There are a lot of beaches and islands to visit throughout Florida, one that I was lucky enough to visit during the 4th of July weekend was St. George Island.
St. George Island is located in the Panhandle of Florida, roughly an hour (or a little more) southwest of Tallahassee. It is a barrier island that is quite small but also charming as well.
So just how small and remote is this island? Considering the nearest McDonalds is over an hour away and the only grocery store is a Pigly Wigly, I would say it is fairly remote but being that small makes it a lot more relaxing and helps you disconnect a bit from the hustle and bustle of just a few hours away.
A large majority of the houses on the island are all vacation rentals that are booked for weeks at a time (and for a hefty price) and are usually booked over a year out. While visiting for the holiday weekend, the island was busy with people from all part of Florida and Georgia taking up residence on or just across the street from the beach. There is one hotel on the island, but it is quite small and not a Marriott. If you do visit the island, be ready for crowds during the peak times of year.
As for stuff to do on the island, it’s pretty straight forward. With either a pool in your backyard or the beach across the street, get ready for some water and outdoors. The island is pedestrian friendly as well as a great spot for bikes but if you prefer a quicker way to get around, golf carts are the preferred mode of transportation around the island. As for restaurants, there are probably three or four that are available along with one Subway (randomly) so be prepared to have limited (and busy options) or cook a lot at home.
Overall the island is very nice, peaceful, and just enough away from everything where you can relax but not too far away from civilization. It is a relaxing island that is great for a couple or a family to enjoy both the simple life but also the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.