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St George Island Jet Ski Rentals: Have Fun On The Water

 

St. George Island (“SGI”) offers endless opportunities for water fun and adventure. Whether you’re a thrill-seeker looking for jet skis, parasailing, and more or you prefer to catch up on your favorite book and bum on the beach—there’s an activity for any age or budget.

The adventure-seekers visiting the “forgotten coast” will be pleased with the array of activities and rentals readily available, including jet skis!

Jet skiing is a popular beach activity that requires no prior experience! Great for children and adults alike, renting a few jet skis for the day is a great way to get out and enjoy the beautiful Gulf of Mexico.

Jet Ski Rentals on St. George Island

There is only one place on St. George Island to rent jet skis—but trust us, that’s all you need!

The famous ‘Jet Ski Hut’ is located right next to the popular Blue Parrot Ocean Front Cafe in downtown Saint George—you can’t miss it!

Locally owned and operated, the Jet Ski Hut is your one-stop-shop for beach fun and adventure. They offer seasonal rentals in the spring, summer, and fall to meet your water adventure needs. Catch them on the beach daily from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. for a rental lasting anywhere from only 30-minutes or up to 8-hours for a full day of fun.

Current jet ski rental rates:

  • 30 minutes: $55
  • 1 hour: $95
  • 2 hours: $175
  • 4 hours: $275 (half day)
  • 8 hours: $425 (full day)

You can visit their Facebook page for more information or contact SGI Rentals at (850) 927-5150 to reserve your water toys.

Jet Ski Rental & Riding FAQs

New to the world of jet skis? Check out these frequently asked questions to prepare for your trip!

How much does it cost to rent a jet ski?

The cost of renting a jet ski depends on the length of the rental. In Saint George Island specifically, you can expect to spend between $95 – $425 for one hour to eight hours of ride time, plus applicable taxes and fees.

How many people can ride on a jet ski at one?

Waverunner jet skis can hold between one to four riders at once depending on the size.

How old do you have to be to ride a jet ski?

Watercraft rules vary by state. In Florida, the driver of a jet ski rental must be at least 18 years of age.

What should I wear on a jet ski?

Comfort and security are the only important thing to remember when dressing for a jet ski ride. You’ll want a bathing suit or waterproof clothing that will stay secure while you’re ripping waves. A traditional bathing suit should be fine in the summer and fall, while a wet suit or something with more coverage might be more comfortable in the spring while the water is still a little chilly. You will also be required to wear a life jacket during your ride. And, while it’s not required, we always recommend plenty of sunscreen!

A jet ski isn’t for me—what other water activities are available?

The beautiful St. George Island offers plenty of water fun for everyone. If riding on a jet ski isn’t your cup of tea—don’t worry. Other readily available watersports available on the island include kayak and stand up paddle board rentals, fishing charters, and pontoon boat rentals—to name a few. You can also enjoy more relaxing beach activities like shelling for seashells along the coastline, beach fishing, a bike rental, and a scenic golf cart ride along the coast.

Don’t let the fun stop after your ride is over! Here are a few of our top recommendations on things to do after you return your jet ski rental…

Soak up the sun at the beach. Make the most of your time on the island by planning a full beach day. Pack a picnic lunch, play a few beach games, or bring your favorite book for an afternoon of rest and relaxation shoreside.

Grab a bite to eat. There are several great restaurants on St. George Island, so you won’t have any issue finding a place to kick back and relax after a fun day on the water. The Blue Parrot Cafe is ideally located right next to the Jet Ski Hut, making it a natural spot for a happy hour beverage. Other nearby favorites include Doc Myers’ Island Pub and Beach Pit BBQ.

Relax at your St. George Island vacation home! There’s nothing like kicking back and enjoying a beautiful beach sunset in the comfort of your own vacation rental. Explore our expansive selection of St. George vacation rentals to find your beach home away from home!

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Guide To Visiting The St. George Island State Park

Situated along the east end of the island, St. George Island State Park (also known as Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park) is a pristine destination for families and groups. Boasting over nine miles of undeveloped beaches, sand dunes, and marshes, this Florida State Park is the perfect spot to enjoy a secluded day on the water.

 

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Located just south of Tallahassee in Franklin County, the park occupies over 2,000 acres on the barrier island, offering unique experiences on both the Gulf of Mexico and the historic Apalachicola Bay. Open 365 days a year, the state park also offers activities for every season, making it a bucket list item for Florida Panhandle visitors throughout the year.

Featuring picturesque blue water and white sand beaches, the gulf side of the island is ideal for a day on the water. Pack beach favorites like chairs, umbrellas, towels, beach toys and games, and snacks for the ultimate beach getaway. The state park’s Gulf Coast beaches are also less busy than other Florida beaches, making it easy to find hidden gems, like unique sea shells, sharks teeth, beach glass, and more. In 2013, Forbes ranked the beach at St. George Island State Park as the third best in the United States

In contrast, the bay side of the island features marshland ecosystems with thriving wildlife, making it a perfect site for fishing, birdwatching, and even spotting a pod of dolphins. The bay side also features calmer, shallow waters, ideal for casual kayaking, canoeing, and paddle boarding.

 

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Are you curious about specific activities that are permitted at the St. George Island State Park? Pencil in a few of the following:

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Paddle boarding
  • Kayaking
  • Shelling
  • Running
  • Birding
  • Geocaching
  • Picnicking
  • Hiking
  • Roller blading
  • Swimming
  • Boating
  • Beach and yard games

Wildlife activities are a top draw to the island park—and it’s not hard to figure out why! The state park is home to over 250 species of birds and almost as many species as fish. Other native species include various sea turtles, dolphins, crabs, and amphibians. Summer months find a swell of sea turtles and shore birds like the snowy plover, least tern, black skimmer, and willet nesting on the beautiful beaches. If you’re looking to catch your dinner, just remember that you’ll need a license to legally fish in the park. Anglers can fish for flounder, redfish, snapper, sea trout, pompano, whiting, and more in the bay or from the beach.

Visitors that prefer an active lifestyle are also in luck. The park features hiking trails in the form of four miles of paved road and an additional five miles of stabilized road leading to the far end of the island. The park also offers three and a half miles of lush nature trails and a dedicated bike path. The park was designed with an active mindset and is the perfect spot for running, hiking, cycling, and more. If you bring bikes, be sure to pack helmets, as they are required by Florida state law. Don’t forget to pack a picnic lunch for a midday break! Multiple beachfront picnic shelters are equipped with grills and tables, as well as accessible restrooms and showers.

Campers love St. George Island State Park! The park is home to a family campground and RV park with more than 50 campsites, a playground, electricity, water hookups and a nearby dump station. Find out more about camping at Florida State Parks, and reserve your campsite today! Visitors are able to reserve a campsite space from one day to 11 months in advance.

Water activities are also popular, with plenty of fun waiting on both sides of the island. The state park offers a boat ramp for easy launching and the ranger station offers affordable rentals for kayaks and paddle boards, though guests are certainly welcome to bring their own.

The St. George Island State Park hosts lively events throughout the year. Events are seasonal and include everything from beach yoga and historical tours to educational children’s programs and guided wildlife tours—to name a few. If you’re curious about what’s happening during your stay, just call the park or visit the website (below) for a full list of weekly activities.

 

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Hurricane Michael update: Due to damages sustained during Hurricane Michael, some areas of SGI State Park are currently closed, including: Sugar Hill Beach Use Area and the East End Special Use Area. The East Slough Beach Use Area is open for parking and beach access only. Restrooms and rinse off showers are available, but the picnic pavilions are not currently use-able at this time.

Four park-style grills are still available for use. The East Slough Boat Ramp should only be used by shallow draft vessels during high tide periods until further notice. Park representatives are aiming to be fully functional in the early fall.


St. George Island State Park FAQs

Do you have a question about visiting St. George Island State Park? Check out our FAQs for more information.

Where is the park located?

The address for the park is:

1900 E. Gulf Beach Dr.

Eastpoint – St. George Island, FL, 32328

What are the park hours?

The park is open from 8 a.m. through sundown daily. The park is open 365 days a year, pending weather.

What is the cost of entry?

The entry fee is $6 per vehicle.

What are the park amenities?

The St. George Island State Park offers several convenient amenities, including hiking and biking trails, paved sidewalks and pathways, picnic tables, grills, waterfront boardwalks, a boat ramp and boat trailer parking area, restroom facilities, water fountains, an on-site information station, and more. Rest assured that you’ll have everything you need for a comfortable visit!

Does the park have a boat launch?

Yes, the boat ramp is located along the gulf side of the park.

Can I fish at the park?

Yes! Just remember that you’ll need a Florida fishing license.

Does the park have restrooms?

Yes! The state park does have restroom facilities that are regularly maintained.

Is the park pet friendly?

Pets are permitted to enter SGI State Park, but are not allowed on the beach, boardwalks, or pavilions. Additionally, all pets must remain on a leash and stay with the owner at all times.

Where can I get more information?

For more information, visit the official state park website at or call (850) 927-2111.

It’s not hard to see why the St. George Island State Park is an annual tradition for many!

Be sure to pencil in this local gem during your island adventure, and visit our official St. George Island blog for more vacation inspiration.

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Where To Rent Golf Carts On St. George Island

The bags are packed, the vacation rental is booked, and you’re almost ready to enjoy a carefree trip to St. George Island. Now you’re just knocking out a few last-minute items before you get to enjoy endless hours soaking up the sun and sipping on tropical beverages.

All of this sounds great—but have you considered how you’re going to get around the island? While St. George Island is more than equipped to handle vehicles of any size, sometimes less is more. Golf carts are a beach staple, and renting a golf cart is a fun and memorable annual tradition for many island guests!

Wondering where you can rent a golf cart on St. George Island? Scoot around the island in style with a rental from one of these top-rated local companies:

Island Dog Outdoors

 

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140 E Pine Ave, St George Island, FL 32328 | (850) 927-7700

Hours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Daily

Located in the heart of St. George Island, Island Dog is known for fast, friendly service and a local expertise that can’t be beat. This trusted rental company offers everything from bicycles and beach carts to paddleboard and more! Golf cart rentals are available both four and six-seat golf carts for rent. All golf carts are gas powered and feature all-terrain wheels for each island access. Golf carts may be rented daily or weekly, if available; please call Island Dog for seasonal rental pricing.

Journeys of St. George Island

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240 3rd St E, Eastpoint, FL 32328 | (850) 927-3259

Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Daily

Tucked right off 3rd Avenue in downtown St. George Island, Journeys is a premier provider or rental gear and equipment. Their impressive golf cart fleet features four and six-person golf carts with plenty of bells and whistles to help you ride around town in style. Each rental is gas powered and includes all-terrain tires, a 12-volt charger for phones and electronics, and a storage rack for coolers and beach gear on the back. Outdoor speaker systems are also available as a fun add-on. Journey golf cart rentals start at $50-$75 for two hours and top out at $550-$750 for the week.

Jolly Roger Beach Shop

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139 W Gorrie Dr, Eastpoint, FL 32328 | (850) 927-2999

Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Daily

With a friendly name and a friendly, local staff to match, Jolly Roger Beach Shop is your one-stop-shop for all of your beach rental needs. This expansive rental company offers everything you could need for beach fun and adventure, including gas-powered golf carts. Jolly Roger offers both four and six-seat golf carts that are equipped to carry all of your other beach gear and guests. Golf cart rentals start at $35-$44 per hour and max out at $495-$595 for a week.

St. George Island Golf Cart Rules and FAQs

Are you a first-time renter or unsure about the island regulations? Here are a few FAQs and general rules about renting a golf cart on St. George Island.

Are there any restrictions for driving a golf cart on St. George Island?

Yes! There are restrictions for where golf carts are allowed on the island and what times golf carts can be driven.

Golf carts are not allowed on Gulf Beach Drive and Franklin Boulevard. Golf carts are permitted to cross these roads but are not allowed to drive on the road or on the bike path. If your rental is past 11th Street on the East end of the island you will not be allowed to drive your cart home. We recommend checking your rental address prior to reserving your golf cart.

Additionally, driving a golf cart is only permitted sunrise to sunset. The only exception to this rule is if the golf cart is equipped with headlights, brake lights, turn signals, and a windshield—most standard golf cart rentals on the island do not meet this criteria, so stick to daylight hours for your golf cart adventures.

Is there an age limit for renting and driving a golf cart?

Yes, you must possess a valid driver’s license to drive a golf cart on St. George Island. Additionally, some rental agencies require the driver to be at least 25 years of age. There is no age limit to be a golf cart passenger.

How fast do golf carts go?

By law, golf carts can go no more than 20 miles per hour. During your cruises, you’ll likely average around 15 miles per hour.

How much does it cost to rent a golf cart?

The cost to rent a golf cart on St. George will vary based on the size of the cart and length of the rental. In general, expect to pay around $35-$45 an hour for short rentals, $100-$150 per day for daily rentals, and $550-$750 for weekly rentals.

Are golf carts subject to local driving regulations?

Yes. Golf carts on St. George Island must obey all local and state traffic laws, and a golf cart driver may be charged or ticketed in the same manner as a motor vehicle operator.

St. George Island is calling your name! Be sure to see our seasonal specials page to get a great rate on your vacation rental, and check out our official St. George Island blog for more island inspiration.

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Outdoor Family Fun: St George Island Kayaking

Franklin County, Florida is home to hundreds of miles of diverse waterways just waiting to be explored. The gem of this popular panhandle region, St. George Island, is situated along the Gulf of Mexico, setting the scene for remarkable excursions by kayak or canoe.

Bring your own equipment, or visit one of the area’s top-rated outfitters to rent a variety of goods from vessels to gear.

You can even brush up on your skills with a lesson before hitting the waters to explore the diverse Forgotten Coast!

Kayak Rental Companies on St. George Island

Island Outfitters

Island Outfitters

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Island Outfitters is St. George Island’s authorized dealer for Hobie Kayak, Stand Up Paddle Board, and Bic Sports Stand Up Paddle. Owned and operated by Captain Larry Troy and his wife, Angela, whose knowledge of the region spans decades. You’ll find that seasoned advice is a welcome accessory to your kayak tour! Island Outfitters boasts a wide fleet of kayaks for rent including pedal and paddle models with 1-3 seats for fishing or recreational use. Life jackets are provided and required for all kayakers, and early bird specials are available for reservations made 30 days or more in advance.

 

Journey’s of St. George Island

Journeys of St. George Island

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Journey’s of St. George Island is a full-service outdoor adventure company specializing in guided tours and charters as well as boat, kayak, and stand up paddle board rentals and sales. Perception and Wilderness Systems are their kayaks of choice, with options of single and tandem models. All kayak and canoe rentals include paddles, vests and tie downs, and Journey’s offers free delivery on multi-day rentals. The team at Journey’s are always prepared to offer tips and insight on the best ways to discover the island, by ocean or stream.

 

Jolly Roger Beach Shop

Jolly Roger Beach Shop

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Jolly Roger Beach Shop rents both single and double kayaks by the day or by the week, as well as surfboards, stand up paddle boards, and all the essential beach accessories. There are a wide array of top name models to choose from – complete with life jackets and paddles. Said to be the most affordable outfitters on the island, Jolly Roger Beach Shop also offers guided tours, lessons, dinner cruises, and more.

 

Kayak Launch Sites on St. George Island

St George Island State Park is home to two boat launches. Though the ramp at East Slough is more aimed at small power boats, the sand beach at Youth Camp provides a great site for an easy on, easy off hand launch. Enjoy clear waters, shallow flats, wildlife viewing opportunities, and fruitful fishing spots as you hug the coastlines of the Apalachicola Bay.

 

The newly constructed St. George Island Public Boat Ramp is a concrete ramp on the northeast side of the St. George Island fishing bridge. The pier juts out 600 feet into the water, and the area is known to be an abundant source of redfish, trout, flounder, and other desirable species. The ramp accommodates boats of varied sizes, and limited on-site parking is available.

 

Just a short drive over to the mainland, you’ll also find numerous launch sites leading to a portion of the 100-mile Apalachicola River Paddling Trail, which stretches through the panhandle of Florida to the Gulf of Mexico.

 

Kayak Safety Tips

Nature can be unpredictable, so it’s always wise to be prepared and informed before any outdoor adventure – on land, or on water. Adopt these simple practices to stay safe on your St. George Island kayak excursions.

 

Check weather forecasts multiple times before heading out on the water. Take note of aspects like currents, wind speed and direction as well as temperature. Plan to stay closer to shorelines on windy days, and prepare for abrupt weather changes when packing supplies.

Other Top Safety Tips

  • Know your area, including “emergency” escape routes from the water along your travel path.
  • Select a kayak that is appropriate for your size, comfortable, and free from excessive wear.
  • Coast Guard regulations require that all kayaks have a life jacket on board. Attach a whistle to your life jacket, and always wear it while on the water.
  • Your kayak excursion kit should include: a helmet, plenty of water and food, compass, dry bags, paddle leash/paddle float, bilge pump, marine radio, flares, tow line, first aid kit, and sunscreen.
  • If you bring a dog with you, make sure you have a PFD for your canine friend too!

 

St. George Island off Florida’s Forgotten Coast is an idyllic setting for a kayak quest, and an impressive notch on the paddle of any respectable explorer. From serene, winding rivers to rushing coastlines, St. George Island offers a path for every level of adventure and skill.

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Explore Our Island With St George Island Boat Rentals

The ‘Forgotten’ Coast of Florida is a true haven for water lovers. The wide-open seas offer endless opportunities for swimming and watersports while local creeks and marshes offer calm avenues for exploration and fishing.

Getting out onto the water is fairly easy with more than 40 public boat ramps and 10 commercial marinas on or within a short drive of St. George Island. The boat is the missing component for many casual vacationers—but fret not, as the area offers ample opportunities for boating enthusiasts to enjoy their hobby through rentals and guided charters.

St. George Island Boat Rentals & Charters

Whether you want to borrow your own boat for a few days, or you want to put your trust in the experts for an afternoon out on the water, check out these top-rated boat rentals and charters on St. George Island.

Journeys of St. George Island

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240 3rd St E, Eastpoint, FL 32328 | (850) 927-3259

 

Rental Pricing: Starting at $300 / Day

 

Located in the heart of St. George Island, Journeys offers a full fleet of boats available for rent. Options include the 19’ Twin Vee Catamaran, which can accommodate 4 for fishing or 5 for riding, or the 23’ Beachcat Deckboat, which can accommodate up to 10 guests for riding. Boat rentals are offered by the day with discounts for multiple days in a row. Journeys is perfect for the recreational boater looking for a convenient and low maintenance rental during their stay on St. George Island.

 

Island Charters

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367 Cook St, St George Island, FL 32328 | (850) 542-2542

 

Charter Pricing: Starts at $250 for a 2-hour trip

 

If you’re looking for a more ‘hands off’ boat rental experience, Island Charters is just what the doctor ordered. Though Island Charters is most well-known for their fishing charters, they also offer a handful of other charters that are perfect for families and groups looking to get out on the water. Notable, they offer dolphin tours, shelling trips, and sunset cruises. Or, their ‘Fish & Fun’ charter does a little bit of everything! Booking a charter means less time planning and more enjoying. The certified charter guides know the best spots for recreation and will share their expertise for a truly memorable boating experience.

 

St. George Island Charters

705 Randolph St, St George Island, FL 32328 | (850) 370-0220

 

Charter Pricing: Call For Pricing

 

St. George Island Charters features guided trips and excursions with two local captains: Coble Griffith and Lee Chapin. Together, they run one of the most fun and well-reputed charter businesses along the Florida Gulf Coast. Though their shelling tours, dolphin encounters, and sunset cruises are all highly recommended, they really put on a show during their dedicated ‘Kids Trip’. This impressive excursion includes a little bit of everything and can be customized per group. Entertainment options include crab catching, island hopping, cast net fishing, dolphin encounters, and even a hidden treasure hunt.

 

Bay View Charters of St. George Island

423 N Sawyer St, St George Island, FL 32328 | (850) 927-2433

 

Charter Pricing: Starts at $250 for a 2-hour trip

 

Though Captain Wes was born in central Georgia, he spent much of his childhood fishing and exploring the ‘Forgotten Coast’ with his father and grandfather. He was finally able to make St. George Island his permanent home in 2010 and started a charter and tour business to share his passion with island visitors. Bay View Charters offers a variety of charters, including fishing trips, shelling adventures, and sunset tours. Captain Wes’s vast local expertise and charming sense of humor will make for a memorable boating excursion!

 

Wefings Marine

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131 US-98, Eastpoint, FL 32328 | (850) 670-8100

 

Rental Pricing: Starting at $225 / Day

 

Located just north of the Island Drive stretch over to St. George Island, Wefings Marine is a top-rated purveyor of local boat rentals. Their impressive fleet includes seven different boat models that are available for rent. Adventure and fishing options include the 17’ Carolina Skiff, the 21’ Sea Pro Bay Boat, and the 22’ Seahunt Navigator—to name a few. And, there are two different pontoon models available for groups that prefer to float for fun! The smaller Carolina Skiff is available for only $225 per day, while other rentals are offered at $300 per day; Welfings does offer discounts for multi-day rentals. Rental pricing includes free delivery and pick-up to select local ramps; other deliveries are available for a small fee.

Check out our St. George Island blog for more ways to hit the water during your island adventure, or check out our seasonal specials to start planning your stay!

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Where To Find The Best St George Island Bike Rentals

There’s no better way to take in the sun and the sand than a scenic bike ride along the beach. St. George Island offers 28 miles of shoreline to explore and saddling up for a bike ride is the perfect way to get in a little exercise and enjoy the stunning seaside scenery.

Guests often inquire about where they can snag a great deal on a bike rental. Whether you’re looking to borrow a bike for a few hours, or you want to rent a full set for the entire family over the course of several days, check out these top-rated bike rentals on St. George Island.

Island Adventures

235 E Gulf Beach Dr, St George Island, FL 32328 | (850) 927-2604

Hours: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily

Price: $15 per day – $45 per week

With over 20 years of experience on St. George Island, it’s not hard to see why Island Outfitters is considered the area’s top provider of beach rentals. Locally owned and operated, Island Outfitters is your one-stop shop for beach supplies and rentals. They provide bikes for guests of all ages and rentals start at only $15 per day and top out at $45 for a week. Island Outfitters also offers a generous 20% off discount for active duty and retired military service members. Based on location, we recommend Island Adventures for guests on the east side of the Island.

Jolly Roger Beach Shop

139 W Gorrie Dr, Eastpoint, FL 32328 | (850) 927-2999

Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily

Price: $7 per hour, $20 per day. $45 per week

Jolly Roger Beach Shop has a long reputation for servicing the St. George Island area. This well-stocked beach supply paradise has everything you could need for a fun-filled beach vacation; they rent everything from fishing supplies and golf card to kayaks, beach bikes, and more. Bike rentals through Jolly Roger start at $7 an hour and go up to $20 per day or $45 per week; they also offer a few more bike and accessory options, including tandem bikes, adult tricycles, and kids tag along trailers. Based on location, we recommend Jolly Roger Beach Shop for guests on the west side of the island.

St. George Island Bike Rental FAQs

Still on the fence about renting a bike during your beach vacation? Check out a few of our FAQs to help you make the right choice!

Can you ride bikes on the beach?

Yes, you can ride a bike directly on the beach! We recommend early morning or early evening rides, as the weather will be more enjoyable, and the beaches will have more room for exploration.

What is a tandem bike?

A tandem bike is simply a single bike that is built for two riders! Only the front rider has the ability to steer the bike, though both riders will have the ability to pedal.

Do we have to wear helmets?

Under Florida state law, bike riders and passengers under the age of 16 years of age must wear a helmet that is properly fitted and securely fastened. We always recommend that all riders wear a helmet at all times, regardless of age or experience.

Do baskets come with bike rentals?

Yes, rental agencies do have some bikes with baskets. Please call a provider above to inquire about availability.

Do bikes come with training wheels?

Yes, bikes with training wheels are available. Please call a provider above to inquire about availability.

Can I reserve bikes in advance? And, if so, how far in advance should I reserve?

Yes, you can reserve bikes in advance. The process varies per agency, so please contact one of the providers mentioned above to inquire about reservations and deliveries. We recommend reserving at least a few weeks in advance during peak season to ensure you are able to get the right number of bikes in the appropriate sizes.

Are there local bike laws that I need to be aware of?

Yes, the state of Florida has bike specific regulations that should be kept in mind. Bicyclists must obey all traffic signs and signals. The number of riders on any bicycle is limited to the maximum number for which the bike was designed; no handle or spike riding allowed.

At least one hand must be help on the handles at all time while riding a bike. And, every bike must be equipped with working brakes that are capable of stopping the bike within 25 feet. Don’t worry — any bike that you rent through a local agency will be road ready.

Use common courtesy when sharing the road and obey all posted signs and signals during your rides. Unlike in many states, bike riding on the sidewalk is legal in the state of Florida. However, keep in mind that bikes on a sidewalk or at a crosswalk have the same responsibilities as pedestrians.

Bikes must be equipped with the proper lighting and reflectors at night, and riding with headphones is considered a distraction and is illegal.

There you have it—everything you need to know about finding the best bike rental on St. George Island. We hope you find this guide useful while you plan your next beach getaway!

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Celebrate Christmas on St. George Island

Celebrate Christmas on SGI

Four reasons why your family should celebrate Christmas on St. George Island.

It’s almost that time of year again…HOLIDAY SEASON!

The time when we get together with family and friends in our flashy ugly Christmas sweaters to watch the mean green Grinch and childhood shows like Charlie Brown’s Christmas while sipping hot chocolate in front of the fireplace for what feels like the tenth year in a row. Maybe it’s time for something different. Something non-traditional, like celebrating Christmas on the beach! Here are four reasons why your family should celebrate Christmas on St. George Island.

Start a New Family Tradition

 Traditions are what makes a family unique. They give us a sense of security knowing that together, there’s a shared interest. Family traditions create priceless memories that will have you itching to tell others about. Let this year be the year your family starts a new family tradition by celebrating Christmas on sunny St. George Island and build memories generation after generation.

The kids are sure to love this idea, and they’ll go back to school with the best Christmas vacation story ever!

100% Family Time

No need to worry about people crowding the beach. This is the perfect time for the whole family to be together and enjoy one another; like taking a nice stroll on the island’s crystal white 27-mile long beach. The weather should be pleasant, probably too cold to get in the water, but fine enough for a beach picnic, making ‘sand snowmen and snow angels’, and having friendly competition playing “reindeer games.” So don’t forget the badminton and volleyball set.

Enjoy being creative and coming up with different ideas together. For example, if your family is really crafty, use this time to come up with a list of fun family DIY projects to complete for the new year. While on your stay, use the well-equipped kitchen to make yummy, jolly holiday treats for old St. Nick. There are neat DIY activity and holiday food ideas on our Pinterest page.

Christmas Spirit on St. George

Want to see how others on the island are showing their Christmas Spirit? Then, you would love the Holiday Lights Contest. Businesses and homes are decorated with twinkling lights, Christmas palm trees and you may even see an illuminated boat or two. This event goes on until the end of the month and the winners will be announced on December 21st.  Visit the local shops to find wonderful coastal holiday trinkets or gifts for your friends back home and you must stop by Weber’s Little Donut Shop for the most unique, delicious donuts you will ever eat. Tell them we sent you!

Even if you plan to take your trip before Christmas, you can still enjoy

Outdoor Adventures

Christmas outdoors…comfortably, sounds like a blast! No snow, no black ice, or bone-dry hurting cold. Only sand, the gulf, and nature at its finest.

Have you heard? There’s treasure on St. George Island! Take the family geocaching and find out where Pirate Captain Bowels buried his treasure. Read our blog on geocaching to learn more about it on the island. While you’re searching for that treasure, be on the lookout for painted rocks. Visitors and locals alike, paint rocks and hide them around St. George, a trend that started with The Kindness Rocks Project and has gone viral. If you find one, simply take a picture of it and post it on social media. What’s even more awesome, is you can do it too. Paint and hide a rock and try to find it on your next visit!   And if you like coffee, then you will love Coffee in the Campground at the St. George Island State Park. Park rangers will give an interpretive presentation and provide more information about wildlife on the island.

 

Try something uncommon, escape the frigid tempts and take your family to St. George Island this holiday season. Instead of a Winter Wonderland, create a ‘Sandy Christmas Vacation’ and enjoy precious moments with the ones you love.

Paint a rock and leave it behind….for next time…on the Forgotten Coast.

 

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