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St. George Island Shopping Guide

It’s not a true vacation without an afternoon spent stocking up on souvenirs, and Saint George Island offers no shortage of beach shops and boutiques to help you do just that. Whether you need to find a few quick beach supplies to plan the perfect day on the water or you are looking for a one-of-a-kind memento to remember your vacation, there’s a spot for you!

Florida’s Forgotten Coast offers several convenient stores for your shopping spree—check out these great options on or near St. George Island.

Island Dog Outdoors

 

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Address: 140 E Pine Ave, St George Island, FL 32328

Phone: (850) 927-7700

Hours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Daily

Website: https://islanddogoutdoors.com/

Travel the island in style with a rental from Island Dog Outdoors. This local shop specializes in everything transportation, with on-water and off-water vehicles available for rent or purchase. Stand up paddle boards, beach cruiser bikes, electric bikes, various kayaks, skiff boats, and golf carts are all up for grabs!

Two Gulls For Mermaids

 

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Address: 123 Gulf Beach Dr W, St George Island, FL 32328

Phone: (850) 927-3600

Island shoppers seeking a charming, local experience will feel right at home at Two Gulls For Mermaids. This downtown gift shop specializes in beach-inspired home decor and one-of-a-kind souvenir items and is a great spot to scope out an item for a special occasion or memorable beach souvenirs.

Jolly Roger Beach Shop

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Address: 139 W Gorrie Dr, Eastpoint, FL 32328

Phone: (850) 927-2999

Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Daily

Website: http://jollyrogersgi.com/

Jolly Roger Beach Shop is St. George’s one-stop-shop for all of our beach needs. In addition to an expansive array of beach rentals—including kayaks, stand up paddle boards, golf carts, and more—Jolly Rogers carries all of the beach supplies you could need. Stop by to stock up on snacks for your rental of pick out a few unique souvenirs to remember your trip.

Island Dog Beach and Surf Shop

 

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Address: 160 E Pine Ave, St George Island, FL 32328

Phone: (850) 927-2600

Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Daily

A cheerful blue exterior makes this beach-style boutique and surf shop impossible to miss. Shop for everything from beach apparel and supplies to surf accessories, souvenirs and more. Island Dog Beach Shop also proudly showcases local art from local creators, including photography, watercolor paintings, acrylic designs, and more.

St. George Island Trading Company

Address: 101 Franklin Blvd, Eastpoint, FL 32328

Phone: (850) 927-2253

Hours: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m., Daily

Scope out all of your vacation souvenirs at St. George Island Trading Co. This expansive general store carries everything from beach gear and supplies, like floats and towels, to island-inspired attire, jewelry, gifts, tchotchkes, and more. SGI Trading Company also offers freshly brewed coffee and homestyle ice cream, which are welcomed treats during any beach vacation!

Island Outfitters

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Address: 235 E Gulf Beach Dr, St George Island, FL 32328

Phone: (850) 927-2604

Hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Saturday; Closed, Sunday

Website: https://www.sgioutfitters.com/

Whether you’re seeking a great shop with local experts to scope out island fishing holes or a top-rated purveyor for rentals and gear—Island Outfitters has you covered. Hit the water in style in a kayak, paddle board, or surfboard, which are available for sale or as a rental. Or, hit the town in style with apparel from top lifestyle designers, including Fish Hippie, Aftco, Howeler Bros, Costa, Kavu, and more. They’ll “hook” you up with the top gear along the coast!

Seaside Cotton

 

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Address: 112 Franklin Blvd #103, St George Island, FL 32328

Phone: (850) 799-1373

Hours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Daily

Website: https://www.seasidecottonllc.com/

Dress to impress with resort-inspired attire at Seaside Cotton. This Saint George Island boutique offers hand-picked beach essentials, including men’s and women’s clothing and accessories from brands like Lucky, Karli, Southern Marsh, Coastal Cotton, and more. Seaside Cotton is the perfect shop to find a dress for an oceanside dinner or to invest in a stylish pair of sunglasses for the beach.

Island Adventures

Address: 105 E Gulf Beach Dr, Eastpoint, FL 32328

Phone: (850) 927-3655

Hours: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Website: https://www.sgiadventures.com/

Locally owned and operated, Island Adventures has been a Saint George staple for over 20 years—and it’s not hard to see why! Just steps from the beach and the famous St. George Island Lighthouse, Island Adventures is a shopper’s paradise. The retail shop features beach apparel and souvenirs, beach gear and toys, bait and tackle for fishing trips, custom airbrush t-shirts, and much more.

Sea Oats Art Gallery

 

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Address: 128 E Pine Ave, Eastpoint, FL 32328

Phone: (850) 927-2303

Hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Tuesday – Saturday; Closed, Sunday – Monday

Website: http://www.forgottencoastart.com/

A must-visit gallery for art aficionados and appreciators alike, Sea Oats Art Gallery features beautiful works from Apalachicola native, Joyce Estes. The gallery showcases silk art and oil paintings by Joyce, many of which capture native wildlife, marine life, and nature scenes found along Florida’s Gulf Coast. Read more on where to buy art on St. George Island.

Do you need to go grocery shopping? Check out this guide to St. George Island grocery stores for a full list of area shops.

Now that you’ve located shopping on St. George Island, don’t forget to shop for your perfect island getaway! Peruse our pristine inventory of St. George island vacation rentals, and don’t hesitate to reach out for more information on planning the perfect getaway.

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Fall & Winter Guide To Enjoy St. George Island, Florida

The leaves are beginning to change, the temperatures are beginning to fall… it’s time for a beach vacation?

Believe it or not, fall is the second most popular time of year (and our personal favorite time of year!) to visit St. George Island.

And, even when fall transitions to winter, rest assured that “winter” on our Florida Panhandle barrier island is quite enjoyable and a great oceanfront destination for travelers seeking reprieve from their winter wonderlands up north. You won’t be able to make a snowman, but a sandman is a pretty close second!

If you’re considering an off-season getaway along Florida’s “Forgotten Coast”, learn more about getting on island time and embracing the island life at St. George!

Fall & Winter Weather on St. George Island

Goodbye snow, hello sand! Though the palm tree leaves don’t change to festive colors of orange and red, the balmy temps and pristine views more than make up for the lack of autumnal aesthetics.

Fall highs range from the mid-80’s in September to the low 70’s in November. Low’s range from the mid-70’s in September to the mid-50’s in November. How’s that for sweater weather?

Highs in the winter months top out with highs in the low-60’s and lows rarely dipping below 50. St. George Island winter weather is quite mild with little rain, making it an ideal place to relax and recharge.

If you’re curious about true beach weather, you’ll be able to dip your toes into the water through October and possibly into November, depending on the season. The warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico provide a later beach season than many east coast destinations.

Things to do on St. George Island in the Fall & Winter

Saint George is known for being a sleepy island; in fact, that’s the main draw for many visitors! However, you’ll still find plenty to occupy your time during your fall or winter getaway. Remember, the island has plenty of full-time residents, so local businesses will be open!

Watersports are still a popular activity for fall visitors, and the options are endless! Keep things casual with a leisurely paddleboard or kayak rental, or enjoy a thrilling ride on a jet ski rental or a boating adventure.

Visit the St. George Island State Park, which is easily accessible on the east side of the island and open year-round for visitors. The park is an ideal spot for sea shelling, scoping out native island wildlife, an impromptu beach picnic, fishing, and other leisurely beach activities. Wildlife is a big draw, and the state park is also a great place to catch sight of a sea turtle or catch your own dinner, like flounder or redfish.

Check out local island restaurants and the downtown bar scene. From homestyle BBQ to south of the border fare and plenty of fresh seafood (of course!), there’s a spot for every budget or craving. Fall and winter also provide the ideal weather for al fresco dining, and many local spots have expansive outdoor decks to accommodate just that!

Many island visitors also pencil in a day or two for a leisurely day trip to nearby destinations. Apalachicola and the famous Apalachicola Bay are just a few miles up the road and offers fantastic shopping and dining. Other popular spots like Tallahassee and Panama City Beach offers tons of activities and are just a few hours away.

In addition to all of the great activities noted above, here are a few annual events that might pique your interest.

St. George Island Fall Events

Fall in St. George Island is full of festivals! From Oktoberfest to seafood celebrations, check out these lively events.

Apalach Oktoberfest | October 11th – 13th @ Apalachicola

Lantern Fest | October 19th @ Carrabelle

Running for the Bay Marathon | October 20th @ Apalachicola

Florida Seafood Festival | November 1st – 2nd @ Apalachicola

Downtown Oyster Roast | November 1st @ Apalachicola

St. George Island Winter Events

Winter in St. George Island fully embraces the holiday spirit. Enjoy a few of these festive gatherings.

Downtown Christmas Celebration | November 22nd @ Apalachicola

Palm Tree Lighting | December 6th @ St. George Lighthouse

Holiday Market | December 7th @ Apalachicola

Fall & Winter Rentals on St. George Island

Another great perk of a fall or winter vacation to St. George Island is the cost—prices are typically much lower than peak summer weeks and the inventory is much more available, meaning you’ll find it easier to find and select the perfect beach vacation rental.

It’s not uncommon for winter guests (aka our “snowbird” visitors) to rent a house on St. George Island for an entire month for the same price you’d pay for a week in the summer. How’s that for a bargain?

Here are a few handy links to get you started on your hunt for the perfect island retreat:

The warm Gulf waters and white sand beaches are calling your name—what are you waiting for? Fall and winter are wonderful seasons to fully embrace the island lifestyle and an excellent time to plan a family vacation or seasonal snowbird retreat.

Peruse our expansive inventory of St. George Island beach homes or contact us today to speak with a vacation planning expert. We’ll help you plan the perfect island getaway!

St. George Island Area Marinas

Situated along Florida’s Forgotten Coast, St. George Island is a boater’s paradise. With quick and easy access to the Gulf of Mexico, the island provides the perfect opportunity for a full day of fishing or a leisurely evening booze cruise.

Though there are no traditional marinas on St. George Island (the small-town feel is part of the charm!) there are a handful of great marina options within a quick, 20-40 minute drive. Each marina offers a unique experience and a great location to popular area destinations, including Alligator Point, Dog Island, St. Vincent Island, and more.

Check out these St. George Island area marinas and find the perfect place to rent a boat or store yours during your stay!

Scipio Creek Marina

 

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Address: 301 Market St, Apalachicola, FL 32320

Phone: (850) 653-8030

Hours: 7 am.m – 6 p.m., Daily

Located just a 15-minute drive from St. George Island, Scipio Creek Marina is a favorite for beach visitors looking to store their ship. As Apalachicola’s only full-service marina, Scipio Creek offers 20 boat slips and over 100 dry storage spots, clean restrooms and shower facilities, an on-site mechanic and boat supply store, a pump station and gas services, and an on-site restaurant. Boaters will find the marina easy to access via the Apalachicola Bay. Stop by for an afternoon of waterfront wining and dining or store your boat for the week during your island getaway!

Apalachicola Marina

 

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Address: 247 Water Street Formerly, Apalachicola, FL 32320

Phone: (850) 899-3675

Hours: 24 Hours

MS Dockside Marina

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Address: 292 Graham Dr, Carrabelle, FL 32322

Phone: (850) 697-3337

Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Saturday; Closed, Sunday

Website: http://www.msdockside.com/

MS Dockside Marina is situated just a short 30-minute drive from St. George Island. As a full-service marina, MS Dockside offers a wide array of services, including dockage and storage, shop services, boat maintenance and repair, and haul-out services. There’s no on-site dining or boat supply store, but the marina is a very short distance from area restaurants and shops. MS Dockside is a great marina option for visitors looking for a full boat storage and maintenance experience.

C-Quarters Marina

 

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Address: Highway 98 East, 501 St James Ave, Carrabelle, FL 32322

Phone: (850) 697-8400

Hours: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., Monday – Wednesday; 6 a.m. – 8 p.m., Thursday – Sunday

Website: http://www.c-quartersmarina.com/

Ideally situated just 30 minutes from St. George Island, C-Quarters Marina offers a full-service marina experience. The spacious marina offers 67 boat slips and can accommodate boats up to 53’ in length. Both diesel and non-ethanol fuels are readily available, as are free WiFi, a laundry mat, restrooms and shower facilities, a convenience shop stocked with snacks and supplies. C-Quarters is also walking distance to several waterfront restaurants like Marine Street Grill, Fathoms Restaurant, and The Fisherman’s Wife.

Johnsons Carrabelle Marina

Address: 803 Ave A N, Carrabelle, FL 32322

Phone: (850) 510-4196

Hours: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday – Friday; 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday & Sunday

Website: https://carrabelle-marina.com/

With an array of public wet slips, dry storage services, and a full-service ship store, Johnsons Carrabelle Marina offers the complete package. Visitors can come dock for a few hours or rent a slip or storage space to hold a boat for an extended period. The marina is also walking distance to area grocery stores, hardware stores, and several local restaurants, making it easy to stock up on supplies for your boating adventure!

Captain’s Cove Marina

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Address: 1646 Captain Carl Raffield Way, Port St Joe, FL 32456

Phone: (850) 227-3357

Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Daily

Website: http://www.captainscovefl.com/

Located just a 45-minute trek from St. George Island, Captain’s Cove Marina enjoys a stellar location along St. Joseph Bay. Locally owned and operated, this full-service marina offers easy access to the Forgotten Coast’s best beaches and bays, including Port St. Joe, Mexico Beach, Cape San Blas, and Indian Pass. With fuel service, dry and wet storage options, boat maintenance and repair, and a marina shop, you’ll have everything you need for a great day of Florida Gulf Coast boating!

The Gulf Coast is calling your name, isn’t it time you answered? Our pristine beach vacation rentals are just what the doctor ordered. And, if you don’t want to bring your own vessel down, you can always rent a boat when you get here!

Peruse our inventory of beach home rentals and start scoping out your St. George Island home away from home!

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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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The Best Times To Visit St. George Island

Situated along the pristine Florida Gulf Coast, St. George Island is a true hidden gem. Our little barrier island is small but mighty, spanning just 28-miles in length and only one mile wide at the largest point. St. George falls off the radar for many. However, those who are lucky enough to know of its existence quickly fall in love with our charming “Forgotten Coast” island and make it a point to come back year after year.

Just like other destinations, visitors understandably have a few questions before packing their bags and heading to the coast. What’s the weather like? What’s there to do on and nearby the island? What’s the weather like along the Florida panhandle? And, one of the most popular questions—when is the best time to visit St. George Island?

Of course, the “best” time of year to visit is truly subjective and depends on what you are looking for in a beach vacation!

In this quick article, we’ll review the different seasons on the island and what you can expect throughout the year.

Spring in St. George Island

Best For: Spring Break, Long Weekend Getaways, Memorial Day

Spring is a special time on St. George Island. The temps begin to climb well into the 70’s, the water begins to warm, and the native wildlife springs into action. The whole island begins to come to life!

Spring visitors often enjoy outdoor activities like soaking up the sun along the beach, shelling and hunting for sharks’ teeth in the sand, or visiting the St. George Island State Park.

The agreeable weather, warming temperatures, and affordable rates make St. George Island a great destination for Spring Break trips and long weekend getaways. In fact, the island was recently recognized in Trip Savvy’s “Best of Spring Break in Florida for Families” list, a notable accomplishment!

Summer in St. George Island

Best For: Family Vacations, Group Getaways

There’s truly something fun for everyone during summer on St. George Island! The beach is bustling with activity and there’s plenty to see and do for every taste or budget.

Water fun tops summer itineraries with activities like fishing, stand up paddleboarding, exploring the coastline via a rental boat or kayak, and plenty of beach bumming.

Summer temps are toasty, with highs climbing into the 90’s and lows rarely sinking below 75-80. But don’t let that scare you away—keep cool by the water or enjoy a brief reprieve by enjoying local shopping, visiting nearby museums and attractions, and by relaxing with an ice-cold beverage at one of the island’s spectacular restaurants.

Keep in mind that peak vacation season typically equates to higher rental rates. Save money by booking your vacation in advance or by considering a ‘shoulder season’ retreat; spring and fall are still great times to experience everything St. George has to offer!

Fall in St. George Island

Best For: Family Vacations, Long Weekend Getaways, Couples Retreat, Labor Day

Autumn is a surprisingly underrated time of year to visit St. George Island! The crowds are gone but the weather and water are still quite welcoming. In fact, the water temperature stays above 75 degrees through the season, which is still very enjoyable.

Air temperatures stay well into the 80’s through October with lows sitting at an enjoyable 70 degrees. This means that there’s still plenty of time to enjoy thrilling water activities, like fishing, boating, kayaking, and more. And, the slightly cooler temperatures provide the perfect atmosphere for enjoying dinner al fresco—either at one of the island’s many restaurants or on the patio or balcony of your very own vacation rental.

Fall is actually our favorite time of year to visit St. George Island, and we invite you to come and find out why for yourself!

Winter in St. George Island

Best For: Snowbird Vacations, Long Weekend Getaways, Couples Retreat

Winters are pleasantly mild on St. George Island, with highs in the 60’s and lows in the 50’s. Visitors might occasionally see an evening dip into the 40’s, but it’s also not unheard of to see a surprise winter day hop into the 70’s as well.

Aside from balmy winter temps, which are a wonderful reprieve from the harsh winters elsewhere across the United States, the winter also sees very few rainy days compared to the summer, which is known for occasional pop-up storms.

If you’re wondering what you can do on St. George Island during the winter, take advantage of the wide-open beaches, enjoy beach or pier fishing, or explore the famous island lighthouse. Winter is also a great time to explore other nearby destinations like St. Vincent Island and Tallahassee via a quick day trip.

Considered the “low season”, winters on St. George offer crowd-less beaches and very affordable rates, making it a great destination for a snowbird retreat or a festive holiday getaway. Christmas at the beach, anyone?

When it comes down to it, Summer is definitely the most popular time of year to visit St. George Island.

However, if you ask us, Fall is the best time of year to visit; the weather is perfect, the beaches are uncrowded, and the rates quite affordable!

Additional Vacation Resources:

Still building your dream vacation itinerary? Check out a few of these additional resources for island vacation planning inspiration.

The beautiful beaches of Saint George Island are calling your name! What are you waiting for? Visit our specials page to scope out a deal or contact us directly for assistance planning your dream getaway!

 

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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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Seafood Markets on (and nearby) St. George Island With The Freshest Catch

It wouldn’t be a trip to St. George Island without indulging in fresh, local seafood. From succulent shrimp, clams, and oysters to mouthwatering mahi, grouper, and flounder, you simply can’t beat boat to table dining.

 

There are a few ways to enjoy fresh seafood during your stay in St. George. First, you can try your hand at bringing home dinner by enjoying an afternoon of fishing. Options include leisurely fishing off local fishing piers and from the beach or more adventurous fishing through a charter company.  

 

If catching your own dinner seems like too much work for a vacation, St. George is also home to several fantastic local restaurants where you can get your fill of various local catches. Or, take the middle road and snag a fresh catch at a local seafood market and prepare dinner from the comfort of your vacation rental.

 

If the latter sounds like the perfect night in, check out these St. George Island seafood markets that are sure to please your palate.

 

Dail’s Seafood

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E Gulf Beach Dr, St George Island, FL 32328 | (850) 323-2514

Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Daily (closed Thursdays)

 

Conveniently located right on St. George Island, Dail’s has been family owned and operated for five generations and counting. Customers rave about the fresh, local shrimp, the handmade crab cakes, and Dali’s famous fish dip.

Doug’s Seafood

 

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St George Island, FL 32328

Hours: 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Daily

 

Another great nearby option for St. George Island guests, Doug features all of the essential seafood selections, including shrimp, oysters, scallops, snapper, grouper, and much more. Doug has been providing the island with fresh seafood for 25 years with no end in sight!

Lynn’s Quality Oysters

 

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402 US-98, Eastpoint, FL 32328 | (850) 670-8796

Hours: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Daily

 

Located just over the bridge in Eastpoint, Lynn’s is a fast and convenient spot to stock up on fresh essentials on your way to St. George Island. The charming seafood market features locally sourced shrimp, crab, seasonal fish filets, and oysters—of course! And, Lynn’s features several grocery items to compliment your meal.

13 Mile Seafood Market

 

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227 Water St, Apalachicola, FL 32320 | (850) 653-1399

Hours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday – Saturday

 

Scenically situated along the Apalachicola River, 13 Mile Seafood is the perfect spot to grab a fresh catch while visiting St. George Island’s neighboring town. The spacious market has a stellar reputation for featuring fresh fish, including grouper, flounder, mahi, and sushi grade tuna—to name just a few.

Allen’s Seafood

462 US-98, Apalachicola, FL 32320 | (850) 653-9882

Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday

 

Conveniently located right along Highway 98 in Apalachicola, Allen’s Seafood is the perfect place to stock up on your seafood needs on the way into St. George Island. This local purveyor is always well stocked with shrimp, oysters, and various fish varieties.

 

 

After you’ve secured your fresh catch, get everything else you need for the perfect seafood feast at one of these St. George Island grocery stores. A few ingredients and a bottle of wine and you’re all set!

 

Looking for more island inspiration? Be sure to visit to our St. George Island blog for insider info on the latest news, events, deals, and more!

 

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Where To Buy Art On & Around St. George Island

Sherbet-colored sunrises followed by fleeting sunsets. Serene marsh views and endless beach vistas. Charming local wildlife and unforgettable native flora. What’s not to love about island life?

 

It’s easy to take the beach surroundings for granted while you’re on the island, but what if you could take a little piece of St. George Island with you when you leave? While we can’t send you home with your own beach sunset, we can point you in the right direction to secure your very own piece of St. George Island art.

 

Whether you’re seeking a handmade jewelry set to wear throughout the year or a one-of-a-kind painting to commemorate the unforgettable beach views, take a look at our roundup of the top five local galleries to buy art near St. George Island.

Apalachicola Center for History, Culture & Art

86 Water St, Apalachicola, FL 32320 | (850) 653-1458

Hours: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Saturday

 

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A true hub for Florida Gulf Coast culture, the Apalachicola Center for History, Culture & Art celebrates the ‘Forgotten Coast’ by providing a wide variety of programs and exhibits throughout the year. The spacious gallery features several engaging exhibits and events throughout the year, and much of the artwork presented is available for purchase. The Center for History, Culture & Art is a ‘must’ for culture enthusiasts whether or not you’re looking to expand your collection.

Chip Sanders Gallery

139 E. Gorrie Dr. St George Island, Florida 32328 | (850) 323-0151

Hours: Seasonal; please call for details

 

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A St. George Island local, Chip Sanders specializes in Gulf Coast photography. His attention to detail and eye for unique angles is unrivaled. If breathtaking beach shots are on your wish list, you can’t beat Chip’s amazing close-ups of waves and wildlife. The gallery hours vary seasonally, so call in advance to make sure you’ll be able to squeeze in a showing.

On the Waterfront Gallery

117 Market St, Apalachicola, FL 32320 | (850) 653-9699

Hours: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Thursday – Saturday

 

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Art buyers seeking variety will feel right at home at On the Water Gallery. This charming venue in downtown Apalachicola features over 250 works from over 40 regional artists. Visitors can expect to find art in various mediums, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, wood, metal, and more. The gallery also features locally sourced jewelry, sculptures, and home decor items.

The Gallery at High Cotton

230 Water St, Apalachicola, FL 32320 | (850) 316-0360

Hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Wednesday – Saturday

 

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The Gallery at High Cotton serves as the gallery and art studio for local Florida artists Beth Appleton and Jenny Odom. Beth is well-known nationally for her intricate paper collages while Jenny is known for her use of bright, bold colors to recreate whimsical landscapes. You can view and purchase your very own piece at their intimate local gallery.

Frost Pottery Garden

101 US-98, Eastpoint, FL 32328 | (850) 541-2839

Hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Daily

 

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Part sculpture garden, part gift shop, part outdoor attraction, Frost Pottery Garden is a must-see for outdoor enthusiasts! This hidden Gulf Coast gem is a true outdoor oasis bursting with color and flare. Here, you’ll find an impressive collection of handmade jewelry, t-shirts, candles, home decor, local art, and much more. Frost Pottery is the perfect spot to find a unique and memorable piece of art and even a few special souvenirs.

 

We promise you won’t soon forget your trip to Florida’s ‘Forgotten Coast’. Cherish the memories you’ve made for years to come with a one-of-a-kind piece of art from a local Florida Gulf Coast artist.

 

Be sure to check out our official St. George Island blog for more great island vacation inspiration!

 

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Fun Day Trips Near St George Island

A nostalgic, small-town island destination, St. George Island is a popular spot for travelers seeking a relaxing beach vacation. The charming little island features a beautiful state park, miles of pristine beaches, and famous lighthouse—which are just a few of the draws that keep families coming back year after year.

 

Situated along Florida’s “Forgotten Coast”, St. George Island offers easy access to several nearby destinations. If you’re in the mood for a quick day trip, check out a few of our favorite nearby spots!

 

Apalachicola

Distance: 12 miles | 20-minute Drive

Best For: Parks, dining, history

 

A quick twenty-minute drive from St. George Island, Apalachicola offers a small-town beach feel and plenty of fun for families. You’ll likely pass through this charming beach town on your way to St. George, and the close proximity makes it a ‘must’ during your time on the island.

 

There’s plenty to see and do in Apalachicola. Take in local coastal history at the Apalachicola Maritime Museum or the Orman House Historic State Park. For an outdoor adventure, soak up the sun or plan a picnic at Battery Park or Lafayette Park. The Chapman Botanical Gardens is also a popular draw, with scenic walking paths, wide-open green space, and a dedicated butterfly garden.

 

Apalachicola also offer pristine waterfront dining. The Big Scenic Byway will take you right through a strip of town that hugs the Apalachicola River, and this area is packed with fantastic dining options. Notable favorites include Up The Creek Raw Bar, Gormley’s On The River, The Chowder House, and Cafe Con Leche. You don’t want to miss the chance to enjoy these amazing water views!

 

St. Vincent Island

Distance: 30 miles (to shuttle) | 45-minute drive

Best For: Wildlife viewing, remote beach

 

A nearby neighbor of St. George Island, St. Vincent Island is an undisturbed natural wonder. Featuring over 12,000 acres of natural landscape and over 9 miles of pristine beaches, a trip to St. Vincent Island is ideal for wildlife and beach lovers. The island is easily accessible via a shuttle from Indian Pass, which is a scenic 45-minute drive from St. George, or via private charters.

 

The entire island is protected as a wildlife refuge, and visitors can expect to see everything from native birds, turtles, fish, lizards, crabs, deer, dolphins, and so much more. Self-guided or seasonal guided tours are available, and the island provides plenty of space for hiking, biking, and enjoying the shoreline. The island does offer public restrooms, but visitors are encouraged to bring other supplies, like water, sunscreen, snacks, etc. for their trip.

 

Alligator Point

 

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Distance: 50 miles | 50-minute drive

Best For: Wildlife viewing, fishing, beach

 

Situated about 50 miles east of St. George Island, Alligator Point is an often-overlooked destination along the famous ‘Forgotten Coast’. Known as simply “The Point” by locals, this charming coastal community is located between the Gulf of Mexico and Alligator Harbor, a popular estuary for clam harvesting.

 

Alligator Point is similar to St. Vincent Island in that the primary draw is to enjoy the natural landscape and wildlife presented at this mostly untouched community. A portion of The Point, Bald Point State Park, is preserved and protected from development and well worth a visit. The unique bay landscape provides a home for a diverse array of animals, including the famous fall migration of birds and butterflies.

 

If you’re looking for a little activity, cast a rod into the bay and try your hand at catching dinner, or peruse the coastline for a few souvenir shells. A trip to Alligator Point is the perfect way to enjoy that the Florida Gulf coast has to offer!

 

Tallahassee

 

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Distance: 75+ miles | 1.5+ hour drive

Best For: Attractions and entertainment, history, shopping, dining

 

Take a break of the beach and head inland to Tallahassee. An easy hour and a half drive north via the Big Bend Scenic Byway, Tallahassee offers plenty of attractions and entertainment for the whole family! Known for being the state capital and home to several college, including Florida State University, a trip to Tallahassee is full of big city fun.

 

History buffs will find plenty to keep busy, with top attractions like the Florida State Capitol, Tallahassee Museum, Mission San Luis, and Museum of Florida History—to name just a few. The plethora of attractions and things to do also makes Tallahassee a great day trip on rainy days. Other indoor attractions include Fun Station, the SkyZone Trampoline Park, Skate World, IMAX theater, and Breakout Games Escape Room.

 

For a more relaxed visit, indulge in shopping and dining at one of Tallahassee’s many venues. Popular spots to shop ‘til you drop include Governor’s Square (outlet shopping), The Centre of Tallahassee, Market Square, Bannerman Crossings, and Killearn Shopping Center.

 

A culinary melting pot, Tallahassee offers fantastic dining options for any taste or budget. Enjoy homegrown favorites like Midtown Caboose, Backwoods Crossing, and Maple Street Biscuit Company. Or, splurge on high-end cuisine at trends hot spots like Sage, Blue Halo, Cypress, and IL Lusso

 

Panama City Beach

Distance: 80+ miles | 2 hour drive

Best For: Family-friendly fun and entertainment, attractions, dining, beach

 

A bustling family destination, a day trip to Panama City Beach is well worth the easy drive along scenic Highway 98. The journey usually takes between an hour and a half and two hours, depending on traffic. Once you’re there, you’ll find no shortage of things to do. Panama City is bursting with attractions, entertainment, events, restaurants, and so much more.

 

For families, check out the Shipwreck Island Waterpark, ZooWorld Zoological Conservatory, Gulf World Marine Park, and the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum. If you’re a couple visiting, enjoy a few libations at Panama City Beach Winery, souvenir shopping at Pier Park, a tour of Shell Island, or practicing your swing at one of the many area golf courses. The options are endless!

 

If you’re up for an adventure, check out a Panama City watersports excursion. Options exist for every budget, age group, or thrill-level, with everything from banana boat rides, parasailing, jet ski rentals, catamaran cruises, scuba diving, sailing, and more.

 

And, though St. George Island has plenty of fantastic dining options, you’ll likely need to refuel during your visit, and Panama City cuisine does not disappoint! A few local favorites include Uncle Ernie’s Bayfront Grill, Hunt’s Oyster Bay, Firefly, and Pompano Joe’s, to name a few. Seafood steals the spotlight, but there are also great spots for steak, sushi, breakfast, pasta, and more. You’re sure to find a spot to appease any craving.

 

Are you looking for more Florida Gulf Coast inspiration? If so, check out our official St. George Island blog for information on island things to do, seasonal events, and more!