Not everyone wants to sit on the beach all day. So here is a great suggestion for you, families, or groups who want to have choices of activities for a fun-filled day at one location. Located on a peninsula about three miles east of Panama City Beach, and bordering St. Andrews Pass, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Grand Lagoon, St. Andrews State Park’s ideal location makes it hot destination for locals and tourists alike.
For the beach bum it has over one-and-a-half miles of beaches on the Gulf of Mexico and Grand Lagoon. For the rest there is a myriad of activities including:
• Boat tours
• Canoeing & kayaking
• Snorkeling & scuba diving
• Hiking/wildlife viewing
On The Water
For water sports enthusiasts there is a boat ramp in the park for launching your boat or personal watercraft. You are just minutes from the Gulf and the Bay. Go sightseeing and/or fishing. Dolphin are often seen at the jetties and the Bay, or shoot over to Shell Island for a picnic. Fish for Mackerel, Flounder, Sea Trout, Bluefish and more. You can also fish from two piers or surf fish from the beach. Explore the area by renting a canoe or kayak at the park, or bring your own.
In The Water
Would you rather get in the water? Then go swimming, snorkeling, or scuba diving. The Jetties at St. Andrews State Park is considered one of the best dive locations along the Emerald Coast. The depth of the west side of the channel of the jetties is seventy feet in spots. The relatively shallow water and no boat traffic is ideal for beginner divers, and still enjoyable no matter what your level of experience is.
Stay Longer than a Day
Too much to do in a single day? You may want to consider camping at St. Andrews State Park. 176 campsites are available that include water, electricity, grills, and picnic tables. The sites accommodate both tents and recreational vehicles (maximum length of forty foot). Additionally, five bathrooms with showers are accessible to the campsites as well as laundry facilities.
On the Trail
Two hiking trails offer ample opportunities to observe nature as you exercise. The Heron Pond Trail winds through the diverse foliage dominated by a flatwood pine forest. Chances are good you will spot deer and raccoons on your hike. The Gator Lake Trail offers fresh water marshes and scenic lakeside views. You will see alligators and a various birds including waterfowl, Ibis, and Heron. Although you can bike in the park, you must stay on the roadways and stay off the nature trails.
There is an activity for everyone at St. Andrews State Park and you might want to do them all! It’s a great place to visit, or stay at the campground in your tent or RV. The park opens every day at 8am and closes at sundown.
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