If the carnival atmosphere, crowds, and traffic of Orlando or other major Florida cities is not for you, consider St. George Island. It is secluded, beautiful, and affordable.
St. George Island is perhaps the northernmost significant island in the state of Florida, located in the middle of the Panhandle. It is approximately 20 miles long, and is connected to the mainland by a 4-mile long bridge. The eastern 9 miles of the island contain a wonderful state park. The western 5 miles of the island contain the Plantation, a gated, 24-hour guarded private community. The middle of the island is comprised of residential neighborhoods, restaurants, shops, other services and public beaches. The gulf side of the island has 20 continuous miles of sandy beach. The island is pet friendly, beach and all, except for the state park where dogs are allowed only in the parking areas or on miles of designated trails.
The mainland north of the island is a dream for flat water canoeing and kayaking.
The 1 1/2 century old St. George Island lighthouse was fully restored in 2008. A climb to the top offers an impressive view of the island. Find out more at: http://www.seestgeorgeisland.com/
SGI State Park has more beach than any other Florida State Park.
The bay side of the SGI State Park has campsites, picnic areas, and gorgeous views.
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