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About St. George Island

Consistently rated as one of the best beaches in America, St. George Island is a peaceful barrier island along Florida’s gorgeous Gulf Coast. Forgo the crowded chain stores and high-rises for this tranquil slice of unspoiled coastline composed of sugary sand dunes and sea oats waving in the ocean breeze, welcoming you. While on the island, experience the pristine St. George Island State Park, a welcoming, local collection of restaurants, bars, shops, and a pet-friendly public beach, along with SGI Premier’s beautiful beachfront stays with sunset views of the Gulf of Mexico. While you enjoy a true respite here on SGI, there are plenty of activities and nature to explore, like shelling, swimming, paddling, hiking, loggerhead sea turtle watching, boating, and fishing. Even more, the area is well appreciated for its outstanding assortment of Apalachicola Bay and Gulf fish and seafood, with oysters, scallops, grouper, snapper, and more.

About Franklin County & Florida’s Forgotten Coast

Franklin County, also known as the Forgotten Coast, straddles the coastal Highway 98 leading to scenic 30A in the Florida Panhandle. Only 80 miles southwest of Florida’s capital city, Tallahassee, visitors will encounter over 200 miles of natural shoreline, lush state forests including Tate’s Hell State Forest and Bald Point State Park, and access to the Carrabelle River, New River, Crooked River, and at the eastern tip of the county is the Ochlocknee River.

Beyond Franklin County’s natural gems, the seaside communities of Alligator Point, Apalachicola, Carrabelle, Eastpoint, and, of course, St. George Island are accessible from US Highway 98. In addition, visitors can travel by air to Franklin County through airports in Tallahassee and Panama City and regionally via the Apalachicola Regional Airport, Carrabelle-Thompson Airport, St. George Island Airport.

Pet-Friendly Place, Leave No Trace

St. George Island is exceptionally pet friendly, with dogs allowed on both beach and bayside on most of the Island. Many local businesses and restaurants welcome dogs; however, the St. George Island State Park restricts dogs in some areas. Dogs must always be leashed (on all parts of the Island). To ensure your pet has a fantastic vacation too, be mindful of sand spurs, local wildlife, traffic, providing shade and water, and cleaning up after your pet. Further, for the wellness of the beach and protecting sea turtles and other wildlife, Franklin County requires that you “leave only your footprints” on the beach. Visitors can do this by limiting use of lights near the waterfront after dusk, removing all trash, and returning personal and rental items to your home every night.