A guide to St. Andrews State Park in Panama City Beach Florida. The Park is a natural setting for outdoor recreation and relaxation, and you can take the Shell Island Shuttle out to the pristine beaches of undeveloped Shell Island.
Explore the natural side of Panama City Beach with a visit to St. Andrews State Park. It’s a patch of old Florida Panhandle coastline with shady pine hammocks, endangered coastal scrub and wetland ecosystems, and a freshwater lake. The beautiful white sand beach and warm emerald-green waters are prime attractions, but the Park offers much more.
Plan a multi-day stay in the Pine Grove Campground, walk the Park’s two hiking loops, go bird and wildlife watching, or try out the equestrian trails. You can use the public boat launch to get on the water or rent a pontoon boat from Panama City Beach Boat Rentals. Try some kayaking, paddle boarding, or snorkeling – equipment rentals are available in the Park. Fishing is great from the Fishing Pier or the Jetty, and the Pier Store and Jetty Store have all the tackle and other supplies you need.
Don’t miss one of America’s most beautiful beaches just across the St. Andrew Bay Channel on Shell Island. An undeveloped seven-mile long barrier island, Shell Island is a unique Florida treasure that offers the unspoiled beach experience you won’t find on a resort-lined shore.
The Shell Island Shuttle is the official St. Andrews State Park water transportation service. It’s the safest and quickest way out to the Island and you can bring all your beach gear along. Or try one of the Shell Island Shuttle kayaking or snorkeling packages. A day on pristine Shell Island is a highlight of any Panama City Beach visit.
At the St. Andrews State Park entrance, the Shell Island Shuttle Office will be just to your right at 4607 State park Lane. During the summer season, shuttle tickets are available at the Pier Store on State Park Circle, the first road to the right about 250 feet inside the Park entrance. Park in the Pier Store lot and ride the Shuttle Bus to St. Andrews State Park Marina where you will board the Shell Island Shuttle. You can also buy Shuttle tickets online to save time on your visit to the Park.
If you would like to rent a pontoon boat, enter the Park and continue on State Park Lane as it curves to the right. You will reach a 4-way intersection where the Camp Store is located. Turn left down to the Marina and you will find the office that handles Shell Island pontoon boat rentals and kayak rentals as well. Our pontoon boats are very popular, so to ensure a spot and also for convenience, be sure to reserve your pontoon boat online well ahead of your planned visit.
When is St. Andrews State Park open?
The park is open from 8 a.m. until sundown, 365 days a year. If you are camping in the Park and plan to arrive after sunset call 850-708-6100 to get the gate combination and instructions.
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).