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Visiting Saint George Island in winter

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Visiting Saint George Island in winter

Hello all,

I've just discovered Saint George Island while looking for a vacation rental for my parents for a month or so this winter (January/February). The island looks beautiful and seems that it might be just what they need. Can anyone provide details re: weather, etc. at that time of year? Is the island deserted? This might be a really ignorant question, but I assume that all stores, etc. remain open? We've spent significant amounts of time (summer and winter) in the Orlando/Kissimme area, as well as Daytona but the panhandle is completely new to us. My folks aren't looking for HOT weather - just something a little warmer than we're used to right now (our high has been below the freezing point for a couple of weeks already and Jan/Feb will only be worse) and they don't need a lot of nightlife (just looking for some good old fashioned R&R). Any advice or information you can provide is greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

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1. Re: Visiting Saint George Island in winter

For the Weather go to:

www.wunderground.com

For the City, put in

Apalachicola, Florida

It is cold in the winter. It isn't beach weather, but there is no snow either. If they are coming from Canada, then it may seem like a heat wave to them.

For additional information you might try:

The Chamber of Commerce

http://www.apalachicolabay.org/

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2. Re: Visiting Saint George Island in winter

Thanks very much. I've had no trouble finding weather information. It's definitely warmer than home but not balmy by any stretch.

Any thoughts on how deserted the island might be? Do people travel there in the winter?

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3. Re: Visiting Saint George Island in winter

People live there so it will not be deserted. remember the beach wind can make it several degress cooler than the Apalach forcast. but the gulf water warmth can also bring it up. I gather you got a good rental deal, why? well it is cold, no one wants to visit. Tampa is 4-7 degress warmer and Fort Myers 7-12 degrees warmer. example this am Apalach was 28 low 55 high Naples 47 low 64 high.

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4. Re: Visiting Saint George Island in winter

We are looking to go in May. Any good places to stay. How about restaurants??

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5. Re: Visiting Saint George Island in winter

I too am looking to visit SGI at the end of May. I just happened on the area by chance, while doing research to find a family vacation spot. I am used to non-commercialized vacation areas as my family always had a condo on Edisto Beach, SC. However, my in-laws (with whom we are going this summer) have always vacationed in the more popular areas like Destin and Myrtle Beach. My question is this, can anyone let me know things about SGI like how many restaurants, shops, gorceries stores there are? Or, if there are any within close proximity. I have had a hard time finding things about SGI, but I have gotten the idea that there might be a small central "downtown" type area? Is this correct? Any information that someone could give would be helpful. Also, would the end of May be a good time to go...would the gulf water be warm enough to swim?

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6. Re: Visiting Saint George Island in winter

We went last summer and it was definitely not what I would call crowded. Especially in comparison to Destin/Ft. Walton Beach area. So I can only think that it would be what you would consider deserted. Even in summer it was by my standards. Not a lot of restaurants, but enough to get you by. Just don't count on an abundance of places to eat on the mainland either, unless you want to drive a long way. Also not much cell phone service. The State parks are beautiful, and there are a lot of scenic drives, especially along the coast. It may have been the most peaceful vacation we've been on. But if your kids want slides and rides and malls and movie theaters(and their cell phones)there are NONE! If you can't get it at the Dollar General or the local stores, you ain't gettin it. We are going again in March.

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This area of Florida is known as the "Forgotton Coast" mostly becasue there ain't to much 'round them parts. Those that have been there keep comming back because of the desolate areas of beaches and void of most shopping and comercialism. There is no strip malls, Taco Bells, Walmarts go-cart rides minature golf, no Cracker barrel Mc Donalds, Home Depot, Bed Bath and Beyond or any other chan stors you see in every other city. Lets hope it stays that way!

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