St. George Island is one of those places you go to escape everything. There are no theme parks, go-karts tracks or traffic lights. There are only a handful of restaurants, a few shops and a small grocery store. But St. George Island has so much to offer those lucky enough to step foot on its pristine shores. St. George Island is a barrier island four miles off the coast of Apalachicola in northwest Florida, in an area known as The Forgotten Coast . And it truly is forgotten. Less than 200,000 visitors a year come here – and that’s probably because everyone who does know about it wants to keep it a secret. But the secret is out – it was just named the #4 Top-Rated Beach in America for 2012 by Dr. Beach, the foremost beach expert in North America. As soon as you drive onto the island, the stately Cape St. George Light with its gleaming white exterior greets you. First erected in 1833, this historic lighthouse has been rebuilt four times. Of the 160,000 bricks used to recreate it, 22,000 were salvaged and now grace its interior walls. A 92-step climb to the top rewards you will scenic vistas of the bay and gulf. For an outstanding experience, sign up for a full moon climb, offered each month. There are no high-rises on St George Island, but you will find rentals, from simple and comfortable homes to downright glorious. Two of my favorite vacation home rental agencies are Collins Vacation Rentals and Resort Vacation Properties . You can rent a home right on the beach and walk out to discover 22 miles of sparsely populated shoreline and sparkling gulf waters where dolphins frolic. This is where you come to do a whole lot of nothing. You will find peace and privacy without even trying. The St. George Island State Park offers bird watching, fishing, kayaking or camping if you want to keep busy. And the charming town of Apalachicola is just four miles across the causeways and bridges. (That’s a whole different blog!) One more thing you will surely enjoy here is fresh, Florida seafood: perfectly briny oysters from Apalachicola , little neck clams from Alligator Point, plump gulf shrimp, and fresh catch like grouper can be found at waterfront restaurants everywhere. I hope you’ll put St. George Island on your radar – it is a unique, quiet wonder among Florida’s 825 miles of beaches. And since nearly 90% of the land in Franklin County is preserved, it will remain a blissful and natural escape.
Alligator Point can be spotted in Franklin County, Florida on the Dickerson Bay’s western Shore. This place is hardly an hour from Tallahassee.
Let alone the name the place is very unusual as well. Alligator point does not offer its visitors luxurious malls, happening night clubs and busy movie theaters but it attracts them with its eye pleasing and breathtaking landscapes, its beaches with sparkling white sand and clear waters which are rich in fish, seafood and others like dolphins. A trip here would definitely be a rejuvenating experience and would leave you marveling about it.
Bald Point State Park spread over 4000 acres around Alligator Point can be a perfect opportunity to get a look at Florida’s natural habitat. This Park is ideal for bird watching, a fun thing to do in evening, especially in fall and spring various raptors, butterflies and eagles are seen migrating to the south. From pine forests, wet lands, ponds to sand dunes, it has all for naturalists. It is home to animals like deer, alligators, otters, bears, manatees and many others.
Apart from this two Bay beaches can be accessed from Bald Point State Park for some real fun water activities. Pavilions and fishing dock are among the amenities the park has for its visitors. Such other parks worth a visit would include Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park with world famous springs and Ochlockonee River State Park.
This is not it; St Marks National Wildlife Refuge should next on your list. It serves as a home to extensive kinds of animals, birds and plants. Apart from alligators tourists would encounter armadillo, deer, feral hogs and many more. So, donot forget to carry your camera to capture these once in a life time moments. Other nearby attractions like FortGadsden, SilverLake and Leon Sinks in FranklinCounty can make vacation to Alligator Point a memorable on.
Tourists who would want to get an idea about boat building and sailing should travel a short distance to the Apalachicola Maritime Museum with a wooden ketch Quark as museum’s highlight which can fairly called Apalachicola’s heritage. It even hosts some really interesting and informative workshops.
Visiting Alligator point and the areas nearby could end up as a perfect holiday.