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The Secret is Out: St. George Island of Apalachicola Bay, Florida

By Karla Jones

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The "Forgotten Coast" of Florida

Where would your dream vacation home be? Somewhere warm and sunny, both in weather and people. A place with pristine beaches and spectacular sunsets. Undiscovered, wild almost, but with just enough civilization to stay connected…only if you want to. You’re dreaming of Apalachicola Bay.

Located on North Florida’s Gulf Coast where the Apalachicola River meets the Gulf of Mexico, Apalachicola Bay is a well-kept secret. Some even call it the “forgotten coast,” which is just fine by the locals. They don’t need the crowds and partygoers some of the better-known Florida beaches attract. That’s not to say people here aren’t friendly or fun. Along Apalachicola Bay, life is simple and slower paced, and fun comes naturally.

St. George Island is one of the gems of the Apalachicola Bay area. You’ll find no high rises or chain stores here. An unspoiled barrier island under State Park protection, St. George Island is home to 9 miles of uninhabited beach and is under strict building codes and low-density zoning.

Because of the building restrictions, real estate on the island of St. George is limited, making a stay here truly spectacular. Richard Keith, Senior Partner of Lifestyle Asset Group commented, “Think of Cape Cod but without the crowds! St George Island is a truly magical place where it is easy to bring your heart rate down and forget your worries."

Ranked as one of the top beaches in the country, St. George offers miles of pristine white sand, breezy marsh grasses and clear Gulf waters. Bath in the sun, hunt for the most unique seashell, and go for a swim to refresh. St. George’s coastline provides the tranquil backdrop for most activity on the island. 

Wildlife

The protected coastline is sanctuary to spectacular wildlife with nesting sea turtles and migrating birds among the highlights. Birding is a favorite activity for many who visit St. George Island where more than 300 species of birds have been documented. Dolphins and other sea life are in abundance off the island, too.

St. George Island State Park 

St. George Island Volunteer Turtlers 

 St. George Island Rated No. 1 Birding Location 

Fishing

You don’t have to be an avid fish wrangler to appreciate the incredible fish life around St. George Island. Red fish, mackerel, and pompano can be caught off a line from shore or by boat. Hire a fishing guide, take a stroll down shore to watch the pros battle a big one, or bring your rod and reel to give it a shot yourself.   

Island Charters of St. George Island

St. George Island Redfish Tips

Dining

Fish and seafood, specifically oysters, are menu staples at most restaurants on the island. Paddy’s Raw Bar and Harry A’s are two of the top choices for Apalach regulars. St. George eateries are family friendly, laid back and unpretentious, like most of the island. If you’re looking for something a bit more upscale without the children, check out Up the Stairs in the town of Apalachicola. And don’t forget to try the Key lime pie wherever you end up dining. 

Paddy’s Raw Bar

Harry A’s Restaurant and Bar

Up the Stairs

St. George Island and Apalachicola Bay can not only be your dream vacation, it can also be a way for you to own your dream second home. To learn how you can own a share in a beachfront $3m, 7 bedroom, 7.5 bath for as low as $136,000, go to  www.lifestyleassetgroup.com/st-george and contact Lifestyle Asset Group.com for details.

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