ST. GEORGE ISLAND
St. George Island is a 28 mile barrier island located approximately 4 miles off the coastline and is 1 mile at it widest point and ½ mile at its most narrow areas. The island is know for its pristine beaches and was rated #4 beach area by Dr. Beach for 2012. There are no high rises or massive condominium developments as the majority of the island has been zoned for single family residential homes. St. George Island is a family friendly vacation destination as the rental companies on the island do not rent to anyone under age 25. No wild spring break here, just families enjoying the beach and time spent together. The island is also known for its “dog friendly” beaches and many of the vacation rental homes are pet friendly.
The island is divided into three separate sections:
The Gulf Beaches area of the island is the center of St. George Island and includes the St. George Lighthouse and public beach pavilion with a playground for kids of all ages. This area also includes 3 blocks of the island’s commercial district offering two full scale grocery stores, excellent restaurants, gift shops and bait and tackle shops for all your fishing needs. There are gulf front homes, commonly known as the “shotgun homes”, located in the commercial district which are very popular with tourists wanting to be within walking distance of shops and restaurants.
There are four miles of residential property on the east and west sides of the Gulf Beaches with lot sizes of approximately 1/3 acre. There are gulf front, 1st tier, gulf view, bay view and bay front lots available and all are just a short golf cart or bike ride from the center of the island.
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The East End of the island is two miles long beginning at 11th Street and ending at the entrance to the State Park which offers 9 miles of unspoiled beaches and breathtaking sand dunes. The majority of the lots in this area are 1 acre in size and, as this is the most narrow part of the island, there are excellent views of both the gulf and the bay. Several gated communities have been developed along the bay side and Sunset Beach on the gulf side. 300 Ocean Mile townhomes are located next to Sunset Beach and just before the entrance to the State Park.
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The Plantation is a 13 mile gated community located at the west end of the island. This community is very unique in that most of the original vegetation has been left undisturbed giving one the feeling of total privacy and seclusion. There is 24 hr. security, both gated and patrolled, a new clubhouse with Olympic size pool and fitness center, 3 tennis courts, 5 miles of biking and walking trails, a boat launch at Bob Sikes Cut and private airstrip. All of the beach boardwalks are elevated to protect the sea oats and other beach vegetation. The community features underground utilities and there is an Architectural Control Committee which oversees both new construction and exterior renovations.
At the extreme west end of the Plantation is Bob Sike’s Cut which runs between the Plantation and uninhabited Little St. George Island. This has to be the most beautiful location in the world to view the sunset while the shrimp boats pass by, the sea gulls playfully call to each other and the dolphins frolic. Paradise found!
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Apalachicola is a wonderful, historic southern town bordered by the Apalachicola Bay and Apalachicola River. The town features a thriving historic district with lovingly restored homes some of which date back to the 1800’s. The town is known for its 4 star restaurants, quaint shops, museums, art galleries and waterfront parks and marinas. This warm and friendly town has become a very popular tourist destination as well as the area many dream to someday call home. For more about Apalachicola visit the Apalachicola Chamber of Commerce’s website.
Eastpoint is the gateway to St. George Island. The world famous Apalachicola Bay oysters are harvested daily from the bay and the area is home to many of the hardworking members of the local seafood industry.
The Magnolia Bluff area of Eastpoint offers bay frontage overlooking Apalachicola and East Bay. There are wonderful bay front homes situated on high bluffs with incredible sunset views in this area.
The Carrabelle area boasts some of the best fishing in the world and was chosen as “Best Boaters Getaway in Florida” by Florida By Water. The Carrabelle, Crooked and New Rivers converge and connect with the Gulf of Mexico providing access to fishing at its best. Carrabelle is home to the Big Bend Saltwater Classic, Kingfish Shoot-Out and C-Quarters Youth Fishing Tournament drawing the best fisherman from across the region. Carrabelle is truly a sportsman’s paradise.