St. George Island BREAKING NEWS:
The Lynch’s are moving on the island!
The first time we arrived on the Forgotten Coast it was to camp at the St. George Island State Park campground. We were instantly struck by the beauty of the crystal clear water, the natural habitat and the white sand beaches. We waded out over oyster reefs in the shallow, pale green waters of the bay and fished for hours.
St. George Island (known locally as SGI “The Island”) is 28 miles long and only one mile wide. A four mile bridge connects the island to the mainland. The southern side of the island faces the Gulf of Mexico with miles of white quartz sand beaches with sand so fine it squeaks beneath your feet when you walk. The bay side of the island faces north and borders Apalachicola Bay with crystal clear water the color of pale green sea glass. The beautiful white sand is interspersed with cypress, slash pine, palm trees and other native plants providing a habitat for a variety of species of birds and animals. Peregrine falcons, owls, bald eagles, osprey soar overhead while out in the water there are an abundance of spotted trout, red drum, black drum, pompano, sheepshead, triple tail, Spanish mackerel, grouper, snapper, snook, tarpon and many other great catching and eating fish.
The island has miles of trails for biking and on the west end of the island the state park protects more than 2,000 acres of coastal habitats. There are no traffic lights and only one stop sign. There are no big-name hotels or touristy attractions. There are mostly bed and breakfast homes and very few condominiums (only 3-story allowed) and thus it is a quiet, small community.
This is our 4th year visiting SGI. Each year when we returned to the island we talked about how wonderful it would be to actually live here. In fact, last year on our annual RV trip, we stayed on SGI for 12 days mid-trip and then again for another week at the end of our vacation because we wanted our last memory to be in our happiest place.
This year when we arrived in SGI it felt like it was the time to finally commit and we said, “let’s do it!” But of course, it really wasn’t that simple. We love our MD house and we worked hard to make it the perfect home. More importantly we will be leaving almost all of our family. The hardest to leave will be Jason, Lizzy and our grandsons, Angus and Emmy. We contemplated what it would be like to be so far away from them and everyone else and the more we discussed it we came to realize that since we currently travel 4-5 months a year in the RV anyway, it wouldn’t be that different if we reversed our travels. We’ll go back to MD for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other times of year and we certainly hope everyone will come down to visit us and thus, we believe we can have the best of both worlds.
We had specific criteria: bayfront, white sand beach, no marsh, pier, deep water, boat lift, swimming pool, room for guests, and great neighbors. There was only one house for sale on the island that met our criteria or at least with a few upgrades and changes it could be modified to be the perfect house for us. We toured it, loved it, met our awesome neighbor, Doug, and …..now, it’s official!
PLEASE COME VISIT!!!
1419 E. Gulf Beach Drive, St George Island, FL 32328
That’s BIG news
Fantastic for you two having a beautiful place for life well lived…..If you need moving help let me know
Pappy and Granny
You’re a great friend, Brad! We may just take you up on that!
WOW, so happy for you to have purchased a home on St George island.
We also fell in love with it when we camped their many years ago. We would love to visit once again before our last call.
Of all of the places we visited in FLA it was our favorite. The islands also attracted us for their beauty and sandy beaches when we sailed their. Our travels throughout the world also were an attraction. Ray and I both loved fiji island and lavuka island.
Pappy and Granny
Just imagine how much fun we’d have together on SGI! You and Ray are always welcome!