St. Andrews State Park might just be one of the more beautiful places you will ever visit. Don’t believe us? We challenge you to visit this place and see for yourself.
Located at the southeastern tip of Panama City Beach, this pristine 1,260-acre park offers a peek at what the entire beach area looked like before hotels, restaurants, and homes took over most of the 27 mile stretch of beach front. Well-known for its sugar white sands and emerald green waters, this peaceful park was a former military reservation and has over one-and-a-half miles of beaches on the Gulf of Mexico and Grand Lagoon.
The north side of the park fronts Grand Lagoon. There’s a pier, a boat launch, a picnic area with grills, and plenty of campsites on the north side. The south side fronts the St. Andrew Bay channel entrance. There is a huge rock jetty to explore and the fishing is exceptional.
The back side of the jetty contains a shallow area known as the ‘kiddie pool’ that is away from all of the boating traffic. It’s ideal for swimming and sunbathing. There is also a big pavilion that many people use for weddings, birthdays and other gatherings. The west side fronts the Gulf of Mexico. It has beautiful white beaches and a nice pier. It is popular with fishermen, surfers, boogie-boarders, and sunbathers.
Two nature trails wind through a rich diversity of coastal plant communities – a great opportunity for bird-watching. Full-facility campsites, as well as primitive youth group camping, make this park a popular overnight destination. A concession offers snacks, souvenirs, and fishing amenities.
Like we said, go see for yourself…
- Address: 4607 State Park La., Panama City Beach, FL, 32408-7323
- Phone: 850-233-5140
- Cost: $8 per vehicle, up to 8 people
- Hours: Daily 8AM – sunset
For more information on Panama City Beach, Florida, including where you should stay, play, eat and a whole lot more, please make sure you visit the official website for Panama City Beach at www.panamacitybeach.com