The Plantation community on the west end of St. George Island offers some of the best advantages for your stay. Easy beach access from every home (even from the bay side), exceptional architecture and around-the-clock security make for an especially relaxing time. You can take advantage of the Plantation’s recreational offerings: 5 miles of paved bike/walking paths, elevated walkways through the dunes, and guest access to the tennis courts and swimming pool as available. There’s even a privately owned air landing strip (3200 feet) and tie-down area here for public use. Nature lovers are especially happy here, as the 1200-plus-acre community has official status as a bird sanctuary. Once you come through the gates, you’ll feel the pace of life slow down as you go along quiet roads that wind through the trees. And that’s exactly what you want, isn’t it?
Bob Sikes Cut
There’s a paradise within paradise for fishermen, and it’s known as Bob Sikes Cut. This channel between Apalachicola Bay and the Gulf of Mexico is named for the late Robert L. F. Sikes (1906-1994), who was a U.S. Congressman as well as the chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction. In the latter role, he worked tirelessly to make the 1954 construction of the channel a reality, and therefore it bears his name. Bob Sikes Cut defines the west end of the Plantation community and lets you reach some of the most fertile fishing waters without a boat. The Cut separates St. George Island from Little St. George Island and makes the smaller island (the home of the old lighthouse until it fell in 2005) remote and even more appealing. The strong tidal flow in and out of the channel means lots of food for the fish’and therefore lots of action for anglers. Flounder especially love the flat, sandy bottom here, and you’ll also pull in a good number of redfish and a few sheepshead.
The Gulf Beaches neighborhood is the first section you’ll come to as you drive into St. George Island from the mainland. As the island’s first subdivision, it has a wider range of home styles, from one-of-a-kind classic cottages to contemporary, elevated beach houses. The heart of the community is the six-block commercial district along Gulf Beach Drive, just off the Patton Bridge and Franklin Boulevard. Many people prefer staying in Gulf Beaches for this convenient location and instant access. There’s easy access to the beach, too, as good-sized easements allow all visitors a right-of-way to the sand.
Lighthouses represent so much history, if not outright romance, but the one you’ll see on Little St. George Island is actually quite new. That’s because the original structure from 1852 finally fell in a storm on October 21, 2005, after decades and decades of erosion. But here’s where the story gets sweeter: Volunteers from the St. George Lighthouse Association worked to salvage as many of the fallen bricks as they could, tirelessly scraping off the old mortar. The association was able to get copies of the original building plans, which had been stored in Washington, D.C., in the National Archives. Thanks to both state and federal support, the new tower was officially opened on December 1, 2008. Lighthouse enthusiasts flock to climb its 92 steps, to honor the structure while enjoying the captivating view, and you’re more than welcome to do the same. There’s a small admission fee (the lighthouse is closed on Thursday), and you must wear appropriate shoes. An on-site Visitor Center and Lighthouse Museum offer more historical information as well as some souvenirs and gifts.
Known for its lovely, white-sand beaches, the East End neighborhood spans two miles, with its eastern boundary abutting the Julian G. Bruce State Park. Home lots here are larger, with great beach access. It’s a walker’s paradise, and many visitors prefer to leave the car at their vacation home and stroll into the park instead to take advantage of all the recreational opportunities within. By all accounts, it’s a fisherman’s haven, too, with fertile waters on both the bay side and the Gulf side. There’s nothing more satisfying than catching your own dinner, so don’t forget your rod and reel!
Sunset Beach Community
The architecture of the Sunset Beach Community features a Mediterranean theme, with stucco exteriors and terra cotta roofs. This secure, gated neighborhood of exquisite single-family homes lies within the East End and borders the State Park. When you’re not exploring the park or the quiet Gulf beaches, you may enjoy the use of the community’s swimming pool (with cabana area) and tennis court. Raised walkways help you cross the dunes. The neighborhood’s paved brick roads and decorative fencing truly complement the island’s natural beauty.
Dr. Julian Bruce State Park
This natural paradise covers more than 2000 unspoiled acres between Apalachicola Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. There’s at least one activity for each member of your vacation group, from active pursuits to just plain relaxation. Those who are feeling energetic can hike, swim or paddle a canoe, while lazier folks may choose to hunt for shells, watch birds or just read or nap in the sun. Of the island’s 9 miles of sandy beaches, 5 miles can only be reached on foot or authorized four-wheel-drive vehicles (permit required). The fishing is excellent, with ample amounts of flounder, Spanish mackerel, redfish, sea trout, whiting and pompano. Bird watchers will want to bring their binoculars and field guides, as many species nest and feed along the shore and in the shallow waters of the flats. Facilities within the park include restrooms, cold showers, grills and picnic shelters, and a playground. There are two unpaved launch ramps that provide bay access for shallow-draft boats of 24 feet and less’be sure to bring an up-to-date nautical chart of the area unless you are very familiar with the bay.
300 Ocean Mile
St. George Island Vacation Properties offers a select group of Townhomes from this BeachFront community. 300 Ocean Mile offers a fantastic view of Apalachicola Bay and miles of beautiful beaches that extend into St. George Island State Park. The park has something to offer everyone. Visitors can enjoy the sun shining, flowers blooming, warm beach sand between your toes, fishing, hiking and birdwatching. Amenities in the community include two swimming pools and sun decks with lounges. Please contact St. George Island Vacation Properties for more information on the 300 Ocean Mile Townhomes.
Sunset Beach is an upscale, gated community on the east side of St. George Island. The community offers a Mediterranean atmosphere that will envelop you in tranquility with undeveloped beaches and the warmth of the sun . Sunset Beach offers its’ guests access to miles of beautiful private beach, a community swimming pool, tennis courts and a brick paved road. The community is located directly on the Gulf of Mexico and borders the State Park. If you would like more information on Sunset Beach, please contact us at St. George Island Vacation Properties.