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With over 3 km (2 mi) of clear white sand, St. Andrews State Park is a popular destination for lovers of water sports, including kayaking, canoeing, snorkeling, and scuba diving. If you're interested in fishing, check out the jetties and boat tours. There are also some great trails filled with plant life and wildlife available to explore. Camping facilities are available; although if you're looking to camp during the summer, you should prebook as it can get busy. PutSt. Andrews State Park into our Panama City Beach trip planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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There's a lot going on there. Snorkeling along the jetty. People fishing from the jetty. Placid swimming area, or crystal clear ocean water. Lots of wildlife. Nice, short, nature trails.
There's a lot going on there. Snorkeling along the jetty. People fishing from the jetty. Placid swimming area, or crystal clear ocean water. Lots of wildlife. Nice, short, nature trails. more »
We took a ride down to St. Andrew’s State Park and views were amazing. We stopped and walked the alligator trail with took about 25 minutes or so. We didn’t see any gators but that was ok because we..... more
We took a ride down to St. Andrew’s State Park and views were amazing. We stopped and walked the alligator trail with took about 25 minutes or so. We didn’t see any gators but that was ok because we..... more »
This is one of the better parks that we have been to. There was lots of wildlife (deer, birds, turtles, etc ). The scenery was reminiscent of areas further south. The beach was pristine like Shell Island. The trails were very nice and the more secluded areas had lots of shells. The restrooms were some of the cleanest we've ever seen at a park. All of this for only eight dollars. If you aren't staying on the beach with access this is the place to go. We enjoyed it a lot. The only negative was the state of the roads.
We drove 1hr to catch the ferry to shell island and got there 13 min before our 10 am, which was 2 min too late so get there early! They are prompt, which is great. We luckily got booked for a later shuttle but had to wait 2.5 hrs because they are booked this time of year. Luckily the park is right on the gulf of Mexico so you have a beautiful white sandy beach to pass the time. They have a gift shop facility near the shuttle as well as a shower and pavilion. This was all great! The ferry to shell island was quick and nice as you travel in the bay side in calm waters. When you arrive there is a boardwalk to the gulf side and you decide north or south to look for shells. There are not a lot of shells to be found as this is a very touristy island. Look in the surf for your best shells and you should probably walk 20 min in either direction from the end of the boardwalk to have a better chance of bigger shells. My girls are divers and even searching for hours about 40-80 feet from shore did not yield many finds. It is gorgeous out there so make sure you go to the bathroom before ferrying out and pack some food and chairs for the length of your stay out there. We had a great time but were disappointed in the lack of shells.
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