Come here to relax, swim, and surf along endless strips of sugary white sand beaches and crystal blue waves. Situated between the Gulf of Mexico and the Apalachicola Bay, St. George Island offers all the traditional features of a classic Florida vacation, but it has a special appeal to lovers of nature and the outdoors. At the east end of this barrier island, 1,962 acres of land have been marked off and protected as the Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park. The park features picnicking, boating, and swimming areas, winding hiking trails, and rare species of birds and marine animals. Come here to relax and escape, or to explore and experience the natural world.
Here are a few suggestions of things to do on St. George Island:
-Visit the St. George Island Lighthouse: Climb the stairs to the very top of this historic landmark and see the endless ocean from the lighthouse keeper's point of view.
-Go bird watching: See some rare and protected shore birds along the sandy grass flats of St. George Island. Species to look out for include the black skimmer, the willet, and the snowy plover.
-Take a fishing trip: Guided excursions are available, but you can also easily head out alone. Apalachicola Bay and a few other areas here are known for their flounder, sea trout, whiting, and Spanish mackerel.
-Go on a canoeing adventure: Rent a canoe or sea kayak and experience the beauty of the gentle coastline and salt marshes.
-Go hiking in the park: Explore the dunes, shady pine forests, and untouched beaches. Keep an eye out for elusive wildlife like the diamondback terrapin.
When you arrive here, you'll need a place to stay. Find a vacation rental close to the state park or book a condo or villa with beautiful views of the ocean at the north or west end of the Island.
As featured in USA TODAY and recommended by Travel + Leisure in its annual Villa Guide:
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