St. Andrews State Park

#1 in Best Things To Do in Panama City Beach
St. Andrews State Park picture
Panama City Beach Convention and Visitor's Bureau, Inc.

Key Info

4607 State Park Lane

Details

Beaches, Hiking, Parks and Gardens, Recreation Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.6

scorecard

  • 4.0Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 5.0Atmosphere

St. Andrews State Park has enough attractions and activities to keep every member of your family happy. Along with a nearly 2-mile-long white sand beach, the park also boasts paved bike trails, marked hiking trails, water sports equipment rentals (including canoes, kayaks and snorkeling gear) and shuttle boat tours to Shell Island, a 7-mile long undeveloped barrier island. Additionally, the park provides a concession stand with snacks, souvenirs and fishing supplies.

Recent visitors described the park as beautiful and praised the clean beach and facilities. Reviewers said the park can get quite crowded on the weekends and advised visiting during the week if your itinerary allows. And keep your eyes peeled for plenty of wildlife: travelers said there was a lot of activity in and out of the water from local animals like alligators, heron, ibis and white tail deer.

You'll find St. Andrews State Park 3 miles east of Panama City Beach, off State Road 392. The park is open from 8 a.m. to sundown every day of the year. Entrance costs $8 per vehicle; $4 per single-occupancy vehicle. Pedestrians and bicyclists pay $2. For more information, visit the park's website.

See all Hotels in Panama City Beach »

More Best Things To Do in Panama City Beach

Beaches1 of 9
Dolphin Tours2 of 9
Type
Time to Spend
#2 Beaches

With 27 miles of beaches and nearly 100 access points, PCB is a beach bum's paradise. You won't have a difficult time finding a stretch of sand to park your towel; in fact, you may have a harder time deciding on what shoreline to relax.

If you want to stay close to the downtown area, head to Front Beach Road. From here, you'll find a bevy of convenient Panama City Beach access points and street parking. To experience Florida's coastal beauty at its most natural, hop a shuttle boat to Shell Island. This barrier island off of St. Andrews State Park is undeveloped with few crowds and a peaceful atmosphere, according to recent visitors. Plus, it's a haven for dolphins. For even more undeveloped land, head to Camp Helen State Park, which sits on the far western border of Panama City Beach. Along with a quiet beach, it's also home to trails that snake through dunes and scrub oak forests, not to mention a rare dune lake.

Read more
Panama City Beach Convention and Visitor's Bureau, Inc.
See full list of Best Things To Do in Panama City Beach »

Explore More of Panama City Beach

If you make a purchase from our site, we may earn a commission. This does not affect the quality or independence of our editorial content.