Twenty-eight miles long and one mile wide, St George Island sits off the Florida Panhandle in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Known as “The Forgotten Coast,” St. George is one of the few Florida districts that allow dogs on the public beaches, in the state parks and on restaurant decks – provided that they are leashed and well behaved. Many vacation rentals are pet-friendly, too – and your furry friend will love the house rentals available here. From quaint beachfront cottages and seaside condos to luxurious island estates.
St. George Island is known to be quiet and relaxing due to its small size: no high-rises or chain stores here. But there is plenty to do. The state park is a must-see, fishing charters are highly encouraged and the food scene is to die for.
Browse the vacation rentals on St. George Island and see for yourself why it’s consistently rated as one of the top beach regions in the U.S.
The state park occupies the eastern nine miles of the island, providing the perfect setting for sunbathing, swimming, canoeing, boating, hiking, camping and fishing. House rentals along the ocean’s edge are secluded and tranquil. The strip of beach is an angler’s dream, with dozens of species roaming the waters like sheepshead, speckled trout, flounder, tripletail, snapper, amberjack, sea bass, mackerel, mahi-mahi, cobia and shark.
Bike through paved pathways, kayak to uninhabited islands, or take a dolphin-spotting cruise as the sun sets over the emerald ocean. Boating excursions and guided tours are offered for families of all ages.
You’ll also want your camera ready for the Cape St. George Light, a 72-foot brick lighthouse that sits along the water. Many vacation rentals have a direct view of the magnificent structure right from your window.
Restaurants on St. George Island are known for their Apalachicola Bay fish and seafood. Local eateries serve up mouth-watering dishes of all sorts. You have to try Eddie Teach’s Raw Bar, where oysters come steamed, grilled, in chowder and bisque, or simply on the half shell. Hit the Blue Parrot Oceanfront Café for “the best scallops in the world” and tasty tropical drinks.
House rentals downtown put you in the social mecca of the island, where live music permeates on a nightly basis and talent shows have you keeled over with laughter and delight.
The only shopping you’ll find here is at boutiques and beach shops. Produce markets offer authentic Panhandle spices and native ingredients. Vacation rentals are perfect for a cozy night in when you just want to enjoy a home-cooked meal!
Take your next trip to St. George Island and you won’t be disappointed. House rentals here strike the perfect balance between relaxation and fun. Wind down in a quiet cottage or kick up the sand in a beachfront home. Experience the beauty and culture that make St. George Island one of Florida’s most desired destinations. TripAdvisor Vacation Rentals is your one-stop-shop for all available rental properties.