The 28 miles of St. George Island Florida’s beaches are serene and pet-friendly. The island consistently rates as one of the top beaches in the U.S., with miles of uncrowded expanses for sunning and shelling, clear Gulf waters for swimming and fishing, and pristine marshes for wildlife viewing. Visitors can rent a quaint beach cottage, a multi-story luxury beach home, or lodge at one of the two island hotels or inns. Except for the Julian G. Bruce State Park beach, St. George Island beaches are pet-friendly for well-behaved and leashed pets. Start planning your island getaway today at www.islevaca.com
The public beach on St. George Island is easy to find. From Island Drive, the only access to the island, Go over the five-mile long Bryant Patton Bridge with a gorgeous view of Apalachicola Bay. When you get to the island stop sign, turn right and then left into convenient island parking. The public beach is not only easy to find but there are bath house facilities, covered pavilions for picnics, a playground and ball court for the younger generations. The Cape St. George Lighthouse and lighthouse Keeper’s House are also located in nearby Lighthouse Park.
We would like to invite you to the 20th Anniversary of the Apalachicola Classic Boat & Car Show on April 20, 2019 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Come to Riverfront Park in Apalachicola to see many antique & classic vessels, workboats and runabouts. Fiberglass, wood and aluminum as well as motor displays. Boat building demonstrations will be on display as well.
Antiques, classic and late model cars will be on display from Studebakers, Model Ts , Mustangs, Classic Chevys and much more. The Apalachicola Traders’ Canoe, a hand built 50-foot long vessel used between 1750-1850, recovered from the Apalachicola River will be on display at History Culture & Art Center during the day as well. The Apalachicola Classic Boat & Car Show also will feature a few arts and crafts vendors that focus on nautical themes.
And we have oysters!
Dr. Drew Ramsey is prescribing his patients an alternative treatment for anxiety and depression that deviates from the standard Prozac, Zoloft, and Celexa: oysters. Yep, we’re talking about shellfish. According to the Columbia University assistant professor and psychiatrist, the popular dish can improve mental health.
Ramsey credits the food’s high vitamin b12 for reducing brain shrinkage, while noting the link between long chain omega-3 fatty acid deficiencies and depression, New York Times reports. Given the oyster’s high level of the polyunsaturated fatty acid, they can reduce symptoms.
It’s a treatment method his patients are clearly fond of. In fact, one took Ramsey’s advice a step further and ordered three dozen oysters in one weekend. “You’re the only person I’ve prescribed them to who came back and said he ate 36!” Ramsey reportedly told the 48-year-old, who was suffering from mild depression and anxiety.
Ramsey’s belief in the ties between food and mental health extends beyond shellfish. In fact, the psychiatrist has published a number of books exploring the “food mood connection.” The author of “Eat Complete,” “Fifty Shades of Kale,” and “The Happiness Diet,” claims poor diet choices can contribute to depression.
April 5 – April 7
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.
St. George Island in Florida is one of the most naturally spectacular places you can visit.
For all the beach lovers and bird lovers in the state of Florida, this hidden island is your new favorite paradise. Located near the Gulf of Mexico, this piece of land is a diamond among the rough, but once you see the tranquility and serenity this place offers, you’ll be ready to plan a day-trip once and for all.
St. George Island will host its annual Charity Chili Cookoff and Auction the first Saturday in March. Annual attendance of an estimated 5,000 people, with many contestants participating in several contests including a golf tournament, a 5K red pepper run, crock pot chili contest, Miss Chili Pepper and Mr. Hot Sauce contests, auction and CHILI COOK-OFF sanctioned by the International Chili Society. All proceeds benefit the Island Volunteer Fire Department and First Responder Unit.
If you and your S.O. are looking for a destination that is both romantic and tranquil, St. George Island is the perfect couples vacation spot. One of the last inhabited yet unspoiled islands in Florida, St. George Island boasts serene beaches on the Gulf of Mexico that are consistently rated as some of the top in the United States. While on St. George Island, take a romantic stroll through nine miles of untouched beaches, sand dunes, and marshes at St. George Island State Park. Or, experience St. George Island’s thriving water sports scene with a paddleboarding tour or fishing charter. If you’re looking for a romantic dining experience after a day in the sun, St. George Island has a variety of options. For seafood lovers, check out Paddy’s Raw Bar, a local favorite for fresh oysters.
Country Living Magazine recently named Apalachicola one of the best small towns in Florida—and it doesn’t surprise us one bit! For many years, Apalachicola has been renowned as one of the friendliest towns in all of the Sunshine State.
In fact, locals will gladly tell you that “Apalachicola” is a combination of Hitchoti Indian words that roughly translates into “land of the friendly people.” While there is some controversy surrounding the true meaning of the name, one thing is certain: Apalachicola makes everyone feel at home.
As soon as you set foot in our little slice of paradise, we guarantee you’ll fall in love. That’s because Apalachicola is bursting with hometown charm, friendly folks and rich maritime history. Nestled on the mouth of the Apalachicola River, our small, welcoming port town is home to bustling seafood houses, weather-worn shrimp boats and stately historical buildings.
“This quaint fishing town in Florida’s panhandle is the place for fresh catch,” writes Giannina Smith Bedford in Country Living Magazine. “Book a room at a charming inn and learn about the local oyster, timber, and fishing history or relax on miles of unspoiled beaches in nearby St. George’s Island.”
While our small coastal town is certainly laid-back and quiet, there are plenty of things to do here—from upscale dining and shopping to museum hopping and sightseeing to kayaking and beach bumming. Extremely walkable, Apalach features several parks and nature trails. Visitors can take a self-guided walking tour along the tree-shaded sidewalks of our distinguished Historic District, where you can check out the regal homes of past sea captains and river pilots.
Of course, Apalachicola is also well-known as an angler’s paradise. The prolific ecosystem within the Apalachicola River and the Apalachicola Bay offer endless fishing opportunities.
Celebrated for superb local seafood (particularly our world-famous Apalachicola oysters) our small town is home to an impressive array of eateries—from casual downtown cafes to riverside oyster dives to fine dining restaurants. Apalachicola is also renowned throughout the Panhandle for our numerous annual festivals and events. After all, there’s a lot to celebrate in this charming coastal town!
Brimming with warm hospitality and smiling faces, Apalachicola is a dream destination for couples, families, empty nesters and anyone else searching for a small-town getaway.
As you stroll down the beach pathway, you hear the soothing sound of gently rolling Gulf waves and the cry of gulls overhead. Breathing in the salty air, you catch sight of the emerald water glistening beyond the dunes. You feel the warmth of the sun’s brilliant rays wash over your shoulders as your feet sink into the powdery, sugar white sand.
It’s not just a daydream. St. George Island is calling!
Recovered & Ready for Visitors
Back in October, Hurricane Michael battered St. George Island’s beautiful beaches. But thanks to the hard work of volunteers along with county and state workers, the barrier island’s wide, gently sloping beaches are once again clean, pristine and as stunning as ever. Now we’re just waiting for you to visit!
If you’ve never had the pleasure of visiting, St. George Island is a 22-mile barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico on Florida’s Forgotten Coast. Home to the most unspoiled, serene beaches in the Sunshine State, the island is a tranquil getaway for snow birds, families, couples and anyone else looking for an escape.
There are no high rises in sight on this picturesque island. Just a laid-back attitude, breathtaking beaches and bountiful wildlife. The island’s uncrowded beaches are perfect for tons of activities, from swimming, fishing and paddling to shelling, castle-building and relaxing on the sugar white sand.