St. George Island State Park

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For me, ‘Ocean’ has always been synonymous with ‘relaxation’, and SGI is the ultimate for decompressing.

St. George Island SP site 28
St. George Island SP site 28.  Neighbors on one side only.  Primo spot.

This is the Florida I remember from my youth.  Laid-back, undeveloped, and no cell phones.

Walked down to the south shore for a spectacular sunrise.  I was the only one on the beach for as far as I could see in both directions, except for a Heron that landed about 6′ away, and watched it with me.  (I later discovered he was used to getting scraps from fisherman).

Talking with some of the other campers, they said the bugs are just starting to come around.  Our first couple days were pretty much bug-free, but they’re really becoming a nuisance at dawn and dusk, now.  Heavy-duty bug spray is a must, but only in the campground area.

South beach.  Miles of this.  Beautiful.
South beach. Miles of this. Beautiful.

Definitely ‘undiscovered’ beaches.  Even on a beautiful Saturday afternoon, the beaches were hardly populated.

North beach.
North beach.

North shore much less ‘groomed’.  Loads of aquatic life.  This is the ocean shore equivalent of Yellowstone National Park.

Horseshoe crabs propagating the species.
Horseshoe crabs propagating the species.

Bird watching is amazing.  Approximately 300 species migrate across SGI.

Pelicans
Pelicans

We located an eagles nest on our second hike out along the north shore.  Spotted an eagle, but could only get within maybe 200-300′ of her.

The majestic Bald Eagle
The majestic Bald Eagle

Wednesday was overcast, and the bay was very calm.  Good visibility into the water.

Hermit crabs o'plenty
Hermit crabs o’plenty

Excellent shelling.  My daughters collection:

Found a both halves of a perfect Quahog Clam specimen
Found a both halves of a perfect Quahog Clam specimen

Didn’t spot any Bonnethead sharks, unfortunately.

The various shells you'll find on SGI
The various shells you’ll find on SGI

Beautiful state park, with something for everyone.  Remote enough that I felt like I’d left all my cares behind.  Water and electric (50A) hookups.  Recommend bringing a waste water tote, as I didn’t notice any honey wagon service.  Shower and toilet facilities were clean and maintained.  Quiet at night, no rowdies; Florida rangers maintain good presence.  We’ll definitely be returning.

View out our curbside porthole window
View out our curbside porthole window

From the ‘Florida State Parks’ brochure:

Miles of undeveloped beaches on this barrier island provide the perfect setting for this park, which offers ample opportunities for sunbathing, swimming, canoeing, boating, biking, camping and nature study.  Two natural boat ramps provide access to the bay for small boats.  Anglers can fish for flounder, redfish, sea trout, pompano, whiting, spanish mackerel and other fish off the beach or in the bay.  Sea turtles and shore birds such as the snowy plover, least tern, black skimmer and willet nest in the park during the summer. The park has six large picnic shelters equipped with grills, tables and nearby restrooms.

 

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See you down the road!

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