FL - St. Andrews State Park

Discussion in 'Florida' started by erich0521, Jun 17, 2007.

  1. erich0521

    erich0521 New Member

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    Sep 29, 2006
    Just returned from a week long trip to St. Andrews and Destin.

    St. Andrews campground is pretty nice although our site (#60) was small. Sites on the waterfront (bay front) have rock pads and most of the other sites are sandy. I think there are only about 6 or so that have paved pads. Consequently, with our crew going in and out, I might be sweeping sand out of the PU for the next month!

    There is a camp store located at the end of the Lagoon campground loop near the boat ramp that has ice, etc. I believe all sites have H20 and electricity. There is a couple of washing machines/dryers near 1 of the bathrooms.

    The favorite part of the park to me is the jetty beach area which is perfect for small kids. the area is shallow, clear and calm due to protection from the rock jetty and the fact that is faces the Bay rather than the gulf. On the other side is a pretty beach that does face the gulf if you want some more waves, etc.

    My son and I enjoy walking the short trail (1/2 or less) around Gator Lake and yes, we saw 3 alligators while doing so.

    all in all a great place to get away and swim. Also, it's at the far East end of Panama City Beach which makes it nice and quiet compared to Panama City Beach. Panama City Beach is another story, after all it was built to cater to the Spring Break Crowd.

    Erich '98 Jayco Heritage Yosemite, Mahomet IL
  2. mostlyok

    mostlyok We're Mostly OK!

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    Jun 5, 2005
    Sarasota, Florida
    We were there in October. We loved it. But yes, Panama City Beach (Some call it "Red Neck Riviera") is a bit of a surprise. The Park was lovely, thank goodness for the Park System or otherwise there would be no Natural areas and Wilderness left.
    We saw many deer while we were there, and they were all appropriately timid of people.

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  3. ben31popup

    ben31popup Take me camping! Annual Average - 28 days

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    Aug 4, 2012
    Middle Georgia
    DW and I camped here over MLK day weekend (Jan 2013). Nice park. The sites have vegetation between most of them. The bathouse/rest rooms are well maintained and very clean. The staff is wonderful. The park itself is large. It includes two beach areas, a boat launch (bay side), a recreation of a terpintine processing plant, etc. This is all in addition to the huge camping area. There are LOTS of deer here. You'll see them everywhere, including the beach areas.

    We stayed in site 63. I wouldn't use that one again, as the dunes are moving into it. Barely enough room for our PUP. The bay edge sites are large and the view is nice. We may reserve one of those next time. One thing to be ready for is ticks. With the number of deer, this isn't surprising. Not a big problem, but just something to be ready for.

    Like I said, this is a wonderful park and we will come back again.

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