Tucked into the crook of Florida's Panhandle, the 28-mile St. George Island is renowned for its unspoiled beaches. Located just off the coast, the barrier island is part of the long stretch of beaches known as Gulf Islands National Seashore.
With no high rises or chain stores, St. George Island offers a classic beach getaway. Mile after mile of pristine beach is accessible directly from town and also in St. George State Park.
For a lovely view across the island and out to see, adults and kids at least 40 inches tall can climb the 92 steps to the top of the St. George Lighthouse, which was built in 1852.
On the eastern end of the island, St. George Island State Park is nine miles of pristine coastline and rolling sand dunes. You'll find trails, boardwalks and viewing platforms for spying on seabirds and loggerhead sea turtles that come ashore to dig nests and lay eggs between May and October.
Rent Some Wheels
A six-mile paved path runs parallel to Gulf Beach Drive, the island's main road, beginning near the St. George Plantation private gated community to the entrance of St. George Island State Park on the island's eastern end. Once inside the park, you can pick up hiking trails for exploring its dunes, forest, and marshes. Island Adventures offers inexpensive daily or multi-day rentals of adult bikes, youth bikes, and shaded surreys. You can even get bikes delivered for a small fee.
Want to get out on the water? You can rent kayaks and stand-up paddleboards from Island Outfitters. Like to fish? Fishing kayaks and gear is also available for rent.
No summer visit to St. George Island is complete without a cone or a sundae from Aunt Ebby's Ice Cream, an old-fashioned ice cream parlor a few blocks from the lighthouse. Hungry? Order a sub, sandwich or burger.