 acres of scenic marshes, pines, and oak thickets that make it a popular area for birding and wildlife viewing. Located where Ochlockonee Bay and Apalachee Bay meet, Bald Point gives visitors access to a fishing dock and picnic pavilions as well as two beaches for swimming, fishing, sunbathing, kayaking, and windsurfing.
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