St. Vincent Wildlife Refuge

Naked nature

For both those who enjoy sunbathing nude and those who enjoy exploring nature with their clothes on, St. Vincent Wildlife Refuge is the ideal. This virtually uninhabited location is only accessible by boat and consists of more than 12,000 acres of lake, marsh, dune, pine and hardwood. Established in 1968 as a waterfowl sanctuary, The St. Vincent Refuge is now home to more than 260 bird species, endangered bald eagles, red wolves and sea turtles.

The closest town is sleepy Apalachicola, so well known for its love of oysters and fishing that it's not unusual for shops to close on Wednesday afternoons to let the locals get out on the water.

Outdoor Focus

While hiking, fishing, boating and hunting are popular, this area offers hard-to-come-by opportunities for:

Area Attractions

Animals are the big attraction here:

Area Events


Nightlife is scarce in Apalachicola, but you can catch a show at the vintage Dixie Theater or have drinks at the Roseate Spoonbill Lounge where bands play on weekends.


Primitive camping is offered for hunters on St. Vincent Island. Apalachicola offers cozy cottages, inns and bed and breakfasts in restored homes. Try the Apalachicola Chamber of Commerce for great bed and breakfast ideas and impressive area guides of St. Vincent Island.

Need to Know

Wildlife and waves make St. Vincent Refuge a perfect place for eco-tourists and nudists. If a remote getaway appeals, these St. Vincent Wildlife Refuge retreat ideas will help you on your way.

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Posted on 2/3/2015 1:09:00 AM by Anonymous
Please, no nude sunbathers....maybe they will get eaten up by insects and never come back!!! : )
Posted on 2/11/2014 10:25:00 AM by Anonymous
I am truly appalled to think you are promoting this beautiful natural island to become a nude beach; there are numerous place in Fla. for those type of people to exhibit their nude bodies rather than "trash"our beautiful island. Take your nudist and go elsewhere......I have enjoyed its beauty since 1969; spent many w'ends over there. If you promote this vicious type of "alternative life-style", you will surely ruin the beauty of the place as well as discourage tourists from coming here....think about i........................................t
Posted on 1/27/2014 4:55:00 PM by Anonymous
is the lagoon at St. Vincent Sound safe to swim. We have a vacation house on Indian Pass and wuold like some info on danger of sharkes
Posted on 7/22/2013 8:08:00 PM by Anonymous
Are there any plans for an open house this spring. We did attend one last year and would like to make plans for this year. Thank you.
Posted on 2/14/2013 6:03:00 AM by Anonymous
St. Vincent Island, a 12,300 acre undeveloped barrier island, it is part of the St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge. The island is a haven for endangered wild-life, such as bald eagles, loggerhead, green and leatherback sea turtles and migrating wood storks. Alligators, feral hogs, deer, red wolves and umerious species of birds. You can look for artifacts the Creeks and Seminole indians use to inhabit the island in the 1750's. Bkers and hikers should be prepared for biting insects. They offer guided tours, and they are free. Like anonymous said, it is a very primitive island and caution shoud be used when visiting this wildlike fefuge. Biting insects, aligators and snakes are on the island. No drinking water, and limited(two) restroms facilities. They also offer hunting season, which is then closed to other visitors, the hunters are allowed to camp overnight. You must bring Water, Insect repellents and sunscreen! Oh yeah, sea turtle nests and hatches from May through October.
Posted on 11/7/2011 1:44:00 PM by Anonymous
This island should only be visited by highly educated ecologists. It is dangerous. The comment posted by anonymous on 3/6/2011 was being kind to what awaits.. Do not come here with children, elderly or people with any kind of allergies, especially bugs. Did I mention that there are snakes and wild hogs? Do you know anything about wild hogs? Look them up. You should visit only on the days that there are golf cart guided tours.Use 55+ sunblock and bring plenty of water, and above all a cellphone and a first aide kit. This is not Disney World.
Posted on 5/7/2011 9:07:00 PM by Anonymous
Absolutely awful. Filled with burrs, sandflies, and about ten billion misquitoes. Never go and if you do come with at least three bottles of bug spray.
Posted on 3/6/2011 5:01:00 PM by Anonymous
are there motorized tours of the island once a year or more?
Posted on 1/25/2011 7:45:00 PM by Anonymous
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