If you’ve always dreamed of an island getaway, St. George Island in Florida is a barrier island that offers 22 miles of pristine, white-sand beaches and the convenience of a bridge to the mainland.
Located in the Gulf of Mexico in Franklin County, this small island offers shopping, restaurants, and activities that provide an escape from everyday stress, island style.
Pet Friendly St. George Island
If you have a four-legged member of the family, St. George is one of the few islands left in Florida where dogs are allowed on the beach, provided they are on a leash and owners clean up after them. If your dog obeys your commands, you can even unleash them for a romp in the surf.
Doggie bags, water spigots, and showers can be found along the shoreline to make the experience the best it can be for everyone. Along with dog-friendly beaches, pets are also allowed in many rental units, on restaurant decks, and are even encouraged to join their family in the outdoor seating area of some of those establishments which provide a doggie menu.
Along with eating out and visiting the beach, dogs are accommodated on some boat outings and fishing excursions. Check with The Journeys of St. George, an outfitting store, to make arrangements.
Shopping on St. George’s Island
If you forget something at home, you’ll be able to buy it on the island. The small commercial center located at the center of the island offers typical touristy beach shops to provide every and anything you need for the beach, fishing, or day out on the water.
Along with that, you can find clothing, groceries, liquor and other beverages, and while you’re in town, stop for an ice cream.
St. George’s Island offers a plethora of wildlife. Shorebirds like sandpipers run in and out of the surf with their sanderlings trailing as they search out tasty tidbits. Other birds you’ll likely see include: gulls, pelicans, great blue herons, and on the bay side of the island there’s a chance you may even see a bald eagle. This is really a handful of the many birds you may see while staying on St. George’s Island.
Most of the rental properties available on St. George Island are available through two island businesses: Collins Vacation Rentals and Resort Vacation Properties of St. George Island.