For rest and relaxation, try Florida's 'Forgotten Coast'

The Cape St. George Lighthouse is one of the first things you see when you arrive on the island after driving across the 4-mile-long Bryant Grady Patton Bridge. / Photo by Shawn Ryan

The sticker on the sliding-glass door says: "Keep sea turtles in the dark. Close window treatments dusk to dawn 5/1-10/31."

Yeah, you don't see that everywhere.

photo The St. George Lighthouse Park at the center of St. George Island includes beach access, picnic pavilions, outdoor grills, a basketball court and children's playground. / Photo by Shawn Ryan

But that's one of the charms of St. George Island, a slip of land located along the Florida Panhandle near Apalachicola, just west of where the state curves south. The area calls itself The Forgotten Coast. The island is 22 miles east to west but is only a few hundred yards north to south. You can walk from the ocean to the St.