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Explore Paradise at St. Andrews State Park 

Posted on - Laura Bernstien

Nestled along the pristine shores of Panama City Beach, Florida, St. Andrews State Park is a coastal haven renowned for its sugar-white sands and emerald-green waters. Originally a military reservation, this natural gem now boasts over one-and-a-half miles of pristine beaches along the Gulf of Mexico and Grand Lagoon, offering a wealth of outdoor adventures and relaxation opportunities for visitors of all ages.

Water sports enthusiasts will find themselves in paradise with a plethora of activities to choose from, including swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, and canoeing. Fishing aficionados can cast their lines off two fishing piers, a jetty, or the boat ramp, where ample opportunities await to reel in a variety of prized catches. For nature enthusiasts, two scenic nature trails wind through diverse coastal plant communities, providing an excellent opportunity for bird-watching and wildlife observation.

Those seeking relaxation can bask in the sun on the pristine beaches or enjoy a leisurely lunch under the shade of a picnic pavilion. With full-facility campsites and primitive youth group camping available, St. Andrews State Park is a popular overnight destination for those looking to immerse themselves in nature.

Explore the park’s 2-mile paved road on a leisurely bike ride or embark on a shuttle boat tour to picturesque Shell Island during the spring and summer months. 

Boating opportunities abound, with immediate access to the Gulf of Mexico and Shell Island.

Join a ranger-led program around the campfire circle every Friday night from Memorial Day to Labor Day for an informative and entertaining look at park history or wildlife. With 176 campsites, electricity, water, picnic tables, and grills, the campground loops nestled in the pinewoods near Grand Lagoon offer a comfortable retreat for campers of all kinds.

Stock up on snacks, souvenirs, bait, and rental equipment at one of three stores open during the summer season, and don’t miss the chance to try your hand at deep-sea jetty and surf fishing for a chance to reel in Spanish mackerel, redfish, flounder, and more.

With two scenic trails to choose from, Heron Pond and Gator Lake, visitors can explore the park’s diverse ecosystems and scenic vistas. All pets must be on a leash, and well-behaved, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for all.

Whether you’re looking for investment property near St. Andrews or you are looking to make a move to Panama City Beach, Emerald Coast Living is your source for Panama City Beach, Florida real estate.

St. Andrews State Park

4607 State Park Lane

Panama City Beach, FL 32408

(850) 233-5140