Full Moon Climb December 11 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

St. George Island Lighgthouse

Climb to the top of the lighthouse to see spectacular views of the sunset and full moon, and light refreshments are served. Contact Gift Shop for reservations.

The December full moon is called the Cold Moon for obvious reasons: winter is about to arrive and temperatures are dropping. It’s getting cold! Full Moon names are attributable to Native American tribes, most notably t

he Algonquin, who named the moons to mark the changing seasons.


Exhibit on the Science and History of Atomic Bombs

In the month of August, The Camp Gordon Johnston WWII Museum, on The Forgotten Coast, will feature a special exhibit on the science and history of the atomic bombs used by the Allies to end the war. On August 6, 1945, the first atomic bomb was dropped on the city of Hiroshima. A second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki on August 9. What made these bombs so destructive, and how were they kept secret? Come and learn about the people, the places, the science and the aftermath of this significant event that ended WWII.

Due to public interest, the current exhibit on the role of women in WWII will be expanded and extended to August 31. Both of these exhibits include photographs, vintage film footage, artifacts and models.


Jam Paddle Apalachicola & St. George Island!

Jam Paddle

April 5April 7

Paddle Jam

Paddle Jam is a festival celebrating the Forgotten Coast through paddle sports, music & food.  Paddle Jam is a “fluid festival” with events happening at various locations in Apalachicola and St. George Island, Florida.  

Paddle Jam 2019 –  Guinness World Record Raft Up!

Grab your kayak and head to the coast April 5-7 and join in what organizers hope will be another world-record attempt to gather the largest number of kayaks together in one floating mass to break the current Guiness world record. The three-day Forgotten Coast Paddle Jam event is sponsored by the Forgotten Coast Paddle Club. The Guiness World record attempt is just one activity planned as part of the area-wide fund-raising event featuring races, games, raffles, music and food.

More details at: http://www.paddle2love.com/Guiness Record


Autos & Oysters Car Show Apalachicola

Apalach Car Show

Apalach Car Show

Don’t miss the award-winning Autos and Oysters Car Show! The show will be held on Water Street from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. Enjoy a fabulous lineup of cars, fresh oysters and hotdogs in beautiful Riverfront Park, music and more!
Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at noon. The cost to enter your car is $20. Awards will be given for the Top 50, Best of Show, Club Participation, Greatest Distance Travelled, and Sponsor’s Choice. Awards will be presented at 4:00 p.m.


Apalachicola Art & Wine Walk

Art and Wine Walk

art walk


If you enjoy visiting beautiful historic downtown Apalachicola and you enjoy great art, music and wine, then the Apalachicola Art & Wine Walk is the perfect event for you to attend this spring. You’ll get to stroll, sip and savor the flavor of downtown Apalachicola. All while enjoying the beautiful art that captures the essence of the locals, wildlife, scenery and oyster industry that fames our unique town.

The art and wine walk will begin on Saturday at 11am on April 7, 2018 ending at 6pm that evening. The wine tasting portion of the event will be from 1pm to 4pm. Purchase your wine glass at any of the participating locations, or from the Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center for $25 and begin your tasting adventure!

The participating locations are as follows:

Tamara’s Tapas Bar
Gormley’s at the Gibson
Apalachicola Seafood Grill
Bottoms Up
Pendleton’s Raw Bar
Betsy’s Sunflower
On the Waterfront Gallery
Oyster City Brewing Company

While you’re out enjoying beautiful historic Apalachicola, stop by some of the local shops, then after you’ve had your fill of the beautiful art and flavorful wine, enjoy a delicious dinner at one of our local restaurants. Area chefs will be preparing gourmet dishes paired with specialty wines.


Book Direct With The Owner Direct And Save!

Book Direct


The Vacation Rental market is rapidly changing, and all the major listing sites are trying to capitalize on these changes by nickeling and diming travelers and property owners. All major listing sites are now charging booking or service fees between 6% to 17% to the travelers/guests. If you are not aware, in any multi-day rental you may end up paying a hefty additional sum for no added benefit. These major listing sites are using scare tactics such as Book with Confidence Guarantee schemes,.

If it was me, instead of paying these “booking fees” I would use the money to take my family or my friends to dinner!
We do advertise in all of the major listing sites, and will play by their rules when people contact us through them…it is only fair. But if you don’t mind doing a little more research and find us, the owners of the properties, online and contact us directly, you will be saving money. Many owners are getting smarter and having their own web presence, and naming their sites and properties the same so it becomes easier to find us! Find us at www.islevaca.com When you book directly, you are cutting out the middleman, saving money, promoting the local economy, helping small businesses, and in most cases, you will gain real local knowledge provided by the owners themselves! It’s a win, win!