The Big Bend Scenic Byway stretches from Tallahassee, FL all the way to gorgeous St. George Island, and then loops back again. The drive is about two days long, and makes a fun road trip for families or groups of friends. Along the way, there are all types of natural wonders that are well-worth stopping to see. When you take the drive you'll have plenty of opportunity to experience the best of “The Bend.” It's the place where Florida`s Gulf Coast begins to curve westward, leading to the beautiful region of the panhandle.
After the first leg of your road trip on the Big Bend Scenic Byway, take some time to rest, relax and explore the awesome scenery of SGI. Discover the best ways to see St. George Island and make amazing memories during your time on this island paradise! Our Things to Do page lists amazing outdoor activities, restaurants and local businesses that will keep your loved ones active as you enjoy the sights and sounds of the island. The next time you find yourself planning a trip to St. George Island, make sure you check our Things to Do page first. It contains helpful recommendations that you can use to plan an amazing vacation!
What You’ll See On the Big Bend Scenic Byway
The Big Bend Scenic Byway showcases the natural diversity of the Florida Panhandle. See towering pines, marshes and seagrass beds, beautiful white sand beaches, and more! In addition to the variety of scenery, you’ll be able to see several different kinds of animals as well. White-tail deer, otter, hogs, turkeys, black bear, and alligator are just a sample of what may come across your path. Much of the road winds through unfenced public land, so you may even see some of them up close! (This is one of the reasons it’s important to obey the speed limit. Also, remember that feeding the wildlife is prohibited!)
Stops to Make Along the Big Bend
If you have time to veer slightly off the trail of the Big Bend Scenic Byway, you’ll be able to enjoy even more great attractions in the region. The Apalachicola Maritime Museum offers interpretive displays, activities, and classes to help immerse you in the culture and history of Florida’s “Forgotten Coast.” The St. George Island Lighthouse is another point of interest, standing as a symbol of the island - the original was completed in 1833. Finally, anglers will love the St. George Island Fishing Pier. Take a break and relax on the pier until the tug on your line says it’s time for dinner!
Relax at a Gorgeous Collins Vacation Home
Have more than a weekend to spare? Why not extend your road trip along the Big Bend Scenic Byway and make it a real vacation? After you make the drive from Tallahassee to St. George Island, unpack and unwind at a beautiful Collins Vacation Home. Our stunning rentals are comfortable, full of amenities and conveniently located on SGI. Many of the homes can be found in close proximity to some of the island’s best beaches, attractions, and activities.
Take full advantage of your Florida Gulf vacation when you stay in one of our premier oceanfront properties, or opt for a peaceful place a few minutes away from the Gulf. Request one of our rental guides today to see the full range of options available for your next St. George Island getaway. Once you find your perfect vacation home, you can start the countdown to a fantastic trip! Then just arrive, relax, and enjoy the island life!