St. Andrews State Park is famous for sugar white sand beaches & emerald green waters. The southern portion of the Park includes beautiful Shell Island. Pontoon boat rentals, kayaking, camping, fishing, and more make St. Andrews one of Florida’s best State Parks.
The strip of resort hotels and condominiums that borders the white beach sands of Panama City Beach Florida comes to an end at St. Andrews State Park. Here on the southern end of Panama City Beach, one of Florida’s most popular State Parks invites visitors to enjoy a pleasantly pristine and natural stretch of Florida coastline. The Park offers a large campground, a public boat launch, a fishing pier, and watersport equipment rentals.
Protected from development by its former status as a military reservation, St. Andrews State Park is now one of the top Panama City Beach attractions. The Park boundaries encompass 1,200 acres including miles of sugar sand beach, undisturbed pine hammocks, endangered native coastal scrub and wetlands, a lake, and inland shallow water tidal habitats on the Lower Grand Lagoon of St. Andrew Bay. Park visitors can choose from many activities on both land and water, from hiking and biking to wildlife viewing, boating, kayaking and paddle boarding, snorkeling, and even surfing.
The southern part of the Park includes Shell Island, an undeveloped 7-mile long barrier island and beach that abounds in natural beauty. Locals and visitors alike agree that spending a day on the beaches and in the waters of Shell Island is one of the best things to do in Panama City Beach. The pristine island can only be reached by boat, and the Shell Island Shuttle, official water transportation provider for St. Andrews State Park, is the safest, easiest, and quickest way out to the island.
Shell Island is a great place to spend the day swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, or simply relaxing on the beach. Walk the long stretch of white sand along the Gulf of Mexico or watch the children play in the calm, protected waters behind the Shell Island Jetty. You can see colorful fish, crabs, and many other types of small marine life, and if you are lucky, a dolphin or sea turtle. Hiking the island’s interior offers the opportunity to explore coastal plant, bird, and wildlife communities. You can take your cooler and everything needed for a beach day across on the Shell Island Shuttle. The Shuttle is also your connection for Shell Island kayaking and snorkeling packages.
You will want to put Shell Island on the list of must-sees for your Panama City Beach visit. Spend a day touring shell island or hanging out on your own pontoon boat. For a great day on the water, rent a pontoon boat from Panama City Beach Boat Rentals to enjoy St. Andrew Bay and Shell Island on your own.
Explore our website, take in the view on the Shell Island Web Cam, and contact us at the Shell Island Shuttle for all the information you need to plan your trip.
When is St. Andrews State Park open?
What is the Park Entrance Fee?
Park admission fees are as follows: $4 Per Single-Occupant Vehicle; $8 Per Multiple-Occupant Vehicle (Limit 2-8 people per vehicle); $2 For Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers in vehicle, or passengers in vehicle with a holder of an Annual Individual Entrance Pass.
Are pets allowed in the Park?
Generally, domestic pets are allowed in Florida State Park day-use areas and campgrounds. All pets must be confined, leashed, or otherwise under the physical control of a person at all times. Leashes may not exceed six feet in length. See the Florida State Parks Pet Policy for full information. (www.floridastateparks.org/PetPolicy)
Does the Park Campground have RV hookups?
Two campground loops in the pinewoods near Lower Grand Lagoon offer sites with electricity, water, picnic tables and grills. The sites can accommodate RVs up to 40 feet in length. There are dump stations, bath houses. and a laundry facility in the campground.
What is the Shell Island Shuttle schedule?
Memorial Day to Labor Day: Shuttles depart from St. Andrews State Park every 30 minutes, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week, weather and water conditions permitting. Spring and Fall: Shuttles depart every hour, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week, weather and water conditions permitting. Spring & Fall hours may vary – call ahead for the Shuttle schedule during these periods.
How much do Shell Island Shuttle tickets cost?
Ages 13 and older: $19.95; Ages 3-12: $12.95; Ages 0-2: Free. All prices are for round trip tickets.