The Gulf Beaches
St. George Island Gulf Beaches is the neighborhood at the center of the Island. It is the original real estate development started in the 1950s and 1960s. The Gulf Beaches consists of approximately 1,400 third-acre single-family home sites, upon which there are currently about 900 homes. The only area of the island zoned for commercial use lies at the center of the Gulf Beaches area, where the Bryant Patton Bridge lies on Bay side and the St. George Lighthouse and public beach area is on the Gulf side. The county Lighthouse Park also features a playground and basketball court. The Gulf Beaches section boasts a 70-acre State Preserve on the Bay Side, and white sand beaches along the entire Gulf side. Public access to the beaches is generously convenient for all Gulf Beaches residents, with wooden boardwalks at several locations and many pedestrian easements. On the Bay side of the Gulf Beaches area, Regatta Park offers a picnic shelter and a launch area perfect for kayaks and small boats.