Located just east of Panama City Beach, St. Andrew's State Park is a place where outdoor adventure enthusiasts come to ... More
St. Andrew's State Park
Located just east of Panama City Beach, St. Andrew's State Park is a place where outdoor adventure enthusiasts come to get their fix of natural beauty. The former military reservation site offers over a mile of white sands and waters that are perfect for snorkeling, kayaking, scuba diving, and more. Fishing lovers will be happy to know that the park has two piers. Here you can experience the true beauty of the Gulf. It is open daily from 8 am.
This is by far the best campground I have been to, the lagoon is perfect for small children & great jetty fishing. We go every year and take our 2 children. Very clean facilities, and you can't beat the price. We stay at the camp ground and spen the money we save on the local attractions. If you haven't been yet Pier Park is awesome, gotta hit Margaritaville, nice family place before 7pm, after that I wouldn't reccomend taking the younger kids.
Can't wait till our next visit
My family has been here more times than i can count. You can't beat if for the value. We always use a tent, but we are by no means roughing it with the clean, large bathrooms and showers.
We spend most of our time fishing, so the boat ramp being within a minute of the main channel is great, plus its free if you are camping. Everything is always clean and well kept. The kayak rentals are a good choice for a few hours of fun too.
All but just a couple of the sites are able to hold a vehicle, 20 foot boat and plenty of extra space for a tent, fire and picnic table. If you boat is larger, there is overflow parking inside the campground.
We love the outdoors, and so St. Andrew's is the place to go. We pull our camper and stay for a whole week. Our boys love it, they love riding their bikes along the rodes. We love to spend most of our time at the beach, it so so wonderful. This summer will be our third time camping there and we can't wait to show it to our youngest son (now 5 mo.) We can't wait to go. It is definatley worth the money. We can spend a whole week down there for tons less than a hotel. If you are thinking about camping here, you should, the grounds are well kept, along with the shower houses. We have an awsome time together as a family.
We had the best time ever at St. Andrew's and Shell Island. Inside the state park, we bought tickets for the shuttle boat to Shell Island where the kids enjoyed snorkeling, shell hunting and climbing the rock jetties. We had so much fun the first day, the kids begged to go back instead of the water park. Great place to picnic and spend the day!
This is an awesome campground especially if you don't like roughing it. We always reserve a site in the lagoon-how beautiful to see the sunrise/sunset & wake up to the soft waves of the ocean! It's a great value plus you have free roam of the most gorgeous beaches in America! The State Park has everything you could want no matter what age you are. Great for families, retirees & us 20-30 somethings! It's the only reason why I stayed in Alabama & now my husband is from upstate New York & he loves this place too! In our opinion, It's far better than the other campgrounds in the area unless you just want to be close to the Strip. Money well spent! I've stayed in the summer & fall & have no complaints.
My family & I camped at St. Andrews State Park and I can't say one bad word about the experience. Everything was accessable, useable and the location was excellent for my small sized Jon Boat offering plenty of fishing areas close enough.
The boat ramp had fresh water hoses available for washing out the boats and motors,(A Big Plus From Me)and ample tackel reasonably priced for us out of town fishermen at the store.
Bath houses were kept clean until a pack of wild children trashed them but was back cleaned before the day was over with ample hot water.
I'll be going back
St. Andrews State Park is the place to visit.
FOR CAMPERS: All the spots are well suited for both tent camping and all sorts of RVs and trailers. There is plenty of shade, and the restrooms are clean. The roads throughout the entire area are great for bike riding, and cool breeze is constantly cooling things down a bit in the summer.
FOR RECREATION: The beach is great. There are several access boardwalks, each one with it's own restrooms. Closer to the inlet, there are several jetties which create a sort of giant kiddie pool, with no waves or undercurrents making it great for youngsters. On the other side of the jetties, the Gulf of Mexico sits waiting for swimmers, divers, and even surfers (on a good day). The jetties are also home to many kinds of sealife, making them an excellent place to fish from.
CONS: I visited the park several years ago, for the first time, and the water carried a horrid stink. I later found out that a large freighter had accidently dumped it's waste into the ocean, and that was the cause of the odor. Because the park is directly next to a channel that thousands of boats pass through every month, there is a chance of slight murkiness or stench, but the authorities around there are good at their jobs. This hasn't happened since I've been there again.
If you like a nice camping area try out this state park for family fun!The camp sites are roomy,clean,fire rings,tables,fresh water and I am not sure if all have electric but ours did!Kids can have enjoyable times bike riding,swimming,hiking or just exploring the beaches!If you like to fish you have shore,jetty and 2 piers to fish from.The small store is stocked with your basic needs only! bread,butter,eggs,bacon,towels,papergoods,condiments,drinks,hygene products,some canned goods.frozen bait and limited tackle supplies!I would rate it good for your needs but shop does close so make sure you get supplies while open or you will have to drive to get something.Boat ramp is very good but can be busy!Well I hope if anyone reads this it helped you.
LIKES - The whole park was clean and safe,well other than the gators but they only ate our bass we caught!Store is good!RV dump station good!Areas for RV's to turn and back in sites can be a little tough but are wonderful when you do!The fishing was very good and those beaches so nice.Everyone was fairly friendly(park employee's and campers)!
I will end with dislikes - park security hassled us over and over about to much noise(11pm quiet time)and it was not us!They just would not listen they said we had campers complain about our music and talking being to loud.Ok talking to loud cool,but we did not have any music on at all!It was a bunch of kids down about 4 sites away!
I live an hour away from Panama City, and I know all the best spots to go to the beach. This is by far the best.
It is the best kept beach in the area. Especially the "Kiddy Pool" area. It has rocks that cover the area from dangerous marine life, and is like a miniature reef. I was there last week and saw a blue angel fish that was huge.
It is a great beach, that is well taken care of by the tax payers and people who cannot abide by the law. Since its a state park, state corrections sends their prisoners to clean the place every week.
Its also nice for divers, as it has a dive shop where you can rent equiptment. Sorry, no discounts if you are a Dive Master :(
Other than that, its a great place.
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