St. George Island spreads across 28 miles in the Gulf of Mexico off the coastline of the Florida Panhandle. Although the island is inhabited, it remains in pristine condition as an unspoiled barrier island with low-density zoning and regulated building codes. That doesn't mean that an airport is out of the question, though. The island has a very small airport for arriving and departing private planes. Commercial air carriers service St. George Island visitors through larger cities on the mainland.
The Friendly Skies
Blue skies above St. George Island are spectacularly clear, with puffy white clouds and constant sunshine. They are not filled with aircraft. This is a good thing for a relaxing getaway vacation, but it is going to take you some planning and driving to get there. If you happen to have a private plane, you are in luck with the tiny landing space at the island's own airport. But most visitors must fly into cities well over an hour away instead.
The St. George Island Airport is located on the grounds of the St. George Plantation, a private community of 1,200 acres on the west end of the island. The airport does not accommodate commercial airplanes but allows private single-engine or twin-engine airplanes to land for a small fee. Tie-down spaces are available for an additional fee. Yearly landing and tie-down permits are available for plantation community homeowners.
About 75 miles east of St. George Island, the Tallahassee International Airport services many northwest Florida communities. It is the closest airport to St. George Island that is serviced by major airlines, including American Airlines and Delta. Amenities at the airport include a food court, wine bar, business center and arcade room with video games and a pool table. Rental cars are available within the Ivan Munroe Terminal Building. The drive to the island is via SR-20 and SR-65, with a portion cutting through national forest land.
Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport is located in West Bay, near Panama City and Panama City Beach, about 100 miles west of St. George Island. The airport is serviced by at least two major air carriers who bring visitors in from cities across the United States. Restaurants on each of the two airport levels are open around flight times. Rental cars are available at the airport for transportation to the island. Route your trip to St. George Island through Panama City and along US-98, then hook up with SR-65 to reach the island via Sand Beach Road. It will take you close to two hours to make the journey by car.