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Address: 479 Market Street, Apalachicola, FL 32320
Phone Number: (850) 653-8808
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This barrier island is located in Florida's Apalachicola Bay.

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If you love solitude and nature this is the place. Peaceful beauty, only accessible by boat. We were lucky enough to attend a tour put on by the friends of Saint Vincent Island... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
PlayaDelCarmenFreak
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Loudon, New Hampshire
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Loudon, New Hampshire
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97 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you love solitude and nature this is the place. Peaceful beauty, only accessible by boat. We were lucky enough to attend a tour put on by the friends of Saint Vincent Island. They offer the tours occasionally in the winter by advertising on their web site and in local papers. The tour guide was knowledgeable and very happy to... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

We participated in one of the free tours of St. Vincent Island during their wild week. A short boat ride to the island where you board a truck pulled trailer with bleacher seating. This is about a 4 hour tour and the volunteer speakers are very savvy on their knowledge of the island. We did not see many animals but... More 

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

On a recent visit to the barrier islands near Apalachicola, experienced a rural beach trip, with more bait shops than boutiques. From the east end of St. George Island State Park to Indian Pass on the west end of SVNWR, recreation opportunities are endless. Weekend camping at State Parks on this part of the coast fill up in advance, so... More 

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Port Saint Joe, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

Very rustic tour - informative - old history of the area - bring bug spray and cool water - very reasonable cost for boat transportation to the island - wagon ride is the preferred means of travel - teens could handle the self guided walking tour -

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LaGrange, Georgia
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015 via mobile

No words can describe God's natural beauty! Must visit! Pristine sand, water, and wildlife. Florida as it was intended to be enjoyed.

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wisconsn
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

It takes a bit of extra effort to visit St. Vincent's refuge; one just cannot drive up to it. Some kayak, and the distance between the tip of Indian Pass and the island is short, but the crossing has a strong or stronger current (depending on the tide). If possible, try to visit with one of the monthly tours (information... More 

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Iowa City, Iowa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We took the shuttle over with our bikes, for 20 dollars each. It was very cold and windy, and we saw absolutely no wildlife except a few common birds on the island. We did ride our bikes a bit on the beach which was nice, but overall, we felt we paid quite a bit for very little. We did see... More 

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Ohio
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336 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015 via mobile

We went on the friends' tour of this interesting place when some last-minute cancellations made a couple of spots available. It was unseasonally cold, though, which meant not only that we were uncomfortable but the animals and birds were scarce. Even the alligators weren't moving much. But we had the beach and the rest of the island to ourselves and... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Brought our bikes and headed down the only road down the middle of the island. We spent 3 hrs and saw no wildlife other that an occasional bird. We went for the experience so we were not disappointed. Know that the last road mile goes from dirt and crushed shells to loose sand so our hybrid bikes were unable to... More 

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2 Thank JudithAM
Tennessee
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18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

We loved the St. Vincent Wildlife preserve in Florida. Miles and miles of beautiful huge shells and they are as big as your hand. If they still have the animal in them, do not take them home. I was unaware of the sand spurs...little prickly things that attach themselves to your feet and legs. So, wear jeans/long pants through the... More 

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