Whether you’re searching for a romantic weekend getaway, a family-friendly vacation or a peaceful place to nest for snow bird season, look no further. Here at St. George Island, there’s something for everyone!
Shop Till You Drop
If you’re in the mood for a shopping spree, you’re in luck. St. George Island features an array of art galleries, boutiques and charming shops brimming with beachwear, handmade treasures, jewelry and unique gifts. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or someone else, you’re certain to find a special souvenir or keepsake to take home.
Pack up your pooch and head on down to St. George Island for a doggone good time! No bones about it, St. George Island is the perfect doggie destination. In fact, our island is one of the few pet-friendly beaches in Florida. Many of our vacation homes, stores and restaurants welcome four-legged visitors with open arms. There are plenty of pet-friendly accommodations for you and your furry friend. Camp at the State Park, rent a hotel room, or reserve a villa or spacious home on the bay, beach or somewhere in-between.
Whether you’re reel rookie or an angling pro, St. George Island is every fisherman and fisherwoman’s wonderland. When you throw out a line in the bay, you can expect to land sheepshead, speckled trout, flounder, whiting, redfish and tripletail. If you’re fishing in the Gulf, get ready to hook up with snapper, grouper, amberjack, sea bass, mackerel, mahi-mahi, cobia and sharks. Here at St. George Island, there are plentiful inshore and offshore fishing opportunities. Cast a rod from the shore, skim the flats, or venture out to deeper water with a charter boat captain. Our island is home to several bait and tackle shops as well as two public boat ramps. Several businesses on St. George Island rent kayaks, paddle boards and boats for adventurous anglers. Not ready to go at it alone? Charter a fishing excursion with one of our experienced fishing and tour guides.
Ready for a bite to eat? St. George Island offers a variety of restaurants featuring fresh local seafood. Enjoy beachfront dining overlooking the gulf or stop by a casual bayside eatery for cocktails and delicious pub fare. Worn out from a long day of adventures? Order dinner or lunch from our island pizzeria. If you prefer to cook up your own meal at your vacation rental, we’ve got you covered! St. George Island’s two grocery stores carry everything you need, including specialty and gourmet items you wouldn’t expect to find.
Whether you choose to rent a bicycle in one of our local shops or bring your own, you’ll enjoy miles of bike paths here at St. George Island. Our island features a six-mile paved path that parallels Gulf Beach Drive, the island’s main road. Explore the island and ride all the way to St. George Island State Park. At the park, you can pick up hiking trails and explore its peaceful dunes, forest and marshes, all teeming with local wildlife!
Here at St. George Island, there are countless things to do for families of all ages. Rent a boat or charter a trip to explore the bay and nearby islands. Go fishing inshore or offshore or rent a kayak or paddle board. Take a hike at our state park and enjoy a little bird-watching or stargazing. In early summer, if you walk the beach at dawn, you may get a glimpse of nesting sea turtles. Don’t forget to stop at the visitor center and get a closeup look at our historic lighthouse, the Cape St. George Light.
St. George Island is a dream destination for nature lovers. At St. George Island State Park, nestled on the eastern end of our island, visitors can explore nine miles of undeveloped shoreline, majestic dunes, a bay forest and salt marshes. The State Park offers a series of peaceful hiking trails, boardwalks and observation platforms.
Don’t forget your binoculars! Birding is a popular activity on St. George Island. You might encounter one of the many migratory birds that use St. George Island as a stopover on their journey. There have even been rare appearances by a flamingo and a snowy owl.
Beginning in early summer, loggerhead sea turtles come ashore to dig their nests and lay eggs along the beach. The hatchlings emerge at night and crawl to the gulf, guided by light of the moon. During the summer nesting season, we ask visitors to help these baby turtles make it safely to sea by removing all items from the beach, filling in any man-made holes in the sand and turning of all outdoor lights.
Nightlife & Events
Throughout the year, St. George Island showcases a variety of live music in several venues. The island is also home to a number of events, including the annual Chili Charity Cook-Off each March. This tasty annual event attracts more than 5,000 chili enthusiasts to the island. In the summer and fall, our music charity event, Rock By the Sea Festival, brings the region’s best musicians together to raise money for charity.
With so many things to do and see, St. George Island Florida is the perfect vacation destination for everyone.